We Just Found a Snug (And Sled-Friendly!) Home in West Philly

TREND photos via the City Block Team.

TREND photos via the City Block Team.

If you’re not getting a half day off like some of the city’s younger residents as a result of the big snow engulfing us today, then, surely, you can take a moment to eye up this cozy Walnut Hill residence for, you know, future consideration.

The pristine townhome has been updated and contains five bedrooms, an office (or potential nursery?), separate dining room, and a sun porch with light-generous windows and exposed brick. Features of note include hardwood floors, original moldings, leaded glass windows, and both a front and rear yard, the latter of which has natural stone pavers.

But what makes it especially relevant today is its proximity to Clark Park, one of the city’s green spaces included in Philly Mag’s Ultimate Guide to Sledding in Philadelphia list! And even if the classic winter activity isn’t your thing, it’s still wonderfully situated: the El is just three short blocks up and restaurants dot nearby Spruce Street like snowflakes.

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Late February Demolition Anticipated for University City High School Building

After reaching out to a Drexel University’s Director of Media Relations, we’ve received word that the former University City High School building is facing a possible late February demolition.

The news comes after the above photo, which is that of the former Charles Drew Elementary School, surfaced on Instagram. Charles Drew, along with the now demolished Walnut Center, is on the 14-acre property comprising the UCHS site, which Drexel and Wexford Science & Technology purchased last year.

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The Fat Ham Adds Lunch and Happy Hour

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Lunch is back at the Fat Ham | Pimento cheese with grilled country bread

Beginning today, the Fat Ham is offering lunch and happy hour. Kevin Sbraga’s Southern restaurant in University City is offering lunch weekdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch includes the Fat Ham burger, shrimp and grits, pork belly and a hot chicken sandwich.

Happy hour consists of $4 snacks, discounted beers, wines and cocktails.

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Developer Presents Plans for 24-Unit Apartment in West Philly

The propposed apartment is set to take the place of the former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011. Photo via Google Street View

The former building at 4536 Spruce, which burned down in February 2011.
Photo via Google Street View

During a meeting with the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee yesterday, developers behind a proposed 24-unit apartment building presented their plan, which is set to accommodate low-income residents, “particularly veterans” and replace the burned down building at 4536 Spruce, according to Mike Lyons at West Philly Local:

The Mission First Housing Group‘s building would include 24 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments aimed at people with a household income of $36,000 a year or less and is contingent on state funding. Mission First hopes to improve its chances for funding by going through the zoning process, which will require variances for building height, erecting a multi-family structure and not providing parking.

Lyons adds that the project would also offer both an indoor compactor and bike storage. Parking was not proposed.

Affordable housing plan at 46th and Spruce back in front of Spruce Hill zoning committee [West Philly Local]

Brand New Queen Lane Apartments Will Have Wednesday Groundbreaking

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has announced that it will break ground on the new Queen Lane Apartments development in Germantown on December 17th.

Expected to reach completion before this time next year, the project will consist of 55 apartment units with “a mix of low-rise flats, walkups, and townhouses.”

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Morning Headlines: 4601 Market Closer to Being New Police Headquarters

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

Photo credit: Laura Kicey

The Planning Commission approved a zoning change for 4601 Market earlier this week, which means the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building is closer to becoming the Philadelphia Public Safety Services campus.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports that breathing new life into the structure, which will eventually be the new headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department, medical examiner’s office and city morgue, has “long been supported by the local preservation community” and that adaptively reusing the project is part of the city’s larger plan to revitalize neighborhoods:

Fulfilling the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 2035 Plan goals, the campus will also employ stormwater management practices, enhance public space, and have easy access to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford EL 46th Street Station.

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Loft Apartments Planned For Shuttered West Philly High School Might Include Small School

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

The former West Philadelphia High School will, if the purchase goes on without a hitch, live its second life as a mixed-use loft apartments building, a plan developer Strong Place Partners has had in the works for a few years now. Tomorrow, however, the School District will hear a proposal to include a charter school in a designated section of the building.

West Philly Local‘s Mike Lyons reports that Strong Place has agreed to lease “as much as 90,000 square feet” to the Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School if the District approves the school’s application and if the community supports it.

Some locals had previously expressed their dislike for the planned lofts, which they believed would not address community needs and potentially spark up gentrification issues, according to NewsWorks.

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University City Gets a New Sandwich Joint

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Jake’s Sandwich Board is celebrating the grand opening of its second location in University City at 40th and Sansom Streets on December 1st, at 11 a.m. And if you’re one of the first 500 students to show up and show ID, you’ll be getting a mini bottle of Sriracha, oh yeah.

And if that’s not enough, on December 3, co-owners Gary Dorfman and Sean Stein will be hosting a Three For All – offering $3 sandwiches (any sandwich on the menu) for 3 hours (from 12 noon until 3 p.m.).

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Local 44 Wants to be Your Beer Gift Superstore

HolidayShoppingThe Bottle Shop at Local 44 is ready for all of your holiday shopping needs. The compendium to Local 44 is stocking a host of beer meets food products not to mention tons of beer as well.

Among the beer and food products available are several Victory Brewing related items including Victorious B.I.G. jerky, Crisp & Co. Pint Pickles and Punch Drunk hot sauce. There are also items like draft beer flavored jelly beans, beer soap and dog biscuits from spent brewing grain. The Local 44 team is also excited to have

There is also a pop-up freezer section offering Weckerly’s Cinnamon Toasted Oat on Chocolate Stout Brownies and pints of Porter Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Short Bread.

Of course the bottle shop is also offering beer specials for the holidays. For one, all magnums of beer are $30 through the end of the year.

Holiday Shopping [Bottle Shop at Local 44]

Say Hello to Clarkville

Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida, Brendan Kelly will be opening Clarkville on Clark Park | Photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop

Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida, Brendan Kelly will be opening Clarkville on Clark Park | Photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop


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Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly alluded that the sale of Resurrection Ale House was related to plans they had for another project. Today it’s official, the team has signed a lease for the Best House Pizzeria (formerly Wurst House) at 4301 Baltimore Avenue, across from Clark Park, and that corner space is becoming Clarkville.

The menu will take advantage of the pizza oven and dough mixer that came with the space. So expect “pizza-like offerings” plus sides of vegetables and small plates that will keep vegan and vegetarian guests happy.

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