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Mixed-Use Italian Market Development Plans Presented

Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

According to the Passyunk Post, developers presented plans for a mixed-use project at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting on Tuesday.

Midwood Investment and Development presented plans for a 5-story building that will consist of 18,000 square feet of commercial space, 70 apartments, 8 single-family trinities and an underground parking lot that will hold around 150 cars.  This development will grace the vacant lot of 9th Street and Washington Avenue.  The planned building will need to replicate and blend with the existing historic Italian Market buildings.

The apartments are planned to consist of one and two bedroom units, while 8 new trinity-style homes will face the Darien Street side of the project to blend with the existing homes on that block.

The project will take an estimated 18 months for completion. It is unknown as to when development will begin.


East Passyunk Gateway Project Breaks Ground Tomorrow

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Rending courtesy of PARC. A lighting option under consideration.


According to the Passyunk Post, the East Passyunk gateway project will have a ceremonial ground breaking event tomorrow. In January of 2014, renderings of the project were released. The project was delayed due to budgeting issues.

The Broad and McKean Streets location will be transformed into a space with seating and tables, improved lighting and landscaping. The original plans for a fountain have been scrapped.  This intersection is planned to be brighten significantly with lighting, which will draw even more visitors to the Avenue. The lighting will be colorful and create an eye-catching ambiance.

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation plans to have the project finished by June.  This will give local residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy the new space at the start of the summer months.

Over the last few years, East Passyunk Avenue has transformed into one of the most popular areas in the city with award-winning restaurants and thriving businesses. On any given Friday or Saturday night, the Avenue is packed with visitors enjoying the wide array of bars and restaurants.

One Liberty Place Observation Deck Opening Fall 2015

One Liberty Place

Initially the new observation deck for One Liberty Place, located at 1650 Market Street, was scheduled to open this summer. Unfortunately, the big opening has been postponed for this fall.  According to Philadelphia Magazine, a spokesperson confirmed that the opening is more likely to happen after Labor Day.  The project has yet to be named but the groundbreaking ceremony with Mayor Michael Nutter is scheduled for next month.

Plans for the new observation deck were initially proposed back in September.  The observation deck will be located on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place and plans to include a private elevator and cafe/restaurant.  As the project progresses and groundbreaking commences, more details should be released.

Current Developments Going on in Philly


PhillyMag.com compiled a comprehensive list detailing major development projects currently taking place in Philadelphia.  These developments are taking place in several sections of the city, which in turn has created tons of growth and increasing popularity for Philadelphia.

Comcast Innovation and Technology Center
Currently under construction, the soon-to-be 59 floor building is expected to be the tallest building in Philadelphia and the 8th tallest skyscraper in the U.S.  The $1.2 billion dollar building will  consist  of 1.5 million square feet of space to house hotel space, restaurants, offices, television studios, retail and parking. CITC will be located at 1800 Arch Street.

FMC Tower
Located in close proximity to 30th Street Station, FMC Tower is currently under construction and is expected to be an iconic landmark featuring contemporary glass and steel architecture.  Employees and residents will have access to this vibrant outdoor venue for daily enjoyment, large-scale catered company events and social gatherings such as classical music concerts, live arts performances, summer movie screenings and more.

Manayunk Bridge Trail
The Manayunk Bridge will soon be accompanied by a bike trail expected to be completed in the fall.  The $4.12 million project will enhance the current structure that connects Manayunk to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Montgomery County.

Braverman Building
Located at 2617 West Girard Avenue, the Braverman Building is set to become a mixed-use building with apartments in Spring of this year.

East Market
The space is currently demolished and now that the warmer weather has arrived progress is expected to continue. This portion of Market Street will be transformed into retail and residential space with digital billboards.

5 Things to do in Philly this weekend!

Photo courtesy of Visit Philly.

Photo courtesy of Visit Philly.

After the bitter cold temperatures and snow storm we endured the past few days, we are springing forward this weekend! Although the forecast will be relatively cold this weekend, there is still plenty to do in Philly!

The Philadelphia Flower Show

This Saturday and Sunday is the LAST weekend of the Philadelphia Flower Show! The world’s oldest and largest flower show features so many fabulous exhibits and displays that included this year’s theme of “Celebrate the Movies.”

The Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute

Check out this awesome exhibit at the Franklin Institute that features recreations of famous artworks and masterpieces using only LEGO bricks.

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Open through April 5th, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is displaying artist collections from world-renowned African American artists.  The showcase has over 75 features with a wide range of subjects and styles.

Philadelphia Union Season Opener

Tomorrow is the season opener for the Philadelphia Union professional soccer team. Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids at 4 p.m. PPL Park.

