Who’s Building Philly: Sean Schellenger

Schellenger on the roof deck of one of his recently completed homes in Point Breeze. | Photos: Sandy Smith

Developing property in Philadelphia resembles running an obstacle course. There are numerous permits a builder must receive in order to start even a project that can be built by right. And if a zoning variance is required, the builder needs to jump through several more hoops involving community groups and a zoning review board.

When Sean Schellenger decided to go into the development business, he knew that the key to his success would be to create a system where he could build a large number of homes in a short period of time. So he sought to streamline the whole process from initial land purchase to turning over the keys. The business he formed to do all this is called — what else? — Streamline Solutions. Read more »

Thos. Moser Sets the Stage for Modern Living in a Model Home

This living room, currently installed at OCF Realty’s Brown Street Court model home, features items from Thos. Moser’s Hartford Collection along with a New Gloucester Rocker, partially visible at left. | Photos: OCF Realty

Design professionals universally recommend that sellers do some staging when they put their homes on the market. Wise developers do the same when they equip a model home for touring.

Realtor-developer Ori Feibush currently has a model home open at his Brown Street Court development, a new seven-unit luxury townhouse project in Fairmount. House-hunters who tour it are in for a bit of a surprise: the staging comes courtesy of Thos. Moser, Handmade American Furniture.

Moser’s partnership with OCF Realty is a new departure locally for the Maine furniture maker, whose ties to Philadelphia stretch back 33 years. It’s an effort to showcase the contemporary side of the Moser furniture line and reach out to a new generation of potential buyers. Read more »

Police Release Footage of Suspects Wanted for Anti-Police Graffiti

The Philadelphia Police Department has released footage of suspects wanted for spray-painting “anti-police” graffiti in South Philadelphia earlier this week.

The PPD footage reveals three unknown suspects walking in the 1200 block of South 35th Street around 9:50 p.m. on Monday, July 24th. Police said two suspects spray-painted “anti-police” slogans and profanity on walls while a third acted as a lookout.  Read more »

Feibush Regroups After Point Breeze Arson Fire

These homes destroyed in a May arson fire in Point Breeze have been cleared to their foundations and are being rebuilt. Developer Ori Feibush is building seven more like them as well – and they will cost more than they did before the fire. Photo | Sandy Smith

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) still has a $102,500 award sitting on the table for anyone who can lead them to the person or persons who torched a row of new townhouses being built by Realtor-developer Ori Feibush in Point Breeze in May.

So far, no leads have come forth, and ATF is still conducting its own investigation. But Feibush himself has cleared away the debris and is building anew. Read more »

What $500K Will Buy You in Point Breeze

1423 S. Colorado St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | TREND image via Keller Williams Realty

If “love is a battlefield,” as Pat Benatar once sang, then there’s a lot of love flowing through Point Breeze, the South Philly neighborhood that has served for a decade plus as the poster child for gentrification and its discontents. On the one hand, the neighborhood boasts a growing number of great places to dine, shop and socialize, and the neighbors are friendly — well, the overwhelming majority of them, anyway. On the other, there are people out there who, it appears, are very upset about all this change. Actually, it seems the bulk of their ire is directed at one particular change agent, for all of the other new homes in Point Breeze, like this week’s three featured homes, have been built and occupied without incident.

But if the recent news leaves you feeling jittery, the following facts may soothe your worries about purchasing in Point Breeze. According to Zillow, Point Breeze has seen a 20.2 percent rise in home values over the past year and there is a projected 6.1 percent hike in prices for 2017. Redfin also predicts Point Breeze will be one of the hottest Philly neighborhoods for 2017. If you ask us, now seems like the right time to buy. As the meidan listing price for homes in Point Breeze is $255,000, a $500K budget will secure more than a comfortable space — and we’ve listed three great options below. So, ask yourself: are you ready to pounce on a new pad? Read more »

Ori Feibush Offers $90K for Arson Info, Bringing Reward Money to a Whopping $100K

Developer Ori Feibush is offering a $90,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist or arsonists who police say ignited the fire that destroyed several of his Point Breeze properties earlier this month.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Arson and Explosives Task Force released footage of a “person of interest” in its investigation of the fire, a two-alarm blaze at 1310 South 20th Street, which required 75 firefighters to bring it under control. Police say the fire was started around 4:15 a.m. on May 1st.  Read more »

Police Release Image of “Person of Interest” in Feibush Arson

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department.

With hope that the public may be able to assist in their ongoing investigation, police have released a grainy surveillance image of an unidentified man considered a person of interest in the May 1st arson in Point Breeze that gutted four partially built townhomes owned by developer Ori Feibush.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., officers from the 17th District responded to reports of a fire at 1308 South 20th Street, which had spread to 1316 South 20th Street by the time police arrived to the scene. Read more »

Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

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

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 »

Fire at Feibush-Owned Point Breeze Property Ruled Arson

Photo | Sandy Smith

Photo | Sandy Smith

On Monday, four Point Breeze townhouses owned by developer Ori Feibush burned to the ground – and now officials say the cause of the fire was arson.

The two-alarm fire at 1310 South 20th Street started at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Philadelphia division. It reportedly took 75 firefighters about an hour to bring the flames under control. Read more »

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