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The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has announced a meeting during which the next conceptual phase of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware River waterfront will be presented. Here’s the blurb about the event:
The Master Plan for the Central Delaware River waterfront proposed a new vision for Penn’s Landing: a spacious green park, sloping gently towards the river, connecting Chestnut and Walnut Streets from Front Street, over I-95, and across Columbus Blvd.
A rendering of Max Glass' proposed King of Jeans redo.
The suspense was agonizing, but Passyunk Post now has the big reveal: The new developer of 1843 E. Passyunk Avenue, aka the King of Jeans building, is Andy Kaplan, a former partner in the Goldenberg Group, whose company Rockland Capital specializes in, as they put it in their bio, “acquiring assets from distressed sellers and/or lenders at substantial discounts.”
Or at least that’s what the mission used to be. Last night at East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s zoning committee meeting, Kaplan told the crowd: “Now I’m selectively picking projects that transform neighborhoods.” Doesn’t seem as though EPX needs his help with a thriving and ongoing transformation, but the more the merrier, I suppose.
“Soar Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease on Kensington’s Flying Trapeze!” That’s what the poster would say if P.T. Barnum were advertising the Fly School Circus Arts’ move to 1620 North Fifth Street. From suburban Bucks County to gritty Fifth and Cecil B. Moore — that’s quite a change.
A rendering of the new campus, which is now completed. Via AgnesIrwin.org.
Last week parents and interested stakeholders got a look at the new campus of Agnes Irwin, a private girls’ school in Rosemont, which has undergone a significant expansion with the addition of swank new facilities. Given that it’s so close to Villanova, which is planning its own expansion, we’re thinking the prep school could offer the university some tips because it clearly knows how to get things done.
The Campus Improvements Project is the culmination of a 10-year AIS master plan that involved philanthropic giving on a massive scale. Here’s what’s new (’Nova has some of this, but not all):
- 55,000-square-foot Athletic Center
- Competition-sized basketball court that converts to two full-sized practice courts
- Squash Center with four squash courts and viewing area
- Rowing Center with rowing tank
- Four new tennis courts
- Resurfaced competitive playing fields, including a turf field
- Field hockey practice field
- New softball field
- New Student Life Center with expanded dining facility
- Innovation Center for Digital Media and Technology
- Green roof (and other sustainable building elements)
- Weight room and workout center
The updated Market8 rendering.
One of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, Market8 — an investor group helmed by Ken Goldenberg and Ira Luber, among others — has just released a new vision of what it calls its “urban entertainment center” proposed for Eighth and Market. The announcement emphasizes the commitment to ground-floor retail and restaurants “on a newly beautified Market Street” (their optimism is boundless).
Ken Goldenberg says in the statement:
“We are designing the ground floor to fully engage walkers and commuters, recognizing not just how central our location is, but how critical this is to the vitality of this corridor. We will be opening up that level with transparency, doorways, tables and outdoor seating that will allow 8th and Market to become an attractive social place to meet for lunch, dinner, or coffee, and a place that will create energy and excitement all hours of the day and evening.”
Zoë’s Kitchen — the Mediterranean-inspired chain restaurant where most of the food is grilled — already had three local spots (Collegeville, Marlton and Newtown) when it opened yet another outpost in the Greater Philadelphia market in May of this year in Bryn Mawr. That must have worked out because there are now four more to come: Malvern, Willow Grove, Cherry Hill and Wayne. It seems people like grilled food — especially when someone else is manning the grill.
Last week, the Inquirer’s Michael Klein wrote, “MOM’s Organic Market, a greener-than-thou grocery chain whose locations ring D.C., has signed to open its first Philly-area location. Its Facebook locates it only in ‘Rosemont,’ but insiders pinpoint it further: It will take the former Borders in Rosemont Square.”
We called the ultimate insider, Steve Bajus, founder and president of S.W. Bajus, the real estate development and management company that owns Rosemont Square. He confirmed that Mom’s will be taking 16,000 square feet (just about the same size as the current location of Whole Foods in Wynnewood) in the former Borders store at Rosemont Square.
Rendering of original planned campus expansion on Lancaster Avenue via Villanova.edu.
It’s been a NIMBY nightmare for Villanova. Like Drexel, Temple and Penn, Villanova has been pursuing its own plans for a renaissance to increase the quality of campus and student life. But the former three schools contend with less residential opposition than does Villanova, whose initial go at an expansion plan was rejected by Radnor [...]
Our healthy colleagues over at BeWell report that the design firm behind Morgan’s Pier and Talula’s Garden will next take on 1706 Locust, formerly home to upscale clothing boutique Adresse. The space will be converted into Pure Sweets, a cafe/bakery/juice bar/take-out lunch spot courtesy of Andrea Kyan, whose gluten-free deliciousness biz will be going bricks-and-mortar for the first time.
Kyan just signed the lease today, so she has a while to think about design. As for food, Kyan is thinking healthy, raw and Southeast Asian.