Goldtex Apartments Receives City’s First LEED Gold Certification; Developer Hopes More Follow Suit

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The Goldtex Apartments officially received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level certification this week, according to Mike Pestronk of Post Brothers, the developers of the green paneled building at 315 North 12th Street.

“It’s a pretty intensive process to get the certification,” said Pestronk, of the announcement. “We were surprised  when we found that nobody else has this certification–and that nobody else is really pursuing it.  It’s nice that it sets us apart, but it would kind of be better if we weren’t the only one.

“It’s a sad state of affairs for Philly. Developers don’t seem to care [about developing LEED Certified apartment projects].”

LEED is a rating program that uses a point system to determine how environmentally friendly a building is. Buildings are then judged according to the point system in a number of different categories, such as site sustainability, water efficiency and innovation. Goldtex is the first apartment building in the city to achieve the standard.

“A lot of consumers don’t know what LEED is,” said Pestronk. “It has as much to do with high quality design than greenness. It’s about making a healthy and happy living environment with things like air quality, insulation, and just good overall design.”

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The Rail Park: The Bacon Brothers to Play Concert to Help Fund Phase 1

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Want to see the first phase of the Rail Park finally come to fruition? So does Kevin Bacon.

The Bacon Brothers, a duo consisting of Philly guys Kevin and Michael Bacon, will use their musical talents to support Phase 1 of the ambitious park project, one that many have compared to the famous High Line in New York City.

Phase 1 looks to transform an abandoned quarter-mile spur that begins at Broad and Hamilton, curves southeast and culminates near the Goldtex Building at 12th and Callowhill into an elevated green space with landscaping, lighting, walking paths, swings and community gathering spaces.  The plans have been designed by Urban Engineers and Studio Bryan Hanes, whose portfolio includes many of Philly’s exciting new green spaces, including Pier 68, Sister Cities Park and the Porch at 30th Street Station.

The concert will be held on February 4 at Union Transfer, with the proceeds benefiting the efforts to construct and maintain the park (ticket info here).

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Beer Here! Troegs Brewery Announces Expansion Plans

Rendering of the expansion. | Via Troegs Brewery blog

Rendering of the expansion. | Via Troegs Brewery blog

With the likes of Nugget Nectar, Hop Knife and Mad Elf to their rotation of sought after brews, Troegs Brewery has become a go-to choice for craft beer lovers for quite some time.

Now, you’ll soon have even more Troegs beer to enjoy, as the company has announced an expansion plan that will add three massive wooden fermenters inside a glassy addition on the northeast side of the brewery in Hershey.

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Louis Kahn, Muhammad Ali and Delancey Street: Property’s Top 5 Homes of 2015

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Inside 1910 Rittenhouse | Photos by Jay Ratchford via Allan Domb Real Estate

From Connor Barwin’s super cool jawn to multiple sales in the vaunted 1706 Rittenhouse, 2015 was a banner for home listings (and sales) in Philadelphia. And man, oh man, was it a great year for house porn?

So good, in fact, that those aforementioned beauties didn’t even make our top 5 list of homes of the year. Don’t you worry, we’ve included the galleries of the ones that did for your viewing pleasure.

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Connor Barwin and Crew Break Ground on ‘Innovative’ Smith Playground Project

Project #2 is officially underway!

Posted by Urban Roots on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Eagles fans have suffered through an up-and-down season, one that ultimately led to the team missing the playoffs and Chip Kelly getting canned (more here and here). It’s one that many would soon forget.

One of the bright spots for the team has been the work from linebacker Connor Barwin, particularly with his contributions off of the gridiron.

Barwin, who is listed among the nominees for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, was at Smith Playground in South Philadelphia this week to break ground on the next urban park revitalization project he’s spearheading through his foundation, Make the World Better Project, with various partners, including Urban Roots, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and local stakeholders.

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Habitat: From Edward Gorey to Q*Bert, a Victorian in Fairmount Gets Modernized

A life-size illustration from Edward Gorey’s The Doubtful Guest stands out in the redesigned dining room. “It all plays into the Victorian aesthetic,” says Eban.

