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

Boyd Theatre Philadelphia

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

Headlines: The Rail Park Gets Go-Ahead from Planning Commission

Image courtesy of Bryan Hanes | Studio Bryan Hanes

Image courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission officially gave its blessing this week to a bill that would allow the city to purchase a 0.8-acre tract of the former Reading Viaduct in Callowhill. You know it as the future home of The Rail Park.

It’s not too surprising that the commission gave the go-ahead. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly, who was at the meeting, summed it up rather well: “Can you imagine a different outcome? As far as we can tell, this project has zero opponents.” In fact, the entire presentation is wrapped up in a 3-minute long video that ends with a rather ho-hum approval vote from the commissioners.

The Art Commission approved the plan for the park earlier this month and the approval of the bill is the next step in developing the former rail corridor into a public amenity.

Once realized, the experience on the elevated park will include landscaped walking trails, lighting and various site furnishings.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Inviting Waterfall Pool Spotted Inside Bucks County Home

TREND images via

TREND images via

Would we recommend it as a summer house? Perhaps not (unless you got the cash…), but it would make for a pretty remarkable year-round home.

Gazebos, flower beds and specimen trees, small bridge, reflecting ponds, and even a loggia are all part of this five-acre property, which in addition to having a lush landscape (which comes with a night-lit tennis court by the way) claims a magnificent 11,000-square-foot home to its repertoire.

Some luxe features you’ll stumble upon at Ivy Manor? Let’s start with that full-blown theater space, which has a nearby massage room and billiards and exercise areas. The main house prize, however, is the swimming pool room, complete with waterfall, murals, and laundry. An au pair suite is attached to the home via a mud room, while the house itself welcomes guests through its large twin staircase foyer.  Upstairs, the master bathroom includes a shower with a domed ceiling.  

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Tweet Tease: You’re One Step Closer to La Colombe on Independence Mall

Back in December, La Colombe made your coffee-soaked, history-loving heart flutter with happiness when they announced plans to open an outpost in the Dow Building on Independence Mall. As evidenced by the tweet above from Keystone Property Group, those plans as coming along nicely. Crews are busy putting in the stairs, though we still don’t know when exactly it will open. According to Foobooz, La Colombe will eventually be leasing a 1,700-square-feet corner in the building that also contains the highly-popular Independence Beer Garden. Here is rendering of what the outdoor seating area will look like once it’s complete. Read more »

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.’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 []

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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Headlines: Major Changes on the Way at the Ritz-Carlton


The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia | George Widman/Visit Philly

Hotels are a hot topic around the city these days. While a lot of the talk has been about the construction of the W and Element Hotel at 15th and Chestnut, the Ritz-Carlton has long been a stalwart on that very same block and recent changes seem to suggest it’s looking to reassert its dominance in a rapidly changing hospitality scene.

Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that “Carey Watermark Investors Inc has purchased a majority interest in the Ritz-Carlton and plans a $21.3 million renovation on the entire 299-room property on South Broad Street in Philadelphia.” The deal is a joint venture with Philadelphia Hospitality Partners and it sounds like a full-scale “contemporary” revamp of iconic hotel is on its way, including upgrades to the rooms, ballroom and more.

The work is expected to be wrapped up in 2016. The Ritz won’t be the only high-end hotel getting a new look in the near future. The Four Seasons on the Parkway is set to close in June, with a yet-to-be-named hotel featuring a modern look taking its place.

Ritz Carlton ownership changes, renovations in the works [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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No Timeline Set for Reopening 10th Street After Second Water Main Break

Road Closed Till Xmas #tenthandtasker #phillyconstruction #watermainbreaks #interminability

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Residents around 10th Street between Tasker and Morris have been through the ringer over the past few months.  A representative from the Philadelphia Water Department tells us that two water main breaks since late-February will force the closure of the highly trafficked South Philly street with no timeline for reopening in sight.

A letter distributed by the Philadelphia Water Department to near-neighbors (attached below) explains that the second break occurred on April 23, which subsequently damaged the sewer and caused a sink hole. That means the 1600 block of South 10th Street will continue to be closed while PWD “plan[s] to replace the entire water main and sewer during the summer months.”

Perhaps in an effort to channel their inner Kid Hazo, unhappy passersby have used the road closed sign as an impromptu public comment board of sorts, tacking up snarky, political and even downright vulgar notes to it. Read more »

On the Market: Logan Square Apartment for the Minimalist at Heart

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Oooh, be sure to save this one for your ultra tidy friend with a penchant for bright, pristine expanses and bare furnishings. Located between 22nd and 23rd, unit 702 at 2200 Arch might just be what your minimalist buddy is looking for! (Though maybe try to encourage a little more life into their future home, regardless of how tempting it is to keep its fresh-faced look.)

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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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