Bart Blatstein Plans Mixed-Use Complex in South Philly

The vacant lot at Broad and Washington that Blatstein wants to develop. Photo via Google Street View.

The vacant lot at Broad and Washington that Blatstein wants to develop. Photo via Google Street View.

With casino fever taking over yesterday, it was easy to overlook another project Bart Blatstein, one of the applicants who lost out on Philadelphia’s second gaming license, has in mind for the city.

If you will recall, rumors of a Wegmans coming to South Philadelphia sprung up earlier this year after he expressed interest in developing a vacant lot at the corner of Broad and Washington. Those rumors were squashed pretty quickly and, a few months later, Blatstein presented a clearer picture of what he wanted to do: a verticle Piazza-like community with “every amenity known to mankind.”

Yesterday, that idea was scratched.

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Tuesday Trinity: Why Won’t This Sell Edition

610 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

610 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA, 19147

Keeping in mind that the listing photos are from a previous occupant and not the current one, we still wonder why this South Philly house hasn’t been taken off the market yet. It’s a cute trinity, it’s in a pretty sweet location and the kitchen has been recently updated.

So what’s the problem? The home was listed for $325,000 in August 2012, but was removed the following February. It was listed again this June and had its price reduced to $310,000 a few months later. Will it disappear from the market again if no one expresses interest?

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Opening Menus for SouthHouse in South Philadelphia

southhouse-taps-940SouthHouse is a new 60-seat bar and restaurant coming to 13th and Shunk in what the Passyunk Post is calling Lower Moyamesning. The restaurant is by Thom Sueta, a first-time owner and chef/partner Thomas Day. If all goes well, the twelve-tapped bar will open in the first week of December.

Zagat has the brunch menu and we have the opening menu.

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Morning Headlines: Casino Developer Faces NIMBY Opposition in South Philly

 

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Rendering of Live! Hotel and Casino via PlanPhilly

Earlier this week, Joel Mathis announced that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will soon bestow Philadelphia’s second casino license to one of the four applicants left. But with rumors that one of the contenders has the license in the bag, and the approval not due till the 18th, residents in South Philadelphia are rallying in protest.

According to NewsWorks’ Bill Hangley, residents are fighting against Stadium Casinos, LLC’s proposed Live! Hotel and Casino that would be at 10th and Packer. Their main issue with the proposed development? It’s proximity to the stadium complex. From NewsWorks:  Read more »

Morning Headlines: Local Group Opposes Selling Shuttered School in Point Breeze to Developer

Photo credit: Google Street View

Photo credit: Google Street View

A sudden change in sale plans for the shuttered Walter G. Smith Elementary School at 19th and Wharton has residents miffed: the building is pending sale with a D.C.-based developer set to acquire it.

According to the Philadelphia Tribune’s Wilford Shamlin III, the Point Breeze Community Development Coalition was originally in talks with Independence Charter in order to keep the building as an educational institution. However, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission has opted to go in a different direction by selling the property to the Concordia Group, a real estate developer who residents think will do little to help the neighborhood:

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Morning Headlines: Developer Proposes Mixed-Use Building Across From Pat’s King of Steaks

Screenshot via Google Street View

Screenshot via Google Street View

Put on the market earlier this year, a vacant lot and neighboring building across from Pat’s King of Steaks is now under new ownership. Paul Mirabello, the local developer who closed the sale this past Monday, intends to convert the space into a four-story mixed-use building.

The Passyunk Post’s James Jennings reports Mirabello  presented his plans for the site at a recent zoning meeting with the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Mirabello’s proposal for 827-29 Wharton involves “roughly 6,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space topped by 21 apartments.”

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John’s Roast Pork Is Extending Hours

John’s Roast Pork has been known as much for its excellent cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches as it has been for its short hours. The South Philadelphia sandwich shrine has long closed up shop by 3 p.m. and it was big news when the Snyder Avenue stand finally added Saturday hours in 2012.

But now even bigger news. Starting in March of 2015, John’s Roast Pork will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week.

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Roundup: The Four Sexiest Homes in Philly

Sexy Philadelphia home listings

There are only so many words to express what makes a particular home stand out (“Elegant!” “Unique!” “Luxurious!”). How about “sexy”? Below, the four properties currently on the market that have — according to their listings — undeniable sex appeal.

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Gallery: This Is What A Shuttered Philadelphia School Looks Like

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

Photo credit: Conrad Benner

If you’ve been following coverage of the school closings that swept the city, news of how the former Edward H. Bok Technical High School would be living its second life may not come as a surprise.

Last month, we reported how developer Lindsey Scannapieco plans to transform the building into what Next City calls “the city’s largest creative community space.” Indeed, Scannapieco envisions a mixed-use building with rental units, terraces, co-working spaces (a feature which, while growing in the city, is sorely lacking in East Passyunk), and a rooftop cinema. Until then, however, Bok is being used as a storage center.

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South Philly Pad Going For $1.5 Million

231-33 Gerritt St, Philadelphia PA, 19147

1231-33 Gerritt St, Philadelphia PA, 19147

This house seems suited to large gatherings. Judging from the pictures (see gallery below), the 5,000-plus-square foot home enjoys an expanse, the likes of which the open floor plan takes full advantage.

Home particulars include hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and a sleek, SS-bedecked kitchen with granite counters and tiled backsplash. There are also three balconies (one of which is accessed via the master bedroom) and a private 2-car garage.

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