Property’s Photo of the Week: Philadelphia Drone Edition

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Shout out to Chris DeAntonio (a.k.a. marinersax on Instagram) for posting this super dope drone clip a few weeks ago. It’s got us antsy for the start of Memorial Day weekend!

Anyone else plan on staying in the city? Don’t forget to take a bunch of #phillyscape pics! Now go, be safe, and have fun!!!

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Two Philly Parks Win National Grants Backed by Walt Disney Company

The seals at Glavin Park | Photo: Patty-Pat Kozlowski

The seals at Glavin Park | Photo: Patty-Pat Kozlowski

Expect to see some much-needed improvements at two Philadelphia city parks in the near future. Glavin Playground and Pennypack Environmental Center will each receive a $20,000 grant after being selected as the winners of the Parks Build Community campaign through the National Recreation and Park Association. According to a press release, the initiative helps to reviatlize and restore parks and park programs across the country and was sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN.

Kathleen Muller from Parks and Recreation explained that there were three city parks up for a public voting process on NRPA’s website, largely promoted through social media: Glavin Playground, Pennypack Environmental Center and Martin Luther King Recreation Center at 22nd and Cecil B. Moore. “The citizens are really the ones who took to social media and voted for the projects.” So much so, in fact, that Muller said Glavin was the top vote-getter in the entire nation. Pennypack had such a following that it became the national write-in winner. “We captured their attention nationally,” beamed Muller. Read more »

Navy Yard-Like Makeover Envisioned for Former Steel Mill Site in Claymont

Once a noisy, 425-acre industrial site in Claymont, Delaware (it’s less than an hour from Philly), the former Evraz Steel Mill property said goodbye to its last tenant right before the start of 2014. “It marked the end of nearly 100 years of steel manufacturing in Claymont,” wrote Delaware Online’s Xerces Wilson back in April. Now, the property has the potential for a new lease on life, one akin to Philadelphia’s relatively successful Navy Yard if things go accordingly.

The group with the plan? St. Louis-based Commercial Development Co., who bought the tract earlier this year. CDC has made a name for itself thanks to their work transforming “large, shuttered heavy manufacturing sites” into new usable spaces, reports Wilson.

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Headlines: Philly Among the Top 10 Most Job-Accessible Cities By Walking

Photo credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Photo credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr

Did you walk to work today? If you live in Philadelphia proper and answered “no,” all we can say is buddy, you best start taking advantage of living in what researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory are citing as the eighth most job-accessible city for pedestrians. Check out the full report here.

Determining a particular city’s ranking were its average accessibility (because although WalkScore has dubbed Philadelphia the fourth most walkable city overall, it’s not all about walking trails and sidewalks) and the amount of jobs reachable within a ten-minute timespan. Cities went down in their ranking weight with increased work travel times.

You’ll note, as Sustainable Cities Collective points out, that the top 10 cities on the list (New York, San Fran, L.A., Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, Philly, San Jose, and Denver, in case you were wondering) have a blend of two major elements that pave the way for their easy home-to-work walking commute:

The cities that make up the top 10 all have a combination of employment density and fast, frequent transit service. “Employment density is a primary factor in whether an area is economically walkable or not, and employment densities are typically high in cities that employ heavy rail systems leading into a central core,” [Accessibility Observatory director Andrew] Owen says. “In this way, transit systems promote walkability and walking accessibility, without requiring a user to board a transit vehicle to experience the positive effects.

Emphasis ours. Now here’s a visual for yah:

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Head Scratcher Rankings: Forget Beverly Hills, Narberth Is the Place to Live

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Dan Groff/Facebook

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Don Groff

Ahhh, Narberth, we often find ourselves longing to bask in your wonderland of sunshine, streets lined with palm trees, (good) Eddie Murphy cop movies and Hillbillies shows, iconic shopping and bevy of stars living in mega-exclusive compounds. Wait, that’s Beverly Hills. Sorry, we often get the two mixed up. How is that possible, you ask? Well, Niche, a website that says its goal is to transform “the way people make big life decisions,” has ranked the Montgomery County locale as the tenth best suburb in the nation, ahead of places like Beverly Hills (12), Manhattan Beach, California (11) and even Lower Merion Township (25).  Are we proud of this? Yes, and Narberth Online’s Facebook page summed it up for pretty much everyone in the region with a simple, “In your face, Beverly Hills!” Read more »

Spotted in Spring Garden: Mixed-Use Building with Brewpub Nearing Completion

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Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, future location of Bar Hygge

Exciting stuff,  you guys! Along with the expected onslaught of summer heat, we’ll be seeing the final touches on the upcoming 1720 Fairmount mixed-use project in Spring Garden / Fairmount begin to take place. According to developer Dan Greenberg of North Broad Living, the expected completion date is July 1st. (That’ll be here in the blink of an eye, you just watch.) Pretty swell news regarding a spot that used to be a drab vacant lot!

