Chestnut Villa at 40th and Chestnut streets, the building that launched Brooks on his real estate career. | Photos: Sandy Smith
For many years, the nicest building at the intersection of 40th and Chestnut streets in University City was the one with the sign reading “Chestnut Villa” on top of it. Neat and tidy, with crimson awnings over its storefront windows, it was a signal that at least one person cared about this sometimes-bedraggled crossroads on the fringe of the University of Pennsylvania campus.
The crimson awnings are still there, and it’s still neat as a pin. But redevelopment has caught up with it: across Chestnut from the Villa now rises a slick postmodern tower, the Brawer & Hauptman-designed Hub on Chestnut.
So Chestnut Villa’s owner, Ronald Brooks, has decided to renovate the building he has owned for the past 40 years to reflect the changed face of its surroundings. To mark the occasion, many of the other people whose lives and businesses he has helped fix up turned out to pay homage to him on Tuesday (April 11th) in a currently vacant storefront in his building. Read more »
The proposed apartment tower at 4125 Chestnut St. | Rendering: KCA Design Associates
Philly.com reports that a developer is proposing to build a 17-story residential tower with retail space on the site of the Wash ‘n’ Lube car wash at 4125 Chestnut St. in West Philadelphia.
KCA Design Associates has submitted plans to Civic Design Review for the tower, which will contain 240 apartments, 4,158 square feet of retail space on the ground and second floors, and an 82-space underground parking garage.
According to the report, the developer of the project is CRP Builders. Read more »
The Bottle Shop at Local 44 is now even more “bottle-y.”
The Bottle Shop at Local 44 has been known for its well-curated selection of beers since its opening. And starting today, it’s going to look be known for take-out wine as well. The bottle shop is now carrying an inventory of 22 wines by the bottle. Look for ten red, ten white and two sparkling wine.
Proprietor Leigh Maida tells us that the staff is particularly jazzed about:
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Two boys are in critical condition after one of their fathers reportedly went on a stabbing rampage in West Philadelphia that ended when police shot and killed him.
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Sgt. Sylvia Young | Courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Sylvia Young was released yesterday from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, four days after she was shot multiple times during a mass shootout in West Philadelphia last weekend. Read more »
Photo Courtesy Durrell Hospedale
A four-alarm fire ravaged the Christ Liberation Fellowship Church in West Philadelphia this morning.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Texas Southern University Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Houston.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will headline a voter registration event at West Philadelphia High School today.
The former Secretary of State is expected to speak sometime after the Pennsylvania Democratic Party event kicks off at 1:15 p.m. at the school, located at 4901 Chestnut Street. Read more »
4620 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143| Images via Zillow
The 4600 block of Kingsessing Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia—the listing refers to this area as “Cedarhill,” a name we’ve never encountered before—is a tidy block anchored by a church and lined on one side with mostly well-maintained Victorian twins. The partner of the row’s saddest-looking twin, however, went bye-bye some time back.
The good news is: Something’s filled that hole, and the price its builder wants for it suggests that either the neighborhood’s fortunes may be on the rise or the student-housing wave is spreading further southwest.
The not-so-good news is what’s filled the hole. Read more »
Designs for the new 40th Street Trolley Portal were released Tuesday.
The University City District revealed plans for renovations to the 40th Street Trolley Portal on Tuesday at a meeting of the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee. The plans include a redesigned public space with seating, bike racks, extensive landscaping and a 125-seat, two-story restaurant.
According to UCD director of planning and design, Nate Hommel, and vice president of planning and economic development, Andrew Stober, the goal of the portal renovation is to make what they believe has never been a particularly inviting area into a more “pedestrian-oriented” public space. Read more »
4050 Haverford Avenue | Rendering: PEC
West Philly is about to get another apartment complex, but this time it’s not geared toward student foodies or young professionals with money to burn.
The People’s Emergency Center (PEC) broke ground on a new building today that will bring 20 units of affordable housing for artists and people in need. The site at 4050 Haverford Avenue is currently a vacant lot.
The project will cost $7.2 million, and PEC said they will begin work at the site on Wednesday in the hopes to having it completed by December of this year.
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