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Property Asks: “What Do You Think About LoSo?”

Philadelphia, welcome to LoSo.

Philadelphia, welcome to LoSo.

PHL Local Gaming, one of the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second casino license, has announced a bold plan for the Lower South Philadelphia area where they’d put their casino. A recent press release touts a family-friendly entertainment center that would be developed in “the area between the Stadium Complex, public park land, the FDR Park Golf Club, and the Delaware River.”

The center would include “attractions such as food-and-beverage and retail businesses, soccer fields, racquet sports, an indoor swimming pool, a zip-line park, rock-climbing facilities, a golf driving range, a dry ski/skateboarding park, a water park, and areas devoted to music and live entertainment.”

A rendering of LoSo Entertainment Center by PHL Local Gaming

A rendering of LoSo Entertainment Center by PHL Local Gaming

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This Week: Secret Cinema at Freeman’s | South Philly Garden Tour | OCF Block Party

secret-cinemaThere are three events this week that dovetail nicely with Property interests, and we want you to have plenty of time to make plans.

Secret Cinema: From Philadelphia With Love
Fri., Sept. 6, 8pm. $9. Freeman’s Auction House, 1808 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
“‘From Philadelphia With Love’ showcases rare 16mm prints from the Secret Cinema archive about different aspects of life in the Philadelphia region. Some were made as sponsored films promoting goods or institutions, and some are educational or documentary in nature. All are virtually impossible to see elsewhere.”

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Millennials Move Into Hip, Young Neighborhoods–and So Do Their Parents


Fishtown, where some empty nesters come to rest. Photo: Liz Spikol

It used to be that when millennials moved out of the house (finally) and got a place in another neighborhood or even another city, their empty-nester parents would move to a sleek condo in an age-appropriate hometown downtown. No more. These days parents are following their kids to new cities and neighborhoods. From the Philly Post:

The more of them that have moved to Philly, the more their parents have followed, effectively relocating the entire nucleus of the family. And this flock of empty nesters isn’t necessarily landing solely in the city’s condo core. They’re also moving to neighborhoods that an ever-expanding Center City District is gradually absorbing, like Graduate Hospital and parts of South Philly.

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Explosion Survivor: “It Still Doesn’t Seem Real”

A 15-year-old survivor of the South Philadelphia home explosion that happened last week has spoken to the press, and it sounds like she’s still a little shell-shocked. “It still doesn’t seem real,” she told NBC 10. She and the rest of her family are separated right now as they determine how to start over, but it sounds as though they’ve decided row home life is not the way to go.

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[UPDATED]: Mayor & Co. Speak About South Philly Rowhome Explosion

Photo: Camilla Brandfield-Harvey

Photo: Camilla Brandfield-Harvey

To watch the news conference live, click here.

Basic information announced:

  • Incident occurred at 11:09 a.m.
  • Determined: due to natural gas
  • Area deemed under control at 1 p.m.
  • 8 people affected, 3 of which are children
  • 4 adults and 3 children suffered minor injuries
  • 1 adult (the worker on site) rushed to HUP suffering from severe burns and then transferred to Temple; in critical condition
  • 28 homes remain evacuated; plan to reopen 22 to residents sometime this evening
  • Fire Department stopped work at 7 p.m. yesterday evening and resumed investigation today at 9 a.m.
  • The south side of the street has no electricity; plans to replace a line today
  • North side, home from 401-421, then 437-445 can return
  • Homes directly across from 428 (423, 433) residents still out of their homes
  • 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, and 433 are still without gas service
  • Water department reported flooding at 426 through 430
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South Philly Rowhome Collapse: “[We] Made Every Mistake in the Book”

streetsignsThe home at 428 Daly Street that exploded yesterday mid-morning was owned by SCK Investments, a new investment team of Steve Finney and his daughter, Cathy Finney-Hughes. This home was their first project. According to a profile Steve Finney posted on July 19 on a meetup page for the Philadelphia Real Estate Investors Association:

“I have 41 years experience as a Realtor and 18 years (part time) as a builder/remodeler. My daughter (partner) and I are just completing our first rehab and have made every mistake in the book. Now we’re ready to do it right.”

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Morning Headlines: Rowhome Explosion and Collapse Update

south philly row home explosion

Photo: Laura Kicey

For prior coverage of the South Philadelphia rowhome explosion and collapse, go here.

The latest news on the home that exploded yesterday, 428 Daly Street, and the collapse of the surrounding homes, 426 Daly and 430 Daly, is that 428 was under renovation by four permitted, licensed contractors hired by property owner SCK Investments, aka Steve D. Finney. L&I reported that three of the four had finished work on the building. The contractor for the fourth who was critically injured was working on a hot water heater in the basement at the time of the blast. The city released a statement saying the explosion was a result of natural gas. Further investigation into how the gas leaked will continue today.

The eight injured are all in stable condition.

As of last night, residents of the south side of the street were still evacuated due to a lack of power. Those on Wolf Street and on the north side of the street have been allowed to come home.

We’ll have more about SCK and Steve Finney later today. Stay tuned. Meanwhile…

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UPDATE: Breaking: South Philly Rowhomes Collapse; 8 Injured

row house collapse scene

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Three Philly rowhomes homes have collapsed–one completely, and two others in part. A contractor was working on the basement of 428 Daly Street when an explosion or collapse happened close to 11 a.m. Monday morning. He was said to be working on a hot water heater. He is now in critical condition at HUP, and [...]

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East Passyunk Victorian Stunner With Minimalist Studio

Living room with Victorian touches

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

king of jeans rendering

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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