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Plans (Finally) Revealed for Boyd Theatre Project, 19th and Chestnut

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A 27-story apartment tower is planned to replace the auditorium at the Boyd Theatre. | Photo: Jeff Fusco

It’s been an interesting week. As you know, we were live at the Allan Domb election party on Tuesday and bumped into the ever-present HughE Dillon. The plugged-in paparazzo told us that a new plan for the Boyd Theatre was about to be released. This one didn’t include a tower that took up the entire site at 19th and Chestnut. Documents recently added on the Historical Commission’s website prove that much of HughE’s info about a revamped plan was indeed correct.

Chestnut Square Associates L.P., an affiliate of Pearl Properties, is scheduled to meet the commission on Tuesday and present their plans for a drastically different interpretation of their clutch of property that includes 1900-1906 Chestnut, 1910 Chestnut, 1912 Chestnut, 110 South 19th and 112 South 19th Street. Attorneys for the project submitted the application (.pdf) to the commission last week. The grand 2,30o-seat auditorium at the 1920’s movie theater stretches back to Sansom Street and has been under demolition since March. More this way, including renderings

Upcoming Neighborhood-Centric Reality Show Looking for Philly Talent

Not since local developer Shawn Bullard went on quest to find love on WeTV’s “Match Made in Heaven” have we here at Property covered any vaguely real estate-related television programming.

Granted, that’s Tickets turf anyway, but this gem was just too good to pass up!

Here it is: an upcoming reality show titled “Where We Live,” which is set to feature a diverse urban American neighborhood, is looking for some Philly talent.

Philly.com’s Layla A. Jones shared a snippet of the press release:

Do you live in a building where your neighbors have become your extended family? Are you the owner/manager of a brownstone where the tenants are larger-than-life characters who interact with each other?

We’re looking for urban families and diverse residents from the surrounding areas of Philadelphia, Memphis, and DC living in the same apartment complexes, condos, bungalows, co-ops, communities, brownstones, four-plexes, and walk-ups for an exciting new series about life in the city.

So, does your ‘hood / building / community fit the bill?

H/T: New reality show casting for families in Philly [Philly.com]

New Projects In Store for Seven Boys & Girls Club Branches in Philadelphia

Photo credit: Joseph Kaczmarek | Courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

Photo credit: Joseph Kaczmarek | Courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

Here’s some happy news for your mid-week slump: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and Comcast have teamed up to create “A Bold Change for Kids,” a capital campaign that’s aiming to raise $40 million, half of which would go to funding the construction of a new Germantown club! The rest, according to yesterday’s press release, would go to renovating the following club branches: Bridesburg, Northeast Frankford, Police Officer Lauretha Vaird, Shane Victorino Nicetown, Wayne Avenue, and Wissahickon.

Kicking off the new campaign is an $8 million donation from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Roberts family. The new club will be named after Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast’s co-founder and a Penn graduate who spent his late adolescence in Germantown. Here’s an early rendering of the upcoming building by Friday Architects/Planners:

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Spotted Green Space: Linear Park Planned for First Avenue in King of Prussia

Rendering courtesy of Red Balloon PR.

Well, check you out, KoP! We’ve caught word of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District joining forces with Upper Merion Township to spearhead a new Linear Park along First Avenue. According to a press release, the business park is part of their “Complete Streets” plan for First Avenue and is slated to replace a strip of under-utilized lawn areas between North Gulph and Allendale Roads in King of Prussia’s recently rezoned mixed-use district.

Public amenities to look forward to with the upcoming green space include multi-use bicycle and pedestrian paths, seating areas, benches, trash receptacles and site lighting. From a long-term view, the new space is expected to become “a venue for people to exercise, socialize, or reflect, and creates opportunities for ecological stewardship,” as LRSLAstudio principal Julie Bush put it (the firm was hired as the landscape architect). The First Avenue Linear Park is anticipated to increase access throughout the business park district, amp up pedestrian safety, and make way for potential green infrastructure opportunities, among other things.

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