Man Cave Alert: Original Seats from the Legendary Blue Horizon Are For Sale

The wooden seats from the Legendary Blue Horizon are being sold off by the pair through Archer Seating. For $350, you get the seats that “were installed in 1914, made by Heywood Wakefield and have their ORIGINAL varnish on them,” according to Archer’s website. Now that’s old school.

The price includes the wooden floor feet, which allow you to use them without having to actually bolt them into the floor. The website reminds us why these seats have become available for purchase: “No seats have ever been removed before from this venue before, the building is being renovated for other uses and will never see another fight or concert.” Read more »

New Details Emerge About So-Called “Fergie’s Tower” Project

Fergie Tower 1213-1219 Walnut Street

1213-1219 Walnut Street | Photo: James Jennings

Alright, so you already know that the proposal at 1213-19 Walnut Street–nicknamed “Fergie’s Tower” as the lot literally surrounds Fergie’s Pub–could possibly start construction in July.

Thanks to the public application through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, we now know that Walnut 1213 Associated L.P. has applied for a $5 million grant for the project “dubbed 1213 Walnut Street Redevelopment.” Accompanying the grant application is a “Brief Project Description” field that tells us what the plans are going to be should this project get built: Read more »

Here’s What the Upcoming Residences at the Curtis Will Be Like

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

We’d love to have our hands on the latest renderings of the upcoming Residences at the Curtis, but as the saying goes, good things comes to those who wait and wait we must as those are currently in the works.  When will they be ready? “Probably another couple of weeks,” wrote a DAS Architects spokesperson in an email, adding that the “project is on track to begin this summer.

Earlier this year, Keystone Property Group development director Jennifer Cooperman said she envisioned a “vibrant pedestrian experience” to come from the office to mixed-use switch of the Beaux Arts-style building at 6th and Walnut. (KPG, you’ll recall, is joint owner of the structure along with Mack-Cali Realty Corp., the two having purchased the property last year.)

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Headlines: Is a Boutique Hotel Coming to the Navy Yard?

navy yard

Will another hotel soon join the Courtyard Marriot inside the friendly confines of the Navy Yard? While nothing is certain as of yet, Jacob Adelman of the The Inquirer reports that Franklin Square Capital Partners, an investment firm based in the Navy Yard, has applied for a $7.5 million grant through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP).

The project description on the application shines from light on the plan: Read more »

New Life for the Philadelphia Blueprint Company on Chestnut Street

Rendering of 725 Chestnut Street | via Urban Space Development Inc.

Rendering of 725 Chestnut Street | via Urban Space Development Inc.

The 700 block of Chestnut Street is about to see some major changes. Sure, you could point to the 32-story tower proposal at the surface parking lot at 709 Chestnut Street as proof positive, but there are smaller plans in the works that will also have a significant impact.

For starters, the movement to have four architecturally important buildings designated as historic means that the character of the block will remain. (A welcome sight an ever-changing city, as well as for a block that features a garish parking garage at the corner of 8th and Chestnut.) That includes the former Quaker City National Bank Building, as well as a lesser known project that will see four condos (with asking prices over the $1 million mark each) added to the block at 725 Chestnut Street, the former home of the Philadelphia Blueprint Company. Read more »

Headlines: Groundswell Design Group Entrusted with Next Phase in Proposed Pocket Park Project

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

Are you a fan of Spruce Street Harbor Park? Apparently, Groundswell Design Group, the firm responsible for the popular outdoor space, has been hit up by the Roxborough Development Corporation to come up with design concepts for the proposed Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, a hoped-for neighborhood green space at 6170-72 Ridge Avenue.

The site consists of parking lot and the formerly vacant Allison Building, since redeveloped by RDC and now occupied by two upper floor tenants.

PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe has the scoop:

Taking on the next phase of the park plan is Groundswell Design Group, a firm whose recent projects have included Spruce Street Harbor Park, Winterfest, The Porch @ 30th Street Station, and portions of Dilworth Plaza. At the meeting, Groundswell designer Rob Brady, who lived in Roxborough for three years, said the firm would bring its experience in creating “activation spaces” to the Ridge Avenue project. He and Groundswell colleague Kyle Blackwell said their goal is to gather the “needs, likes and desires” of the community and return with design concepts.

Emphasis ours.

The meeting Jaffe is referring to is the “informal community meeting” that took place this past Thursday. According to him, residents presented their vision for the proposed space so that the Groundswell team might be well informed as to the desires of the neighborhood when going about this next phase. He adds that an online survey that gauged park ideas from some 200 residents was also conducted prior to this gathering. The concepts, as well as neighborhood feedback, are expected for the next meeting.


Plus, Northeast Philly is getting…

Northeast Philly is getting what?? Yes, folks, we’re getting two (hey, it’s a start) protected bike lanes! From Citified:

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New Exhibit Will Put CITC, Norman Foster on Full Display


The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will completely change the Philadelphia skyline forever, yet it just doesn’t seem like people are as pumped about it as they should be. East Market is getting a ton of plaudits. The same can be said for the Gallery. Admittedly, we’ve been tracking the progress at the W Hotel more than the CITC. Here’s a little bit of perspective: the CITC will be nearly twice as tall as the W and feature the Four Seasons Hotel on its top 12 floors. If you’re scoring along at home, that’s Norman Foster, Comcast’s second skyline busting tower full of innovation, a marquee hotel in the clouds and it will be the tallest building in North America outside of New York and Chicago.

Thankfully, the Philadelphia Center for Architecture realizes this and has a cool exhibit starting this week. Designing Our Skyline: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center by Foster + Partners will run from May 29 through June 21. Not only will you get to learn all about the soon-to-be-tallest building in the city, but there will also be detailed models on display, renderings and “a timeline of concept sketches by Pritzker Prize winning Norman Foster.” It’s also completely free, which makes it even better.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on May 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture at 1218 Arch Street and feature music, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvers. Register here.

Massive Office Property Adjacent to PHL to Be Part of Expansion?

400x347 International Plaza Tinicum Township in Delaware County

Image via Amerimar Enterprises website

There’s no official mention of this being part of the big expansion project slated for the Philadelphia International Airport (Automated. People. Mover. Enough said!), but it has piqued our interest as there’s the possibility that it might be.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni, a bill that would pave the way for the city to buy the International Plaza property adjacent to the airport has been introduced to City Council. Extra space means extra new airport stuff, right?

Looks like it. Kostelni has this to say about the potential nature of the relationship between PHL and its 27-acre neighbor, an Amerimar Enterprises-owned tract consisting of a two-building office complex with a breezeway and parking:

It is assumed the property would go toward the eventual expansion of the Philadelphia International Airport. The airport has eyed the property for years for possible runway expansion or even for cargo operations.

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Headlines: Apartments Planned for Superfresh Society Hill Site?

Superfresh Society Hill

Image via Google Street View

The Superfresh in Society Hill is near and dear to the hearts of nearby residents. So, it’s probably a safe bet that near-neighbors will be paying close attention to whatever the future holds for the current site near 5th and Pine. Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports, “Alterra Property Group is in the preliminary stages of a proposal to construct a mixed-use development on a Society Hill property that now houses a Superfresh.”

It’s still early in the process (Alterra has the property under agreement), but Kostelni says that preliminary plans are to demolish the single-story building in favor for a larger, mixed-use apartment complex with “between 12,000 and 18,000 square feet of retail space.” Superfresh has a lease at the site until 2018. Lee Addimando, co-owner of Alterra, tells Kostelni, “we would love to try to bring back a grocery store.”

In Other News:

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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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