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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Temple University Plans to Start Demolition at Barton Hall by End of the Week

Temple University Libray | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Temple University Library | Via Civic Design Review, Temple University, Snohetta, Stantec

Here’s a brief update on the status of Temple University’s upcoming $190 million library project. Patricia Madej of The Temple News talked with Dozie Ibeh, assistant vice president of the university’s Project Delivery Group, and it looks like the end of Barton Hall on Liacouras Walk is near.  “Demolition [of Barton Hall], which will cost about $2.8 million, is expected by the end of the week, with anticipated completion by the end of the year.”

The site will eventually house an impressive library designed by Snøhetta and Stantec. Temple University has been very busy this year, and crews have been removing hazardous material from the building over the summer. The project is scheduled to head before Civic Design Review on September 1 for an information-only presentation.

H/T: Main Campus undergoing a major facelift [The Temple News]

Innovation Plaza to Open This Fall, Include Innovators Walk of Fame

Innovation Plaza, Innovators Walk of Fame rendering | Courtesy of University City Science Center

Innovation Plaza, Innovators Walk of Fame rendering | Courtesy of University City Science Center

Let’s rewind to early summer for a moment. In June, we told you all about the University City Science Center‘s expanding campus: the upcoming apartments, retail, restaurants, office and lab space (of course) and new walkable streets and a public square slated to “give the 14-acre campus a sense of place.” All well and good, right?

Indeed. Now, tack onto that news of one of the many indoor and outdoor gathering spots planned with the expansion opening this fall: Innovation Plaza.

Sited on the walkway along 37th Street between Market and Chestnut, according to a press release, Innovation Plaza will include an Innovators Walk of Fame (rendered above) with free WiFi, chess tables and greenery. Originally launched in 2013, the Walk was conceived from an effort to honor the Science Center’s 50th anniversary and with the idea of highlighting the Greater Philadelphia region’s diverse tradition of discovery and innovation. 

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Development Roundup: PMC Property Group Has Been Busy

One Water Street | Rendering: PMC Property Group, Varenhorst

One Water Street | Rendering: PMC Property Group, Varenhorst

PMC Property Group has been making some noise around the Philadelphia real estate landscape recently. We talked with Jonathan Stavin, PMC’s executive vice president, to catch up on a hand full of their projects from Old City to Logan Square.

Retail Back in Play at One Water Street

Construction is well underway One Water Steet, a 250-unit apartment complex just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Stavin said the timeline “remains on schedule” to top off the building by mid-October.  The big news is that there are some major changes coming to the final product.

Stavin confirmed that they’re adding retail inside the building and public art to the site, “in order to address some of the the additional concerns raised by the community.”

Though it’s probably not as architecturally bold as the Bridge project at 2nd and Race, the latest rendering (above) of the project shows more variation in color and textures than the previous iterations. Here’s to hoping to looks great in real life. Leasing is expected to begin “as soon as January,” said Stavin.

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Property’s Photo of the Week: Dog Days at Devil’s Pool

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With the dog days of summer soon to run off into the sunset, we thought it fitting to feature one of Philadelphia’s best open secrets of the season: Devil’s Pool.

Being that it’s located along the Wissahickon Creek, we must say, it’s one of Philly best kept open secrets because even we didn’t know about it. It’s eternal lure, however, is well-known among those who have dipped into its murky waters on scorching days.

Recently, there were murmurings of its potential closure, with police divers, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and members of Friends of the Wissahickon proposing it be filled in with rocks. The measure would be in response to the sometimes fatal plunges visitors take from atop nearby high-points. Naturally, the idea was derided by some (of course) and, thus far, the city hasn’t voiced any intention of going along with such a plan.

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Three Mega-Projects Slated for Civic Design Review in September

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects

1300 Fairmount | Via Civic Design Review, RAL Development Services, Cope Linder Architects

Let’s delve a little deeper into some major projects facing the increasingly colorful Civic Design Review process, shall we? The meeting starts at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1 in Room 18-029 at 1515 Arch Street. Three big-time projects go under the microscope, including a repeat visit for one project in Pennsport.

