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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.

 

Gardening Tips for City Living

urban garden

City living does not necessarily mean gardening is factored out.  Plenty of city residents utilize their outdoor space with beautiful plants and flowers. Urban Gardening Know How produced a helpful list of tips to help tackle urban gardening for city residents.

According to their site, city dwellers can easily grow vegetable gardens containing peppers, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.  Adequate drainage is a main requirement for a successful outdoor veggie garden. If you are working with a small outdoor space, consider using hanging baskets.

Another alternative to city gardening is utilizing roof top or balcony space. Roof top gardens are becoming more popular in urban settings.  The plants absorb rainfall, which in turn reduces runoff. Before creating a roof-top space, make sure the roof is stable enough to hold the weight of the plants.  Also, utilizing vacant lots are a great way to create garden space and brighten a neighborhood.

 

Spring Fair in Fitler Square

fitler square spring fair

Courtesy of FitlerSquare.org

Next weekend, May 8th and 9th, the Fitler Square Improvement Association is holding its Annual Spring Fair.  Admission is free and the event is family friendly with plenty activities for kids. The events begin on Friday at 10 am.

Around the perimeter of the square, outside vendors rent space for a vibrant flea market.

Activities for children on Saturday include a moon bounce and face painting surrounded by music performed by local bands and a cappella youth groups.

Booths and tables are staffed by friends, volunteers and board members, who are on hand to answer questions about the park, FSIA and membership.

Sunday Open Houses: Fitler Square

Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Fitler Square neighborhood of Philadelphia!

 

fitler square

The name “Fitler Square” is also used to describe the neighborhood surrounding the square, bounded roughly by 21st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south. To the east of this neighborhood is the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood; to the west is the University City neighborhood, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University; to the south is Graduate Hospital.

2429-41 Locust St #408
$375,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
3-4pm

 

2429-41 Locust Street #514
$415,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
3-4pm

 

2429-41 Locust Street #620
$337,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
12-1pm

 

2411 Delancey St B
$700,000
3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
11:30am-12:30pm

 

2415 Pine Street
$1,270,000
3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
1-2:30pm

 

2212 Lombard Street
$1,125,000
4 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
12:30-1:30pm

 

2521 South Street
$529,900
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
12:30-2pm

 

2305-11 South St 301
$799,000
2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
12-2pm

 

Navy Yard Looking to Add Residential Housing

navy yard

According to Philly.com, the Navy Yard is looking to add residential rentals to a 1.5 million square foot space.  The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp is working to begin development in the next year or so, if approved. Ultimately, the goal is to attractive young, working professionals to the Navy Yard residences.  Over the years, the business district in the Navy Yard has boomed housing several companies including Urban Outfitters, GlaxoSmithKline and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  To increase the growing development, the PIDC would also like to invest more accessible transportation to the Navy Yard.  Currently, shuttles are provided for employees.  SEPTA is researching on a possible Broad Street Line expansion.

As for the possibility of residential rentals, the PIDC is looking to initially develop 1,000 to 1,500 units.  Hopefully at some point in the near future, the Navy Yard will become the new up and coming neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Philly Ranked 4th Most Walkable City

walkable city

PhillyMag.com reported that Philadelphia is the fourth most walkable city in the United States according to Walk Score.  Many sections of the city have been categorized as the most walkable neighborhoods in the country including Bella Vista and Northern Liberties.

The study conducted by Walk Score , a company that produces stats on walkability in cities across the country, explained the rankings are based on walking routes, proximity to shopping, parks, entertainment, etc. Young people prefer to live in walkable areas that provide easy access to grocery stores and coffee shops right in the area.  This walkability ranking has potential to drive more young Millennials to Philadelphia due to its accessibility and convenience.

Point Breeze Warehouse Converting to 22 Homes

Photo courtesy of Naked Philly.

Photo courtesy of Naked Philly.

The Passyunk Post reported on the updated renderings of 22 homes proposed to take place of the warehouse on 22nd and Wharton Streets.  The vacant warehouse will be demolished and replaced with residential homes. Originally, the plans presented last year were met with opposition from the neighbors due to the project’s lack of parking. Since then, the renderings have been updated with 1 car parking for each home.

