Brick and Mortar Opens with Rail Park Benefit

bam-brick-mortar-400Brick and Mortar will finally open to the public this Thursday, June 4th with a benefit in support of Friends of the Rail Park. The opening night kicks off with cocktail party, followed by after party.

Brick and Mortar is located just steps from the proposed aerial park and is raising money for this greening project. Tickets to the grand opening benefit bash are $100 and includes passed hors d’oeuvres, complimentary cocktails, beer and wine.

The cocktail reception takes place from 6 pm to 8 pm, with an after party starting at 8 pm. The follow-up shindig also benefits the Friends of the Rail Park, it’s cost is $25, and includes 3 drink tickets.

Tickets are available at therailpark.org.

A full cash bar will also be available all night and a select menu from chef Brian Ricci will also be served from 9 pm to 1 am.

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Gallery: The Goldtex Building, Then and Now

Inside Goldtex | Photo credit: Conrad Benner.

Inside Goldtex | Photo credit: Conrad Benner.

Philadelphia’s Goldtex apartment building has come a long way.

From its start as a shoe factory to its time as an abandoned graffiti haven, the colorful apartment building has been widely praised, so much so that  Inga Saffron even approved of the residential structure in Philly’s loft district (or ‘Eraserhood,’ depending on who you ask).

Photographer Conrad Benner recently got a look at Goldtex, whose artsy modern interior calls back to its days as graffiti-filled blight. From Benner’s Streets Dept blog:

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At Last, Everyone and Everything in Accord at Goldtex

Photo by Liz Spikol.

Photo by Liz Spikol.

Less than a year ago, the news out of the Post Brothers’ Goldtex building was drama, controversy and inflatable rats. Which is why Inga Saffron, in today’s Inquirer, is expressing genuine surprise that not only have the former adversaries moved beyond attacking each other, but that the building itself seems to be – dare we say it – an example of good design.

In Saffron-ese:

The surprise is that the renovated factory emerged from the debacle with its architectural integrity intact.

“There must be something in the water,” she writes, explaining that both Electricians Local 98 boss John Dougherty and developer Michael Pestronk both expressed some regret over the affair.

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Post Bros.’ Goldtex Building Gets a “Neighborhood Tavern”

Photo: Liz Spikol

Photo: Liz Spikol

According to Zagat as reported in Foobooz, the Goldtex apartment building’s ground floor will soon be getting a restaurant. Mike Welsh, formerly of Franklin Mortgage and Lemon Hill, will open Brick & Mortar — “a neighborhood American tavern” — sometime in November in what’s currently 3,500 square feet of raw space.

One issue with Goldtex has been its location–what people call, variously, the Loft District, Eraserhood, or Chinatown-ish–Philadephians have a hard time seeing that area as warm and neighborhoody. But it sounds, from Welsh’s talk with Danya Henninger for Zagat, that the restaurant/bar’s vibe hopes to change that:

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New Restaurant/Bar Coming to Lofts District

goldtex-square-400Zagat has the scoop on Brick & Mortar, a new restaurant and bar from Franklin Mortgage alum Mike Welsh. Welsh, who was also involved in Lemon Hill is promising a neighborhood-friendly establishment in the Goldtex Building at 315 N 12th Street.

The 3,500 square foot space will offer enough room for 100 seats and will be open for lunch, brunch and dinner.

Check out Zagat for more details.

Brick & Mortar: New Loft District Bar From Franklin Mortgage Alum Mike Welsh [Zagat]

Brick & Mortar [Foobooz]

Post Brothers Party at Goldtex and Say, “Do Not Rent Here”

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Photo: Liz Spikol

Tonight there’s a rooftop party at the Goldtex apartments at 12th and Pearl streets in Callowhill. Like other Post Brothers jawns, it has a quirky title: “Do Not Rent Here” — a provocative first sentence the buildings trades would likely agree with — followed up by “You’ll Never Want to Leave.”

The event is meant to showcase “Goldtex’s state-of-the-art amenities and its class-leading green living experience.” Attendees can tour one- and three-bedroom apartments, or just enjoy free food and drink served up by Cafe Lift/Buffad Pizza, and listen to DJ DSC of Hair O’ The Dog fame.

Mike Pestronk, one of the two owners of Post Brothers Apartments, which developed Goldtex, said they’d been asking L&I for an event permit for more than a month, and were still waiting for it to come through as of early this morning. Matt Pestronk said, “If they don’t give it to us, it’s because they’re corrupt.”

Fortunately for the success of the event, the permit did come through around 11 a.m.

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What? Has the Building Trades Union War Against the Post Brothers Really Gotten This Stupid?

breaking bad pestronkPardon the informality of the headline, but this simply cannot be believed. Philadelinquency spotted a post on Philadelphia Speaks in which forum member fiveomar described an interaction at 20th and Chestnut with a “union goon” (now, that’s not nice) who was handing out anti-Post Brothers fliers. According to fiveomar, the fliers included “some pretty ridiculous claims about the Post Brothers storing and smuggling heroine [sic] and cocaine.”

We have tried to maintain some degree of objectivity here, but if the building trades are now painting Matthew Pestronk as Pablo Escobar, that has to be the last straw. What’s next? Mike Pestronk is actually Walter White?

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Morning Headline: Action News Goes Undercover At Goldtex

Wendy Salzman at 6 ABC filed a report yesterday on the newly renovated and rebuilt Goldtex apartment building at 12th and Wood. Developed by the Post Brothers, the building was the site of a fierce battle between the building trade unions and the company, which chose to use both union and non-union labor for the construction and renovation. Though the building is still partially under construction, tenants have moved in and Licenses & Inspections has approved temporary occupancy of the eighth floor.

Action News sent a reporter in with a hidden camera to see what the units with lofts are like. The lofts have pull-down stairways that, when extended, block the door to the apartment. According to L&I, the lofts are approved as utility spaces, not living spaces, but a Goldtex sales rep tells the undercover reporter that the loft can be used as a bedroom with a twin or double bed. This, says Post Bros. co-owner Mike Pestronk, is an error on the rep’s part, as is a listings photo that portrays the loft as a living space. The photo below is from a Craigslist ad shows a loft space as rather inhabited.

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Post Brothers vs. Unions–Again–Now With Creepy Allegations and Lawn Signs

A few days ago, Matthew Pestronk, one of the two principals of the development company Post Brothers, called to tell us that almost every day there are men with videocameras outside of  Rittenhouse Hill, one of the Post Brothers’ many developments. He claimed the men are members of IBEW Local 98, the electricians’ union. “They’re taping female residents coming in and out of our properties and making them very uncomfortable,” he said. “What does that have to do with anything?”

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Post Bros. Backyard Bash and Curbside Rats

backyard bash poster

 

The Post Bros.–the development company most well known for its clash with the building trades unions at the Goldtex building at 12th and Wood–had to change the date of their Backyard Bash to promote new features at Rittenhouse Hill apartments. The fun happens this week instead, as advertised on this poster which, for them, is practically virginal.

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