Here on Property we’ve been covering an assorted number of new projects poised to transform Philadelphia’s cityscape. As the new year approaches, that number will only continue to grow, and you can be sure we’ll be following all of them.
However, of those that have been announced for 2015, there have been some which have struck us as being potential game-changers. Below you will find five areas in Philadelphia development that we will keep a special eye on in the coming year.
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Adam Erace has a new favorite Vetri restaurant and it’s Lo Spiedo. The newly opened restaurant at the southern end of Broad Street impresses the City Paper critic with its cocktails, its burger and its pasta. Surprisingly, he isn’t in love with the entrees that come off Lo Spiedo’s namesake spit but he has does have praise for other dishes coming off chef Scott Calhoun’s wood-fired grill.
Scott Calhoun is a stud that deserves as much of the credit as his mentor. I couldn’t quit the Lancaster native’s smoky spit-roasted cabbage in a crock of Gorgonzola fonduta, or the sponge of cornbread soaked in rotisserie drippings. Al dente rigatoni tossed with spit-roasted tomato sauce and ricotta salata had such depth of flavor, I barely believed him when he told me it was vegetarian.
Vetri’s latest, Lo Spiedo is firing on all cylinders at the Navy Yard [City Paper]
Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]
Rendering of the Navy Yard Master Plan. By PIDC via Technically Philly.
Mayoral would-be Terry Gillen gave a TEDxPhiladelphia lecture earlier this year in which she discussed the revival and ever-evolving transformation of what was once an abandoned military base in South Philadelphia: the Navy Yard, now a “vibrant urban business park” that is only just getting started on its new life.
Check it out:
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Port Richmond’s Mercer Cafe is expanding, with plans to open a second location in the Navy Yard, scheduled to open in spring 2015.
The new cafe will be located in Building 623 at 4920 South 15th Street and, like the original Cafe, will do breakfasts and lunches, featuring a variety of food options.
What kind of options? Well, along with La Colombe coffee, salads, wraps, paninis, breakfast sandwiches, parfaits and other snacks from a grab-and-go deli counter, owners Tom and Dina Woltjen (whose family owns Tacconelli’s pizza) have decided to get together with Dina’s pizza-making brothers and serve their brick-oven pies at the new location as well–which is definitely something to look forward to. Something else to look forward to? They’re going to do delivery and catering as well.
The Yard Blog over at navyyard.org has more details.
Mercer Cafe Is Newest Restaurant Coming To The Navy Yard [Yard Blog]
Nothing is set in stone just yet, but Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. is looking to get state and city money to help construct a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Navy Yard.
Here’s more from the Philadelphia Business Journal:
The project would cost tens of millions of dollars to build and the Philadelphia-based company is seeking state and city funds to help finance it. How many people Axalta would employ at the facility couldn’t be determined nor could the time frame the company is working under. An Axalta spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
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Add another notch in the belt for the Navy Yard: Bala Cynwyd-based NXTsports, which is an organization that offers sports education, events and facilities management, will relocate to the corporate campus that’s home to Urban Outfitters, Glaxo SmithKline and many others. From the Philadelphia Business Journal:
NXTsports currently leases space at 555 City Ave. and considered remaining in the building when it launched its search. It also looked at other office properties in Bala Cynwyd, Conshohocken, Pa., and at the Navy Yard.
“We love the vibe down there,” said Joel Zuercher, chief operating officer and general counsel at the company. “We are a young, energetic company and it seems like that is the place to be for a growing business such as ours.”
NXTsports has gone from three employees to 20 in the last three years and it expects to continue growing. The new space will give its some extra room to accommodate that growth.
NXTsports picks Navy Yard for new headquarters
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For those of you who didn’t get your fill of outdoor food-and-booze festivals at last night’s Feastival or Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, here’s another chance for you to get out in the sun and eat some stuff–the PHS Fall Festival.
It’s happening tomorrow at the Navy Yard and we’ve got the full list of food, drinks and sweets that’ll be on site to distract you from all the gardening displays and flowery knick-knacks.
Here’s what you’ll be eating and drinking at the PHS Fall Fest