The parcel in question. Google aerial view.
At tonight’s South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) zoning committee meeting, developers will present plans for a new five-story building designed by the architecture firm Plumbob. The new building would occupy the triangle that currently houses a parking lot and a beige brick building that was once a theater, according to Hidden City.
The developer is Jason Nusbaum, owner of Rittenhouse and South Square markets. He’s looking for approval for a five-story building with 4,600 square feet for ground-floor retail space and room for 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments above. One rumored ground-floor tenant? Starbucks. But Nusbaum tells Hidden City such a guess is “putting the cart before the horse” given that zoning approval hasn’t even been obtained.
Remember the Graduate Hospital home we predicted would sell quickly? Sure you do. Your brain is agile. We hear that it did indeed sell briskly — in 60 seconds. That has to be some kind of record.
Photo by Drew Callaghan Photography
Here’s a newly listed home in Graduate Hospital, aka GradHo, South of South or Southwest Center City. There has been much confusion over the area’s name since the closure of Graduate Hospital, but then again, why rock the boat? Many neighborhoods in Philadelphia have historical names that no longer apply to current circumstances, like Fishtown or Gray’s Ferry. In Squirrel Hill, you might reasonably ask: Where is the hill? (Plenty of squirrels, however.) In Cobbs Creek, you’d be hard pressed to find a member of the Cobb family that settled there. Strawberry Mansion’s homes are not, as some children were told, huge houses made out of strawberries. (Children who were told this may have been traumatized for life. Just editorial speculation, here.)