Philadelphia’s PMC Property Group has been on the move lately. Construction is proceeding quickly on 1900 Arch, an apartment building adjacent to the proposed Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, and the company hopes to break ground later this summer on One Water Street, an apartment building just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Now the company is proposing two more new Logan Square projects: an 11-story expansion of 1900 Arch, and a 26-story tower at the corner of 23rd and Cherry streets.
Orens Brothers Real Estate, which built and manages 2200 Arch Loft Street Condos, has a new listing there — the largest double of the 176 units in the building. The listing mentions “seller is a restaurant owner” (according to public record, he owned the late Zeke’s Deli on South Fifth), and the kitchen has many better-than-Zeke’s features: Viking, Northland, and SubZero appliances; professional cappuccino machine; blue pearl granite countertops with ice blue glass mosaics.
A change in occupants could soon be in order for the Family Court building at 18th and Vine. Today the Mayor’s Office is expected to announce Kimpton Hotel’s conversion of the property into a luxury hotel.
According to the Inquirer’s Jennifer Lin, Kimpton was one of three contenders to convert the building that is currently being used by the Juvenile Court. Kimpton is also said to have engaged P&A Associates — developers of the Murano condos and St. James apartment house — and the Peebles Corporation in the project.
Last month, we reported on the possibly sad news that Philadelphia’s Israeli consulate was planning to shut its doors. The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, which mounted an apparently furious lobbying effort to reverse that decision, now announces that the consulate will not in fact shut its doors. The Chamber’s President Richard Bendit, in an email letter announcing the decision, thanks basically everyone who ever could have possibly been involved in this decision.
Let’s take a look at Philadelphia artist Eric Hall’s home by taking a tour of his paintings. For example, Hall’s triptych Expressway (which portrays East Falls) hangs in the townhome’s living room, which has an open floor plan, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Collimation No. 35 (Arctic) hangs nearby, beneath recessed lighting. Above the woodburning fireplace, in the same room, is Collimation No. 44 (Canyon 1).
Collimation No. 27 (Trapeze 1), Collimation No. 28 (Trapeze 2), and Collimation No. 29 (Trapeze 3) stud the walls of the dining room, which features a china cabinet and a skylit atrium with exposed brick. Upstairs, there’s Collimation No. 10 (Genesis) in a bedroom that’s been converted into a family room/study.
The 14-story mixed-use building designed by architecture, design and strategy group Varenhorst will be ready for occupancy in the spring, and new renderings are being circulated in preparation for retail leasing. There’s 16,000-plus divisible square feet of ground-floor retail space available, with 234 apartments (one- and two-bedroom units) on the floors above. There will also be an underground garage and bike parking.
Renderings and the like below.
Words like “grand” and “gracious” come up a lot in the listing for this four-story Victorian nestled in Logan Square. Looking at the photos, it’s not hard to understand why. In some listings, “original details” is code for “old and odd.” Here, it’s closer to “marble everywhere” and “jaw-dropping woodwork.”
Marble fireplaces and marble sinks abound. Grand chandeliers hang in practically every room. The home offers four bedrooms with original woodwork and crown moldings. One in particular features the coziest window bench we have seen in ages. All that and a charming brick garden and walking distance to the best fountain in town.
PlanPhilly reports that Neil Rodin, the developer of Rodin Square–best known as the Whole Foods that’ll eat the Best Western–is still working to come to terms with the Logan Square Civic Association on certain issues, including the impact on traffic. Rodin had commissioned a traffic study, but now the LSNA wants to do one of its own.
It doesn’t sound like Rodin is too happy about that: