Left photo by B. Krist for GPTMC.
• Pong on the Cira Centre has earned a a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, as Technical.ly Philly reports.
• The Inquirer’s Al Heavens writes about continued growth in an already flourishing Francisville.
• A December town meeting at Northeast High School will cover draft plans for improving Roosevelt Blvd., area shopping districts, and parks, according to PlanPhilly.
• The Philadelphia Daily News says that the new Frankford Avenue murals celebrate that neighborhood’s diversity and history.
• Former Flyer Max Talbot is selling his Bella Vista 3BR that includes a plasma TV and projector, according to Curbed Philly.
• Is Germantown going green? The Inquirer’s Alison Burdo writes about the solar paneled home and eco-friendly development firm that moved in within three years of each other.
Rendering by ISA – Interface Studio Architects LLC
Postgreen Homes has announced the first formal event for its sustainable Folsom Powerhouse housing development in Francisville. October 23rd at 3 p.m. there’ll be a ceremonial shoveling of dirt to celebrate construction. The list of speakers includes Brian Abernathy of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; Alex Dews from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Brian Phillips from Interface Studio Architects; Jonathan Weiss from Equinox MC, Postgreen’s partner in this project; and Chad Ludeman from Postgreen.
Apparently, it’s not easy to get people to shovel dirt and speak publicly, as the Postgreen blog says, “We’ve coerced some people who were instrumental in making this project a reality and influencing it’s [sic] design.”
For those who aren’t persuaded by the excitement of a groundbreaking, there’s a party afterward at Urban Saloon where attendees can meet the developers and eat and drink.
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It took some time, but the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) finally decided to sell some 196 properties the agency has owned since the 1960s and ’70s that were bearing no revenue fruit. Yesterday morning PHA held an auction, and while some people were glad to get an opportunity to bid on beloved homes, others felt unprepared.
“The toughest thing about these auctions is they won’t let people into the properties,” one developer told City Paper. But another bidder said he was able to inspect the properties, and indeed the list of homes to be auctioned was made public well before yesterday.
That’s how Laverne Simms knew to come to the auction to bid on a row home on North Etting Street in North Philadelphia. It was Simms’ family home until seven years ago, when her elderly mother moved out; she won the home for $9,000. “I can’t wait to get her back there,” Simms told the Inquirer of her mother, whose home it will be once again.
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Though Trulia lists 1639 Poplar as Fairmount/Art Museum, the intersection of 17th and Poplar is actually in Francisville. That neighborhood doesn’t get a lot of attention from brokers or, say, Travel & Leisure. But it continues to transform, leading to projects like this adaptive reuse of a historic Bell Telephone Co. building that was once in truly terrible shape. Below, the before and after:
The Exchange, before the renovation. Photo via The Exchange Facebook page.
The Exchange, after the renovation. Photo via The Exchange Facebook page.
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