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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Flyers captain Claude Giroux soars to the top of 10 Rittenhouse Square; Matt Ruben of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group and the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association warns of a loophole big enough to drive dozens of tall, lot-filling townhomes with no parking through in a new zoning category intended to promote live-work spaces for artists, artisans and craftspeople; a rising star on Philly’s culinary scene has big plans for a new restaurant – and those plans include demolishing the last freestanding remnant of the once-ubiquitous Dewey’s Famous lunch-counter chain; and Moody’s recent downgrade of Pennsylvania’s credit will have implications close to where you live too:

Claude Giroux buys big on Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Opinion: New zoning classification has strings attached no one should want (Plan Philly)
Sylva Senat in deal at Letto Deli site (The Insider blog|Philly.com)
State’s credit downgrade will hit Pennsylvania taxpayers at local level, too (Keystone Crossroads|Newsworks|WHYY)

We pop in to the PHS Pop-up Garden

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

PHS Pop-Up Garden

Since it first sprouted three summers ago, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop-up Garden has bloomed into a hardy perennial. What started as a way to showcase how vacant lots can be transformed into things of beauty has become the pioneer of a new category of development in Philadelphia: the transformative seasonal hangout that reveals the potential of an open space.

Spaces like The Oval, which opens for its second summer season today, and Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn’s Landing owe their existence, in a sense, to PHS’ green initiative. Meanwhile, PHS continues to refine and improve on the original model, and this year’s Pop-Up Garden at 1438 South Street in Graduate Hospital is the fanciest yet. (more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Philly landlords enjoyed respectable growth in rents in the quarter just ended; a bill to provide money for the cash-straped School District, given up for dead at this time yesterday, came back to life last night; a Center City pied-à-terre for corporate travelers will be converted to apartments by its new owner; and now that it’s made it past “Made in America,” Van Colln Field on the Parkway will get a major upgrade:

Philadelphia saw rent growth in second quarter (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Update: Pa. House passes cigarette tax for Philly schools (Newsworks|WHYY)
Oakwood Philadelphia trades for $28M (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Further Improvements Coming to Von Colln Memorial Park (Naked Philly)

Afternoon Quick Hits

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The site of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s proposed new headquarters in Sharswood is a mostly vacant lot, but the one business on the plot is proving to be a messy obstacle to getting the project going; “Condo king” and Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors President Allan Domb makes another commercial acquisition; The conversion of a former synagogue into apartments in Bella Vista turns into an act of historic vandalism; and we’re fortunate to have a broker who appreciates the value of the indirect message as our sponsor, but our work is part of an overall marketing effort. Can independent reporting on local affairs survive without deep nonprofit pockets?;

A lofty plan on Ridge Ave. and a messy land dispute (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
Another Rittenhouse Square buy for Allan Domb (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Jewish Iconography Destroyed in Bella Vista Synagogue’s Residential Conversion (Hidden City Daily)
The Story on Urban Newsrooms Is Still Looking For Its Hero (Next City “Forefront”; subscription or purchase required)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Bart Blatstein swipes an idea from fellow superdeveloper Carl Dranoff, crosses it with The Piazza at Schmidt’s, scribbles some notes on a sheet of paper, and produces this. Goodbye supermarket, hello mini-city; The best memorial to the victims of the 22nd and Market building collapse is a high-rise one, Jon Geeting argues in the CityPaper; Developer Andrew Bank’s plan to convert the former West Philadelphia High School into loft apartments sparks discussion among its neighbors at a community forum; And the civic space coming soon to the new Pier 53 prompts an elegy for the old one soon to disappear:

Blatstein has bold, new development idea for Broad and Washington (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Political Machine: Build a tower, not a park, at site of building collapse (CityPaper)
Selling gentrification to neighbors of the old West Philadelphia High School building (Newsworks|WHYY)
Ode to Tom Sawyer Island (Hidden City Daily)

Nine projects win first ULI Rouse Awards

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Paseo Verde

Paseo Verde is perhaps the most widely praised of this year’s nine winners of the inaugural WIllard G. Rouse Awards sponsored by ULI Philadelphia.

A spruced-up park on Logan Square, a transformed steel mill in Bethlehem and the first LEED-ND Platinum certified housing development in the country are three of the nine winners of the first Willard G. Rouse Awards for Excellence, presented by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Philadelphia District Council.

The inaugural award ceremony Wednesday evening at the Ballroom at the Ben brought together more than 200 builders, architects, brokers, bankers and other real estate industry professionals to celebrate the best work of the real estate and development community in eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. (more…)

Panel forecasts bright future for Center City retail

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
CPDC Center City retail panel

CPDC Executive Director Paul Levy (left) introduces the panelists at its membership meeting. From left to right: Eddie Gindi, executive vice president and co-owner, Century 21 Department Stores; John J. Connors, president, Brickstone Realty Corporation; Laurence L. Steinberg, senior vice president, CBRE|FAMECO.

Will Stockton Strawbridge’s vision of Market Street East as “the Champs-Elysees of Philadelphia” finally come to pass?

The consensus of the speakers at yesterday’s Central Philadelphia Development Corporation membership meeting at the Union League yesterday was that it just might – finally. (more…)

Condo conversion nears completion on Spruce Street in Rittenhouse Square

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

An elegant brick townhome at 1808 Spruce Street, just off Rittenhouse Square, is being converted into three luxury condominium units. Though it’s hard to tell from the outside, work is progressing nicely on the inside, and according to Realtor Noah Ostroff, who is marketing this development, the three units should be available in June.

To create these units, the home was completely gutted and rebuilt with all new materials on the inside.

(more…)

Lunchtime Quick Hits

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

One of Philly’s 10 FastFWD companies wants to turn vacant land into instant community assets by thinking inside the box; A plan to turn Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park into a Delaware riverfront destination run into a buzzsaw of opposition from residents worried about the removal of six old growth sycamores planted at the park’s birth in 1893; Another New Yorker falls in love with Philly, and shows it by buying up its neighborhood shopping centers; and Mental Floss’ tour of city neighborhoods stops in Philly to explain how a bunch of those ‘hoods got their names. See you at “the place where we go to drink”?

SHIFT_DESIGN: FastFWD company makes pop-up buildings for vacant lots (Technical.ly|Philly)
A Matter of Modern Recreation vs. Historic Trees at Penn Treaty Park (Hidden City Daily)
Why a NY investor loves Philly neighborhoods (PhillyDeals blog|The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
How Philadelphia’s neighborhoods got their names (Mental Floss)

ULI names finalists for first Willard Rouse Awards

Friday, May 16th, 2014
2013 Spruce St

AMC Delancey Group’s imaginative conversion of 2013 Spruce Street into apartments is one of the 28 finalists for ULI Philadelphia’s first Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence. Photo by the author

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia (ULI) yesterday released the list of finalists for its first Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence.

The new awards program recognizes excellence in development in the Philadelphia region. Projects selected as finalists all serve as examples of ULI’s mission of providing leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities. (more…)

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