Abandoned Railroad in Fox Chase Could Soon Be a Park Trail

Photo credit: Google Street View.

Photo credit: Google Street View.

If you’ve ever walked by the Fox Chase Regional Rail Station in Northeast Philly, you may have noticed a long-abandoned railroad bed taking up precious space across from it. That site, we are now happy to report, might in due time breathe new life as a park trail.

The tracks, which were once a continuation of the Fox Chase-Newtown Line, stopped being used by SEPTA in the early ’80s. William Kenney at the Northeast Times now reports the Planning Commission has succeeded in acquiring grant funds to “study the conversion of SEPTA’s abandoned Fox Chase-Newtown Line into a park trail,” a part of which has already been repurposed as Lorimer Trail on the Montgomery County side.

The news, which included the Commission getting a second grant for another study that would look into putting sidewalks on the Rockwell-Hasbrook section of Oxford Avenue, was announced by local resident Chuck Tucker earlier this month during a Fox Chase Homeowners Association and Town Watch meeting,

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Main Line Monday: $4.37M Bryn Mawr Dwelling with His and Her Offices

955 Rock Creek Rd, Bryn Mawr, PA, 19010

Architect Fred Bissinger (he of Dream Homes Philadelphia fame) designed this Main Line house, which, at 10,000 square feet, offers plenty of bonus home features: a set of his and her offices (finally, your own quiet work space!), custom wine room, guest suite, home theater and even an exercise room.

Appointments include vaulted ceilings, a cherry paneled great room (with full bar) and custom cabinetry in the kitchen (appliances consist of Gaggenau and Sub Zero). The master suite contains sitting and dressing rooms, as well as walk-in closets and a marble bathroom with double vanities.

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Morning Headlines: Mixed-Use Development Planned Near King of Prussia Mall

King of Prussia rendering

King of Prussia Malls’s planned addition isn’t the only thing coming to the area: the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports that the former Valley Forge Golf Course, a 135-acre parcel of land near the mall, is set to get apartments, a hospital, and further shopping.

Laughlin says that the on-site Wegmans, which has been there for two years, will eventually be in the company of a “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility, 249,985 additional square feet of retail, […] 365 residential units” and, one day, an extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. If you’re wondering why this development would warrant an elevated line extension, that’s because the community is expected to grow in coming years.
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A Hearing On the Land Bank Strategic Plan Is Coming Up

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Could Philadelphia’s Land Bank Plan be better? We asked this of you last month, but now is your chance to really make your voice heard.

On Monday, December 1st, a hearing on the Land Bank’s strategic plan and polices resolution will be held by City Council’s Public Property Committee. If you like the plan (or don’t) and want to testify, you can sign up here.

Details below. 

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ThinkFest Videos: On Philly Street Art, the New Comcast Tower, and Drexel’s Neighborhood Vision

ThinkFest was filled with innovative voices discussing Philadelphia’s evolving landscape. Below are just a few video selections from speakers who were at the event: urban explorer and photographer Conrad Benner, Senior Comcast Vice President Karen Buchholz and Drexel President John Fry.

(Pssst! And you can watch more videos here!)

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Property’s Weekend Agenda: The Skyspace in Chestnut Hill

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura [busy].

Photo credit: Flickr user camera_obscura [busy].

Last November, we reported the new meetinghouse for Chestnut Hill Friends was a total success. Light artist James Turrell’s addition to the structure–one of his signature skyspace light installations that are well-known throughout the country–made the building even better.

Uwishunu’s Kristina Jenkins reports many visitors have flocked to see the Skyspace since then (our own Liz Spikol did so, see the above link if you didn’t already!), with spectacular dawn and dusk viewings occurring throughout the year. This weekend, the mini event will be on Sunday. We suggest you go!

And don’t worry about the event time, either. The registration (yes, you must reserve your spot, but it’s still free!) lists the viewing as 4:39pm, so aim for a 4:20-4:30 arrival if you don’t want to miss the show!

Details below.

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ThinkFest Recap: Why the New Comcast Skyscraper Will Be Great for Philly

Missed Thinkfest? Not to worry, we have a social media roundup of the highlights. Here’s one of Comcast Senior Vice President Karen Buchholz telling us why the upcoming Comcast Innovation and Technolgy Center will be great for the city:

Karen Buchholz, senior vp, Comcast, makes a case for the new Comcast building in 15 seconds. #ThinkFest

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New Listing: Queen Village Residence Looks More Society Hill Than South Philly

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

Queen Village is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city, boasting several historic homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, no doubt about it (it was added to the city property in the mid-1800s). But c’mon, you have to admit this house is more reminiscent of vaunted Spruce Street properties, and less like the South Philadelphia home that it is.

The house, built circa 1829, is within the catchment area of the William M. Meredith School and it offers original random-width hardwood floors (rumoured to be Carolina Pine), four fireplaces (two bedrooms have them) and a brand new kitchen with a view of the back garden.  One of the upstairs bathrooms has also been remodeled recently.

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Morning Headlines: Neighbors Say Dranoff’s One Ardmore Place Is Too Tall

One-Ardmore-Place-Logo

Dranoff Properties’ One Ardmore Place was off to a rocky start and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. According to Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times, residents recently banded together at a meeting to express their disapproval for the redevelopment project’s height.

During a forum with the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners this past Wednesday, neighbors wore t-shirts with the words “Save Cricket Lot 4 Ardmore” and argued that the sections of the planned mixed-use building that rise up eight stories do not adhere to the neighborhood’s character. They then reiterated past complaints, as well. From the Main Line Times: Read more »

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