Archive for the ‘Density’ Category

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.

 
Friday, May 15th, 2015

Six New Homes Coming To Trenton Avenue.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

By: Jarek Cotto

Trenton Stables is the name of the new six home project being built at the intersection of Blair Street and Trenton Avenue. AGA Developers are the ones behind the construction on this “flatiron-shaped” parcel. These are the same developers that have been building the Frankford Square project for the past few years. The homes are replacing a one-story building that was once a stable back in the day. Ironic isn’t it? We must say that it is a drastic improvement than what was there before.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Four homes are now framed out and will be finished by June according to the project website. These four homes will have a pretty standard layout, with a garage in the back facing Blair Street. According to the project website, “Home features include black-diamond brick exterior, rear garage, finished basement, gourmet kitchen with stone countertop, 4th floor master suite, roof-top deck, an open floor plan with hardwood flooring throughout. Buyers will be able to customize all finishes!” The remaining homes are still waiting to be framed. These will be much more unusual because the lot narrows to a point.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/trenton-stables-two-thirds-framed

Don’t think there is still plenty of time left to purchase one of these townhouses. According to OCF Realty, “Three of the homes are already under agreement but the “corner” home is still available.” Even though it is oddly shaped, it will have 3,300 sqft of interior space along with parking. The homes are pricing fairly high near the 500’s but that should not be an issue to interested parties. Once this project is done, it will bring life back to the area.

 
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

FYI: How Do We Increase Safety For Bike Riders In Our City?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

By: Jarek Cotto

 

The Sixers’ new logos carry a retro-ish vibe with them. The team’s new logo is a modern version of their classic insignia. More here.

 

Drunk man tunnels into an Old City karaoke joint and steals alcoholic beverages. How thirsty was this guy?

 

Philly’s new sick leave law goes into effect on Wednesday. What does this new law entail? Find out here.

 

There were a total of 551 bike accidents in Philly in 2014. Even though that number has dropped drastically over the past few decades, city officials still believe that there are still too many accidents. As a fellow cyclist myself, I agree. Now, the question is, how do they go about making our city safer for bikers?

 

A man shoved a gun up his where? You may not want to know where it ended up, but it’s very entertaining to say the least

 

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/sixers-unveil-new-logos-with-retro-vibe/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/drunk-guy-tunnels-old-city-bar/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/12/philadelphia-sick-leave-law-starts-wednesday/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/bike-crashes-philadelphia/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/05/11/gun-smuggled-butt/

 
Thursday, May 7th, 2015

New Homes Are Rising Near Konrad Square Park

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

By: Jarek Cotto

 

Konrad Square Park is a beautiful patch of green space in Fishtown a fair distance away from Girard Avenue. With the temperatures rising and things blooming once again, it’s always a great experience to walk through here during this time of year.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

tulip dauph old

 

2243 Tulip St. is one of the two projects you see making progress here. It’s a stuccoed three story home that at some point in the last couple of years, got demolished. The project even seemed to stall out. Last year, the front of the property was down to two stories of plywood, but now, you can see a new three story home has been framed out in its place. The developers of this project are the Z Home Group. Although, it hasn’t been listed yet, you can bet that this new construction right on the park should fetch a strong price, and be gone quickly.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

 

Next is the 2300 block of Tulip St. Here, we see that an old yellow two-story home at 2311 Tulip St. has been taken down. One home is under construction in its place and another one is being built on the adjacent vacant lot. The lots are each only 12.5′ wide, making the homes on the skinny side. Even if that’s the case, this area and nearby East Kensington have proven again and again that even if the homes are skinnier than most, the buyers still seem to come out of thin air.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/new-homes-under-construction-near-konrad-square-park2

We are excited to see the progress of the construction projects here, and can’t wait until they are finished.

 
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

FYI: Would Philly’s Millennials Be Happier If Bars Were Open Later?

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

By: Jarek Cotto

What would happen if Philly’s bars closed at 4 a.m. instead of 2 a.m.? Would this make the city’s Millennials happier? Democratic Rep. Jordan Harris thinks so, and is introducing a bill that would allow bars to do just that. More below.

 

UberX has hit 1 million rides in the region, but it’s still illegal in Philly. Why?

 

Two men in PA were arrested and admitted to making and selling IEDs. More here.

 

A man breaks into Ishkabibble’s II on April 1st and only makes out with $80 dollars. This genius was caught on video tape. Watch the full video below.

