Tower Investments’ Bart Blatstein is planning to unload his Tower Place, the H2L2-designed apartment building that took less than a year to go up within the frame of a mid-century state office building. The luxury tower, which has 204 apartments, is 75 percent occupied, writes Natalie Kostelni, and is being marketed by Jones Lang LaSalle. [...]
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“Cozy” in a real estate listing generally means “claustrophobic” or “too small for satisfactory habitation.” This studio is currently the tiniest of Philadelphia condos at just 379 square feet. A wedding with 275 guests would generally require a dance floor of about 400 square feet. So, yes, living in this studio would be akin to dancing at a very large wedding.
Somehow, though, the photos convey the sensation of utter adorableness. Is it the powder blue and pink colors that give it a nursery feel? Is it the shipboard-style loft? The angled galley kitchen? And how about that vessel sink? Nice touch. The space, as long as one has a spartan approach to belongings, seems rather lovely.
Remember the Divine Lorraine? That big, beautiful, abandoned building on North Broad Street that Mayor Nutter said was a cornerstone of Philadelphia’s revival and that developer Eric Blumenfeld has such big dreams for? It was featured yesterday on the national website Web Urbanist, and called, “one of Philadelphia’s most intriguing buildings,” “a Victorian beauty” and “an enticing site for urban exploration.”
Of course, it’s not supposed to be “visited” by urban explorers anymore, but given that its conversion remains stalled, it may only be a matter of time before people find their way inside again. The issue seems to be funding. Blumenfeld has applied for a $7.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program matching fund from the state, but didn’t get it in the first round. We put a call in to see if he wants to talk about the latest. More →
It was a bit of a shock last year when the National Trust for Historic Preservation chose Joe Frazier’s old gym on North Broad Street for one of the coveted spots on its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Local residents who valued Frazier’s mentoring and ceaseless community building at the gym were gratified, as were boxing fans. Though the gym didn’t have local or state preservation status–the building’s architectural worth isn’t profound–the National Trust recognized its value as a part of the country’s African-American history.
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 [...]