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 »
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 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 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 »
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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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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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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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 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. [Foobooz]
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 »