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South Bowl Opens in South Philly

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Photo from South Bowl’s Facebook page.

This week was the soft opening of a new bowling alley in South Philadelphia.  South Bowl located at 19 E. Oregon Avenue is a branch of the Northern Liberties North Bowl location.  The former Thomas Colace cold-storage warehouse has been transformed into a 26 lane modernized bowling alley with a full bar and kitchen.   Basically, the exact concept of the Northern Liberties location except larger.  Other features include an upstairs area for private parties with 6 lanes, billiard tables and video games. The second floor also features a balcony overlooking the main floor and a roof deck.

Currently, the hours are Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.




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.

Fairmount New Construction: North Street Estates is Starting Up!

Despite the frigid January temperatures and the dreaded ice and rain encountered in the last few days, the Fairmount new construction project “North Street Estates” is gearing up and breaking ground this past week.

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In a few months, the vacant lots shown in the photos will be replaced with 12 luxurious townhouses.  The model home, 1711 North Street, is on the market listed at $859,000.  North Street Estates residents will enjoy the comfort of contemporary design, plenty of space and 1 car parking.  A 10 year tax abatement is also in the process of being applied for.

Here are the specifications:
4 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms
Interior SqFt: 3000
Full, finished basement

Find the perfect blend of luxury, elegance and comfort at the North Street Mews. One of 12 in this stunning community, this 18′ wide, 3,000 square foot home with 1 car parking features 4 light filled bedrooms, an office/den with 3 french doors, 3 full bathrooms, a half bathroom, finished basement, a roof deck, a yard and includes a variety of luxury finishes such as hardwood floors finished on site, built in speaker, solid core interior doors, video intercom system, and energy efficient dual zoned HVAC system. The home exudes comfort & style from start to finish, starting with its tiled foyer and spacious open first floor plan including living room and dining room with 10′ high ceilings. Continue through and enter the modern, exquisite kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Cabinetry (two options for layouts), quartz or granite counter tops and a large island running through to custom windows with a plethora of light! Next to the kitchen and ideally located is a well appointed powder room. Meander up the stairs to the second floor and enter into your spacious master suite which is truly a work of art, with its huge walk in closets, master bath, private toilet room and custom tiled shower with dual shower heads, all within a frameless glass enclosure, a soaking tub for pure decadence and double vanity to top it all off. Travel down the hall to your office/den with three french doors over looking the street scape complete with onsite finished wood floors. Stroll up to the 3rd floor and feel the spacious 3 bedrooms with wall to wall carpeting and the two full baths, one with a seamless glass shower and the other with a tub for convenience. From the third floor walk up the stairs to the pilot house which leads to an oversize custom roof deck with exception city views. The finished basement completes this home with its 9′ ceilings, laundry room and ample space. 10 year tax abatement being applied for. Audio/Visual package and roof deck are upgrades. Home can be purchased without parking.

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Condos Coming to the Curtis Center

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As reported back in June 2014 the Curtis Center, located at 6th and Walnut Streets, was purchased for $125 million by Keystone Property Group and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, the construction of luxury condos will begin this Spring on the 6th Street side of the building as originally planned.  Future condo residents will enjoy the scenic views of Independence Park and Washington Square. Fifty-five luxury units will be added to the Curtis Center, which has always been used for office space and events in recent years hosted by Cescaphe Event Group.

Rumor has it that a new restaurant, coffee shop, spa and gym will be opened along with the new condos. This will help attract more visitors to the Washington Square building.

The first phase of construction is expected to begin in the Spring.

The last time the Curtis Center underwent major renovations was in 1980. Philly.com reported that the building will transform from a general office space to a major ‘hub’ of Washington Square.

South Street’s Royal Theater Redevelopment Moves Forward

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The historic Royal Theater located on 15th and South Streets has been approved by a City Council committee for redevelopment under Carl Dranoff.  According to PhillyMag.com, Dranoff plans to demolish the theater except the exterior and recreate it into a mixed-used building featuring 45 apartments and street level retail space.

Some local neighbors are concerned with the development’s future impact on parking.  Also, the anticipated height of the new mixed-use building is a concern as well.  As reported by CBS Philly, although some neighbors are against the project others are excited to finally see the old building come back to life.

Now that the approval has moved from the Committee, City Council is expected to hold the final vote next week.

The Royal Theater opened in 1920 and was Philadelphia’s first African-American theater.  According to Hidden City Philadelphia, it quickly became a pillar for the community to enjoy performances in the 1,200 seat theater.  In 1970, the Royal Theater closed its doors after losing patrons. Ever since then, the building has been vacant. It was purchased by a new owner in 2000.

Many city officials and surrounding businesses believe revitalization of the building is better than allowing it to sit vacant and unused.

New Bike Parking Facility Coming to Broad Street

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SEPTA’s South Broad Street underground concourse.

South Broad Street soon will have a new bike parking facility courtesy of SEPTA’s concourse.  According to PhillyMag.com, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has partnered with SEPTA in the development of a bike parking facility located in the underground concourse on the south end of the Broad Street Line.