There’s always company at the dinner table, as this scene pops from the pages of Edward Gorey’s “The Doubtful Guest” and onto the walls of the dining room. Photos by Sam Oberter

The neighborhood of Fairmount pretty much has it all: easy access to Center City, even easier access to its big, leafy eponymous park, and countless homes with a rich historical connection to Philadelphia. It’s that vintage vibe that three years ago brought Eban and Mica from South Philadelphia to a three-story Victorian rowhome near the park. Eban says the string of homes on their block was first built in the late 1800s, around the time of the massive 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Fairmount Park.

Before moving in, the family enlisted the services of husband-and-wife team Kenny Grono and Bronwyn Reice of Buckminster Green in Northern Liberties: They would undertake a year-long revival of the home—one that sought to hark back to its late-19th-century roots while handling the needs of a 21st-century family.

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Revitalized Hale Building to Feature Office Space, Retail and a Roof Deck

The Hale Building | James Jennings

The Hale Building | James Jennings

Now that work is well underway at the Divine Lorraine on North Broad Street, it’s time to shift our collective armchair-redevelopment gaze upon another masterpiece from Willis G. Hale.

Brickstone is making moves up and down Chestnut Street east of Broad Street, and the development company has big plans to revive the Hale Building at Chestnut and Juniper into a tech-focused office space featuring ground floor retail, with the latter being a far cry from the Valu-Plus discount store that once called the architectural wonder home. Designed by Hale in 1887, the company purchased the downtrodden building in September for $4.7 million, according to public records.

Though no tenants have yet to sign on for the retail space, Brickstone’s Greg Heflin said they are seeking a restaurant fronting Chestnut Street, and probably a coffee shop for Sansom Street. The office entrance will be on Juniper Street.

The development company went before the Washington Square West Civic Association on Tuesday night to present plans for an outdoor amenity deck specifically for the office space. A special exception approval is needed for the roof deck on a non-residential building, in which case it would be able to be built by-right.

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Dranoff Presents Plans for “Bookend” SLS Brand Hotel at Broad and Pine

Here's the parking garage/Starbucks located at 337-341 South Broad Street | Google Street View

Here’s the parking garage/Starbucks located at 337-341 South Broad Street | Google Street View

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: developer Carl Dranoff has big plans for a key corner of South Broad Street.

No, we’re not talking about the delayed SLS Lux project at Broad and Spruce, or his Symphony House tower at Broad and Pine. We’re not even talking about SouthStar Lofts at Broad and South, or 777 South Broad at Fitzwater.

This time, Dranoff has his sights set on the other corner of Broad and Pine, specifically the northeastern quadrant that currently houses a Starbucks, Sumo Sushi and a dilapidated parking garage, for another SLS-branded project called the Hyde Hotel. It’s intended to be a “bookend” for the aforementioned SLS Lux, Dranoff told members of the Washington Square West Civic Association during an information-only presentation on Tuesday night.

Dranoff has once again partnered with sbe to create a 22-story mixed-use tower proposal featuring a ground floor restaurant, an underground parking garage, 76 hotel rooms and approximately 83 apartment units. It would all be topped by a separate restaurant on the roof deck located on the 23rd floor.

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The Logan Hotel Will Officially Open its Doors on…

The rooftop lounge | Renderings Dawson Design Associates Inc.

The rooftop lounge | Renderings Dawson Design Associates Inc.

The new hotel replacing the Four Seasons at One Logan Square, The Logan, will officially open its fancy new doors on December 16, according to a media alert sent out today.

We checked in on the project in late October, and a rep from the company told Property that the hotel would open in “early December,” which was later upgraded to “December 1.”  As time when on and that date passed, we continued to see progress (through various social media posts by the company) on some of the $28 million worth of renovations taking place on the new art-centric interior. The middle of the month isn’t too far off, and it’s still in time for the holidays.

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Main Line Monday: The Curious Case of Haverford’s Whitby Hall

Have you ever wished that you could just pick up your house and move it to a new location? We’re not talking your belongings, but like, the entire building.

Apparently, it’s a tale as old as time, and one prominent Philadelphia family did just that in 1923, when they literally packed up the bricks of their West Philly mansion and shipped them up to Haverford.

Whitby Hall was built by by Colonel John Coultas in 1754. Coultas was a true renaissance man, and held the position of High Sheriff in Philadelphia from 1755 through 1758. According to this cool piece in The Inquirer from 1992, Coultas also “was a ship and mill owner and distinguished himself as a soldier, river surveyor, judge and sportsman.” He also built a beautiful estate, which he dubbed Whitby Hall, at what is today 58th and Florence Street in Kingsessing.
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