It’s been almost two years since we’ve last thought about 2017-23 Chestnut St., a building that’s sat vacant since 1991. When we last checked in on the former YWCA annex, we brought you the wonderful news that the PRA was finally selling the property to Aquinas Realty Partners for a price of $800K. Zoning approval was given in 2012, and the sale finally went through earlier this year. About a week ago, a reader sent us a photo that tells us that the project is finally moving forward.
Demolition notice, a little blurry
Clear shot of the entire building
Two years ago, we thought that the developers would be building an addition onto the existing building. Plans apparently changed, and now the plan is to demolish the entire structure. In its…
It was over a year ago that we last checked in on the parking lot on the northeast corner of 15th & Chestnut. At that time, we told you that previous plans for a Waldorf Astoria Hotel had faded into the ether and that instead a W Hotel was planned for this location. Likewise, we told you that the building, designed by Cope Linder, would rise 52 stories with 755 guest rooms, and would include underground parking. Knowing nothing as we do about the Center City hotel market, this seems like, on its face, a dramatic improvement over a surface parking lot in the heart of Center City.
Yesterday, according to the Inquirer, the planned hotel seemingly cleared another hurdle as City Council’s Finance Committee voted to support a request for a type…
A couple of readers have emailed us in recent days, asking if we’d heard anything about the demolition ongoing at the southwest corner of 20th & Waverly. We tried to do a little research into what was going on at 2001 Waverly St. and only after checking in with the owners did we get any answers.
In the past
A couple of days ago
We would have to imagine that the corner property pictured above was at one time a really attractive building. Over the years, though, vinyl sheathing on the facade and white stucco on the southern wall have definitely taken away from the building’s original beauty. No matter, in a few days the whole thing will be a mere memory.
According to the owner, who purchased the property earlier this year, plans for this corner…
About a year and a half ago, we first told you about plans from Pearl Properties to construct a new building on a surface parking lot on the 1600 block of Sansom Street. The north side of this block was basically ruined by Sam Rappaport, and then demolished in the early 2000s by Wayne Spilove, who was at the time the head of the Historical Commission. Their combined efforts turned photo number one into photo number two.
In 1959, from Phillyhistory.com
Eighteen months back
But now, The Sansom, an eight story building with 104 apartments has replaced the embarrassing lot. The building, which has wonderful (but fairly standard) tenant amenities like a 24 hour doorman, a residents’ lounge and a fitness center, has injected new life onto a block…
Perhaps a million years ago, we spent some time working on the 1500 block of Sansom Street. Back in those days, we came to deeply appreciate all the goodies at our fingertips on that block. Nodding Head was a frequent lunch spot, and Oscar’s was a regular (and smoky) haunt after work. Invariably, someone would pick up a few dozen pretzels at the Philly Pretzel Factory and bedlam would break out in the office. And though we were probably poisoned there at least once, the buffet that was replaced some years back by Ladder 15 was always a filling and inexpensive option for either lunch or dinner.
South side of Sansom
While the south side of this block is chock full of retail options, the north side offers quite the opposite. A parking…
For decades, Daffy’s sold famous fashion brands at huge discounts in their multi-floor retail palace on the southwest corner of 17th & Chestnut. When the store closed its doors late last year, it left a void in a giant and prominent retail space almost as large as the void left in the hearts of people who had been shopping at Daffy’s for years. Rumors have abounded as to what new business would fill this space, but earlier this week the news finally broke: Nordstrom Rack will be the tenant.
View on Chestnut
According to Philly.com, Nordstrom Rack will occupy the first three floors of the building. It will represent a breath of fresh air for fans of the store who currently have to travel to the burbs to get their fix. The store,…