Who’s Building Philly: Rahil Raza

A completed Raza Properties home at 2824 W. Master St. in Brewerytown, currently on the market. | TREND image via Raza Properties

A completed Raza Properties home at 2824 W. Master St. in Brewerytown, currently on the market. | TREND image via Raza Properties

“Workforce housing” is one of the buzzwords du jour in the local development lexicon. Elected officials and builders alike see it as key to shoring up lower-income neighborhoods and ensuring that socioeconomic diversity survives in gentrifying ones.

Rahil Raza, founder and CEO of Raza Properties, grew up in a working-class family and sees his mission as meeting the need for good, affordable housing for Philly’s working class. To date, he has built 47 homes in three neighborhoods with sizable working-class (and lower) populations, Point Breeze, Sharswood and Brewerytown, and he has plans to build even more homes in the latter two neighborhoods. Read more »

Center City Restaurant Group Moving On Brewerytown

 

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Between Crime & Punishment’s brewing operation, the new Flying Fish Craft House (with Bar Rescue‘s Brian Duffy as a partner) and SpOt Burger’s first brick and mortar location on West Girard Avenue, Brewerytown is going through a bit of a food and beer resurgence.

And now, with the announcement that Center City’s Tavern Group (Tavern On Camac, UBar, the Tavern Restaurant) is moving into the neighborhood with a restaurant and taproom, things there are only getting hotter. They’re taking over a space at 1216 North 29th Street that was once home to Sarah’s Place and, before that, Sara’s Place (no “h,” get it?). The deal was made with MSC Retail and MM Partners, who turned Sara’s Place into Sarah’s Place a couple years back when Brewerytown was first starting to turn around, then operated it until it closed.

Got all that?

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Flying Fish Crafthouse Is Set To Open

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The under construction indoor beer garden at Flying Fish Crafthouse in Brewerytown.

On Monday, December 5th, Brian Duffy of Spike TV’s Bar Rescue is opening Flying Fish Crafthouse in Brewerytown. The massive 191-seat restaurant is located at 363 North 31st Street at 31st and Master Streets. Duffy has partnered with New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co. and will feature American cuisine paired with local beers.

Twelve Flying Fish beers will always be on tap, joined by a curated list of other American craft beers. Additionally there will be a full bar of wine and liquor, including three wines on tap. Among the Flying Fish offerings, the Crafthouse has three exclusives including Duffified Ale, an amber ale made with five different malts. There is also a rotating selection of small batch beers previously only offered at the Flying Fish tasting room in Somerdale, New Jersey.

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Hard Hat Tour: The Fairmount @ Brewerytown

The living room of one of the model apartments at the Fairmount @ Brewerytown. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

The living room of one of the model apartments at the Fairmount @ Brewerytown. | Photos: Sandy Smith unless otherwise indicated

When Westrum Development Corporation built the Brewerytown Square townhouse development on 31st Street between Master and Thompson streets in the early 1990s, getting people to consider Brewerytown as a place to live was a tough sell. The location of the homes across from an Acme Markets warehouse probably didn’t help things either.

But sell they did, and now, some 15 years later, Brewerytown has come back into its own, this time not as an industrial hub but as an increasingly lively residential neighborhood anchored by a revitalizing commercial district. The latest project to join the steady parade of new construction and adaptive reuse is reclaiming the last untouched portion of that former Acme warehouse and turning it into luxury loft-style apartments. Read more »

10 Things You Might Not Know About Beer in Philly

Bergner & Engel’s Brewery via the Library Company of Philadelphia

Bergner & Engel’s Brewery via the Library Company of Philadelphia

Beer is big in Philly right now, but it’s not as big as it once was. “I drink no cider,” John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail back in Boston during the run-up to the Revolution, “but feast on Philadelphia beer.” Rich Wagner’s 2012 book Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty overflows with tales of the city’s brewers, breweries and drinkers. Beer Week kicks off this week. Here, in celebration, are a few of the facts Wagner’s book contains. Read more »

SpOt Burger Rolls Out New Menu with Hot Dogs and Sweets

Spot Burger at 2821 West Girard Avenue | Photo by Arthur Etchells

Spot Burger at 2821 West Girard Avenue | Photo by Arthur Etchells

SpOt Burger which opened its brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown back in January has rolled out the first major revision to its menu. The Best of Philly winning cheesesteak is there as well as the impressive Jawn and Sloppy Joe, as are the burgers that range from the SpOt burger with bacon, cheddar, pickles, coleslaw and SpOt sauce to the over-the-top Umami burger made with mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce, ssamjang, pickled daikon, cucumber and teriyaki. New however is the of option mini beef or chicken burgers served with cheese,pickles and onions.

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The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary: New Yoga Studio Opening in Brewerytown

The view from the not-yet-finished Yoga and Movement Sanctuary

The view from the not-yet-finished Yoga and Movement Sanctuary

The first time I took a yoga class with Emile Sorger at Amrita Yoga & Wellness in Fishtown, he told a joke in the middle of the class that involved a penguin and a highway, if I recall correctly, and he closed out the class with an Imagine Dragons song. In other words, he’s not your typical yoga teacher — so it only makes sense that the yoga studio he’s opening in Brewerytown with fellow Philly yogi Noah Julian won’t be your average yoga studio. Read more »

SpOt Burgers Opens Sunday in Brewerytown

The JAWN - a SpOt original featuring sliced ribeye, sloppy joe meat, fries, Whiz, onions, SpOt sauce.

The JAWN – a SpOt original featuring sliced ribeye, sloppy joe meat, fries, Whiz, onions, SpOt sauce.

SpOt Burgers is opening its brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown this Sunday, January 17th. Joshua Kim is bringing his accolade winning food cart indoors to 2821 West Girard Avenue.

In addition to ten varieties of burgers, Kim is offering house-butchered steak sandwiches, pork sandwiches, sloppy Joes, specialty egg rolls and fries. The burgers range are $8 to $9 and the most expensive thing on the menu is his Best of Philly winning ribeye cheesesteak.

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Open House: Tour the Stylish Units at the Braverman Building in Brewerytown

Images via MM Partners

If you’ve been following along with MM Partners on Instagram (if not, why?), then you’re well aware that they’re latest project at the Braverman Building is just about wrapped up. The new building is located at the corner of West Girard Avenue and Taney Street, and is set to bring 16 new apartments and two retail spaces to the burgeoning strip in Brewerytown.

The cool news is that you can break through the fourth wall of your phone or tablet screen and go experience the stylish new apartments yourself–in person! MMP’s Jacob Roller tells us that they’re running a series of open house events in the coming weeks, including one on December 12th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests who turn out will be treated to a tour two of the stylish apartment units, which feature hardwood floors, huge windows with skyline views and more.

“This is an important building for Girard Avenue and Brewerytown, as it adds new construction to Girard Avenue for the first time in probably the better part of a century,” said Roller in an email. “It is also the first building to take advantage of Girard Avenue’s new CMX 2.5 zoning, which allows 5-story buildings and encourages density.”

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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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