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September 2013

There are 110 blog entries for September 2013.

A river re-enchanted as Schuylkill bridges relight the night

"Schuylkill Banks is a magical place..." reads the first of a series of Burma Shave-style placards along the Schuylkill River Trail near Walnut Street And the river itself became magical again last night as local officials and friends of the Schuylkill celebrated the relighting of the Market Street and SEPTA railroad bridges over the river. The two-year project replaced and updated burned-out-lights that had been installed on the two bridges in 1999. The actual relighting ceremony was over in a thrice as attendees
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Council proposes changes in the way the city monitors demolition projects; the University City District's executive director takes stock of the area's construction and employment boom; Y is Philly Y-shaped? Steve Currall goes in search of the answers; Here's one closed school the School District will have no trouble selling at all; Council panel recommends reforms in response to collapse (The Philadelphia Inquirer| University City's real estate explosion (Philadelphia Business Journal) How Philly Got Its Shape (Hidden City Daily) Drexel, others anxious for University City High to be made available (Plan Philly)
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Northern Liberties Real Estate

Northern Liberties Real Estate by Philly Living /a

The Reef Condominiums in Northern Liberties Philadelphia

Situated on the northern edge of Penn’s Landing is the Reef Tower, which is part of the Waterfront Square community. This condo building has recently seen a big surge in sales of their luxury condos as they have one of the best amenity packages dollar for dollar in the whole city. Offering some of the best views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River that Philadelphia has to offer, living in the Reef Tower feels like living at a seaside resort. Waterfront Square is comprised of five different buildings totaling 780 condominiums and occupies 1.3 million square feet. These condominiums are the perfect place for any first time home buyer or the…
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A fresh face for once-controversial multi-unit dwelling on S. 7th Street

Looks much better, doesn't it? It took a few contentious meetings to get the project approved, but the conversion of 1412-14 S. 7th St. to a residential building is now well along. It took several attempts, but construction on a multi-unit building in South Philadelphia is underway. The property, located at 1412-1414 S. 7th Street in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, was met with resistance from the renovation project's neighbors. The discord reached its peak at a Passyunk Square Civic Association Zoning Committee on January 6, when for a 45-minute period approximately ten community members challenged the property’s owners about the plans for the property. The owners agreed to have at least one meeting with neighbors to discuss their concerns prior to their fourth appearance in front of the Committee. Persistence yielded positive results for the property…
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Engineering firm expands Center City presence

Aerial photo of Center City Good news for Center City office market watchers, the local Philly office of Keast & Hood Co. is now open on the 12th floor of the Continental Building at 400 Market Street as of Monday, Sept. 23. The move comes as part of the firm’s 60th anniversary year. The new offices are larger than the firm's old digs at 601 Walnut Street, just a few blocks away, and are bigger and better to accommodate the company's growing staff of 27 engineers and support personnel. Keast & Hood Co. is a structural engineering firm founded in 1953 and has quickly become recognized as a leader in building diagnostics and the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic structures. We're glad they're staying in Center…
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Market8 ups ante with revised, expanded design

Updated Market8 design Apparently realizing that the stakes are higher than they originally thought, the partnership behind the Market8 casino proposed for 8th and Market streets in Center City released this week a new, significantly revised and enlarged design for their project. The design, unveiled on Monday, prior to Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger's testimony before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), incorporates elements of what many perceive to be the proposal's two chief rivals for the second and last casino license in the city, the Provence in Spring Garden and the Wynn Philadelphia on the Delaware riverfront in Fishtown. Like these other two projects, Market8 is now a complete entertainment, shopping and…
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Land bank proponents want your help to make sure new legislation makes sense

vacant land tour As we all know by now, City Council is considering the passage of a land bank bill for Philly. The latest in this ongoing story is that Council is currently considering amending the language in the land bank legislation. That is why proponents of the bill are currently asking for your help in getting the city to create a land bank that will get vacant properties back into productive use quickly.  The bill's supporters are asking you to tell Council to ensure any amendments it considers will create a land bank that is predictable, efficient, transparent, accountable, and equitable. City Council is planning to act on legislation this fall that would create a land bank, and The…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

A national commercial real estate powerhouse gobbles up a regional one; the ongoing low-grade war between Post Brothers and the city's building trades unions has apparently hit a new low; Nathaniel Popkin argues that those praying for something other than a modern apartment building across from Mother Bethel AME Church are misreading history; and the city comes down on the side of the two urban-core sites as its favorites among the six applicants for Philly's second and the state's last casino license: CBRE Group buys retail real estate brokerage (Philadelphia Business Journal) What? Has the Building Trades Union War Against the Post Brothers Really Gotten This Stupid? ("Property" blog|Philadelphia magazine) Inside a Stone Castle,…
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Local builder recognized for passive building

Hugh Lofting home in Greenville, Del. With a passive house currently under construction in West Chester, Kennett Square builder Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. has officially been recognized by the Passive House Institute US as a PHIUS Certified Builder, now one of only seven companies with such a designation in Pennsylvania. Essentially, the PHIUS designation means the company understands passive house principles, has mastered craftsmanship techniques specific to passive houses, and can meet challenges specific to the North American climate. A passive house achieves overall energy savings of 60 to 70 percent through super-insulation and airtight building envelopes, highly efficient HVAC systems or energy recovery ventilation,…
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ZBA postpones 2300 South hearing

View of 2300 South from southeast In a preview of the showdown to come, tensions flared briefly at the Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on Wednesday that would have decided the fate of the four-story mixed-use building angling for the corner of 23rd and South Streets in Graduate Hospital. Foreseeing a protracted debate, and already running behind schedule, the zoning board motioned that the hearing be postponed to a later date in November. At the outset of the halted hearing, things got off to a rocky start. Carol Tinari, who chaired the meeting, asked if there was an attorney present representing those opposed to the project. Barbara Failer, standing at the head of a phalanx of opponents lining one side of the room, approached the board and…
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