Dana Spain and Partner Launch New Development in Port Richmond

port-richmond-openerNow that South Kensington bids fair to become an annex of Northern Liberties and Fishtown has been hipstered beyond recognition, where’s a young gentrifier with more taste than money going to go now?

How about the next neighborhood upriver from Fishtown?

One of the first new construction projects in years in Port Richmond stalled when the housing market bubble burst in 2008, and it’s now being revived in a new and improved form, bringing well-laid-out, extra-wide townhomes to an attractive but modest block close to Allegheny Square Park and the Richmond branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The six-unit development at 2989-99 Livingston St., which will complete the planned 12-unit project, is the first for McSpain Properties, a development firm formed by two veterans, Dana Spain and Sean McGovern. McGovern has been active in developing housing around the Temple University campus, while Spain has rehabbed commercial properties and designed private residences for individual clients. “McSpain Properties allows Sean and I to meld his skills of budgeting and onsite construction management with my design and finishing talents,” Spain said.

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Dana Spain’s Mediterranean Villa Hits Market for $4.25M

DLG Communications head Dana Spain — founder of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Philadelphia Style magazine, and possible mayoral candidate — is selling her rather splashy home at Sixth and Fitzwater for $4.25 million. Perhaps it doesn’t fit in well with her political ambitions; a Mediterranean villa with formal gardens, a waterfall, and lighted fountains isn’t exactly populist.

Though its current market value is listed by the city as $1.92 million, Spain has put it on the market for $4.25 million. Seems like she’s aiming high to start with, and why not? The house has 10,000 square feet, and if she’s not in a hurry to sell, she can reduce later.

The listing reveals the house’s remarkable features, some of which are rarely heard of in these parts. For instance, Spain has sculptures made of Belgium black marble, better known as “noir belge.” The sleek, black stone — it’s actually limestone — is hard to get, as there’s only one active quarry today. It can be seen in Versailles — and at Dana Spain’s house.

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