Rebuffed Old City Project Slips Past Planning Commission

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via Phila.gov

Rendering of 401 Race | Image via Phila.gov

Looks like the would-be “great goddamn building” that Architectural Committee panelist Cecil Baker wanted from Priderock Capital Partners, the developer behind a proposed 216-unit residential complex at 401 Race in Old City, won’t be getting the design changes that would have made it “great” by the committee’s standards.

So, what happened? According to PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey, the Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the developer’s current plan this past Tuesday. During the meeting, Commission chairman Alan Greenberger said he had no qualms with the height and loading variances Priderock is hoping to get.

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Cultural Alliance Hosts Free Old City Museum Crawl for Teens

Tomorrow afternoon, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance‘s STAMP program, an initiative to get young people out to Philly’s cultural attractions, will host an Old City museum crawl for area teens aged 14-19.

The day starts at the National Constitution Center (NCC) at 3:30 pm. From there, teens can venture out to explore participating museums in the vicinity, which include the African American Museum, National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia History Museum and Independence Visitor Center.

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Ritzy Rental: Two-Bedroom Available at The Beaumont in Old City

Images via TREND

Images via TREND

It’s not too often we feature rentals on Property, but perhaps we should, especially if they’re anything like this one. Claiming territory on the tenth floor of The Beaumont in Old City, a relatively new boutique condo building if we’re considering it in relation to its historic neighbors, the full-floor unit comes furnished and priced at $6,200/month.

Of note here are 2,700 square feet, which encompasses two bedrooms, three balconies, and a gourmet kitchen. Newer oak hardwood floors are throughout, as are walk-in California closets. One-car covered/secured parking is also available and the unit is accessed by elevator. Specs and photos below.

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Long Time Coming: Ground Broken at 205 Race Street for Apartment Tower

940x540 205 Race

It’s been 15 years in the making (remember the billboard?), but everyone who spoke at the official groundbreaking for the new 17-story apartment complex seemed in agreement that not only is it the right time for this type of project, but also that the latest iteration is the best vision for the long-vacant lot at 2nd and Race in Old City.

Fighting the woosh of the passing PATCO trains on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge overhead and the typical August heat, developer Jeffery Brown, of Brown Hill Development, stood at a podium on the construction site and said that it is their intention to deliver a project “well worth waiting for.” Once dubbed 205 Race, the project has a new lease on life and a new name as well. It will simply be called “Bridge.”

Brown heaped praise on Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger at the ceremony. Not only did he credit Greenberger for eventually getting the project over the hump (seriously, 15 years!), Brown joked that it was a close call between naming the building the Bridge or after its biggest champion: “I wanted to call it the Greenberger.”

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Bi-Level Loft in Old City Boasts Bricks, Beams and Beautiful Windows

All TREND images by Matt Robnett, Plush Images

All TREND images by Matt Robnett, Plush Images

With housing and rental numbers steadily trending upwards, you may think you’re priced out of the best ‘hoods in the city. At the very least, you might feel that you’re forced to compromise on something with a little less cool and in need of some real elbow grease to make it shine. Well, we’re here to say, not so, friend–not so.

Take, for example, this lovely condo near Front and Arch in Old City. Read more »

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Looks Like Old City Has a New Juice Shop Coming Its Way

Photo via Google Maps

Photo via Google Maps

UPDATED July 15th at 2:44 p.m: Owner Khoran Horn just got back to us and let us know they’ll be open “VERY soon,” though he didn’t give us a date.

ORIGINAL: Looks like Old City will soon be home to one of our favorite juice slingers, Stripp’d Juice. The other day, I came across the Facebook page for Stripp’d and noticed they have an address — 263 North 3rd Street — listed. We knew they had a brick and mortar location in the works, but we weren’t sure where exactly. Mystery solved, it seems!

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Spotted: Boutique Building in Old City Houses Minima, Three Designer Units

All photos by Kate Devlin via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach

All photos by Kate Devlin via TREND/BHHS Fox & Roach

Here’s an interesting one for you investment types: the building that houses Minima, a minimalist/modernist furniture gallery at 118 North 3rd Street in Old City, is up for sale for a cool $1.95 million. Here’s the catch, it also includes three designer units above the retail space–a pretty sweet package, if we do say so ourselves.

Eugenie Perret, owner of Minima, told us that they designed each floor of the property. “It started with the Minima space and kept going up and doing each loft,” Perret said. While the listing includes the prime retail space on the popular North 3rd Street corridor (it’s adjacent to Art in the Age), Minima still holds the lease and listing agent Mike McCann of BHHS Fox & Roach said the ideal situation would be for the buyer to lease the space back to Minima in the event of a sale.

Perret said they’re definitely not closing, but would be open to a wider space in the area, if that opportunity ever presented itself.  “Commercial lease terms subject to negotiation,” as per the listing.

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Headlines: Cecil Baker Tells It Like It Is at Civic Design Review

Screenshot of 401 Race perspective rendering | Image via Phila.gov

Screenshot of 401 Race perspective rendering | Image via Phila.gov

Cecil Baker is on a roll (not purposely, but still) and we love it! Just days after finding out his Candy Factory Home in Queen Village was sold, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey brings us this account of a recent Civic Design Review meeting during which the renowned architect, a member of the Committee, told it like it was to a developer looking to put a 216-unit residential complex in Old City.

According to Brey, Priderock Capital Partners’ Head of Real Estate Development Christopher Todd went before the committee to unveil the design of 401 Race. The development would fall right off the rejuvenated Independence Mall area, smack near some of Philadelphia’s treasured historical structures.

Failing to meet Baker’s standards, which Brey writes was caused by the “disrespectful” would-be building materials (“a mixture of metal and synthetic paneling and brick”), the architect had some choice words for Todd about the proposed project (emphasis ours):

“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.

“This building has to look like an important, civic-minded building …” said Baker, who has designed the luxury condo tower rising at 500 Walnut Street, as well as Carl Dranoff’s One Riverside development on the Schuylkill. “Go back to the architecture and think about what it means to be on Independence Mall. It has got to be a great goddamn building.”

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Open House: Industrial Old City Condo With a Ginormous Deck

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City, Walnut

Let’s make this one short and sweet. Are you looking for an Old City condo with that clean, yet industrial, look? You know, those ones that are in an elevator building near Market Street a feature exposed ductwork and brick walls, an open floor plan and tall ceilings. Hit up this open house for unit 7 in Cobblestone Court on Sunday. Not only does it tick all of those boxes off of the checklist, including an en suite bath, it boasts quite an outdoor space that’s difficult to come by in these types of buildings.
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