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Massive Renaissance Plaza project goes before ZBA

Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Aerial view of Renaissance Plaza project from the northeast

Aerial view of Renaissance Plaza project from the northeast

Waterfront Renaissance Associates headed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment yesterday for a special exception to create one lot from six lots and remove all existing structures at 400 N. Columbus Blvd., where Northern Liberties meets the Delaware riverfront, in order to build the massive and dense Renaissance Plaza. In place of the structures now there, the developers plan to flood the lot with four detached structures, ranging from 21 to 31 stories in height, that contain 1,342 apartments. Additionally, 16 townhouses,  70,000 square feet of retail space, 21,000 square feet of office space and a large public plaza will rise out of the lot that is now nothing more than a rocky desert across from Dave & Buster’s and in the shadow of the iconic Ben Franklin Bridge. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

More on the politics of the fight over the off-premises catering license loophole, a good explanation of how state law restricts supply in the face of rising demand; another abandoned beauty on North Broad Street will suffer a fate far different from the Divine Lorraine’s; that Tria G-Ho residents were promised but never got? Looks like it will be coming to the vicinity — as long as they’re willing to cross South Street to get to it; and speaking of “light fantastic,” check out what Philly and several other big cities look like from outer space:

The Prohibition-era policy driving the political scuffle over pop-up beer gardens (Plan Philly)
The Beury Building Is Up For Sheriff’s Sale (Property blog|Philadelphia magazine)
Years Later, Tria Finally Coming Near Graduate Hospital (Naked Philly)
Let’s Look at Philly from the International Space Station (Curbed Philly)

Midtown Village tavern takes advantage of pop-up beer garden loophole – we hope

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Fergie's Pub with pop-up garden in foreground

Now that some members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly have moved to close a loophole in the Pennsylvania liquor code that has led to this summer’s explosion of pop-up beer gardens across Center City, it’s time once again to point out that the issue isn’t all black-and-white.

Some tavern owners have complained about the pop-ups, saying they eat into their summer business, and Philadelphia Daily News article on the loophole has brought the issue into play. But, as these photos should attest, tavern owners who have open space next to their establishments can climb on this bandwagon too. (more…)

Planning Commission OKs North of Lehigh community plan

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014


Planning Commission members view a presentation on the North of Lehigh community plan drafted by the NKCDC.

Planning Commission members view a presentation on the North of Lehigh community plan drafted by the NKCDC. Photo by the author.

At its July 15 meting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission heard and approved plans for the revitalization of a River Wards neighborhood just above Lehigh Avenue on the northern edge of East Kensington.  The plan, which covers a 100-acre territory, proposes housing, economic development, safety, streetscape and traffic improvements to the largely working-class district.

The PCPC must approve neighborhood plans when a community group designs the plan. In this case, the New Kensington Community Development Corporation and architectural firm Interface Studio Architects created the plan. (more…)

Southstar’s finishing touch: Light fantastic

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Southstar Loifts

Southstar Lofts, at Broad and South streets on the Avenue of the Arts, has been finished for a few months now.


Actually, there was one more detail to add to the exterior: the artwork. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Philly’s municipal finances, though far from healthy, are at least still improving. Harrisburg’s, on the other hand, are headed in the other direction; Sugar House breaks ground on a $164 million addition in the face of a soft gaming market; and The Inquirer profiles Alon Barzilay, the developer who has made a profitable niche for himself rescuing old churches and mill buildings and turning them into distinctive rental properties (does this remind you of the past of any other mega-developer you might have heard of?):

Fiscal board approves Phila. 5-year plan (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Moody’s Lowers Pa. Debt Rating
Sugar House breaks ground on $164m expansion (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Developer Alon Barzilay stays busy with rental conversions (The Philadelphia Inquirer|

What that Thompson Street project will look like when done

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Thompson Street elevation

Thompson Street elevation

You may recall that when we reported on construction at 14-22 W. Thompson St. in Fishtown on July 17, we confessed that we couldn’t figure out from looking at the finished shell how the pieces of this three-unit residential project will fit together.

We now have exterior renderings of the structure from Harman Deutsch Architecture, and they do give us a better picture of what’s going on. (more…)

A small sign of hope on Hope Street in Old Kensington

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

1303 N Hope St

Across Hope Street from Postgreen’s Duplexcellence II project in Old Kensington, this three-story townhome is now fully framed, and windows have been installed.

According to permit data on file with Licenses and Inspections, this home will contain two dwelling units and commercial space on the first floor. There’s also a deck at the rear of the second floor. (more…)

12-unit development rising on 19th Street in Francisville

Monday, July 21st, 2014

800-06 N 19th St, view from 19th and Brown

On the opposite side of Francisville Playground from the Folsom Powerhouse, a more typical new construction project is rising quickly on 19th Street at Brown.

These four townhomes at 800, 802, 804 and 806 N. 19th St. are three-story structures with roof decks accessed by pilot houses. Each of these dwellings is identical in design, containing three units per townhome. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Turns out Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s “Peace Not Guns” charity took in a bigger chunk of change than was originally reported. Trouble is, it’s not a registered nonprofit; as Fishtowners narrowly vote to support an eight-unit townhome development with no parking, Naked Philly discovers another nearby property it says is ripe for redevelopment; Which pooch playground is Philly’s top dog? Curbed readers give the prize to a popular Wash West dog park; and Wawa gives itself a bittersweet 50th birthday present — it’s closing the very first store it opened, in Folsom, which will be replaced by a newer, larger store just down the road:

Councilman’s Charity Received More Than Reported (Philadelphia)
Rancher Should Disappear In Favor of Homes (Naked Philly)
Seger Dog Park Reigns Supreme as Philly’s Top Dog Park (Curbed Philly)
Wawa to close first store opened 50 years ago (Associated Press via WPXI Pittsburgh)

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