In their 1300 Fairmount proposal, RAL Development looks to bring a massive mixed-use apartment complex, possibly anchored by a grocery store, to the vast vacant lot that wraps the Divine Lorraine. Maryland-based Concordia Group plans to raze the former (and newer part of) Mount Sinai Hospital, once dubbed the Divine Lorraine of South Philadelphia. Finally, Temple University looks to knock down an aging building to make room for a decidedly Scandinavian project designed by starchitects Snøhetta, a Norwegian firm with an eye for the spectacular, and the local firm Stantec.

Alright, let’s get right to it.

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Sustainable North Philly Building Named “Project of the Year” by U.S. Green Building Council

Photo courtesy of Wallace Roberts and Todd

Photo credit: Wallace Roberts and Todd

It seems there’s always more that can be done when it comes to efforts intended to make a city more sustainable,  but it goes without saying Philadelphia has really been trying. One development in particular got its due credit earlier this week, we’re happy to report.

On Tuesday the U.S. Green Building Council announced the winners of its LEED for Homes Awards, which recognizes those trailblazing the way for innovation in residential green building. In addition to developers and homebuilders counting as recipients, multi- and single-family residential and affordable housing projects are also considered, according to a press release.

Among this year’s seven winners is the Paseo Verde apartment complex in North Philadelphia, which was crowned “Project of the Year.” The development, which first broke ground next to Temple University Station in February 2012, is a mixed-use, mixed-income building with LEED Platinum certification and consists of 120 rental units, landscaped terraces, green roofs and community service space. Paseo Verde also includes photovoltaic solar panels and energy efficient building envelope and water heating systems, among other sustainable features.

This is the project’s 8th award. Previously, it received the Willard G. Rouse Award for Excellence by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Urban Land Institute; an Honor Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; and the Regional Excellence Award for the Regional Land Use Project of the Year from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, among others.

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Target Announces Location at 12th and Chestnut

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Target will open a store in Midtown Village, the company announced Wednesday night.

The announcement follows last month’s news that the company will build a 21,000-square-foot Target Express — an urban, mini version of its big box stores — at the old Boyd Theatre site on Chestnut Street. Reports at the time said the company was “sniffing around” for a second Center City location. Read more »

iStar Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Waterfront Renewal in Asbury Park

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

iStar, real estate investment trust extraordinaire and prospective Jersey Shore dream makers in the making, has embarked on a massive redevelopment plan that is sure to elicit a head-turn or two. Their venture, which involves more than twenty projects all together and will have a multi-billion dollar price tag attached, is to give a 1.25-mile tract of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey a complete restoration and upgrade.

According to a press release, the plan will add 2,100 new homes and 300 hotel rooms to the area, while also working on a series of mixed-use and infrastructure projects intended to restore the town’s shoreline attraction. These developments will include The Asbury, a 110 key boutique hotel; Monroe, a 34-unit luxury condominium; and 1101 Ocean, a, quote, “landmark mixed-use hotel/condominium/retail project” set to be in one of the tallest edifices along the Jersey Shore. Asbury Lanes, a historic bowling and music venue, will also get a refresh.

Joining iStar in their effort are creative lead Anda Andrei, former Director of Design at the Ian Schrager Company; David Bowd, the visionary behind the SALT hotels brand; architects Chad Oppenheim and Gary Handel, among others; and renowned landscape designer Madison Cox. More importantly though, iStar is partnering with several Asbury Park businesses, cultural institutions, entrepreneurs, artists, and community groups to give the renewal an authentic touch.

“Asbury Park has a soul that makes it unique in America,” says Andrei in the press release. “There’s a love for that behind this project.  We’re mining the incredible history and one-of-a-kind character to amplify what’s already here.”

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Rebuffed Old City Project Slips Past Planning Commission

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via

Looks like the would-be “great goddamn building” that Architectural Committee panelist Cecil Baker wanted from Priderock Capital Partners, the developer behind a proposed 216-unit residential complex at 401 Race in Old City, won’t be getting the design changes that would have made it “great” by the committee’s standards.

So, what happened? According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the developer’s current plan this past Tuesday. During the meeting, Commission chairman Alan Greenberger said he had no qualms with the height and loading variances Priderock is hoping to get.

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