The first four homes being built as part of the Pointe development will be sold to working families for $238,000. The two end units have already been spoken for. | Photos: Sandy Smith
Maybe other developers would prefer to work with one single parcel of land and build a passel of houses on it, but Delta Alliance CEO Walter Logan is perfectly happy to take several scattered lots around the intersection of 19th Street and Ridge Avenue in order to build 67 new housing units. The new homes — 14 market-rate townhouses, another 14 townhouses built in connection with the city’s workforce housing initiative, and a 39-unit condominium building — will be completed over the course of the next year.
The first four units, all of them workforce housing, are complete or nearly so now. They occupy the last four lots on the north side of the 1800 block of Thompson Street, just east of Sharswood and north of Francisville.
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Philadelphia Police are investigating after workers found human remains in North Philadelphia yesterday.
A construction company found the bones at a digging site on the 1700 block of W. Atlantic Street in Nicetown-Tioga. Read more »
Naji Tribble, left, at a family outing days before being handcuffed to a hospital bed on May 11th. Photos provided by the Tribble family
At the start, it was just kids being kids.
Around 5:45 p.m. on May 11th, Naji Tribble, a 14-year-old Brewerytown resident, and four friends stopped by a Dollar Tree near the corner of 26th Street and Girard Avenue as part of the group’s afternoon routine of checking out the stores up and down Girard. After buying some snacks, the boys decided to go next door for the first time to Steelworks Strength Systems, a new gym that had recently replaced a state store they’d never been allowed to enter.
The boys, all of whom are black, went into the gym through a propped-open side door and spent a few minutes lingering over the equipment as they made their way toward the building’s front entrance. Naji says that a group of mostly white men who were working out began cursing at them and demanding that they leave, some of them resorting to racial slurs as they chased them out. (Gym management declined to comment.) Read more »
Rendering of a floor of the Beury Building configured for an office client. | Renderings: Kitchen & Associates via Shift Capital
“The transit-oriented development we wasted” is about to be wasted no more.
And the people who are bringing what may be the most prominent abandoned shell in North Philadelphia back from the undead are now looking for offices and shops to fill its commercial floors.
Work on restoring the 1926 Beury Building — known to many urban-decay aficionados as the “Boner 4Ever” building thanks to the tags two local graffitists splashed prominently on its north and south facades — won’t start until year’s end, but owner Shift Capital has already put out a call for expressions of interest from businesses interested in taking space on its first, second and 11th floors. Read more »
Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes
The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.
And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)
Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »
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A special election to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday took a surprising turn: voters in the 197th District in North Philadelphia chose not to elect the sole candidate on the ballot – a Republican – in favor of a write-in candidate who is likely from the Democratic or Green Party. Read more »
A view of the proposed North Station District development’s first phase. | Rendering: Spagnolo Group Architecture
A group of New York real estate investors has been working quietly behind the scenes to assemble land for a project that would be truly transformative for North Philadelphia.
As of last Saturday, their project has come out of the shadows.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported March 18th that an investment syndicate led by HFZ Capital Group plans to build two new mixed-use buildings and renovate a third on land it has acquired around North Philadelphia Amtrak station. Read more »
Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.
Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.
The first 100 guests to arrive on Monday will be entered to win a special Temple Football Experience with four tickets to the October 1st game versus SMU, a pre-game tour of Lincoln Financial Field and sideline access plus a parking pass.
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North Philadelphia is losing a precious pearl.
The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North closed abruptly this weekend after 10 years of business on Temple University’s campus in North Philadelphia.
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Paesano’s Old Style Sandwiches officially says goodbye to its original location at 152 West Girard Avenue as it opens this morning at 148 West Girard Avenue. The new Paesano’s is located at the base of a newly constructed mixed-use building and has seating for more than 20.
In other Paesano’s news, the Temple University location is now open at 2012 North Broad Street. The Temple location will have late-night hours Thursday through Saturday, staying open until 3 a.m.
But the really big news, the Paesano’s at Temple as well as the expanded Northern Liberties location have expanded menus with new sandwiches like:
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