Archive for July, 2015

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

FYI: Will Philly Survive the Chaos of Pope Francis’ Visit?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

By: Jarek Cotto

Its no secret that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia in September. It takes a lot of preparation for something of this caliber to go off without a hitch. Could this be Philadelphia’s biggest challenge ever? See why many think so.

Are Eagles fans really that obnoxious? See why they are ranked in Sports Illustrated most hated list.

Man with plastic bag on his head robs Dunkin Donuts on Oregon Ave. Video below.

An undercover operation led to 68 arrests in one neighborhood in two days. Read more below.

The crane driver that caused the collapse of the Salvation Army thrift store in 2013 has pled guilty. More on this below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/pope-francis-philadelphia-visit-challenges/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/24/si-eagles-most-hated-fans/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/23/dunkin-donuts-robbery/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/kensington-drug-busts/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/07/21/building-collapse-guilty-plea/

 
Friday, July 24th, 2015

More Plans for Construction on Hancock Street.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

By: Jarek Cotto

The 800 block of N. Hancock Street has seen the rise of many interesting buildings. There’s a mix of new construction and adaptive reuse going on in this area. Now, you can add two more to the new construction list. The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association has just recently supported plans to build two single-family homes located at 817 N. Hancock St. which would replace a one-story building.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

The homes are designed Fusa Designs, and will join the other unique looking buildings in the neighborhood, like the three-story brick homes that have checkered ground-floor garages. Even though they may not stand out immensely in terms of looks, they will in terms of dimensions. According to OCF Realty, “One of the homes will be wide and shallow while the other will be skinny and deep.” That is all because of the the oddly shaped lot upon which they’ll be built.Project rendering

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

This blocks industrial roots remain strong and are still apparent throughout. Just across the street from the lot is another one-story garage designed with a white and blue mosaic theme. On each side of the building there are what used to be industrial buildings that look like they’ve been converted to residential use. You can also spot a bunch of stucco facades just to the south of the block.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/plans-supported-for-two-homes-on-hancock-street

There has been so much change happening in this block over the years. Every unit on this N. 800 block of N. Hancock Street has changed hands in the past 10 years, according to the OPA. That just shows  how much change this block has seen and mirrors many parts of the neighborhood. You can expect at least a couple more transactions in the near future. According to OCF Realty, “The current owners of 817 N. Hancock St. are now trying to sell their project with plans and NLNA support.” If you want to build a pair of homes in Northern Liberties, the property can be yours for just under $315K.

 
Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Almost Four Dozen Homes to be Built on Front Street.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

By: Jarek Cotto

The 700 block of Front Street has seen some great changes in the past few years. Four new homes on the northwest corner of Front & Fairmount are underway. There had been a community garden at this site for a while, but now there’s a row of uniquely shaped homes. The corner home has already been sold, and two others are  listed at $550K which is actually a pretty good deal for new construction in Northern Liberties.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

There are some additional homes under construction to the north of this development. It was a large vacant lot before, but now a row of homes have risen in its place. In between the finished homes and the framed ones there’s a new row of foundations which will support even more row of homes.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

According to OCF Realty, “this project is supposed to include a third row of homes to the north, on the other side of Olive Street. To date, no construction has started on those homes.” They speculate that the reason is because the developers may want to sell that part of the project to someone else rather than build it themselves. The land is for sale currently, along with approved plans to build eight more homes for $1.28M. There’s definitely an opportunity here for developers.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/update-on-two-front-street-projects

Almost four dozen new homes on Front street will be built with these projects combined, along with the other projects going on to the north. That doesn’t even include the hundreds of apartments over the two Pennthouse buildings at Front & Brown. With rapid development constantly happening in every nook and cranny in Northern Liberties, it’s a wonder that there are still even spots left to build on.

 
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Developers Are Getting Busy at 3rd & Poplar!

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

By: Jarek Cotto

Nine, four-story homes have risen at 3rd & Poplar next former home of the Ortelibs Brewery. Back in the fall of 2011, plows began chomping the earth here along the 800 block of N. American St. Worked stopped abruptly and it looked like that project would be abandoned. In late 2012 however, new owners purchased the property for $1.1M, and by the end of 2013, buildings had started to rise.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

The project has been dubbed Liberty Estates by developers Space & Company. The homes start at $1,050,000, but despite the high price points, a few of them are already under agreement/sold. Even the least expensive units have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and around 4,500 sqft of living space according to the project page.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

Around this time last year, developers were engaged in the community process to demolish a shopping center on the west side of 3rd Street and build 26 new units in its place. Since then, the old shopping center was razed, and 26 units are under construction at last.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/liberty-estates-done-more-development-coming-nearby

As if that wasn’t enough, there is also a four-story building nearby on the 200 block of Poplar St. That is a lot of investment and building going down in the immediate vicinity. All this is happening right in the heart of Northern Liberties, close to parks, good eating, and not to mention shopping too. Things don’t seem to be slowing down in the least.