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Plan for East Passyunk’s King of Jeans Building Is Revealed

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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.

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East Passyunk Victorian Stunner With Minimalist Studio

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Sometimes, “updated” in South Philly can mean “renovated in 1980.” Not here. This 1,992-square-foot, four-bedroom townhouse retains a lot of old charm (think: Victorian interior features and moldings) alongside a new kitchen and bathroom. Design combines curlicued white woodwork in the living and sleeping spaces with sleek butcher block in the kitchen and a modern timbered patio.

The third floor is completely open, nearly screaming for a photographer or another artist-type to turn it into a proper studio. Hardwood floors, exposed brick and ceiling beams have all been painted white and the windows feature a skyline view. Looks like the perfect spot to pull up a chair and write the next great Philadelphia novel.

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Dead: “King of Jeans” Rental Apartments on East Passyunk

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One of the renderings Max Glass presented to the East Passyunk zoning committee.

The Passyunk Post reports that developer Max Glass’ plan to transform the iconic King of Jeans store into rental apartments with bike share has, for some reason, tanked. Most neighbors were pretty excited about it, especially after Glass altered the plan to address community concerns regarding noise and light. The apartments were meant to appeal to single people without cars, boosting the neighborhood’s younger demographic.

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Garage Gives East Passyunkers Another Place to Toast to Their ’Hood

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Zagat Blog’s Danya Henninger writes today about the opening of Garage, a new bar on East Passyunk Avenue, which simply can’t stop sprouting new bars and restaurants and clothing stores founded by former members of successful locally based bands. Henninger says:

The roadhouse-casual bar from Jason Evenchik and partners will provide locals a perch to watch tourists queue for mediocre cheesesteaks while sipping craft beer from a can and playing skee ball and pinball.

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Organic Baby Store Opening at 1605 East Passyunk Avenue

Cloth logo via Passyunk Post.

Cloth logo via Passyunk Post.

Clarification: No one will be selling organic babies on East Passyunk. Rather, entrepreneurs Angela and Shai Halperin will sell organic, sustainable and locally made products for babies. Their soon-to-open store, Cloth, was inspired by all the neighborhood babies the couple saw in cloth diapers–suggesting an area interest in earth-friendly goods.

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Hood Links: Drexel’s URBN Center, Mt. Airy’s Lovett Park, East Passyunk’s New Team Room

Rendering of Drexel's new URBN Center via philebrity

Rendering of Drexel's new URBN Center via philebrity

Here it is, your afternoon neighborhood news fix. · UCity: Drexel’s New URBN Center Has Stairways That Lead To Stairways [philebrity] · Center City: Historic Walnut Street Home Undergoing Renovations [Naked Philly] · Everywhere: 13 weird street names in and around Philadelphia [philly.com] · Mt. Airy: Lovett Park Revitalization Brings Collaboration [Philadelphia Neighborhoods] · East [...]

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