New Listing: Center City Residence with Attached Rental Unit

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

921 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The inside of this early 20th century Center City home (it was built in 1915) looks like nothing from the era and that’s because the interior has been totally revamped.

A peek in the kitchen reveals a modern room with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and backsplash terrazzo countertops. Meanwhile, the office boasts an electric fireplace and private deck for when you need to clear your head. Wood floors are throughout.

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Fire Extinguished at Wanamaker Building

[Update 12:04 a.m.] NBC 10 reports the fire was extinguished quickly, with no injuries:

The fire occurred in a ninth floor office and was under control a short while later, according to fire dispatchers.

There were no reports of injuries but with people out on the sidewalk and fire equipment on the scene, traffic around City Hall came to a halt for nearly an hour. By 10:45 a.m., traffic began moving again.

[Original 11:06 a.m.] We don’t know much yet, but:

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Center City Applebee’s Is a Hot Commercial Property

Photo via LoopNet

Photo via LoopNet

The most popular office space on the commercial listings site LoopNet is technically 1417 Locust Street, an address attached to the beautiful old building that housed Bookbinder’s for years and now has “Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp” as a new menu item at Applebee’s. I tell you, when Bookbinder’s closed and Applebee’s opened, I almost lost my mind. I spent half my youth with clarified butter dribbling down my chin onto a paper bib at that joint, eating lunch with my Dad back in the days when journalism paid well and expense accounts paid better. Nine years old, eating lobster tail, browsing the dozens of photos of luminaries who’d visited the restaurant…I didn’t know how good I had it. Now a night out at Applebee’s — $20 for that new entree — is actually a bit steep.

Anyway.

The month of October saw 658 people checking the listing out for the 20,000-square-foot property, which has frontage on Locust and 15th and commands much of that little alleyway. Speaking of the past, that alleyway used to be home to The Office, the notorious strip club where well-heeled men went to ogle down-at-heels women. A colleague threw me a 30th birthday party there. It was odd but not as odd as you’d think.

Anyway.

The building’s listing reads thusly:

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Little Pete’s to Meet the Wrecking Ball?

Photo | Maps.Google.com

Photo | Maps.Google.com

Little Pete’s, the Center City diner whose old-fashioned ways made it a beloved gathering place for downtown workers, late-night hipsters, and visiting politicians, is expected to meet the wrecking ball soon in order to make way for a 300-room hotel.
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This Center City Condo Is Going For $70,000

1324 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

1324 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

A mere block from the Avenue of the Arts, you’d think this studio condo on Locust Street would be asking for a bit more. After all, the unit is in the Arts Condominium building, which offers its tenants bicycle parking, fitness center, community room, and on-site laundry facilities.

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DiStefano: New Center City Office High-Rises Unlikely

This morning’s PhillyDeals column is titled “Are more towers on the horizon?” The answer is, “Probably not.” (I guess “More towers probably not on the horizon” is a dull headline, though.)

On the one hand, there’s phenomenal, eds-and-meds-spurred growth in University City, marked not only by Comcast’s second tower, but—as PhillyDeals’ Joe DiStefano points out—by 2.0 University Place:

Last week, the owners of 2.0 University Place, a year-old green-roofed building west of the Drexel campus, put it up for sale at $46 million, or $469 a square foot.

That’s not quite as much as the Comcast tower – but roughly three times what the city’s dominant landlord, Brandywine Realty Trust, was paying for central Philadelphia office towers just a few years back.

On the other, there’s that phrase in bold (emphasis ours), the stomach-punch of the “was” and “just a few years back.”

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Growing Up in Philadelphia

jake-tapper-conversation-issue-400x400LIZ: You and I first met as students at the Philadelphia School in second grade, in 1975. That was the third year of the school’s existence, when it was still in rented rooms and before it was the normal, respected, fully accredited institution it is today. How did you end up at such a wacky place?

JAKE: My parents were hippies and looking for like-minded idealists who were coming together to form this school that visited a farm once a week and didn’t have homework or tests. Instead of gym we had “Movement.” Remember?

LIZ: Yes, we ran around the classroom to the drumbeat of our names.

JAKE: Amosita Robinson McClain! I assume you remember her.

LIZ: Of course. She had the best name to run around to.

JAKE: I wonder what happened to her. I’m going to look her up on Facebook right now.

LIZ: No, she had to keep that name because it was so rhythmic and important to the rest of us.

JAKE: I can’t find her on Facebook. But I’m sure she’s on there. She might have a fourth name added.

LIZ: Your name wasn’t that exciting to run around to, I have to say.

JAKE: Nah, Jacob Tapper, even with the two syllables.
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Police Cars Crash in Center City

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[Update 1:00 p.m.] A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Police Department offered this brief account to media in a written statement:

Today, Monday, October 13th at approximately 8:58 AM Unit 1(make and model not available at this time) while travelling Southbound on 21st Street at Spruce struck a police vehicle who was responding to a priority assignment on the passenger side. The police vehicle then struck a police vehicle which was parked and unoccupied.

Unit 1 driver and passenger were transported to the hospital for complaint of pain. The officer was transported to the hospital for scrapes and complaint of pain.

There is no further information available at this time.

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