Brewer’s Plate at The Kimmel Center

This event will take place on Sunday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m. with more than 50 restaurants and brewing companies displaying samples of their menu items for guests to enjoy. Ticket prices range from $69-$79/pp.

Divine Lorraine Boutique Hotel Plans Scrapped

Divine Lorraine

PhillyMag.com reported that redevelopment plans have been confirmed for North Broad Street’s Divine Lorraine but those plans do not include its conversion into a boutique hotel.  Developers are concerned with the time line and length of a project like hotel redevelopment.  The new and improved plans for the former hotel includes 126 apartments, two levels of retail space and a lobby area, which consists of about 20,000 square feet of space for the main level.

Although it makes sense to rehabilitate the former hotel because of its location, those involved believe it is more beneficial to complete the project sooner rather than later with apartments and retail.

The $43 million project is projected to begin around the summer months and could take 18 months for completion. Plans for apartments sizes and features have not yet been released.

The Divine Lorraine was built between 1892 and 1894 by architect Willis G. Hale. The building was originally housed by some of Philadelphia’s wealthiest residents before it converted to a hotel. It officially closed in 1999.

Possible Pop-up Garden Coming to Italian Market vacant lots

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The Passyunk Post reported that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is interested in opening a pop-up garden in one of two vacant lots in South Philadelphia this summer. Both lots are located in the Italian Market neighborhood on 9th and Wharton Streets and 9th and Washington Avenue.  The foot traffic from Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks as well as the Italian Market could potentially drive a large amount of business.

The plan was presented last week at the Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting. Some neighbors voiced concerns over an excess of trash that could be produced due to the gardens.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society opened a garden on 1438 South Street last summer and hopes to open another in South Philly by Memorial Day Weekend.

Sunday Open Houses: Washington Square – Happy 2015!

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Happy New Year!

New Year, New Open Houses! Check out the first Sunday Open Houses of 2015 in the Washington Square West neighborhood of Philadelphia!

This trendy neighborhood offers its residents various coffeehouses, shops, cafes and nightspots. The cobblestone streets of Camac and Hutchinson bring the historic aspect of Philadelphia alive. Neighbors enjoy the luxury of Pine Street’s Antique Row and the country’s oldest jewelry district Jeweler’s Row. In this neighborhood you are in walking distance of fine local restaurants and the entertainment offered by the Forrest Theater and Walnut Street Theater.

If you are a buyer interested in making a purchase or a seller interested in listing your home, please do not hesitate to contact our team.

1112 Spruce Street, Unit 1F
2 bedrooms/3 baths

1220 Panama Street
2 bedrooms/1 bath

1206 Panama Street
3 bedrooms/3 baths

809 Addison Street B
2 bedrooms/2 baths

New Listings in Point Breeze

Center City Listings has new listings in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia!

1843 McClellan Street
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
Interior Square Feet: 896
Central Air
Description: Fully renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath home in Point Breeze! This gorgeous 2-story home features a beautiful kitchen with modern granite counter tops and stainless steel finishes. Located on a great block with a charming outdoor garden area and close proximity to public transportation and shopping centers.


2240 Wilder Street
3 bedrooms/1 bathroom
Interior Square Feet: 1046
Description: Two-story,3 bedroom row home in Point Breeze. Perfect investment opportunity!



2209 Wilder Street
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
Interior Square Feet: 1064
Central Air
Description: Fully rehabbed 2 story, contemporary home features 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. This Point Breeze home also features exposed brick, beautiful hardwood floors and an open floor plan. The brand new kitchen boasts of modern back splash, microwave and dishwasher. The living room has recessed lighting and a half bath off the kitchen. Each bedroom features closet space. This perfect starter home is situated directly across the street from a garden.

Keep Your Home Safe During Holiday Travels


The holidays are a popular time of year for  burglaries due to home vacancy with holiday traveling.  Here are a few tips to help in keeping your home safe during the holiday season.

– Before beginning your holiday travels, ask trustworthy neighbors and friends to keep an eye on the house while you are away.

– Lock up everything. Every door and window in the home should be locked and secured. If your home has an activated alarm system, set it upon leaving.

– Turn off unnecessary heating/cooling systems. Depending on the climate of the area you live in, it is essential to keep the temperature of your home at a certain degree to prevent freezing pipes, etc.

– Indoor and outdoor lighting systems are a great way to deter any unwelcome visitors to your home while being away.  Motion sensor lights are a great source of lighting for exterior entry ways. As well as adding timers to indoor lighting.  Both are great features for keeping would-be burglars away.

– Put your valuables away. Before leaving your home, make sure all cash, jewelry, electronics, important documents, etc. are safely stored away and are not out in the open.