In recent years, Susquehanna Avenue has experienced development on both sides of Front Street. In East Kensington, numerous projects have risen, including several homes with creative design elements. In the other direction, the Norris Square Civic Association has actively developed quite a bit of affordable housing. Right in the middle of this development activity sits a Hollywood relic at Front & Susquehanna.
Set up as a dollar store, but…
Yooooo, Adrian. This is where Rocky once pounded the bags at Mighty Mick’s boxing gym. When we passed by the building, 2145-47 Front St., last month, we noticed it looked like it had been in the ring with the champ himself. Oh, fie, what has become of the the place where Rocky transformed his dreams into KO’s? If you know your Rocky than you know that is the very location…
We should mention before you read any further that the developer will be coming back to SOSNA this month with revised plans, so please bear in mind that what we discuss below is a project that’s in the process of being revised. But it’s still a worthwhile conversation to continue, with the additional information we’re providing.
A couple of days ago, we told you about plans to demolish a building on the northeast corner of 23rd & Christian, and to replace it with a five story mixed-use building. The project as proposed would include 3,000 sqft of retail on the first floor, office space for the developer’s insurance company on the second floor, and seven apartments on floors three through five.
Current building needs massive renovation or to be demolished
We also mentioned that many neighbors came out to the
Less than a week ago, we told you about the sudden end for the Forum Theater and Les Gals, two vestiges of a bygone era of when people actually used to leave their homes for their smut. At the time, we wondered whether these shutdowns near 22nd & Market were merely temporary or a more permanent end to their seedy presence.
According to a post last night on Philly.com, the porn appears to be gone forever at these locations. Anthony Trombetta, who operated both of the businesses, was evicted over $29K in unpaid rent by landlords STB Investments. It’s amazing to consider the dramatic shift that’s occurred in a very short time, as it was less than three years ago that it seemed likely that the Forum would
It appears we could be seeing redevelopment at the old West Philadelphia High School very soon.
A bid from New York-based Strong Place Partners (SPP) to purchase and renovate the building at 4700 Walnut St. into a mixed-use development featuring studio apartments and lofts aimed at graduate and junior faculty at nearby universities will have to be voted on by its School Reform Commission (SRC) before any further action can occur.
The school district is working towards including the item on its December 20 Action Committee meeting, according to spokesperson Dierdre Darragh.
According to the West Philly Local, SPP president Andrew Bank, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs whose grandmother attended the school, presented a plan that seeks to restore as much of the building’s character and infrastructure as possible, including one of the…
Plans seem to be moving ahead for 1441 Chestnut St., once slated to be a $420M Waldorf-Astoria before national and local real estate markets collapsed in 2008, fainting like depleted runners low on nutrients and water. New developers appeared before the Center City Residents Association at its August 28 zoning meeting, and members of the committee voted not to oppose the project. And according to a report in yesterday’s Inquirer, the project has all necessary approvals to move forward.
Updated plans include two major changes to the former 2008 Waldorf plans, according to CCRA president Jeff Braff. The first is all parking will be below-grade, instead of the proposed seven-level above-grade plan associated with the Waldorf. And instead of 59 stories of both hotel and residential units, plans now call for a 52 story hotel with…
As we were walking over to Quick Fixx the other night for some quick but delicious dinner, we noticed some new signage at 1609 South St., most recently home of Pumpkin Market. You may recall, this business moved across the street to 1610 South St. a couple of years ago, consolidating with another Pumpkin enterprise, resulting into a combo market/cafe. Since then, the space has sat vacant. But not for long.
From the west
Your eyes don’t deceive you. Pure Fare, the casual take-out place at 21st & Walnut, is opening a second location on South Street West. This new location will obviously be smaller than their first place, with room for up to fifteen people inside. There will be some seating, and…