Headlines: Is Independence Mall Center City’s Next Hot Neighborhood?

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The Independence Beer Garden was a gamble that paid off on Independence Mall

In just a few short days, droves of people will descend on Independence Mall to celebrate the birthplace of America. But what if that shot of life to an otherwise sleepy tourist center were to stick around all year round?

Thanks in large part to a few people who saw some serious potential in the massive buildings surrounding America’s “most historic square mile,” it’s actually starting to happen. According to The Inquirer, it kicked off with the purchase of the Dow Building in 2013.

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Open House: Super Cool (and Super Tiny) WashWest Carriage House Packs a Punch

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Images by TREND via Keller Williams Center City

Here’s a home you’re definitely going to want to scope out at the open house on Sunday. Why? For starters, it’s packed with a bunch of great features, including two sets of original balcony carriage doors, built-in shelving, lovely wood floors and beautiful exposed beams.

But don’t be fooled by its paltry 649-square-feet listing, you’re going to want to see how the owners fit so much into a relatively tiny space. It’s all down to the layout, baby.

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Holy Bjarke Ingels! Starchitect-Designed Office Building Coming to The Navy Yard

1200 Intrepid | Rendering via Bjarke Ingels Group/PIDC

1200 Intrepid | Rendering via Bjarke Ingels Group/PIDC

Update: Here’s a look at the renderings of the “gravity defying” 1200 Intrepid. As you know, the building is designed by global architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group. The building, which is targeting LEED gold certification, officially broke ground on Tuesday, June 30 in a dual ceremony that also saw Liberty Property Trust cut the ribbon on Central Green, an impressive park space in the middle of the Navy Yard.

Bjarke Ingels dug a little deeper into the overall design in a press release:

“Our design for 1200 Intrepid has been shaped by the encounter between Robert Stern’s urban master plan of rectangular city blocks and James Corner’s iconic circular park. The ‘shock wave’ of the public space spreads like rings in the water invading the footprint of our building to create a generous urban canopy at the entrance. The resultant double curved façade echoes the complex yet rational geometries of maritime architecture. Inside, the elevator lobby forms an actual periscope allowing people to admire the mothballed ships at the adjacent docks.”

Take a look at the aerial angle and how it interacts with the surrounding buildings and the new Central Green:

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Property’s Photo of the Week: It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood

The sky may not be in the sunniest of spirits and our Photo of the Week pick, shot by photographer Jason Coopman who shares amazing photos on Instagram, looks to have been taken yesterday, but there’s just something a little extra special about today.

We think you know what it is, but we’ll just leave this shot of the newly added rainbow crosswalks at Locust and 13th to give you an idea. I mean, it’s certainly a beautiful day to be in the Gayborhood.

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Farmhouse Friday: Trunnel Hyll, New Hope’s Coolest Barn Reconstruction

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

Ah, Trunnel Hyll. How exactly did this stand-out residence in the middle of New Hope come to be, you ask? Well, according to the listing, Worthington Construction is responsible for this neat fusion of period barn structures. (And you know we love country-style renovations!)

The property’s unique architecture is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it was also constructed, wherever possible, with natural and energy-efficient products and systems. The home features, for example, a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system, which essentially lowers the cost of winter heating and summer cooling for you. Pretty sweet, right?

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Headlines: More Football Stadium Speculation as Temple Demos Buildings

shutterstock_temple-flag-940x540It seems like everytime Temple looks to demolish any university-owned structures (of any size), the old football stadium question starts to pop up. Remember all the hubbub over William Penn High School? The latest round of speculation is actually quite intriguing.

Naked Philly recently spotted that the Triangle Apartments near Broad and Norris, long used as graduate student housing, have been razed. Given their proximity to the recreation facilities between Broad and 16th Street, it’s possible that Temple would have enough room to finally build that 30,000-seat (or so) stadium facility for their football program, which may or may not just be “big, bad idea” anyway.

Again, this is pure speculation, as Temple hasn’t announced their plans for the site. It was marked as “recommended for removal” under their recent master plan, Visualize Temple. So, will the Temple football stadium happen at this (or any) campus location? We’ll be sure to update you once more information becomes available.

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South Philly ReStore to Get Two-Day Grand Opening with “Fun Day” Events

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Image via Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia blog

Its celebratory, two-part introduction to Point Breeze isn’t the only reason for why you should be getting pumped about the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 2318 Washington Avenue. Real estate-wise, the 17,000-square-foot facility is anticipated to be a little gold nugget that will add to the neighborhood in more ways than one.

Indeed, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, who is set to discuss economic development along Washington Avenue and the jobs this particular store will bring during tomorrow’s ribbon-cutting, believes the new South Philadelphia ReStore is “sure to be so much more than a great new place to shop in Point Breeze.”

In addition to occupying a previously vacant building and potentially stimulating more economic activity on the avenue, the ReStore will offer locals a place to donate gently-used home goods and acquire low-cost building materials, while also furthering Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing to those who need it. All proceeds from the store will go “towards the building and repairing of homes,” said Greenberger, per a press release.

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Here’s a Preview of the New Ballroom Space at The Logan

Not your mother's event space…are you ready to get a little drama in your lives Philadelphia?? Check out our newly released ballroom renderings! #theLogan

Posted by The Logan – Philadelphia's Hotel on Thursday, June 18, 2015

As you know, the Four Seasons is out at One Logan and work is currently underway to transform the space into a new concept called The Logan. Part of the Curio – A Collection by Hilton line of independent luxury brands, The Logan’s decor will flaunt a modern, arsty aesthetic that’s a dramatic shift from the traditional opulence of its predecessor. Read more »

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