This past weekend the announcement was made at the Philly Bike Expo by Becky Collins, SEPTA’s strategy and sustainability planner. If you are unfamiliar with the underground SEPTA concourse, it runs south of City Hall to the Walnut-Locust Station of the Broad Street Line, which also connects to New Jersey’s PATCO train.  The concourse is a long, unused concrete space that is typically very desolate.  This plan to install a bike parking facility will not only provide cyclists with a safe, covered parking space but increase the foot traffic in that section of the concourse as well.

According to the BCGP, it plans to enclose the bike parking spaces with a cage that bikers can lock with their own locks to insure security. There will be a small fee to park, which can be paid via a SEPTA key card (coming in 2015) or users can purchase a monthly pass. This plan is being modeled after a bicycle parking system originally implemented by the City of Boston.




Apartments Proposed for Lot Across From Pat’s Steaks

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Photo via Google Street View

According to the Passyunk Post, apartment plans have been proposed for the lot located at 827-29 Wharton Street, across the street from Pat’s King of Steaks.  Passyunk Square resident and developer, Paul Mirabello, recently purchased the property and plans to construct a four-story building with over 6,000 square feet of commercial space and 21 apartments.

Preliminary plans were presented at a zoning meeting for the Passyunk Square Civic Association, reported the Passyunk Post.  There was not an overwhelming amount of opposition from the surrounding neighbors. The only concerns that arose involved the height of the structure and parking. Some suggested single family homes instead but the developer, Mirabello, insisted that apartments are a better fit for this particular lot.

The Passyunk Post also reported that Mirabello will not proceed with development until he has full support from the neighborhood.  Maria Olivieri, former owner of 827-29 Wharton Street, is a member of the family that owns Pat’s Steaks.

The 8,000 square foot lot is located in a great area for redevelopment with the Italian Market and Passyunk Square in walking distance.  Currently, there are murals next to the lot of famous, local entertainers like Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon.

This Sunday’s Bella Vista Open Houses

Bella Vista Open Houses

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Check out the open houses this Sunday in Philadelphia’s Bella Vista neighborhood.

Bella Vista is a traditional South Philadelphia neighborhood with a real modern flare. Many of the homes are 19 th century trinities and modern townhouses. Residents are in walking distance of the dining and shopping options offered by the Italian Market on 9th Street, where you can find fresh mozzarella, exotic spices, rare cuts of meat and (surprise) the best Vietnamese food in the region. Bella Vista also allows you to enjoy the quirky stores and entertaining nightlife on South Street- all within walking distance. From 4th Street to 6th Street, grab a bite to eat at the renowned Famous Fourth Street Deli and shop at fabric shops along 4th Street’s Fabric Row.

Open Houses on Sunday, October 26th in Bella Vista!

705 S. Mildred Street
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
801 South Street E
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths
819 Bainbridge Street
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths
811 Fitzwater Street
3 bedrooms/2 baths
1011 E Passyunk Avenue
2 bedrooms/1 bath
744-46 S. 10th Street
5 bedrooms/3.1 baths
1122 Carpenter Street
3 bedrooms/3 baths
700 S. 10th St 3D
2 bedrooms/2 baths

Philly Development Requests $341M State Funding

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Recently, development throughout the city has been increasingly booming from new construction homes to commercial skyscrapers.  Curbed Philly reported that Philadelphia area developers have requested $341 Million in state funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. (Recently reported by the Philadelphia Business Journal).

There are currently 78 development projects occurring throughout the city. Ten projects have received funding so far including Liberty Property Trust who is constructing the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center.  This project is estimated to cost over $1.6 billion and has received about $10 million from the state thus far.

Projects must provide an adequate amount of information including economic activity the project will contribute to the surrounding community.

Philadelphia County is requesting more funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania than any other county due to its increased amount of development projects.

Other Philadelphia projects receiving state funds includes Urban Outfitters Navy Yard expansion, Dietz and Watson and the East Market Street project.

Former AC restaurant coming to Passyunk Avenue

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Photo courtesy of Friday Architects/Planners, Inc.

Palladino’s Steakhouse, formerly located at Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, has relocated to its new home on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia.

Located at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., right off of the intersection at Broad Street and Passyunk Avenue, Palladino’s is expected to open at some point in November.  According to the restaurant’s website, Chef Luke Palladino will bring his top-notch Italian cuisine featuring lunch, dinner and late-night bar items with indoor and outdoor seating.

The website also notes that convenient parking will be available but does not specify as to where.  The Passyunk Square area is typically busy with traffic and parking is usually difficult. If a close-by parking lot is available for Palladino’s diners that would definitely be a plus!

Luke Palladino owns two other restaurants in New Jersey.  The Passyunk Post reported that the steakhouse will feature 80 seats with specialized cocktail and wine lists as well as 40 outdoor seats.

In other restaurant news, The Insider reported Brigantessa will also soon join the Passyunk Avenue restaurant district featuring its Southern Italian cuisine. The owners of Le Virtu, located at 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, will open Brigantessa at 1520 E. Passyunk Ave, the former location of Karina’s.  Over the past few months, the building was completely rehabbed for the new bar-restaurant’s opening.  Brigantessa is expected to open within the next few days.