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]
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 »
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!
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:
MM Partners, a developer who has invested close to $45 million in Brewerytown within the last decade, according to Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal, plans to keep the neighborhood booming with approximately $60 million in future investments.
Kostelni reports MM Partners, which has “more than 50 residential, retail and mixed-use properties” in Brewerytown, has mainly kept its eye on a five-block stretch of the neighborhood. Below are Kostelni’s roundup of some of the developer’s in-progress projects:
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Crime and Punishment Brewing Co. is hoping to put the brew back in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia. This Saturday the potential brewpub unveils its crowd-sourced fundraising campaign with an evening of live music, Russian dishes and of course craft beer.
Brewers Michael Wambolt and Michael Paul will be serving up four of their beers, all inspired by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Among the beers pouring, The Guillotine, a saison brewed with blood oranges and hibiscus and Grand Theft Polka, an oak-smoked Polish wheat beer.
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Rendering of the proposed Girard27 via Hidden City.
Looks like Brewerytown Living is going to have to update this map soon. In a partnership between developer MMPartners and lot owner Adco American Development, a proposal was brought forth for the double development of a 20-year-old vacant lot at 27th and Girard. However, before anything can happen, zoning variances must be granted for the two projects, which are planned for concurrent construction at the end of this year (or beginning of 2015).
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Last May we said Brewerytown was the next big thing, and in November developer MM Partners threw a shindig where locals and real estate professionals hung out to discuss how the neighborhood is booming.
But it’s one thing to hear that, and quite another to see it illustrated on pretty maps. Curbed Philly recently compared two such maps — both from MM — that shows the area’s rapid growth.
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Photo: Brad Maule
Last night at Rybrew — the cafe-restaurant with a superb beer selection at 28th and Girard Avenue — neighborhood residents mingled with real estate professionals and developers to talk about Brewerytown. The event was put together by MM Partners, a neighborhood development and real estate company that is, without question, Brewerytown’s most tenacious evangelist. In order to educate attendees about the neighborhood, MM hand-picked local “experts” — whether business owners or residents — to wear name tags that read: “ASK ME HOW BREWERYTOWN IS BOOMING!”
MM’s Jake Roller explained that the event was targeted to real estate professionals for a reason. “When we started out, I don’t think anyone knew the name Brewerytown,” he said. “We’ve been trying to educate people about the real character of the neighborhood with events like the jazz concerts and the spring festival. I think we’ve made progress with the general public. Now I think the next step in the evolution of the neighborhood is getting people to move here, and that has to start with real estate brokers.”
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Philadelphia Salvage sells a little bit of everything — and the kitchen sink. Photo via Philly Salvage’s Facebook page.
When Mugshots closed its Brewerytown location about a month ago, there was nervous chatter among people hungry for the area’s revitalization. After three years on the 2800 block of Girard Avenue, the coffee shop — popular and profitable in Fairmount — was still only breaking even. So they packed it in and moved on.
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