Sunday brunch has returned to Dock Street Brewing Co. The first service was on Sunday, and they’ll be continuing with new menu items, beer cocktails and more.
The elimination of parking space–even if it’s the loss of one or two spots–in a low-density neighborhood is not something drivers are likely to enjoy hearing, especially if their removal is for the purposes of a temporary Parklet. Unfortunately for them, a recently published report by the University City District reveals Parklets, a form of tactical urbanism, to be quite the improvement to most neighborhoods and businesses.
Using data gathered from six West Philly Parklets during the 2013 season, the report, called The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses, found them to bring “life to public spaces and more feet to neighborhood businesses,” as seen in their tendency for bringing in a sizable amount of users (including both patrons of nearby businesses and non-patrons), creating a “spillover” effect to sidewalks and other spaces (i.e. people stopping by to chat with parklet users), and boosting business sales for neighboring establishments (an average 20% increase in sales was seen for places near parklets). Furthermore, the report argues that because “it has been widely observed” that women are more discriminating when it comes to public spaces, the even number of female and male persons putting them to use shows that a sense of safety grows in the presence of a Parklet.
And those aren’t the only advantages neighborhoods get with their seasonal arrival…
A recent Reddit thread tilted “Terribly-named bar gets horrible sign” has gained some notoriety. The thread refers to Bar(n) which has recently opened at 49th and Baltimore in West Philadelphia (the former Third World Lounge). The bar is owned by the same group that is behind Farmacy at 45th and Spruce. The Bar(n)’s Facebook page recently changed its profile pic to a screenshot of the Reddit photo. Ross Scofield, who is behind Bar(n) and Farmacy, has since taken to defending the sign that was attacked in the Facebook comments.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.”
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.
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.