We’ve wondered for some time, meaning the past year and a half or so, whether the sunset pink stuccoed Hoops Deli and Market at 42nd & Chester near the University of the Sciences and Clark Park is ever actually open. For months, as we passed on the 13 trolley, we likewise pondered the state of the vacant lot next door.
Deli and lot next door
We’re still unsure as to whether the market is ever open, since we don’t ride that trolley so much anymore, but recently we passed by the market and it was closed in the middle of a hot day in July. We also noticed a ‘For Sale’ sign hanging at the site that we had not seen previously. So… probably not open anymore, we’re guessing.
USciences acquired the building in January 2012 for $265K, according…
As Drexel University and the Penn continue to expand, as well as USciences and the University City Science Center, the neighborhood housing equation continues to change. We’ve covered numerous examples in the past of new construction and renovation pushing northward, into West Powelton and Mantua, with some blocks gaining tons of new structures in a very short period of time.
Take, for example, the 4000 block of Baring Street in West Powelton, which burst into our development consciousness in the last couple of years like an awakening. More than 30 new units have been created along this block since 2011, and most recently, we were not at all surprised to find that two triplexes and one duplex are under construction between 4042-52 Baring St. at the southeast intersection of Budd & Baring, across the…
All winter, we had been wondering what the deal was with a ground-floor retail space at 4100 Chester Ave. in a building that houses a few tenants, including The May School at the University of the Sciences. From what we understand, the space has been vacant for nearly a decade. This fall, however, a Dunkin Donuts will open here.
Though the site is zoned for commercial purposes, a zoning exception was required for take-out. That exception is usually automatic as long as it’s not a detriment to the neighborhood, said Spruce Hill Community Association (SHCA) zoning chair Barry Grossbach. SHCA members arranged a meeting between neighbors and the folks opening the Dunkin Donuts in order to discuss the proposal. Neighbors raised some concerns about a chain store, as documented in this Philly Magazine mention. Don’t…
We were in the area the other day, and noticed that the new pedestrian plaza at 42nd St. and Woodland Ave., which we told you about last month, is nearly complete. As you can see from the photos, this effort has taken a somewhat silly little stretch of city street, and turned it into an inviting and attractive public space.
In the past
You can still see the old street
This project is the result of efforts of the University City District, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, and the Streets Department. Also, kudos to ThinkGreen for an appealing design for this new green space. We’re particularly…
On site work commenced this week as workers refashioned the triangular intersection of 42nd St. and Woodland Ave. in University City, as part of the City’s Pedestrian Plaza Program. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for September 19th.
Launched last year, the program is aimed at transforming underutilized asphalt into welcoming pedestrian spaces, a citywide trend that’s also occurring at blacktops at various city schools and rec centers. Members of the University City District hosted community meetings to collect design input which informed the final renderings, created by ThinkGreen of Glenside.
“We were fortunate in this case to be able to combine that street segment with the adjacent traffic triangle, creating a much larger space that will allow people to sit and linger, including patrons of the Starbucks across the street,”…
A three-story structure is being constructed on a formerly vacant but groomed grass lot across the street from Clark Park and the University of the Sciences (USP) at the southwestern corner of the intersection of 45th Street and Woodland Avenue, right next to a landscaped green space on the corner.
Plumbers were working on the site at 1256 S. 45th St. as we checked it out last week, and electric work has also begun. According to the permit, issued April 4, the 4,000 (!) sqft structure is slated to be a two-family dwelling with a cellar when work is completed by general contractor JMC Realty, a local group.
It seems, according to the OPA, John Cassidy, has owned the parcel since 1997. Mr. Cassidy also owns numerous other properties on the block.
If the home is anything like the…