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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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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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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Marc Vetri’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo officially opens today. Located just inside the gates at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, Lo Spiedo aims to be a lunch option for the Navy Yard’s 11,000 plus employees as well as a dinner destination for Philadelphia diners.
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Now that it’s officially fall and everyone is being blasted with pumpkin in beer, cheesecake, lattes and anything else that is drinkable or edible, take a moment this weekend to remember the original fall food: the apple.
This Saturday at the Navy Yard will be the 2nd annual Pour the Core Festival, the hard cider festival of Philly’s fall. The Festival runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.–hours filled with locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders, more than 75 in total. The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, best-selling US brands like event sponsor Woodchuck Hard Cider, and a variety of imported ciders from Spain, England and elsewhere.
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Lo Spiedo – Italian for “the spit.”
Whether you’re looking to host, cook, serve or bartend, Foobooz’s Job Board has got you covered. This week’s restaurant jobs are especially intriguing, with the opening of Vetri Family’s seventh restaurant, Lo Spiedo, located at the Navy Yard. On September 3rd-5th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the family will be hosting an all-positions job fair at Alla Spina for their new restaurant. Italian for “the spit,” Lo Spiedo will mainly feature Italian, grill-centric dishes and will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Vetri Family is seeking out passionate and talented individuals for hire, and requests that all candidates bring a resume to the fair for consideration. Alla Spina is located at 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, off the corner of Mt. Vernon and Broad.
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Chef Scott Calhoun has been announced as the chef for the upcoming Marc Vetri restaurant, Lo Spiedo. Lo Spiedo, which is Italian for “the spit” is aiming to open this September at the entrance of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
On Tuesday, September 16th, Calhoun is hosting a preview dinner of what will be served at Lo Spiedo at Osteria. The four-course dinner is available for $175 per person and tickets are extremely limited.
If you can’t get into the Lo Spiedo preview, Vetri is offering a series of other classes in September at Osteria as well as in the new upstairs space at Vetri.
For reservation information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo via Nava Yoga Center/Facebook
Good news, yogis: Nava Yoga Center just announced that its pay-what-you-can Tuesday morning classes in the Navy Yard’s Crescent Park will continue through September, and they’re even adding another class just like it on Thursday mornings. So now you can down-dog bright and early two days a week, and keep it up all through the dog days of summer, too. Pretty sweet, right? Read more »
Terry Gillen has spent much of her adult life in public service to the city of Philadelphia — serving Mayors Rendell and Nutter in positions (including as director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority) meant to help rebuild the city from its early 1990s bottoming-out. A chief highlight during that time: Serving on the team that revived the Navy Yard as a center of private enterprise after it was closed as a military base during Rendell’s administration.
Now she’s running for mayor, and holding a June 30th fund-raiser to collect cash for the effort.
“I think there’s a lot of opportunity for this to be a fabulous wonderful city and that’s what I want to help turn into reality,” Gillen said this week.
She talked to Philly Mag about the issues facing Philadelphia, whether her status as the only female candidate matters, and the lessons she’s learned from working for two Philly mayors. Read more »
As part of the Navy Yard Master Plan, Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners are developing the Commerce Center, a 75-acre site set to include three multi-tenant flex space buildings, all of which are already fully leased. One of the properties is set for groundbreaking tomorrow.
Natalie Kostelni from the Philadelphia Business Journal reports on the tenants of the new 75,000-square-foot space located at 4000 S. 26th Street:
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