“Fergie’s Beach” to Make Way for “Fergie’s Tower” in July?

Fergie Tower 1213-1219 Walnut Street

1213-1219 Walnut Street | Photo: James Jennings

Remember how excited you were to read this Foobooz post last week about the return of “Fergie’s Beach,” a pop-up wonderland of beer, food and fun next to the timeless Fergie’s Pub near 12th and Sansom in Midtown Village? Well, imagine how interested we were to read that they kind of non-chalantly spilled the beans about the construction of the long-planned tower project in that huge surface parking lot surrounding the the popular public house:

“The “60-seat beer garden and asphalt paradise” will return on Wednesday, May 20th and will run until construction of the so-called “Fergie’s Tower” begins. That’s expected to be sometime in mid-July.”

The site at 1213-1219 Walnut Street is actually owned by the 1213 Walnut Associates L.P./Goldenberg Group, which purchased it in November for $8.2 million, according to city records. Maureen Garrity, spokesperson for the Goldenberg Group, told us in an email, “We are working diligently on the 1213 Walnut Project, and are expecting to break ground later this year.  We look forward to sharing details with you as they become available.” Read more »

Trinity Tuesday: Superb Tudor-Style Home Facing Fitler Square For Sale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Honestly, it only offers one bedroom (easily becoming two should you decide to convert the top floor bonus room into another sleeping quarter), but considering its trinity status and the fact that is has sunny 763 square feet of living space at its disposal, we have no qualms taking that as part of its charm!

Features include exposed beams, two gas fireplaces, a new custom maple kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and wide-plank floors made of longleaf yellow pine. The bathroom boasts white and blue Bisazza tile and a mod porcelain sink, while the stacked laundry machines are nestled on the third floor, which as already mentioned, is an open bonus room viable as a second bedroom, office, or whatever you please. Boosting the cachet of this A+ trinity home? There’s access to a walkout tree-level deck that overlooks Fitler Square!

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Headlines: Planning Commission to Review Mega Projects at Monthly Meeting

Is that The Gallery? No. It's the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia | Image courtesy of PREIT

Is that The Gallery? No. It’s the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia | Images courtesy of PREIT

It’s going to be a busy meeting today for the monthly Planning Commission meeting at 1515 Arch Street, with no less than four mega projects on the agenda for review. The list includes (among others): a review of the plans for The Gallery/Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia; the proposed purchase of land for a prison in the Northeast; the re-zoning of the block for the townhome project at the former Mt. Sinai Hospital in Pennsport/Dickinson Square West and also the acquisition of  0.8-acre parcel known as the Viaduct for The Rail Park. The meeting starts at 1 p.m.

The city recently proposed legislation that would give developers PREIT and Macerich $175 million over 43 years for “construction, maintenance and operating cost” for the newly created public space at the revamped mall, according to Jacob Adelman of The Inquirer.

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Oscar Hammerstein Center Zoning Hearing Tonight, Petition Gets 1,000 Signatures

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

Left: Oscar Hammerstein II. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Right: Highland Farm. Photo via Highland Farm B&B website

It’s been a little while since we last heard any significant news regarding the proposed Oscar Hammerstein II Museum and Education Center in Doylestown, a.k.a. the former home of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. (The hills are alive with the sound of music… Yep. He penned that one among many others.) Now, though, things look to be ramping up as the June zoning board hearing that will conclude the project’s first major hurdle to realization inches closer. The latest on the Hammerstein Center plan is that there’s a zoning hearing about it tonight that could serve to show us what to expect from the June 15th decision.

Despite the hiccup from January and an inconclusive zoning board meeting in April, tonight’s hearing is expected to include final arguments from the attorneys representing those spearheading the project and those against it. WFMZ’s Randy Kraft reports the $20 million project can only go forward if it gets “a special exception and five variances from the zoning board.” Should the Doylestown Township Zoning Hearings Board conclude in favor of Will Hammerstein, Oscar’s grandson, and his supporters, Kraft says the next step would involve submitting land development plans for review and approval by township supervisors.

