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Back on the Market: 1352 Lofts, With Fresh Design Notes

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Whether it’s staging by this unit’s designer-owner or simply  the everyday decor, the interior design of unit 314 at 1352 South Street has a few fresh details we really like. And if any building could use a fresh look, it’s 1352 Lofts, which was unfortunately compromised by the housing crash. Of the 72 units in the building, 42 went to sheriff’s sale. The fact that they’re back on the market now, as the Inquirer’s Al Heavens points out, is ”another sign of the recovery of the Center City condo market.” Hurrah!

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New G-Ho Apartment Building With Retail Space Coming to 23rd and South

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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.

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Is Kenny Gamble Becoming a Blightlord?

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Photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons

Part of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved cultural landmarks, the Royal Theater, may soon be demolished–despite the fact that it’s owned by Kenny Gamble, who professed he would pay tribute to its legendary history by transforming it into the anchor of a new South Street West entertainment mecca. That was 13 years ago, and the building–the first black-run theater in the city, and one that played host to acts like Bessie Smith and Fats Waller–has been in decline since then, with Gamble having done nothing to act on initial promises.

On July 9, the Daily News’ David Gambacorta wrote an article about the Royal that cast a critical light on Gamble’s stewardship of the building, and his current desire to tear it down for commercial development. Now the City Paper’s Ryan Briggs takes a look at much more of Gamble’s real estate portfolio as Universal Companies, which was co-founded with his wife, Faatimeh.

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Kenny Gamble’s Petition to Demolish Royal Theater Due to “Financial Hardship” Faces More Opposition

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Kenny Gamble’s attempt to demolish most of the historic Royal Theater on 15th and South, an African-American landmark, faces more than just the approval of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. It faces a state challenge that he himself put into place, according to Eyes on the Street: In 2006 Universal Companies was awarded a $50,000 Keystone [...]

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Petitioner Seeks to Turn Royal Theater Over to Feibush

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Photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this year, after Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies put the crumbling Royal Theater on South Street up for sale, real estate agent and developer Ori Feibush made a bid for the derelict hulk, meeting the asking price of $3.2 million. Given the extent of the repairs that need to be made to stabilize, let alone [...]

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