Restoration Commencing on 100-Year-Old Temple Boathouse

If you’ve made it from Boathouse Row to the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, it’s likely you’ve caught sight of the East Park Canoe House. (If not, here it is on Google Street View.) Deemed unfit by L&I in 2008, the historic, but dilapidated building appeared headed for demolition and (gasp!) replacement with a new building.

As fate would have it, however, its luck took a turn last year when the city announced it had partnered with the Lenfest Foundation to restore the Temple Boathouse, its informal name given the structure’s previous use by the university’s rowing teams, for $5.5 million.  Now, Owl Sports reports a ceremonial groundbreaking took place last Thursday.

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Is a 20-Story Condo High-Rise Back in Play at Broad and Fitzwater?

Rendering of what the 20-story condo high rise | Provided by Anthony Beverley

Rendering of what the 20-story condo high rise | Provided by Anthony Beverley

There’s been an interesting change of plans for the long-vacant lot at 740-48 South Broad Street. Conceptual designs for a tall-ish condo building were posted on the site at Broad and Fitzwater a while back. Then, it morphed into a few projects consisting of 8 single-family homes listed at $1 million (plus) a piece. One such development was dubbed Mona Lisa’s on the Avenue of the Arts.

We had heard that the land was quietly being marketed as a condo high-rise yet again and, earlier this week, Zillow had it listed as “for sale by owner” for $15 million–a price that includes the land, plans for the high rise and its zoning approvals. Lo and behold, we’ve learned that even this information isn’t quite accurate.

Zillow lists Anthony Beverley as the owner of the property. Beverley, who is president of Beverley Strategic Development Group LLC and part of 720 S Broad Street LP (the listed owner of the lot) told Property that the land is actually for sale for $20 million, with all the bells and whistles of before.  The listing on Zillow was updated this morning.

So, what’s now in store for the vacant lot on a prime spit of land on South Broad Street?

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William Penn Inn to be Restored as Three-Unit Luxury Condo Building

Rendering of the Residences at the William Penn Inn | via Main Line Adapt

Rendering of the Residences at the William Penn Inn | via Main Line Adapt

The new lease on life for the historic William Penn Inn in Wynnewood officially begins today, assuming the weather holds out, of course. A ribbon cutting is planned for the commencement of a new project that looks to transform what had been a six-unit apartment building into three luxury condos, each with their own two-car garages.

Main Line Adapt, an offshoot of Main Line ReBUILD, a development company that specializes in restoring and converting churches into luxury residences, is heading up the condo project at the inn. The scope of Main Line Adapt will move beyond the realm of churches and into a wider range of historic adaptive reuse projects.

A rep from Main Line Adapt said that the three condo units are expected to be delivered in early 2016 and will be priced $695,000, $795,000 and $895,000, respectively. Much like Main Line ReBUILD’s church conversions, the Residences at the William Penn Inn will combine modern design and carefully restored architectural features, such as the flooring, trims and moldings. They will also be within walking distance to all of the neighborhood amenities including Whole Foods, the Wynnewood Shopping Center and the Wynnewood regional rail station.

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So Tell Us, Philadelphia: What’s It Like to Live in a Trinity House?

A trinity home at 1635 Rodman Street in Philadelphia | Zillow.com

A trinity home at 1635 Rodman Street in Philadelphia | Zillow.com

“What’s it like to live in a trinity house? Looking at a trinity, but it seems a little weird to me. Is it something you just get used to?”

– Redditor garlicaioli.

Garlic, we saw that you’ve received some responses on your Reddit trinity thread already, but we thought we might help you reach a larger crowd of trinity denizens, both current and former, who could give you some insight into the experience of living in a trinity home.

So – any Philly Mag readers care to elaborate? Is living in a quirky rowhome with deep roots in Philadelphia as cool as it soundsOr is it a short-lived novelty we should just get over?

The thing is, we here at Property are in love with the idea of a trinity.  I for one would love to live in one, as mentioned last December in a round-up post of our favorite Philly trinities of 2014. Now, for those of you passively nodding your head in the hopes of not getting called on to define what a trinity is, no need to worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the low-down:

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Property’s Photo of the Week: A Forgotten Piece of Philly Off Roosevelt Boulevard

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Actually, there’s really nobody around at all, except a church a few blocks away and another lonely house standing in the middle of the acreage.

That snippet is from a 2012 Inquirer article on a family residing at Logan Triangle, a dejected piece of North Philadelphia land off Roosevelt Boulevard and a hot topic among Logan locals anxious to see it put to productive neighborhood use. Lamentably, to read the article’s description of the property then would be like reading a description of it today.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

In case you missed it, neighbors met with city representatives over two weeks ago to discuss the future of the neglected 40-acre plot, which has been owned by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority since 2012. (Long-demolished homes that once stood there were sold off by former residents because “they were sinking into a forgotten creekbed“.)

