Better Runways, Automated People Mover Officially Coming to PHL Airport

Alright, just hold your horses for a minute. Action News may be psyched about the “long-awaited multi-billion-dollar expansion project” in store for the Philadelphia International Airport, but the truth is the agreement was made in principal a year ago. In fact, today’s ceremony was simply a formal signing that allows some of the on-hold projects within PHL’s Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) to happen.

So what will the CEP do? Here’s how the press release describes it:

The CEP is a comprehensive program to modernize Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) over the next 12-15 years. It is an investment in airfield, terminal and cargo projects and will improve operational efficiencies, enhance customer experiences and increase the region’s global connectivity at one of the nation’s busiest airports.

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Main Line Monday: Custom-Crafted Radnor Manse with Tiered Movie Room

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Set on a single acre property near Radnor Township, this Semerjian Builders-crafted home is marked with several notable features, the first of which we must mention is the two-story center hall. It’s a gorgeous room, boasting a wood barrel coffer ceiling, Herringbone floors made of Brazilian Cherry wood and an inlayed floor medallion.

And that’s only the beginning. As the listing notes, the impressive European manor-inspired residence offers over 10,000 square feet of space and has a whole-house sound system. “Intricate” crown moldings and ceiling medallions are throughout, while high-end light fixtures are at every turn. Entertainment amenities can be found both indoors and outdoors, the latter consisting of the nearby Radnor Township Walking Trail and downtown Wayne.

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: Mid-Century Vision By Irwin Stein For $599,000

Photo by Laura Kicey

Photo by Laura Kicey

“There are only two other homes with this distinctive roof line. Stein also favored built-in cove lighting, low-rise open staircases and built-in sofas,” writes Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher, owner of this amazing home in Wallingford, Delaware County.

And she would know wouldn’t she? Because aside from being the owner, Tilkens-Fisher is the founder of At Home Modern, a mid-century consulting business. And the Stein she’s referring to? None other than Irwin Stein, the modern architect with ties to Oscar Stonorov and Frank Weise, and who was “less a single-minded titan like Louis Kahn and more a flexible but visionary pragmatist who got things done,” according to Liz Spikol.

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Hot Diggity Popping Up at Swarthmore Hot Dog Jamboree

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Hot Diggity’s Saigon Fusion: Topped with fresh Cucumber, Cilantro, Spicy Mayo, Pickled Daikon and Carrot, Jalapeno, and crushed Peanuts.

Hot Diggity is popping up at Hobbs Coffee (1 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA) this Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. for the shop’s annual Hot Dog Jamboree. And even if Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian wasn’t making his first hot dog appearance since the closure of his South Street restaurant, this would be a can’t miss event for hot dog fans. Also appearing at the event:

  • Joey Baldino, Zeppoli
  • Scott Schroeder, South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar
  • Marcos Espinoza, Side Project Jerky
  • GitJo, Culinary collaboration of Craig Parahus (Amis) and Michael Strauss (Taprom on 19)
  • Gary Ducket, some kind of pickle jawn
  • Hawk Krall, hot dog artist
  • Nick Macri, La Divisa Meats
  • Ari Miller, 1732 Meats
Hobbs Coffee [Facebook]

Little Flower Manor Property Close to Becoming “Terminus” for Walking Trail

Situated close to the 1200 block of Springfield Road in Delaware County, the parcel known as the Little Flower Manor property–so named for the nearby Little Flower nursing home– is a step closer to becoming what County Councilman John McBlain calls the “terminus” of the Darby Creek Greenway, according to the Daily Times’ Kristina Scala.

Settle down Walking Dead fans (eh, does anyone even still watch that?),  Scala notes McBlain’s wording is due to the Springfield Road site being expected to connect with the Darby walking trail system once additional funding is secured, some of which has been acquired after the Delaware County Council “approved the transfer of a $224,000 grant” that will go to preserving the property as an open space.

