Rail Park Update: Philadelphia Art Commission Approves Design

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

Rendering courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes

The June 5th Memorial wasn’t the only project to take a step forward yesterday. Almost a month after having granted conceptual approval for the Rail Park design by Studio Bryan Hanes, the Philadelphia Art Commission went on to give final approval for the anticipated park’s design on Wednesday as well, reports PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas. 

Here’s how Phase 1 was described during yesterday’s presentation. From PlanPhilly:

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Brick and Mortar Opens with Rail Park Benefit

bam-brick-mortar-400Brick and Mortar will finally open to the public this Thursday, June 4th with a benefit in support of Friends of the Rail Park. The opening night kicks off with cocktail party, followed by after party.

Brick and Mortar is located just steps from the proposed aerial park and is raising money for this greening project. Tickets to the grand opening benefit bash are $100 and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, beer and wine.

The cocktail reception takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm, with an after party starting at 8 pm. The follow-up shindig also benefits the Friends of the Rail Park, it’s cost is $25, and includes 3 drink tickets.

Tickets are available at therailpark.org.

A full cash bar will also be available all night and a select menu from chef Brian Ricci will also be served from 9 pm to 1 am.

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Property’s Photo(s) of the Week: The Loft District Horse and Miss Divine

We just couldn’t help ourselves. A day after selecting her magnificent shadowy capture of this horse in Callowhill (it was shot somewhere along 13th and Nectarine) for Property’s Photo of the Week, photographer Theresa Stigale posted a new one–and it’s awesome.

But, what else do you expect from an amazing photog whose primary interest is Philadelphia documentary photography? The bonus image in question was taken on Broad, near Brown Street, and has a cameo of the changing Divine Lorraine.

Needless to say we couldn’t choose just one.

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Rail Park Plans Continue to Make Headway with Phase 1

As one reader reminded us on our roundup of developments we’ll be tracking in 2015, the proposed Rail Park is one of the city’s most anticipated projects of the new year. Well, guess what? Friends of the Rail Park sent out a status update on the project’s first phase a few days ago! Here’s what it said:

BREAKING GROUND ON PHASE 1  Designs for the first phase of the Rail Park are complete. Construction documents are ready to bid out. A lease for Phase 1 between the Center City District (CCD) and SEPTA is being finalized. The CCD has grant commitments in hand for nearly 50% of the expected $8.5 million in construction costs and is awaiting word on one additional grant. In concert with CCD’s efforts, FRP continues to build support and develop resources to steward Phase 1 while bringing attention to the entire 3-mile site.

Woohoo! Plus…

Modern Single-Bedroom in Loft District

TREND photo via NextRE.

TREND photo via NextRE.

If the ongoing Rail Park project continues to make headway, this Agoos Lovera-designed condo in Philadelphia’s Loft District could one day be situated near one of the city’s most long-awaited vaunted public spaces. If not, it still offers a comfortable proximity to the likes of Union Transfer, Prohibition Taproom, Underground Arts, Bufad, and more.

Currently, the present owner uses the upper-level loft as an office area (washer and dryer here too), but the space can easily double as a second bedroom with hardwood floors. There’s a custom designed stairway with wood treads leading to this area, while downstairs is the granite topped kitchen with SubZero fridge, Wolf industrial range, and cherry stained cabinets.

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Roundup: The Four Sexiest Homes in Philly

Sexy Philadelphia home listings

There are only so many words to express what makes a particular home stand out (“Elegant!” “Unique!” “Luxurious!”). How about “sexy”? Below, the four properties currently on the market that have — according to their listings — undeniable sex appeal.

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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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