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Rent Watch: Philly’s 3 Most Expensive ‘Hoods for a 1-Bedroom Apartment

It’s the middle of the summer and chances are good that you might be looking for a new place to live. We have a map that is going to be quite handy for you when it comes to figuring out that delicate balance of where you want to live, and then what you can actually afford.

Rental site Zumper recently compiled a list of the median 1-bedroom monthly rental rates for each pocket of the city. It’s all boiled down into this handy color-coded map that will give you an idea of where the action is and how much it’s going to cost you.

Here is the map

Logan Orchard and Market: The Showdown at Wingohocking Creek

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

The Logan Triangle | Google Maps

From Marshall Street on the east to 11th on the west, from Louden Street on the north to Roosevelt Boulevard on the south, the Logan Triangle is a 40-acre wasteland. But it could be 40 acres of parkland, and gardens, and tiny homes that could sit lightly on the land.

That’s the 40-acre opportunity Paul Glover and a collection of like-minded souls see in the Triangle, which became said wasteland in 1986 after yet another gas-main explosion took out several houses and revealed just how far most of the others around them had sunk (more on that later). This vision sounded appealing to the 50 or so people who came out to the Friends Center on July 13th for a meeting to discuss how to get it off the ground.

But there’s a hitch: realizing the vision would require the cooperation of the owner of those 40 acres. Since 2012, that’s been the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

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Renovation Plans Afoot for Vacant Warehouse Next to Ben Franklin Bridge

300 N Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ | Image via LoopNet

The long-vacant warehouse in question. | Image via LoopNet

Hold your horses, Old City-ites. The warehouse in question is located on the other side of the Delaware River. But like several Old City properties, this Camden one comes with some history: situated across from Campbell’s Field and about a block from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the building, constructed in the late 1800s, is a former Ruby Match factory that later went on to become a Campbell’s Soup storage facility. So what’s it up to now?

Well, after being vacant for ages, the historic warehouse is in for a makeover of Laney Boggs-level proportions. The Inquirer’s Allison Steele reports Philadelphia-based real estate firm Athenian Razak has plans to transform it into a sleek office building with 71,000 square feet of ground floor retail, a conversion they say will involve a roof replacement, mezzanine addition, some 100 new windows, and the creation of two floor levels.

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Revealed: Here are the Early Plans for the New-Look Headhouse Square

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

Conceptual design of the new-look Headhouse Square | Renderings via Ambit Architecture and South Street Headhouse District

It looks as though the long-talked-about renovation of the plaza at Headhouse Square is gaining some serious momentum. We were able to get our hands on a few conceptual designs, which show a flatter, median-free parking area towards South Street, some greenery and, more dramatically, the addition of two building–a pavilion/gateway at South Street and a cafe/information center adjacent to the recently revamped fountain.

Michael Harris, executive director of the South Street Headhouse District (SSHD), said organizers have been working on a plan that is similar in nature to one that dates back to 2006-2009. At the time, Center City District had updated the fountain and hinted at the notion of placing a cafe on the plaza, not unlike the experience at Sister Cities Park on Logan Square. “We just wanted to pick up on the work that was started with Paul [Levy of Center City District] and Center City, update it and refresh it now that it’s 2015.”

Due to a grant from the City Commerce Department and Councilman Mark Squilla, SSHD has the funds to go through the design and engineering planning phases at this point, although not construction. They’ve teamed up with Ambit Architecture, whose office is across the cobblestone street from the iconic Headhouse Shambles, to create a conceptual design of what Headhouse Square might look like in the not-too-distant future. “Not just to do it as a design exercise,” noted Harris, “But to bring it to fruition.”

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Five Amazing Pope Rentals Available in Philly Right Now

Clockwise: Craigslist, BHHS Fox & Roach, Postlets, Craigslist | Pope Francis photo by Jeffrey Bruno via Flickr

Clockwise: Craigslist, BHHS Fox & Roach, Postlets, Craigslist | Pope Francis photo by Jeffrey Bruno via Flickr

If you’re reading this, we can only assume you’ll be visiting Philadelphia around the time Pope Francis makes his way to town. Glad you could make it! Because while you could always choose to camp out with these folks instead of taking up in some cliché high-rise hotel room, we think the following city rentals (i.e. lovely local homes hand-picked by us) are worth a look.

Oh, and if you’re not an out-of-towner reading this… shoo! Go off and take a break from all the Popeadelphia madness! (But if you must stay, take these rentals as examples for how to go about renting your place for the Pope’s Philly visit.)
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