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You’ll Never Guess What the Seller is Throwing Into a Deal for Center City Penthouse

Symphony House Philadelphia

All images by TREND via Redfin/Realhome Services and Solutions

Buying a home can certainly come with its perks. Say for instance, you like some of the furniture or need a lawnmower. Oftentimes, you can work that into the deal. But have you ever had the audacity to ask the seller for their brand new 2015 Mercedes Benz? Well, now you don’t even have to go through the awkward power play!

The seller of this penthouse at Symphony House will straight up give you the keys to a luxury car, provided you pay the near-$4.3 million asking price for the condo that boasts panoramic views of the city. This is right from the listing: Read more »

Main Line Monday: This Villanova Residence Would Have Been Perfect for the Mad Men Finale

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Bryn Mawr

Don and the rest of the former Sterling-Cooper gang may have moved onto the next chapter in their lives with last night’s finale, but that doesn’t mean we’ve completely let them go. Case in point, this classic mid-century modern abode in Radnor Township, which although built in 1946, gives off a certain late sixties vibe that has us feeling like an alternate story arch with Don and Betty reuniting in Montco is about to take place. (Okay, so it’s not exactly possible, but Birdie is from the area, remember?)

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PAFA Museum to Undergo Historic Restoration This Summer

The Historic Landmark Building at PAFA | Photo: GPTMC

The Historic Landmark Building at PAFA | Photo: GPTMC

If you happen to see scaffolding going up around the hallowed Historic Landmark Building at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, don’t fret. It’s all part of a summer-long restoration project to the building designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt in the late-1800s.

Juxtaposed with the gigantic glass and metal Pennsylvania Convention Center across Broad Street, the Victorian Gothic museum building is still a wonder to this very day. It will see a handful of skillful–and gentle–repairs, including the restoration of the slate and glass roof as well as its stone and brick exterior, according to a recent press release from PAFA. Scaffolding installation begins May 18 and should take seven to 10 days to complete. The cost of the project is “about $1.5 million,” says PAFA’s Heike Rass. Here’s more:

For the rest of the summer, work will include stone cleaning, mortar repair, new slate on the center roof, new gutter work, resetting and sealing skylights, and installation of heat tracers in the building’s rain gutters to prevent formation of icicles on the edge of the facade.

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Headlines: Queen of Jeans Sign Hung on East Passyunk

Yooooo! Coming summer 2015 y’all!! The Queen of Jeans!!! WUT WUT! Happy Sunday everybody! Pimp! @kidhazo

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The building that used to house the King of Jeans is officially down, but that doesn’t mean its spirit is gone. On Sunday, Philly artists Kid Hazo (giant PPA ticket, PAFA poop emoji and many more) and South Fellini gave a new twist to an East Passyunk icon, installing a sign to the fence of the development site at 1843 East Passyunk Avenue that reads “Queen of Jeans Coming Summer 2015.” Needless to say, it was a big hit on social media.

As Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. asked on Instagram, “Isn’t it about time a woman ruled the Denim Empire?” To which we respond with a resounding yes! You can check out more pics of the sign here. A new 5-story building will soon rise and house 3,000-square-feet of retail space, a floor of office space and 12 apartments, according to the Passyunk Post.

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Farm Refresh: A Masterful Barn Conversion in Blue Bell

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania Barn Conversion

Yes, this is a barn. All photos by Jeffrey Totaro

“There isn’t really any playbook for a barn conversion,” says Mark Hallowell, owner of Hallowell Construction. So when a Blue Bell family decided to renovate the barn on their property — once owned by the wife’s great-grandfather — both skill and a strong vision were required to pull it off. Read more »

Property’s Photo of the Week: Exploring Gorgeous Addison Street

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It was a tough call trying to decide which #phillyscape photo we’d use for this week. There was that sweet Sister Cities Park capture, then a look down from Citizen’s Bank Park, and this cool shot of One and Two Liberty Place admiring themselves in the reflection of the Comcast Tower. All in all, a wonderfully warm week to get out there and snap some pictures!

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