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Old Posted Jan 22, 2022, 11:47 AM
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So it looks like they're going with L+M Development Partners and MSquared instead of Post Bros. The details aren't exactly clear of what their plan is yet, unless someone else here knows. Relocating the current tenants will be done over the next 90 days, so work could begin pretty soon.

"The development team’s initial proposal calls for up to 1,000 units of income-limited and market-rate homes in low-rise buildings, multifamily homes in renovated towers, and new senior housing, according to a project spokesperson. About 70% of the homes would be reserved for households who meet income limits.

The developers’ plan also calls for reconnecting the campus to the surrounding community with new streets and sidewalks, improved public spaces, and possibly a bridge over SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. The campus is blocks from an El station."

The mention of towerS in particular intrigues me and makes me wonder if they will rehab all 3 towers when most of these redevelopments have led to implosions (or rehabbing one for senior housing)

There is also a mention of new commercial mixed use elements.
So the article appears to imply the retention of the towers, while the original announcement by PHA in 2019 had 2 of the towers going away, with PHA retaining one to rehab for senior housing. With a total of 12 acres in the site, there's some flexibility. The Inquirer piece says the existing towers cover only 2 acres of the site.

PHA press release 10/8/2019:
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Under PHA's redevelopment plan one high-rise will remain standing and be completely rehabilitated as senior housing. The other two towers will be sold and replaced on another section of the property by an equal number of townhomes and stacked apartments (flats). The land being sold - covering an area between 44th and 45th Streets just north of Market Street - covers the eastern third of the property.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2022, 12:44 AM
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Yeah just one tower being rehabbed is what I expected. I mean, if they can realistically rehab and make the other two over into market rate housing, it is quite a lot of space to work with and could be cool. There's still a ton of space to build more housing on the rest of the land. I'm interested in seeing the site plan
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2022, 3:16 AM
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So it looks like they're going with L+M Development Partners and MSquared instead of Post Bros. The details aren't exactly clear of what their plan is yet, unless someone else here knows. Relocating the current tenants will be done over the next 90 days, so work could begin pretty soon.

"The development team’s initial proposal calls for up to 1,000 units of income-limited and market-rate homes in low-rise buildings, multifamily homes in renovated towers, and new senior housing, according to a project spokesperson. About 70% of the homes would be reserved for households who meet income limits.

The developers’ plan also calls for reconnecting the campus to the surrounding community with new streets and sidewalks, improved public spaces, and possibly a bridge over SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. The campus is blocks from an El station."

The mention of towerS in particular intrigues me and makes me wonder if they will rehab all 3 towers when most of these redevelopments have led to implosions (or rehabbing one for senior housing)

There is also a mention of new commercial mixed use elements.
Sounds like a great plan. Love all the density and tons of affordable housing while also mixing in some market rate and retail.

One of the things that really excites me is the bridge over the El. Ideally it's more than just a narrow pedestrian bridge. Would love if it was a full street going over the El just as it emerges from the tunnel, should be enough room as far as I can tell. It would go a long way toward reconnecting this to the grid, which is essential.

Also, I would love if the part of this superblock that fronts market on the other side of the El got some love. It's a really long stretch with nothing going on and for much of it the El is not in the way of development. When the El first emerges is like 40 feet from market Street. Plenty of room for some market street facing retail.

And then long after the tracks are over market Street there is a long dismal wall until you get to the Aldi where this property is seemingly needlessly way above the grade of market Street. If you grade this area down to street level, there's tons of room for market Street facing retail. And where there is currently steps to get down to market street, that's the perfect place for another street.

The streets are really out of line here and you're constrained by the El, so you can't perfectly mesh this into the grid, but you can have 44th continue down from the top of this project, go over the still submerged El and hit market street west of the existing southern section of 44th. Then 45th can come down and go under the El, just to east of the southern portion of 46th. Then you can also have Mandela, and Nemaiah Way continue through this development all the way to newly created 44th.

Not holding my breath that all of this would happen, though any type of reconnection to the grid would be a big positive.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2022, 7:38 PM
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Permits Issued For 21-Unit Building At 2000 North Front Street In Norris Square

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Permits have been issued for the construction of a five-story, 21-unit mixed-use building at 2000 North Front Street in Fishtown, Kensington. The structure will rise at the northwest corner of Front and Norris streets, replacing a dilapidated and boarded-up three-story prewar building. The development will offer 22,992 square feet of interior space, which will include a commercial component. Features include full sprinkling and a roof deck, which will likely offer sweeping skyline views due to the structure’s relative prominence. Permits list Dr. Jerry Ginsberg as the owner, KCA Design Associates as the architect, and Tota Builders, Inc. [sic] as the contractor. Construction costs are specified at $710,000.
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Old Posted Jan 23, 2022, 7:40 PM
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Renderings Revealed For 143-Unit Building At 113-29 Berkley Street In Germantown