Rendering courtesy of Naked Philly.

Rendering courtesy of Naked Philly.

Each home will be 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms, a roof deck and a finished basement. A demolition start date has not yet been announced.

Sunday Open Houses: Point Breeze

Check out this weekend’s open houses in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia!

 

Featured Open House: 2209 Wilder Street Philadelphia, PA 19146 — 12-1pm
$184,900

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.

 

2350 Federal Street
$289,900
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths
1:30-2:30pm

 

1421 S. 19th Street
$349,900
3 bedrooms/2.1 baths
11am-1pm

 

2245 Greenwich Street
$135,000
2 bedrooms/1 bath
12-1pm

 

2006 Annin Street
$369,900
3 bedrooms/3 baths
1:30-2:30pm

 

1305 S Chadwick Street
$349,000
3 bedrooms/3.1 baths
11am-12pm

SEPTA Releases Plans for 15th St Station Renovation

septa

This week SEPTA released plans that detail the reconstruction of the City Hall Station on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street. According to PhillyMag.com, SEPTA does not plan on beginning construction until  2016 due to the visit of Pope Francis in September and the Democratic National Convention in Summer 2016. Due to the mass amount of visitors expected for both major events, officials want to ensure the station is fully operable during that time.

Once the DNC is over, reconstruction will begin and is expected to be SEPTA’s biggest project yet. On a side note, this City Hall station renovation will take up to four years to complete.  According to a SEPTA representative, the project will be broken down into phases so the 15th Street and City Hall stations can remain open and passenger inconvenience be avoided.

The biggest task for SEPTA engineers is the City Hall station, which is planned for new elevators and ramps. The $110 million project was approved for funding after the transportation funding packaged passed last year.

 

Sunday Open Houses: Art Museum & Fairmount

Finally, March is here and we are one step closer to the spring season! Check out this Sunday’s open houses in the Art Museum and Fairmount neighborhoods.

art museum

This Philadelphia neighborhood offers its residents easy access to Fairmount Park, where many enjoy jogging, biking and skating along the scenic paths of Kelly Drive and West River Drive. The Art Museum/Fairmount area offers its residents several amenities such as the regattas held on the Schuykill River and the historical beauty of the Federal Mansions throughout Fairmount Park. The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses some of America’s greatest collections of art. The grounds of the museum also serve the neighborhood as a backyard, an entertainment center and a quiet spot where you can relax and enjoy views of the skyline and river.

 

792 N Pennock St 1
$189,000
2 bedrooms/1 bedroom
12-1pm

 

3 Hamilton Circle
$375,000
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
1:30-2:30pm

 

868 N 30th Street
$349,000
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
11am-1pm

 

2601 Pennsylvania Avenue #1028
$150,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
3-4pm

 

2714 Brown Street
$479,000
4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
12-2pm

 

1613 North Street
$699,000
3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
12-1pm

 

2709 Cambridge Street
$422,900
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

2711 Cambridge Street
$422,900
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

645 N 17th Street
$730,000
3 bedrooms/3 bathrooms
12-1pm

 

2001 Hamilton Street #627
$200,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
12-1pm

 

1722 Mount Vernon St Unit 1
$349,000
1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

1722 Mount Vernon St Unit 2
$339,000
1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

1722 Mount Vernon St Unit 3
$339,000
1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

1722 Mount Vernon St Unit 4
$349,000
1 bedroom/2 bathrooms
1-3pm

 

756 N 26th Street
$475,000
3 bedrooms/2.1 bathrooms
12-1pm

 

2001 Hamilton Street #318
$215,000
1 bedroom/1 bathroom
12-1pm

 

2601 Pennsylvania Ave #1124
$169,000
Studio/1 bathroom
3-4pm

 

874 N Bailey Street
$285,000
2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
12-2pm

 

886 N Stillman Street
$349,900
3 bedrooms/1.1 bathrooms
11:30am-12:30pm