Yesterday Hidden City broke the news that developer Carl Dranoff has a new project planned: Avenue Place, a 40-story mixed-use hotel-condo tower on the corner of Broad and Spruce. Hidden City’s Bradley Maule suggests that both the building that once held Utrecht Art Supplies and Philadelphia International Records (301-309 S. Broad) may be demolished as well as the building across Cypress Street (311 S. Broad).
Carl Dranoff’s Southstar Lofts, slated to open in spring 2014 at Broad and South, will have 10,000 square feet of ground-floor space for retailers and restaurateurs. Today Dranoff Properties sent out a release promoting the location to potential interested parties, noting that with 85 luxury apartments, the businesses will have a built-in customer base.
In the statement, Dranoff says: “Our desire to bring outstanding restaurants and retail to Southstar Lofts cannot be understated. The space at ground level has been properly vented for a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen but can also work to accommodate any retailer that wishes to make this new address along the Avenue of the Arts its home.”
Developer Carl Dranoff has two projects that are being challenged by nearby residents. The first challenge is to One Riverside, a 21-story tower at 25th and Locust designed by architect Cecil Baker, which has been embattled from the start. From PlanPhilly:
Since its proposal, One Riverside has generated protest and petitions from near-neighbors, as well as questions from some about whether the property should be developed at all.
The latest obstacle is more technical: an appeal of Dranoff’s conditional zoning permit, which I could explain but unsurprisingly involves parking, like every NIMBY battle, and I just refuse to go there. At any rate, it sounds like the appeal, which will be heard by the Zoning Board on Oct. 23rd, isn’t worrying Dranoff much.
Dranoff’s attorney, Peter Kelsen, said he is glad that the controversy over the project has at least narrowed…Kelsen said that a discussion about the legitimacy of the FAR bonus is preferable to the more existential question of whether a building should be there at all.
The other challenge regards One Ardmore Place, which has inspired so much ire, THERE’S A MOVIE ABOUT IT. No point in going on and on myself when you can watch the movie, which is called The Parking Lot:
Yesterday the Civic Design Review board assessed Carl Dranoff’s plans for his proposed 20-story One Riverside tower on 25th Street and gave the residential building a final seal of approval. Inga Saffron, writing for the Inquirer, said, “The unanimous decision cleared the way for developer Carl Dranoff to start construction next fall.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about the decision, including some of the members of the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, which will now be 8 feet away from the mixed-use high-rise. Other disgruntled parties?
“Uber-luxe”–that’s what the listings says, and who would argue? On the heels of a glowing write-up in the Inquirer for its remarkable Carl Dranoff-guided turnaround, 10 Rittenhouse lists this two-bedroom/two-and-a-half bath penthouse that has north and west views. The photos give an idea of what the unit looks like, but the buyer of 3103 will be able to choose the color of the kitchen cabinets, countertop, and backsplash; the hardwood floors; the bathroom marble; and the carpeting in the master bedroom.
In the most recent Philly Style, Rittenhouse brokers Mary Genovese Colvin and Laurie Phillips were asked what appeals most to buyers of city condos. Genovese Colvin said, “[O]ne-floor living, security, and on-site parking. Many of the condos offer large windows with great views and on-site features including a gym and security.” This penthouse fits that bill, though the listing says garage parking costs $60,000.
Last night was the Center City Residents Association (CCRA) meeting about the proposed One Riverside Park, colloquially known as Dranoff Tower, that would sit on the Schuylkill in Fitler Square. News of the project broke a few weeks ago in Inga Saffron’s Changing Skyline column, in which she pointed out that there will be significant challenges ahead for Dranoff and architects Cecil Baker + Partners.
That may have been an understatement. Before the meeting, the CCRA released a statement that clearly explained how the project–a 21-story mixed-use building on a currently vacant parking lot at 25th and Manning–conformed to the Association’s neighborhood plan. There was good news and bad news:
Tomorrow’s meeting of the Center City’s Resident Association could get rather spicy, if this sign spotted on a Center City street sign is any indication. The concerns referenced above will be regarding Dranoff’s One Riverside project at 210 S. 25th Street. It’s slated to be a 21-story mixed-use development with 167 apartments and about 1,000 square feet of retail.
Apparently, there’s some opposition:
His and hers sinks? Please. At 10 Rittenhouse, the master bedrooms in select penthouse units come with entire his and hers bathrooms. The Robert A.M. Stern-designed building’s penthouses range from 2,210 square feet to 5,570 square feet, and have two to four bedrooms with between two-and-a-half and five-and-a-half baths. The two largest penthouses, located on the 28th floor, are so big that they require secondary exits to keep in compliance with fire code.
Priced between $2.1 million and $5.975 million, most units feature balconies with breathtaking views of Rittenhouse Square in addition to enormous walk-in closets, marble baths with soaking tubs, and the usual high-end appliances. The two biggest penthouse units come with a balcony apiece as well as an uncovered terrace.
A decade in the making, Dranoff Properties‘ plans for a Cricket Avenue mixed-use project in Ardmore–with 121 residential units–will finally be unveiled tomorrow. We’ll have renderings by mid-morning, but in the meantime here’s a recent gallery by Laura Kicey taken last month at Dranoff’s 777 South Broad. Think of it as a refresher course on what Dranoff apartment living looks like–and the kind of quality (if not design) Ardmore can expect in its future.
Here we are with another installment of the April 2013 Philadelphia Magazine Real Estate issue, which focuses on the area’s hottest neighborhoods. This next pick is Avenue of the Arts, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.