Morning Headlines: Main Line Takes Steps Toward Revitalization

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Photo credit: Google Street View

A 207-unit apartment has been proposed for 150 Monument Road in Bala Cynwyd, a project to be presented before the Lower Merion Township Planning Commission this Monday.

The Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison says the planned six-story building would be situated on a seven-acre plot in Bala Cynwyd that currently hosts another six-story building used for office space. Allison also reports the project includes a central courtyard with pool deck, commercial/restaurant space (3,700 square feet), and a four-story parking garage, which is to have 673 parking spaces, 207 of which would be for apartment tenants.

The proposed development is one of many (some of which are already in progress), and the result of revitalization goals for the City Avenue commercial district:
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Suburban Eats: Lobster Dinner at Susanna Foo

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Although news of Susanna Foo’s return to Center City was released yesterday, things are still up in the air as to when exactly that will be. And if you can’t handle the suspense, well…we can’t do anything about that. But what we can do is give you the scoop on Susanna Foo’s Weekend of Lobster Dinners in Radnor.

Starting Friday, July 25, and going until Sunday, July 27, head out to the Main Line for some good eats and cheap prices (when it comes to lobster). For $39, each guest can enjoy 3 courses – 2 courses of Asian Fusion lobster-style meals, plus 1 course to satisfy your sweet tooth. Dishes include Lobster Claw Tempura with Pei Mussels, Roasted Maine Lobster & Diver Scallop, and Jersey Peach Cobbler.

Make your reservations by calling 610-688-8808 or by clicking here.

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Morning Headlines: Wynnewood Is One of the Most Popular Suburbs for Renters

Photo credit: Google Maps.

Photo credit: Google Maps.

Last week we heard homeownership in the area had been slowing down, only to learn the next day that the apartment market in Center City was cooling as well. So where exactly are renters going? ApartmentGuide points to the the suburbs.

Despite Lower Merion Township having some of the most affluent neighborhoods in the area, Philly.com’s Lauren Mennen reports the apartment-hunting website found Wynnewood to be the seventh “hottest suburb” for renters in the country after analyzing 100 of the most-searched cities between April and July. The numbers below may explain why:

According to statistics on the website, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom home in Wynnewood is $1,443, which is still cheaper than two-bedroom homes Old City ($2,137), Society Hill ($2,137), Northern Liberties ($1,582), Graduate Hospital ($1,512), and Fairmount/Art Museum ($1,495).

Lower cost and taxes aside, Wynnewood has a the advantage of having a “larger concentration of apartments” compared to other areas, all while offering better schools, more shopping, easy access to Center City, and being walker-friendly for commuters.

Wynnewood named one of the ‘hottest suburbs’ for renters [Philly.com]

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On the Market: Eric Blumenfeld’s Gladwyne Manse

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach Bryn Mawr

TREND photo via BHHS Fox & Roach Bryn Mawr

Eric Blumenfeld, owner of Philadelphia’s most well-known blighted gem, has put his Gladwyne home on the market. Blumenfeld, who long blamed funding issues for not getting his plans for the Divine Lorraine off the ground, has recently been in the news after striking a deal with New Jersey real estate lender Bill Procida. The investment will make the rehabilitation of the building possible (fingers crossed).

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Midday Headlines: Barker Mill Still Looking For A Buyer

Side view of 1400 Mills Creek Road via Google Street View.

Side view of 1400 Mills Creek Road via Google Street View.

In 2003, developer O’Neill Properties Group bought a two-building property at 1400 Mills Road called Barker Mill. Their intention was to transform the site into luxury condos, while planning a third building to complete the set. Sadly, as tends to be the case in renovation and revitalization projects, things did not going according to plan.

Cheryl Allison at the Main Line Times reports the development went up for auction in 2012 after a suffering economy and condo market hampered plans. The site, which is included in the the National Register of Historic Places Mill Creek Historic District, has been vacant for years and is now the second item on the Lower Merion Conservancy’s 2014 Preservation WatchList.

According to the Conservancy’s website, the mill served as a gun manufactory between 1807 and 1865, and made rifles used in the War of 1812. It later switched to producing carpet yarn after coming under the ownership of William Booth and Thomas Barker, a fact which Rutgers University professor Richard Demirjian cites as an example of the country’s early struggles toward “greater economic independence.”
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Listed: Main Line Mansion With Multiple Lives

TREND photo via BHHS Fox&Roach Haverford Station.

TREND photo via BHHS Fox&Roach Haverford Station.

This Merion Station mansion is beautifully maintained and has an interesting pedigree for musical history enthusiasts: It once belonged to acclaimed concert pianist Josef Hoffman, who was the first director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

This home was also once the Buten Wedgwood Museum, which was run by a family that had amassed an incredible collection — the country’s largest — of the famous china.

Built in 1900, the home has wonderful period details. Look at the plethora of carved wood trim; the peg and groove hardwood floors; the hand-blown glass door panes adorned with musical notes; the “great hall” with paneled walls and marble fireplace; glass-fronted built-in cabinetry; the hand-smithed Samuel Yellin ironwork. And from whatever period it is: that bathroom! What a looker.

Enjoy the gallery.

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Andy Reid’s Main Line House Is for Sale

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Detail photo of Andy Reid’s Villanova house via Main Line Executive Realty, Inc.

Andy Reid must be settling in as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, as he’s finally decided to sell his private Main Line home at the end of a cul-de-sac in Villanova. Built in 1999, the home has several standout details: two fireplaces, an office with built-in shelving, finished basement and third floor, and closets with storage systems. From a practical standpoint, the house has a generator and a heated driveway and front walkway, making snow removal a breeze.

A secluded back deck leads to lovely grounds — more than spacious enough for a game of touch football. Gallery below.

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Lawyers Defend Ex-Students Charged in ‘Main Line Takeover’ Drug Case

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Lawyers for two students accused of being ringleaders in “Main Line takeover” drug bust have released statements to ABC News about their clients.

Prosecutors accuse Timothy Brooks, 18, and Neil Scott, 25 — both graduates of the Haverford School — of running an elaborate drug ring that sold marijuana and other drugs at high schools and colleges on the Main Line. The alleged preppie drug dealers are accused of having “sub-dealers” sell for them at the high schools.

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