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

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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 »

$1.1 Million State Grant to Aid Northwest Philly’s Wayfinding Project

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and other neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are about to see a massive makeover thanks to Mt. Airy USA, a community development group heavily involved, PlanPhilly’s Daniel Pasquarello says, in neighborhood revitalization projects.

In this instance, the group is spearheading the Connecting & Building Philadelphia’s Safest Corridors project, which involves creating a “much-needed regional wayfinding system of signs” and “the installation of 10 shelters along some of the area’s busiest bus routes.”

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Pennsylvania Named One of the Worst States to Have Thanksgiving

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Estately is always coming out with wacky lists. (Look no further than this one, this one here, and oh, this one). This time around, they have compiled their super hard-hitting data to analyze which states are least likely to have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

The top three? Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The folks over at the real estate search website then offered each state a profile. Here’s the one they wrote for Pennsylvania:

Only after agreeing to cook a Tofurkey alongside the actual Turkey, and once arguments over Obama’s real country of birth have died down, and after everyone has another drink, only then can Pennsylvanians give thanks that both the Steelers and Eagles have a legitimate chance to meet in the SuperBowl.

The full list of bad Turkey Day states and criteria used to measure them below… Read more »

Sold in Six Days!

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

2001 Kater St, Philadelphia, PA, 19146

If only there were pictures of this corner rowhouse from back in the day on PhillyHistory.org! We would have loved to see what the Graduate Hospital home looked like then.

According to its last owners, the first floor was once a hair salon with apartments on the second and third levels. But going back even further, the building was a generational sandwich shop called “Prowell’s Sandwiches,” which some older neighbors fondly remember for “their excellent chilli hot dogs.” (This was before the big cheesesteak craze that hit Philly in the 1940s.) The owner adds that parts of sandwich shop’s lettering can still be seen on the sidewalk out front.

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Hotel Slated for Little Pete’s Site Moves Forward

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The hotel planned for the site currently occupied by a parking garage and Little Pete’s diner advanced earlier this week. Philadelphia’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend a bill that would amend zoning regulations to allow the Hudson Hotel to be built at the site.

The bill would allow the hotel to proceed without going to the zoning board. The planning commission said it considered this corrective rather than spot zoning, as it seems like 17th and Chancellor should already be zoned to allow hotel construction. City Council’s rules committee will vote on the bill rezoning the site on December 2nd.

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This Artist’s Million Dollar Rittenhouse Home Is On the Market

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

#1ST/2D, 1821 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19103

What would you do with this Edwardian-detailed home? (No kidding, it has walnut woodwork, leaded glass windows, plaster moldings on the ceiling, and, of course, original hardwood floors with inlaid details. Also, a handful of wood-burning fireplaces.)

Consider this: the property is actually two distinct units, which are currently connected via a “secret passageway” that can be sealed off easily to make a closet. If choosing to keep it whole, you get a 3-bedroom. Separate them and someone gets a 1-bedroom with an artist’s studio. Speaking of which…

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Morning Headlines: The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk Makes Philadelphia Better

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photograph by Laura Kicey

What raises the quality of a city? According to Better! Cities & Towns editor Robert Steuteville, there are four things that are key creating a “strong sense of place” within any given town: walkability, the presence of culture and arts, history and its preservation and, finally, a “connection to nature.”

Does that sound like any place you know?

Philadelphia may meet the first three, but it’s only in the last few years that the last element has started to move toward reaching its full potential. Steuteville points to New York’s High Line as a dramatic example of this city-nature relationship, but says Philly now has a similar thing going on with its Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk:
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That Art Museum Area Victorian We Loved Might Soon Be Under Contract

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

833 N Woodstock St, Philadelphia, PA, 19130

Ooof, don’t kick yourself too hard! This three-story period beauty has just been listed as “contingent” on Redfin, which may soon mean that it’s no longer on the market.

Lest you forgot, exposed wood beams, stained glass windows, and original moldings and built-in armoire are just a few of the things the home offered potential buyers. More info here.

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House of the Week: A Frank Weise Modernist Marvel on Lombard Street

1201 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

1201 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Holy mackerel, a Frank Weise home is for sale!

Admittedly, I’ve only been familiar with Mr. Weise’s work for 90 minutes. Modern Homes Philadelphia, a website that acts as a resource for those interested in modern architectural living in the area, has a whole slew of images and information on the architect’s jaw-dropping buildings.

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