A couple of weeks ago, we told you about a new coat of paint at 20th & South, where Philly Cupcake had recently shut its doors after less than a year in business. At that time, we wondered how long it would take for the landlords to find a new tenant for the space. Apparently, not long at all.
Last night, we spotted a couple of guys working on the inside of the now vacant space, and we asked them about the new tenant. They didn’t have much info, except that the space would soon be occupied by an office of some kind. This is certainly not the most exciting news for the ever-growing South Street West corridor, but it’s still nice to see the space filled so quickly. Hopefully, the landlord for the former Baja Room…
Over the summer, we looked at the history of 615 S. 6th St., most recently known as the Antiquarian’s Delight. If you pass by this building, you don’t have to look to carefully to notice that it wasn’t always a flea market. Even if you can’t read Hebrew, you can probably guess that the building was originally a synagogue. And even if you don’t have an eye for architecture, you can see that there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the neighborhood.
So when we heard the antique market was closing due to the sale of the building, we were concerned that the new owners were going to demolish the building to replace it with a new, contemporary structure. We were quite relieved when we passed by the other day and observed that the building was indeed undergoing…
Azalea Gardens, a graduate student housing complex, is the latest proposal in a long-contested battle over how to redevelop a historic Italianate mansion located at 400 S. 40th St., which is owned by Penn.
Way back when. Image from Phillyhistory.org
Last month, developers from Equinox Management and Construction presented preliminary plans to preserve the mansion, knock down the concrete wings that were added when it served as nursing home, and construct a five-story L-shaped residential building, to members of the Spruce Hill Community Association. The project would target grad students, and offer 99 apartments with mostly studios and 1-bedroom units. One notable feature of the project is that it doesn’t include parking. Hopefully, proximity to campus and easy access to the 40th St. Trolley Portal will allay fears from neighbors that the project…
Two and a half years ago, we wondered who would buy and redevelop 1843-45 E. Passyunk Ave., the longtime home of King of Jeans. A year later, we shared the news that developer Max Glass had purchased the property, and along with crowning himself the new King of Jeans, intended to convert it to twelve apartments and first-floor commercial space. The plan was later revised to nine apartments, second floor office space, and first floor commercial.
Rendering of Max Glass proposal. Image from Passyunk Post.
Over the summer, another different developer stepped in. The new developer presented a plan to the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee a couple of months ago for a five-story building with 8 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and ground-floor commercial. We never saw renderings, but word was that the…
Last month, we attended a packed ZBA hearing for a proposed project at 2300 South Street. In case you don’t recall the details of the project, it involves the demolition of the buildings currently on the site and the construction of a new four-story building with eighteen apartments and a large first-floor commercial space. We went through the project in detail over the summer after the developer presented to SOSNA, and you can click here if you’d like the full lowdown.
Proposed building from Plumbob
In August, we told you that many folks who live nearby, particularly those living immediately to the north, spoke out against the project due to its height and the lack of parking provided. Maybe two dozen people showed up to the zoning hearing in opposition, but didn’t have…
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the Delaware River Waterfront Winterfest at Penn’s Landing, which opened right after Thanksgiving. Last night, we finally had a chance to check it out and we have to say it’s the coolest thing to come to Penn’s Landing since, uh, William Penn?
Image from Penn's Landing Facebook page
For twenty years, the Blue Cross River Rink has been there for those of us who enjoy strapping on shoes with blades on them and going around in circles until we overheat. This year, the Winterfest adds a number of additional elements that make things considerably more fun and interesting.
The Lodge is the most noticeable change from years past. Apparently constructed out of shipping containers, the building has seating for hundreds along with a little kitchen and a bar area. Oh, and…