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Old Posted Jan 23, 2022, 7:42 PM
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Renderings Revealed For 108-Unit Building At 2000-20 East Hagert Street In East Kensington

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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 2:01 PM
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Didn't get a chance to take a pic since I was in a car, but the Canno designed low-riser's core at 545 North Broad is up to the 6th floor. I feel like this one keeps getting forgotten with the monstrosity being built across the street (LVL North) and the handsome Toll Brother's project at Broad and Noble. But this one should be pretty nice.


https://djkeating.com/portfolio/545-north-broad-street/
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Also, I saw that the Oren Brother's modular apt project at 1823 Callowhill is finally off the ground, first floor is up.
https://phillyyimby.com/2021/05/equi...nter-city.html
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 2:06 PM
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Pennsylvania Convention Center sees 'a huge spike' in 2022 business, CEO says

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"Philadelphia’s convention industry is slated to bring 150,000 more visitors to the city this year than in 2021, increasing associated hotel room nights nearly four-fold in “a huge spike” as the sector ramps up, Pennsylvania Convention Center CEO John McNichol said at the Philadelphia Business Journal’s annual Economic Forecast event."

"About 60 events are on the books for 2022, making for “a pretty strong” year at the 2 million-square-foot Center City facility. Many of the bookings are larger than the events of last year and hitting “citywide” status, meaning an event generating upward of 2,000 hotel room nights on its busiest night. The events are expected to draw about 750,000 attendees to the convention center, generating almost 350,000 hotel room nights in the local industry, McNichol added."
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 2:38 PM
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^^Great to hear conventioneers are coming back. Residents seem to be mostly back, tourism is mostly back, and now conventioneers are mostly back. The only thing missing is the full workforce that used to be in Center City/University City....this may take years to fully correct though.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 5:07 PM
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Permits Issued For 45-Unit Building At 6767 Germantown Avenue In Mount Airy

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Permits have been issued for the construction of a four-story, 45-unit apartment building at 6767 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy, Northwest Philadelphia. The development will replace a three-story prewar structure on the east side of the block between Slocum and Pleasant streets. The building will rise from a 12,500-square-foot footprint and will contain 48,950 square feet of interior space. The ground floor commercial space will contribute to the existing retail corridor along the street, and the roof deck promises to offer sweeping views of the surroundings due to the building’s relative prominence. A total of 33 parking spaces will be included, one of which will be van-accessible. Permits list Neighborhlyliving LLC as the owner and Venco Builders Inc. as the contractor.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 8:29 PM
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Blatstein drops controversial plan for a Wawa along Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia

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Developer Bart Blatstein has decided to shelve a controversial plan for a Super Wawa that would have fronted the Delaware River along South Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia and will instead build an expanded retail center without the convenience store.

“I’m not going to pursue Wawa and the litigation on Delaware Avenue,” Blatstein said in an interview.

His change of heart was driven by opportunity. “The market needs more retail and I’m going to scrap the Wawa plan and do more retail,” he said. “The economics are better.”

The Philadelphia developer had been met by a series of setbacks for the proposed Wawa at 1401 S. Columbus Blvd. that had been consistently rejected by neighborhood groups, governing authorities, City Council members and an organization overseeing development of the waterfront. Most concerns revolved around having a convenience store with gas pumps in the area that has a growing residential population and is trying to become more pedestrian friendly. A gas station is also a prohibited use.

The developer, who operates Tower Investments, lined up a 46,000-square-foot Giant at the site and that grocery store opened in December. Plans had called for an additional 30,000 square feet of retail but will be expanded by 12,000 square feet for a total of 42,000 square feet and become a grocery-anchored retail center.

All of the retail space is nearly fully leased with uses that complement the grocery store and serve the Pennsport neighborhood such as a bank and coffee shop, Blatstein said.

“There hasn’t been any new retail built down there in 20 years and the market has exploded with demand,” he said. “There’s always new retailers that come to the market and they have needs.”

Blatstein anticipates breaking ground this spring.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 8:32 PM
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By-right apartment plan proposed for 5th and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia

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Lcor Inc. has proposed a seven-story apartment building with 157 units at 5th and Bainbridge streets in South Philadelphia, a by-right plan that may lead to development taking place on what is now a surface parking lot.

E-Z Park, a Philadelphia parking operator, owns the site and has been trying to develop the parcel for years but ultimately ran up against neighborhood resistance.

