New Renderings of Vine Street Mormon Tower

The proposed apartment tower, with the proposed brick meetinghouse in front of it, and the under-construction temple in the foreground.

The Mormon Church’s planned apartment tower and small meetinghouse on Vine Street is about to go through the city’s Civic Design Review process—which means we get a bunch of new project renderings, plans, and specifications.

The project, which was announced several months ago by Mayor Nutter, will fill the block-long vacant lot on the north side of Vine Street between Franklin Town Boulevard and 16th Street, right across from the site of the still-under-construction Mormon temple. It’ll include a new access road through the middle of the site between the two buildings.

The tower will rise 32 stories and 360 feet, and will house 264 apartments, 13 town homes, and plenty of residential amenities including a large outdoor terrace, wraparound retail space, and two levels of underground parking. Portions will have green roofs. The meetinghouse, to be sited between the temple and the tower, will rise two stories and house a chapel, cultural center, “baptismal font,” educational facilities, and an outdoor courtyard.

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Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Enormous Loft at 1234 Hamilton

TREND photo courtesy Distinctive Homes Realty.

TREND photo courtesy Distinctive Homes Realty.

In general, you can expect a loft to offer a lot of open space and plenty of oversized windows. But this 5,100 square-foot unit at 1234 Hamilton was once two separate homes, meaning it’s huge — even by loft standards. There are southern and western views from multiple walls of windows. There are two giant bedrooms. And there are three adjoining parking spaces.

The unit’s entrance is served by a private freight elevator that can accommodate up to 8,000 pounds. As the listing points out, that means you could drive a motorcycle directly into your home. The main floor is entirely open and features radiant heating. Windows provide views of the Reading Viaduct and Center City. In addition to the living area, the main floor features a workshop, a media room, a den and a full bathroom.

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The Trestle Inn Presents Kitten Week

kitten-with-a-whipAll week the Trestle Inn is presenting Kitten Week, a series of events and cocktails to support PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society). One dollar of all Kitten with a Whip (Old Forester Bourbon, Licor 43, Prosecco and Angostura bitters) cocktails will be donated to PAWS. Tonight, Old Forester Bourbon is featured during the Trestle’s complimentary tasting and of course the cocktail will be available for order as well.

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Breaking: Mayor Announces Major Mormon Development

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Mayor Nutter held a press conference a few minutes ago to talk about plans for the 1600 block of Vine Street, which will have two new facets — residential and religious. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the complex will include a 32-story tower with 258 rental apartments and 13 three-story townhouses; a 24,000-square-foot Mormon Family History Center and community center; retail shops; and “a new tree-lined privately-owned public street [that] will connect Vine Street to Wood Street.” (Emphasis ours because, well, that’s funny.)

The tower is being developed by Property Reserve Inc., which works real estate magic for the Mormon Church. According to a statement on Stern’s website, Tom King, a PRI director, lauded Philadelphia’s “leaders and agencies” for being “most responsive and sophisticated in properly supporting this investment.”

“Sophisticated”? Did King think we were a bunch of rubes?

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Incredible Penthouse Condo With Two Lofts in Historic Rebman Building

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This penthouse started life as two separate units, which were then combined to create this double-wide penthouse suite. Given that it’s in the Loft District, it’s suitable that the condo should have more than one loft space. The original hardwood floors are lovely, and as it’s a corner suite, with windows on three sides, there’s plenty of natural light. The listing is very excited about this latter fact, noting that it’s the only unit in the building with a skylight — “and you’ve never seen a skylight like this!” (That thing better be encircled by diamonds.)

The condo is in the Rebman Building, which was built in 1903, and is one of the structures included in the Callowhill Industrial Historic District, which spans 14 blocks between 12th Street and Broad. The Rebman Building was designed by Ballinger & Perot, known for the Atwater Kent Radio Plant. (For more on this history, see PlanPhilly’s Gritty Callowhill is recognized as National Historic District.)

Gallery below.

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Morning Headlines: Loft District Building Goes Up For Auction

Image via Google Street View

Image via Google Street View

What’s nine stories high and a full 156,000 square feet?  The Independence Press building. Located in Philly’s “Loft District,” 533 N. 11th Street has been in want of a new owner since May 2012 when it was put on the market for $6.9 million.

Since then, the former site of a commercial printing company has passed through the hands of developers eyeing it up as a potential project for “loft-style condos.” But with no takers willing to commit,  The Philadelphia Business Journal now reports the building will be up for auction on November 7th.

The suggested opening bid? $3.1 million.

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Coming Not-As-Soon: New Spring Garden Whole Foods

PlanPhilly reports that Neil Rodin, the developer of Rodin Square–best known as the Whole Foods that’ll eat the Best Western–is still working to come to terms with the Logan Square Civic Association on certain issues, including the impact on traffic. Rodin had commissioned a traffic study, but now the LSNA wants to do one of its own.

It doesn’t sound like Rodin is too happy about that:

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Today in Overblown Listings Copy: the Reading Viaduct = the NY Highline

The listings copy for what seems to be a perfectly nice two-bedroom, bi-level Callowhill loft reads:

Remarks: Walk to Lift Cafe and Prohibition Taproom or walk Philly’s version of the Highline called the Reading Viaduct!

Philly’s version of the Highline? The whole problem is that Philly doesn’t have a version of the Highline. And the Reading Viaduct is far, far, far from anything like the Highline.

To wit…

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