The old Ajax Metal Co. building in Fishtown—situated across from SugarHouse at Frankford Avenue—is undergoing a $32 million renovation courtesy of the House of Blues Entertainment division of Live Nation. When finished, it will become a 141,000-square-foot entertainment complex, housing two live-music venues, a comedy club, 24-lane bowling alley, distillery and Italian restaurant.
The plans for the 12-story apartment building near Penn Treaty Park met the Fishtown Neighbors Association last night, and let’s just say it didn’t go too well. Jared Brey of PlanPhilly reports FNA voted to oppose two of apartment complexes proposed by Core Realty–1100 North Delaware Avenue (picture above) and 1212 North Delaware Avenue.
1100 North Delaware Avenue is the former Edward Corner Building and plans called to scrap the former maritime shop in favor of a 12-story apartment complex with ground floor retail. It would also include two-bedroom townhomes on the Allen Street side of the building with a pedestrian pass through to Delaware Avenue. Here’s the crux of the situation from Brey:
In order to get the two buildings approved, Samschick will need a number of fairly minor variances for lot coverage, open area, the number of loading docks, floor area ratio, and setbacks on the roof deck at 1100 N. Delaware. That building is the bigger of the two; it would house 180 apartment units, office space and a rooftop pool.
Residents said the request for variances does not mesh with the Central Delaware zoning overlay, a plan that took years to develop and set the guidelines for development in the area. Brey reports that nearly two-thirds of those in attendance raised their hands in opposition to both projects.
Shenanigans Saloon, in Port Richmond, has expanded to
Fishtown Kensington (OK, they’re calling it Fishtown, upon further inspection, it’s Kensington). Despite having a name like “Shenanigans.”
The new bar (named, we should stress, Shenanigans by presumably responsible grown ups who actually want people to go there) replaced the Masonic Lodge at 1624 North Front Street.
Owner Patrick Murray completely renovated the building, using recycled and repurposed materials. What’s really cool about that is the entire second floor of the bar was laid using the original flooring from UPenn’s Palestra basketball court, and the window frames are constructed out of old TLA Video shelves.
Jewelers’ Row may be one of the last surviving niche districts in Philadelphia, but that doesn’t mean all remnants of previous ones have been erased. Case in point, two structures which rose out of Kensington’s once-thriving textile district — the Ninth National Bank and Industrial Title and Savings Trust Co. buildings — are now in the redevelopment pipeline.
Philadelinquency reports the properties located at 1942-58 N. Front Street had been facing demolition at one point, with the Women’s Community Revitalization Project planning to replace the buildings with low-income housing. However, neighborhood objections to the project’s design resulted in a legal battle that stalled the proposed development, which was eventually scrapped. Instead, here’s what will happen with the site:
Onion Flats, a development group on West Norris St. that has had extensive experience with historic redevelopment projects in the area will restore and redevelop the bank buildings.
Andrew and Adam Erace are preparing to open their third location of Green Aisle Grocery. The boutique general store has locations on East Passyunk and a second on Grays Ferry Avenue in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. The newest location, which should open this spring/early summer, will be located at 11 West Girard Avenue, same block as Sancho Pistola’s and the new Joe’s Steaks. The Fishtown Green Aisle will be about 400 square feet, bigger than the 260 square foot original but not nearly as big as G-Ho’s 1,000 sqft “megastore.” The Girard Avenue spot will have a little garden in the back where they hope to plant tomatoes, herbs and greens that they will sell.
There will also be the local, organic and gourmet provisions that have made Green Aisle a hit. Look for grass-fed steaks, raw milk, Zahav hummus, bitters, plus Green Aisle’s own line of products, including pistachio butter, five spice pickled beets and more.
Green Aisle Grocery – Fishtown [Foobooz]
Travel up Columbus Boulevard far enough to where it becomes the old Delaware Avenue once again and you’ll see it, a pretty run down box of a building with one of the greatest ghost signs you’ll see in the city, “We Buy Old Rope,” reads the north facing wall on the Edward Corner building in Fishtown. According to Naked Philly, Core Realty owns the property and is planning to construct a 12-story apartment building with ground floor retail there. Will the warehouse be incorporated into the future designs, something that’s becoming increasingly popular these days?
Core Realty’s proposal also calls for 12 townhomes, a r00f deck, 205 parking spaces and possibly office space to the site, which at one time was nautical supplies building. The developers will meet with the Fishtown Neighbors Association on April 14 to present their plans.
Edward Corner Building Coming Down? [Naked Philly]
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Today, Sunday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, the Fishtown Neighbors Association is hosting their 5th annual Chili Cookoff at the Skybox at 2424 Studios (2424 York Street).
Restaurants chefs and home cooks will compete for awards including Best Restaurant Chili, Best Resident Chili, and People’s Choice Award (which can be won by either a chef or a home cook).
$15 tickets will get you two beers and unlimited chili and can be purchased here , or you can buy a $10 “chili only” pass at the door.
The second location of Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop is set to open at the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenue on Wednesday, April 1st. The legendary cheesesteak spot’s sequel will at once feel familiar to fans of the original and will also blow them away with just how nice the new spot is.
However, most importantly the quality of Joe’s Steaks was on display in Fishtown. In a cheesesteak, hand-cut fries and milkshake sampled prior to the opening, there was no mistaking how good Joe’s can be.