Morning Headlines: $60 Million Apartment Complex Planned in King of Prussia

751 Vandenburg Boulevard, King of Prussia | Image: Google Street View

751 Vandenburg Boulevard, King of Prussia | Image: Google Street View

Thanks to some new zoning changes that promotes density and mixed-use projects in the business park area, King of Prussia is looking to become more than just a place with one of the largest mall in all the land. The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni reports that  homebuilder Bentley Homes has teamed up with Cornerstone Communities out of Villanova to create a $60 million plan to bring a 320-unit residential community to 751 Vandenburg Boulevard. It is “one of the first projects that will take advantage of the new zoning,” says Kostelni.

The 20-acre site, which rests north of the mall and east of Valley Forge National Historic Park/Valley Forge Casino in the King of Prussia Business Park, will consist of four apartment buildings that will have a central courtyard with “landscaped rooms” for community enjoyment. Plans also include a cafe that will be open to the public, according to Kostelni.

Headlines: Charges in Real Estate Scheme…

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KOP Hosts Restaurant Week

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For all of those in the suburbs who missed out on Center City Restaurant Week, the King of Prussia District is holding their own version, running from March 2 to March 8, called dineKOP.

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Come Shop With Us — and Get Exclusive Discounts — at Ted Baker

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Image via Ted Baker.

Ready for your next Thursday night plans? We’re throwing an exclusive shopping party at Ted Baker in the King of Prussia Mall. Guests will join me, the Ted Baker styling team and men’s style expert Sabir Peele for an exclusive night of after-hours shopping, live music, food, drinks and major discounts, plus the chance to shop Ted Baker’s new spring 2015 collection before anyone else.

The evening is first-come, first-serve — we’re only allowing about 30 people to join us — so be sure to mark down the date (Thursday, March 5th, from 6pm to 9pm), and RSVP here. About those discounts …

Now Is the Wrong Time for Protests

It was Saturday night at the King of Prussia Mall and my 8-year-old son, David, wanted to see Santa. He took a picture with his mom’s iPhone of some toys he just saw and wanted to show Santa. Welcome to life in 2014.

We got to the Santa area in the middle of the mall and his helpers were putting up the velvet rope. “Santa has to take a quick break,” we were told. I pleaded and they allowed just one more. The velvet rope clipped on the pole and I was dad of the day.

As I stood waiting for my son’s turn with the big man, the helper confided in me that he needed to rush Santa out of there before the “Die-In.” A large group of people protesting the shooting deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were going to sprawl themselves like so many dead bodies next in the fake snow and next to the giant candy canes, in hopes of disrupting Christmas shopping and visits with Santa.

On cue a little girl cried at the news that she would not be able to talk to Santa. She was told that he needed to feed the reindeer. In truth, his security team had to whisk him away before the embarrassing photo op of Santa standing jolly amid the mock dead.

It was surreal until the anger set in. How dare they!
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Morning Headlines: Mixed-Use Development Planned Near King of Prussia Mall

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King of Prussia Malls’s planned addition isn’t the only thing coming to the area: the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports that the former Valley Forge Golf Course, a 135-acre parcel of land near the mall, is set to get apartments, a hospital, and further shopping.

Laughlin says that the on-site Wegmans, which has been there for two years, will eventually be in the company of a “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility, 249,985 additional square feet of retail, […] 365 residential units” and, one day, an extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. If you’re wondering why this development would warrant an elevated line extension, that’s because the community is expected to grow in coming years.
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KOP Becomes the Montreal of Malls

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When a co-worker first heard that the King of Prussia Mall would be expanding, she wrote, via chat, “WHY IS KING OF PRUSSIA EXPANDING??? IT’S ALREADY LIKE 55 MILES WORTH OF SHOPPING. I can’t.” This was a legitimate response, especially for those of us with credit card debt.

But the expansion isn’t just about shopping. It’s also about warmth, since one must now go outside to walk between the two malls, The Court and The Plaza. The expansion will make the entire site fully enclosed. For renderings and details, go here.

Morning Headlines: 18th-Century Philadelphia Goes to China

"Cliveden Mansion, Philadelphia, HABS PA-1184-88" by Jack E. Boucher - Historic American Buildings Survey; Library of Congress HABS PA,51-GERM,64-88. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cliveden_Mansion,_Philadelphia,_HABS_PA-1184-88.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Cliveden_Mansion,_Philadelphia,_HABS_PA-1184-88.jpg

Cliveden, via Wikimedia Commons.

The village is called Southern 1910, will look exactly like Society Hill and will be in Dalian, a coastal city in northeastern China. The Inquirer’s Erin Arvedlund has the details on how Chadds Ford’s John Milner Architects won the business and impressed Chinese developers.

Dalian Common Property Development retained John Milner Architects to design and plan the gated community, where 200 Georgian-style brick homes will sell for between $1 million and $4 million. Of those, 65 have already been sold, ranging from 3,500 to a whopping 7,500 square feet.

In order to win the business in the first place, Milner told Arvedlund that he arranged a two-week long series of bus tours for the Chinese developers. They visited Fairmount Park, Cliveden and Mount Pleasant, among other 18th century city sites.

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Refinery29 Is Coming to King of Prussia Mall This Saturday

Take the guesswork out of shopping.

Take the guesswork out of shopping.

Grab those calendars; Refinery29 is coming to King of Prussia Mall and we are majorly excited. Pop over to the Nordstrom Court this Saturday, September 20th, for a mashup of the lifestyle site and Simon, King of Prussia’s parent company, for a day of shopping, beauty and style. Basically, you’ll leave with a personal fall fashion game plan—and it doesn’t get much better than that.

Click here for the scoop.

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