Under Armour Flagship, Apartment High-Rise Planned for 16th and Walnut

1527-33 Walnut Street | Rendering via Pearl Properties, DAS

1527-33 Walnut Street | Rendering via Pearl Properties, DAS

Plans are starting to take shape for two key properties on the corner of 16th and Walnut, as owner Pearl Properties is busy working on designs for 1527 and 1529-33 Walnut Street–the former site of Lululemon and current home of the Brown Brothers Harriman Co. building, respectively.

“We are very excited and are still working on our final designs with our architect, DAS,” said James Pearlstein, the “Pearl” in Pearl Properties, in an email. ” Our plan is a mixed use residential apartment project anchored by two large retail spaces, Under Armour on the corner and an additional retailer to the east.”

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Transformation In Store For Vacant Factory Building on Spring Garden

Google Street View

Google Street View

Situated near the corner’s edge of Spring Garden and 11th, the old Lawsonia Building stands in anticipation of a pending renovation and three-story addition. The news, which we heard from GroJLart on Hidden City Daily, is great, considering the property has been vacant for well over a decade. Harman Deutsch Architecture is designing the mixed-use development, he says, which will include ground level commercial space. Currently, zoning issues have the project on hold.

According to GroJ, the structure has been in the neighborhood for eighty-five years and started out as the manufacturing headquarters of the Woodward-Wanger plumbing supplies company. The facility was actually a $45,000 construction built on the site of the original factory, which had consisted of five combined row houses that operated for fourteen years before burning down in 1929. The newer colonial revival building, he writes, lasted a little longer, with seven decades and a stint as a hand-crafted furniture workshop (Lawsonia Manufacturing Company) under its belt. It was vacated in 2002 and has been empty ever since.

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Pearl Properties Buys Another Art Deco Treasure, Plans Old Navy

1618 Chestnut

Image via Google Street View

Pearl Properties continues its run of recent activity. The real estate developer has now purchased the beautiful Art Deco building at 1618-22 Chestnut Street, according to a report in The Inquirer, and signed on Old Navy to anchor the lower floors of the building.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia has been a tenant of the property since 1982, and will move its operations to another part of the building.

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Ribbon Cutting: Opening Date Set for Ralph Brooks Park

Community members painted wooden arrows made by guild carpenters to line the local garden that surrounds Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. (Jessie Fox/Urban Roots)

Community members painted wooden arrows made by guild carpenters to line the local garden that surrounds Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze, Philadelphia. (Jessie Fox/Urban Roots)

A ribbon cutting planned for Monday, August 31 will top off a major revitalization project at Ralph Brooks Park in Point Breeze. The ceremony will officially mark the transformation of a downtrodden playground at 20th and Tasker into a true community hub, complete with new basketball courts, rain and community gardens, freshly painted murals, an inter-generational gaming terrace with seating and a brand new tot lot for active play.

The ceremony takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Jeffrey Tubbs, developer with project partner Urban Roots, summed up his feelings in one word when reached by email: “Perseverance!”

While Monday marks the official opening of the park, Tubbs said there’s another date of note. “We started this project on March 13th, 2012,” he said, referencing the first emails to Jahmall Crandall, a Point Breeze native and project partner with I.am.SP.

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New Center City Wawa Should Open on September 18th

Wawa Broad and Walnut

The sign outside the Broad and Walnut Wawa has been altered to reflect the pushed-up opening.

Center City’s first new Wawa in decades should be open by the end of the summer.

Wawa is hoping to open its new Broad and Walnut location about a week before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, likely on September 18th, a company spokesperson confirmed to Philly Mag. The signs outside the former Robinson Luggage were recently changed from a Fall to a Summer opening.

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Coming Next Summer: Apartment Development Across From Clark Park

4224 Baltimore Ave rendering

It’s been months since we last revisited the mixed-use project planned for 4224 Baltimore Avenue, but we’ve now finally caught wind of new information regarding the long-stalled development: construction of the planned 132-unit building is slated for late summer 2016.

According to West Philly Local, the news was shared by developer U3 Ventures and property owner Clarkmore LP in a recent letter to the Spruce Hill Community Association Zoning Committee and the neighborhood at large. Despite lack of specifics, WPL reports the mixed-use apartment building is anticipated to include a fitness center and full-service restaurant with outdoor seating, “among other retail options.”

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Pole Position: Light Towers “Appropriate Signal” of North Broad’s Bright Future

Four light masts have risen on North Broad Street between Green Street and Fairmount Avenue. Photos: James Jennings | Rendering: Mark McDonald

Mayor Michael Nutter officially announced the plan that will completely change the look, feel and future of a nearly 2.5 mile stretch of North Broad Street from Hamilton Street to Glenwood Avenue.

The North Broad Streetscape project will see 41 “decorative light towers,” each standing 55-feet tall, introduced to the median of Philly’s main artery. The $8.7 million project is funded by a mix of federal, state and city funds and will look to spur even more investment on North Broad Street.

“As a government, we want do anything we can to support growth and development along this important corridor,” said Mayor Nutter in a press release. “The North Broad Streetscape project will give this area a cohesive look and make it a safer, more inviting place for customers and residents. This project will return North Broad Street to its former glory as a main thoroughfare for our great city.”

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Bella Vista’s Bean Exchange Building Sells; Coffee Shop Shutters

All images by TREND via Redfin

All images by TREND via Redfin

There’s a double-shot of an update regarding the building that housed the Bean Exchange at 7th and Bainbridge in Bella Vista. After being listed in July for $779,000, the building–which includes the retail space and two renovated 1-bedroom condos with parking–sold this week for $800,000, according to listing agent Kathleen Conway’s website (and Redfin).

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Airbnb Plans “Hosting Meetup” in Preparation for Philadelphia Papal Visit


How do I rent my place out when Pope Francis comes to town? 

It’s a question we’ve been getting for some time now (and even spelled it out for people).  But as the Philadelphia Papal Visit rapidly approaches, the tone with which the question is now being asked has transitioned from casual cooler talk to a holy-crap-it’s-in-less-than-a-month-please-help-me-for-the-love-of-God type urgency.

Relax, there’s still some time to make it happen.

Airbnb is running a free “Hosting Meetup” on Thursday night at Pipeline, a co-working space inside the Graham Building at 30 South 15th Street, to get new and prospective hosts acquainted with the process in advance the upcoming large scale events, including Made in America over Labor Day weekend and Papal Visit at the end of September.

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New York to Philly Among Largest Metro-to-Metro Migration Flows, Says Census Bureau

Feel like you’re always running into former New York denizens? It’s not surprising given that new statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau show the New York to Philadelphia mobility train to be one of the largest metro-to-metro flows in the country.

But let’s back up a second.

According to the Census Bureau press release regarding the new figures, the stats examine the overall metro-to-metro mobility within the United States and Puerto Rico using data gathered by the American Community Survey between 2009 and 2013. The numbers reveal that nearly 18 percent of all movers relocated to a different metropolitan area in the last year – that’s about 8.5 million people packing up their stuff and saying sayonara to their old home.

As mentioned earlier, Philly’s metro-to-metro inbound mobility proved in large part to be dominated by New Yorkers, with up to 26,957 per year moving to the Greater Philadelphia Metro during that time. We’ve known this has been happening for awhile, so Property dug a little deeper to find the next two metros whose residents up and left for Philly.

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