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Infinity Pool Alert in Wayne!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Rosemont

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Rosemont

Yes, it has a stunning 2007 Arnold Infinity lap pool on a parcel landscaped by Gale Nurseries, but now that we’ve got your attention, let us direct you inside the home…

First up, the grand reception hall, a foyer that for once is described without exaggeration as it extends from the home’s entry to a rear terrace overlooking the pool and yard. Refinished wood floors are throughout this first level, including the kitchen, which comes with an eleven-foot granite island. Fireplaces are located in the dining, living, family, and formal parlor rooms, as well as the cherry library, which comes with the added bonus of a sliding ladder (don’t get any ideas…). One of our favorite parts of the home though is the mudroom, which, true to its name should come in handy on days with exceptional precipitation thanks to its individual lockers, boot bench, and pet/boot bath.

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Might a Mixed-Use Site Be Afoot for the Former Don Guanella Village?

The former Don Guanella Village in Delaware County | Image via Google Street View

The former Don Guanella Village in Delaware County | Image via Google Street View

Will a mixed-use development rumored to be in the works for the former Don Guanella Village, a 200-acre property Goodman Properties acquired via a $47 million deal between Cardinal Crossing Realty Associates and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, include a Wegman’s?

Nah, we honestly can’t say for sure (although an earlier report prior to the deal being struck did mention that possibility), but here’s what Cardinal Crossings–the site’s future name–might have per a traffic study from earlier this year, reports the Daily Times’ Leslie Krowchenko:

Although drawings have not yet been submitted, the traffic study filed with the township earlier this year outlined the possibility of 120 single family homes, 230 townhouses, a 150-room hotel, 55,000-square foot multiplex movie theater, 80,000-square foot recreational community center, convenience store with a 16-pump fueling station, 150,000 square feet of office space and 690,000 square feet of retail space.

An official presentation of the plans “is not expected before May,” but Krowchenko adds that Goodman Properties’ Bruce Goodman intends for the project to be “the largest development in Delaware County in the last 20 years.”

200 acres of Don Guanella site targeted for development [Daily Times]

U.S. Army Will Detonate the Delaware River This Year

Mark it down: 2015 is the year that the crack of explosions will be heard and the ground will tremble on the banks of the Delaware River near Chester and across the way in New Jersey. The river itself will rise and bubble.

The End of Days?

Nope. It is all part of the massive Army Corps of Engineers Delaware River dredging project. They are deepening the Delaware from 40 to 45 feet along a 102-mile stretch so that bigger cargo ships can make it to the ports of Philadelphia and Wilmington.

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For Sale: Fully Revamped 18th Century Home with New Addition

TREND photos via Weichert

TREND photos via Weichert

Standing across from Wayne Elementary School is this historical property, which in addition to being on the market for the very first time, has been fully renovated into a pristine residence vying for occupancy.

Originally a Welsh stone farmhouse built in 1765, the property now claims a sprawling new addition consisting of a wood-beamed chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and built-in wine and ice bar. There also appears to be central booth seating with lower level cabinets (of course that could be decor–what do you think?). Furthermore, general updates to the home (including those relating to coloring and windows) have been crafted to be historically accurate.

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Reduced: Painter’s Folly, the Home That Inspired Andrew Wyeth

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach

Photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – West Chester

Painter’s Folly, the Delaware County home that once belonged to artist Howard Pyle, has had its price reduced. You’ll recall from our original post on the property–back when it was listed for $1.15 million–that it served as inspiration for four of Andrew Wyeth’s works, most notably his titular tempura Painter’s Folly. The home now claims a $995,000 price tag.

Here are some notes that should refresh your memory as to its details:

  • Situated on 3.6 acres (borders the Brandywine Battlefield Park)
  • Random-width hardwood floors
  • Extensive millwork and built-ins
  • Au pair suite with full bathroom
  • Single-bedroom carriage home with kitchen and gathering room (viable as a rental)

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