Renderings: Brewerytown Blight to Open as New “Eastern Lofts” Next Year

Eastern Building via Google Streetview | Right: Rendering of Eastern Lofts

Eastern Building via Google Streetview | Right: Rendering of Eastern Lofts

It’s been a long time coming, but here it is: Eastern Lofts is set to open in early 2016.

Repurposed from the bones of the former American Railway Express Garage – otherwise known as the Eastern Building – at 3002-28 Cecil B. More Avenue (map), Eastern Lofts will breath new life to the site in the form of thirty-seven modern loft-style apartments with commercial space that includes a day care, coffee shop, and two open loft office spaces that are available for lease.

Tenants can expect to be welcomed in January, according to a project spokesperson, who added that a shared conference room will be onsite for commercial tenants.

Conceived by Gregory Reaves and partners in 2013, work officially commenced on the long-anticipated development in May 2015. Reaves, the Principal Managing Member at Mosaic Development Partners, is the owner of the site.

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Headlines: Is Another Big Project on the Way in Brewerytown?

The southeast corner of 31st and Thompson | Google Street View

The southeast corner of 31st and Thompson | Google Street View

With a new construction fence wrapping the lot at at 31st and Thompson, all signs are starting to point towards another big project getting underway soon near Fairmount Park in Brewerytown. As Naked Philly points out, it comes hot off the heels of the completion another large apartment complex on the southwest corner, 31 Brewerytown. In fact, this new project on the southeast corner is by the same developer, Westrum Development.

Permits for the property at 3018 West Thompson Street show this new project is going to be a sizable one:

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Crime & Punishment Brewing Announces Grand Opening


Crime & Punishment team showing off their June zoning approval.

At long last, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. is opening. The delayed brewpub has set Saturday, July 11th as its grand opening.

The brewpub is kicking its opening off with a ticket only event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, two beers of your choosing and kielbasa with sauerkraut.

After 2 p.m., Crime & Punishment will be open to the public with snacks available and food trucks nearby ($10 can also get you a beer and commemorative glass). And if the brewpub is hit with large crowds, a couple of beers will be available across the street at Brewerytown Beats.

Normal hours will begin on Thursday, July 16. The brewpub will initially be open Thursdays through Sundays.

Grand Opening Tickets [Crime & Punishment Brewing]
Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.

Council Committee OKs PHA Land Grab in Sharswood


At Tuesday’s Philadelphia City Council Rules Committee hearing, Philadelphia Housing Authority President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah painted a picture of a Sharswood whose residents lived in affordable homes with access to a thriving business district, good education, health care and employment opportunities, the product of its redeveloping some 1,300 parcels of land it wishes to acquire via eminent domain with new homes, offices and retail space.

The Rules Committee bought the picture, voting to refer a bill allowing the PHA to proceed with the land acquisition to the full Council. But some 20 city residents who testified against the bill weren’t buying it at all. Read more »

This Restored Brewerytown Home Is Incredible…and For Sale

Hey there, beautiful... | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Hey there, beautiful. | TREND image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Wowza, here’s another find you maybe didn’t expect to see on Property: Sitting on the corner of 30th and West Girard is this gorgeously restored beauty that’s listed for just under $700k. It has a completely rebuilt facade (designed to honor the property’s history no less), is wired up for speakers and an intercom system, and has touch screen panels.

But regarding that history-honoring frontage, there’s an original custom arched bay window, mahogany doors with original hardware, and a vestibule with marble wainscoting and curved transoms. Moving into the home you’ll note modern luxuries start to rear their face even with features like wood-clad windows and mahogany wood floors: stereo satellite with iPod hookup, full bar with ice maker, sink, and fridge, and a second-level library den with flat-screen TV and surround sound just to mention a few.

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Introducing Vintage Beer T-Shirts

poths-brewerytown-400We here at Foobooz are excited to announce a new partnership with Shibe Vintage Sports, the sports apparel store on 13th Street in Midtown Village. The store is offering a Vintage Brewery Series of t-shirts (see what happens when Philly sports teams go in the dumps) and their first shirt represents Poth’s Brewery in Brewerytown.

The shirt features an overhead shot of the Poth’s brewery and the typeface taken off of their old cans. The artwork was done by John Billet of Beer Paste and Philly Beer Scene.

The shirt is available from the Foobooz Store for $25 and shipping is free for a limited time. You can also grab a Poth’s t-shirt and many other great vintage gifts at Shibe’s storefront at 137 South 13th Street.

And if that Poth’s typeface looks familiar to you, it might because it is featured on the wall outside of Fishtown’s Fette Sau.

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The Smell of Beer Returns to Brewerytown

crime punishment brewing

Crime & Punishment’s Adam Fussaro

Over the weekend, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. began brewing its first production beers. It marks the first time the Philadelphia neighborhood, named for its at-one-time numerous breweries, has had the smell of brewing in the air for more than twenty years.

In the fermenters and conditioners, Crime & Punishment’s Pale Ale, IPA and Farmhouse beers. It won’t be long now before the beer starts pouring.

Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. [Foobooz]

Sharswood Residents Experiencing PHA Deja Vu


The Norman Blumberg Apartments. Photo | PHA

Longtime residents of Sharswood, a part of the city located just north of Girard College in North Philadelphia, can tell you exactly when their neighborhood started heading south: 1969. That was the year the Philadelphia Housing Authority opened the Norman Blumberg Apartments, a 501-unit array of high-rise towers and low-rise garden apartments near its center. The crime that came with the tenants who moved into the project sent the neighborhood’s black middle class residents fleeing, starting a cycle of decay and abandonment.

The residents now living there have been meeting regularly of late with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to hasten the day when the project disappears. Last year, the PHA received a Choice Neighborhoods grant from the Federal government to plan for the Blumberg project’s replacement and study what should follow in its place.

One of those residents is a more recent arrival, a guy from Illinois named Adam Lang. Lang settled in Sharswood almost a decade ago with an eye on sticking around the neighborhood. He soon got involved in both Republican politics and neighborhood issues, working with neighbors to help bring a supermarket (the since-closed Bottom Dollar) to the area and taking an active role in the neighborhood civic association, which has devoted much time and energy toward restoring the neighborhood to the condition it was in before the PHA opened the Blumberg project.

His neighbors have, as a result, accepted him as part of the community. He hosts movie nights and other neighborhood events on the empty lots next door to his house, lots that he purchased from the PHA with the aim of making them a side yard for his home.

Imagine his surprise, then, when he got a letter from the PHA on January 15th saying the agency might want to take them back sometime this fall. Read more »

Fairmount at Brewerytown’s Roof Deck Has Views, Pool and … a Dog Park?

Here is the view | Courtest: McSpain Properties

Here is the view | Courtest: McSpain Properties

We’ve told you all about the transformation that’s taking place on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown these days. With projects like The Fairmount at Brewerytown, it’s clear that the change is moving northward as well. While the name might be slightly confusing, geographically speaking, the adaptive reuse of a former warehouse at 31st and Master Street is not. Comprised of 162 apartments, the complex will feature a concierge, coffee station, full service gym, bike storage, indoor parking and even cold storage for delivery groceries.

Let’s take a look at the roof deck!

Projects Bubbling Up in Brewerytown in 2015

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Looks like Tacony isn’t the only neighborhood fixing for a revival. The Brewerytown boosters at MM Partners recently sent out a report of the projects they have in store for the growing ‘hood. The list, which you can read in full here, includes everything from the upcoming Turnkey Startups co-working space to plans to deck out the area with public art.

But as this is a real estate blog, after all, below you’ll find the developments we’re most looking forward to in the area:

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