The Lcor development would be done in partnership with E-Z Park and is still going through Philadelphia's Civic Design Review process. The Queen Village project, as proposed, would involve constructing a two-story podium and five stories of wood framing for the apartments.

Lcor has another multifamily development underway not far from 5th and Bainbridge. The Berwyn real estate company started in July on the development of a 31-story apartment building at One Dock St., a property adjacent to Philadelphia Marriott Old City.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 8:38 PM
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Glad we finally got some update on this. The new Giant is nice. Now we just need to see some movement across the street at the former Riverview Movie theater.
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Glad we finally got some update on this. The new Giant is nice. Now we just need to see some movement across the street at the former Riverview Movie theater.
That's gonna be massive for that area.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2022, 9:19 PM
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The new Giant is nice.
I'm sure the inside is fine but the building itself is ridiculously anti-pedestrian. I understand that part of the city is a car centric wasteland, but the buildings entire frontage on Delaware Ave is a boring grey wall without a single opening.
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^^Great to hear conventioneers are coming back. Residents seem to be mostly back, tourism is mostly back, and now conventioneers are mostly back. The only thing missing is the full workforce that used to be in Center City/University City....this may take years to fully correct though.
Yup. Tourists dollars are extremely important in the coming years to make up for the lower office foot traffic.

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By-right apartment plan proposed for 5th and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia

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Great project. Good to see a larger denser project in this area. It will definitely add some extra flare to the area. And a Trader Joes would be great.

EDIT: I read this article again today, is anyone else tired of these arguments?... "That plan was met with complaints for its size, scale and other potential ills such as increased traffic, noise and litter."

1. Does the article mislead and make it sound like everyone nearby hates the project or just a few loud people?
2. Are the naysayers young, old, new to the area, been there 40 years?

The parking complaints I'm used to, but complaining about noise, density, Target, litter, etc. Do these people realize they live in Philadelphia? (and not Chestnut Hill).

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Four Seasons Philadelphia GM sees 'very promising' 2022, expects to reopen hotel's restaurant soon

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"The outlook for Philadelphia's hotel industry in 2022 is “very promising” as the sector works to regain ground during the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center General Manager Cornelia Samara said during the Philadelphia Business Journal's recent Economic Forecast event."

"staffing shortages caused delays in the reopening of the hotel's esteemed 59th-floor restaurant Jean-Georges Philadelphia, though the eatery is now slated to be back in action "very soon," Samara said."

"But as Four Seasons Philadelphia looks back at 2020 business and finalizes 2021 figures, it’s noticing a much younger demographic checking into its rooms. About 30% of guests at the hotel are millennials, Samara said. The bulk of that business stems from leisure travelers coming to the city for its entertainment, dining and arts scene."

"The majority of guests, about 60%, come to stay from outside of Greater Philadelphia such as from New York and Washington, D.C. As the property looks to continue attracting more visitors in 2022, Samara stressed the importance of crime being addressed in Philadelphia to create a safe environment for tourists as the industry aims to rebound."
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Permits Issued For 45-Unit Building At 6767 Germantown Avenue In Mount Airy

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Oh dang, that's right down the street from me. I'll make sure to take some pics for y'all :-P
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2022, 8:12 PM
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Four Seasons Philadelphia GM sees 'very promising' 2022, expects to reopen hotel's restaurant soon

https://www.bizjournals.com/philadel...Pos=2#cxrecs_s

"The outlook for Philadelphia's hotel industry in 2022 is “very promising” as the sector works to regain ground during the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center General Manager Cornelia Samara said during the Philadelphia Business Journal's recent Economic Forecast event."

"staffing shortages caused delays in the reopening of the hotel's esteemed 59th-floor restaurant Jean-Georges Philadelphia, though the eatery is now slated to be back in action "very soon," Samara said."

"But as Four Seasons Philadelphia looks back at 2020 business and finalizes 2021 figures, it’s noticing a much younger demographic checking into its rooms. About 30% of guests at the hotel are millennials, Samara said. The bulk of that business stems from leisure travelers coming to the city for its entertainment, dining and arts scene."

"The majority of guests, about 60%, come to stay from outside of Greater Philadelphia such as from New York and Washington, D.C. As the property looks to continue attracting more visitors in 2022, Samara stressed the importance of crime being addressed in Philadelphia to create a safe environment for tourists as the industry aims to rebound."
I guess this depends on exactly how broadly you define "Greater Philadelphia," but I'm somewhat surprised that 40% of the people staying at the Four Seasons are, apparently, locals. But I don't really know a ton about the hospitality industry so that's just my gut feeling.
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