LOVE Park’s Redesign Is Moving Into the Design Phase

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA™

Do you want to learn more about the future of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park? A meeting will be held on January 20 to conclude the civic engagement process and review the upcoming project schedule, according to a recent announcement from PennPraxis.

Hargreaves Associates–you’ve heard of them before–will be in the house to introduce themselves and share their approach for the project. A previous public meeting was held on December 10 at the Free Library and those in attendance, over 200 people, expressed their wishes for greater seating, better lighting, more greenery and more space for food trucks. According to the recap of the meeting, attendees also spoke of wanting the space to be more versatile and flexible for events and programming–which sounds an awful lot like nearby Sister Cities Dilworth Park.

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Renovation Planned for Two Blighted Eyesores in Old City

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

A ray of hope from Hidden City’s Ryan Briggs today: The buildings at 223 and 225 Chestnut, two sister structures that have been slowly falling apart for the last few years, are to be redeveloped by its newest owners:

“We hope the reconstruction work will begin later this year. There are still some plans, permits and approvals to be secured,” said [Ross] Goldberg. “There are two tenants. The First Church of Christ Scientist will be occupying the first floor and an office tenant on floors two through four.”

Goldberg is the president of Posel Managment, the firm that purchased the site from the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation who acquired the property in 2013 after years of “attempting to seize the buildings through sheriff sale.”

The buildings’ architectural features will be preserved, however…

City House of the Week: Unit #5 in Manayunk’s Falcon Condominiums

Falcon Condominiums, All images by TREND via The Daly Group/Keller Williams

Falcon Condominiums, All images by TREND via The Daly Group/Keller Williams

Are you looking to live in Manayunk and take advantage of all of the nearby bars, restaurants and things to do? You should probably start at Falcon Condominiums at 3863 Terrace Street–especially now that they’re offering a $10,000 credit towards closing costs if you’re under agreement before January 31st. That’s on top of the 10-year warranty and 10-year tax abatement that were already included. Hey, let’s face it, everyone loves freebies.

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: Chestnut Hill Preservation Winners Announced This Sunday

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Do you know a project that was the epitome of historical preservation in Chestnut Hill last year? If so, hopefully you submitted it to the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.

This weekend, the group holds their annual meeting, during which time they will announce the winners of their Preservation Recognition Awards. Nominated projects, Chestnut Hill Local says, will be judged on whether they “preserve or protect historic resources” and if they “exemplify appropriate historic building restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse; or demonstrate good stewardship of an important building.”

Details below.

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Construction on Eric Blumenfeld’s Mural Arts Lofts Project Will Begin in February

The future site of Mural Arts Lofts, photo: James Jennings

The future site of Mural Arts Lofts, photo: James Jennings

Eric Blumenfeld’s transformation of North Broad Street is about to add another point on the map: the former Thaddeus Stevens School at Broad and Spring Garden Street. 

In a tip of the cap to Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program, the development will now be called Mural Arts Lofts and consist of 56 loft-style apartments that seek to reuse the existing elements found in the school. Each unit will have the original chalkboards and built-in cabinets and the hardwood floors will also be restored in the process.

Thanks to a $16.2 million development budget–a figure that includes the purchase of the property–construction on the project will begin as early as February, according to Christopher Cordaro, Executive Director at EB Realty Management (EBRM). Cordaro described the building as having “great bones” that “lend itself to a straightforward build out.”

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3737 Chestnut Is About to Top Off, Set for August Opening

3737 Chestnut, Image courtesy Radnor Property Group

3737 Chestnut, Image courtesy Radnor Property Group

3737 Chestnut, touted as University City’s first market-rate high-rise residential complex, is about to celebrate its “topping off” ceremony next week on January 14 at 1:30 p.m. The project broke ground a little over a year ago and occupancy of the 25-story, 276 unit mixed-use apartment tower with ground-floor retail is expected in August of this year.

Radnor Property Group and non-profit Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral are partners in the development of the tower, which will cater towards “urban professionals and graduate students” (Millennials). The partnership is important, as the project also includes the construction of a three-story office building, a community center, an early learning childcare facility and improvements to the 19th-century Cathedral building, according to a press release about the topping off ceremony.
Check out the designs of the apartments!

The Architect Designing Temple’s New Library is Impressive

Architizer’s Matt Shaw has rounded up the three projects that have brought Norwegian architecture group Snøhetta significant acclaim this past year (click the links for images):

  • the Kasper Salin Prize-winning Väven project in Sweden (also nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize, “arguably the most prestigious in Europe”)
  • the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Honolulu (the plan includes an interactive visitor center)
  • their selection as one of six firms who will help design Oslo’s new government center (no competition here, all architects will have their plans included in the final design)

All this is worth noting since the group is collaborating with local firm Stantec to design Temple University’s latest development, which is expected to break ground at the end of this year.

(Hey, it’s better than that $100 million stadium Temple wants to build, right?)

• How Snøhetta Had the Best Month Ever [Architizer]

Bella Vista Abode Boasts Rooftop Hatch

All photos by TREND via Caldwell Banker - Old City

All photos by TREND via Coldwell Banker – Old City

Bella Vista, we simply love to check in on your bevy of gorgeous houses.

This newly listed home located at 605 Clymer Street, a secluded side-street just off of S. 6th Street, between Fitzwater and Catharine Street, has seen a recent top-down renovation that makes it lovely to view from the sidewalk–see the brick walkways, 8-foot front door made of reclaimed wood and professionally landscaped planters with drip irrigation.

On the inside is where this place really shines.

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City House of the Week: Historic Edgecumbe in Chestnut Hill

Edgecumbe, All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach - Chestnut Hill

Edgecumbe, All photos by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach – Chestnut Hill

Fortunately for us, Philadelphia is not lacking incredible examples of residential architecture. Sure, the classic brick rowhome may define the much of the city’s design aesthetic.  On the flip side, it’s houses much like Edgecumbe in Chestnut Hill that evoke a certain wanting for the grandeur of Philly’s lavish past.

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