Franklin Residential has purchased Keswick Village in Glenside, reports Natalie Kostelni at the Philadelphia Business Journal. The historic mixed-use property, she writes, was designed by Horace Trumbauer and consists of the following Tudor-style structures:
• A pad with a Susquehanna bank
• A two-story, 18,000-square-foot building with six retail stores and 11 apartments.
• A three-story, 38,000-square-foot building that has seven stores and 15 apartments. Those structures will be rebranded as Keswick Commons.
According to Kostelni, Franklin Residential will “spend nearly $2 million to renovate the interiors and exteriors of the existing retail and residential spaces,” followed by a new housing construction:
The second phase involves constructing 65 to 80 age-restricted apartments on top of two to three stories of parking. That estimated $14 million project still needs to go through the local approval process and likely won’t get underway for a couple of years.
• Keswick Village sells for $6.2M, gets new owner [Business Journal]
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Last week Jon Taffer broke Lickety Split into two concepts for his “Bar Rescue” show. Downstairs is now Alleged Pizza and upstairs is 2nd State Lounge. Last night Taffer and company revealed the remade Plush on Keswick Avenue in Glenside. That spot is now an Italian themed bar and cafe, Osteria Calabria.
A post on Plush’s Facebook page sums up the changes:
As the big reveal of our new bar approaches, I want to take the time to thank Jon Taffer and the entire Bar Rescue crew for this incredible opportunity. Aside from providing us with a new concept and look, they have touched us in the most profound way.I cannot begin to express my gratitude. I would also like to thank all of our loyal customers for nearly 12 years of support. Plush was a dream come true for us and could not have been possible without you. We look forward to another 12 years and truly hope the we can surpass all of your expectations. We launch our new bar Sunday night. Do stop by to see the amazing transformation of the bar. Menu provided by chef Nick Liberato. A true culinary professional. Drinks provided by Mia Mastroianni, mixologist extraordinare. Onward and upward. Hope to see a lot of faces, new and old….From the bottom of my heart, Thank you.
The new season of Bar Rescue begins October 5th. Look for the Philadelphia locations to be featured in late November.
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Osteria Calabria [Foobooz]
As we reported earlier, Jon Taffer of the Spike TV show “Bar Rescue” has been in Philadelphia filming new episodes. One of the spots he’s been working on is Lickety Split at 4th and South. Twitter user 00jbk tips us off that the bar has received a fresh coat of paint and two new names, Alleged Bar & Pizza and upstairs, 2nd State Lounge. Also visible in the windows of the second floor, “MIXOLOGY,” and “TAFFER WAS HERE.”
The mixology can’t be a surprise, as anyone who watches the show knows, there’s money to be made in cocktails.
Taffer and his crew were spotted on Friday night in Glenside, at Plush, a restaurant and nightspot on Keswick Avenue.
The grand reveal began around 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th.
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2nd State [Foobooz]
The thing we love most about this beautiful Glenside estate is that it has been restored to its 1830s heyday but there are still opportunities for new owners to personalize the property. With only four previous owners, the estate has retained original elements like pocket doors and pocket shutters as well as original pinewood flooring. While the property has been renovated meticulously, new owners will still have the chance to devise any use they like for two very cool spaces: a cupola and a restored barn.
The main living areas of the home include a library with the double whammy of built-in bookshleves and window seats. A formal living room features a fireplace with Mercer tile (you’ll also find that in the bathrooms and in one of the other three fireplaces). The kitchen has been fully renovated and includes radiant heat flooring, an eight-burner, two-oven Wolf stove, a Sub Zero refrigerator and a separate wine cooler. The first-floor dining room could accommodate more than 150 guests at a cocktail party.
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Exterior shot of 222 Roberts Avenue, Glenside, PA.
A sun room porch entrance is just the tip of the iceberg of this Glenside home. Inside, the house has seen significant refurbishments: restored original woodwork in the grand foyer and former kitchen cabinets repurposed as book shelves in the study.
Other features of note include built-in bookshelves in the living room and a full bar/saloon area made entirely of wood in the finished basement. Upstairs, a claw-foot bathtub can be found in the marble-floored master bathroom.
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