 

Bill Cosby won’t be speaking at Temples graduation this year. This should not be surprising given the recent sex abuse allegations he is facing. Find out more here.

 

This new Philly PSA tells pedestrians to get off of their phones while walking. Full video below.

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/philadelphia-bars-closing-time-4am/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/14/uber-philadelphia-uberx-one-million-rides/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/istvan-merchenthaler-ryan-joseph-hribick-ieds-pennsylvania/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/ishkabibbles-south-street-robbed/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/13/cosby-wont-speak-at-temple-graduation/

http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/04/10/psa-pedestrians-drivers-road-safety/

 
Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Old Edward Corner Building Will Make Way for Tons of New Apartments.

 

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

By: Jarek Cotto

At the corner of Delaware Avenue and Shackamaxon Street lies the old Edward Corner building. The place is owned by Core Realty, and for years people have been wondering if if they were planning to bring the building back to life.

 

Back in 2010, Plan Philly did story which described a preliminary plan to renovate the building and open a diner on the ground floor. It seems those plans were long forgotten. The rendering looked very promising. As you can see below, the diner would’ve been on the first floor with space above which could be used for things like building apartments. It even shows the preservation of the ghost signs which would have been pretty cool.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/edward-corner-building-coming-down

 

After an upcoming Fishtown Neighbors Association zoning meeting, the developers presented a plan for a twelve-story building with 180 apartments and retail. Twelve townhomes will also be included in the project along with a ton of parking. Unfortunately, that would mean the end of the Edward Corner building.

Since this project is only in the planning stages, there will definitely be more information forthcoming on this project. Let’s hope that the existing building can be incorporated into the redevelopment plans somehow.

 

 
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

New Apartments Coming To Columbia Ave.

candy factory

By: Jarek Cotto

The Fishtown Neighbors Association recently supported plans to bring 17 units and ten parking spots to a vacant lot at 1133 E Columbia Ave stretching all the way to Earl Street. The plans were recently approved by the Zoning Board a couple of weeks ago and are designed by Harman Deutsch. When this project originally came before FNA last fall, it didn’t get support, but the shedding of a few of the units and a couple of design changes got the community behind the project.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/apartments-will-rise-on-columbia-ave-near-girard

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/fishtown/apartments-will-rise-on-columbia-ave-near-girard

It’s hard to miss the widespread development happening in just about everywhere you look in Fishtown. It is amazing to see the number of blocks where a new development is occurring or just recently finished up. According to OCF Realty some of the projects include, “the mixed-use project at Girard & Shackamaxon that brought apartments on the upper floors with Palm Tree Market on the ground-floor;  the French brasserie Girard that opened on the ground-floor of a mixed-use building at Marlborough; and across the street from that a former auto supply store has been fixed up and made much prettier.” That’s just to name a few.

The seventeen-unit project on Columbia Ave in conjunction with the Earl Street project will bring 31 new apartments and homes to the area. All we see is dollar signs when thinking about the influx of new customers coming to this commercial corridor.

 

 
Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Northern Liberties Is The Home of Modern Living

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

By: Jarek Cotto

You don’t have to walk far in Northern Liberties to stumble upon new projects being built. The Franklin Court Townhomes at 7th and Fairmount are but only one development in this hub of new constructions. These modern townhomes boast a spacious, open layout along with 2,475 sqft of living space and start at $450,000. They have 3 levels of space with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The kitchen is exquisite, and it even comes with the option to select cabinets and countertops ranging from Dark Sable or White Maple cabinetry to Granite or Quartz counter tops. The kitchen even has an island for additional counter space.

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

 

There are 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom located on the second floor along with a laundry closet. On the third lies the beautiful master suite which has ample closet space and large windows to allow natural light to flood the room.  If you think no expense was spared now, wait until you see the master bathroom. It features a stall shower and double sinks and beautiful fixtures that give it a most luxurious feel. Also located on the third floor is a wet bar complete with sink and cabinets and a roof deck perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining.

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

http://www.franklincourttownhomes.com

As if all that wasn’t enough, the homes offer unparalleled to public transportation, public highways and Center City. It is also close to multiple recreational parks within walking distance of the homes. There is even a variety of shopping and restaurant options close by. These homes are another welcome addition to the area. Hopefully, we don’t see a slowdown in development anytime soon.

 
Friday, January 30th, 2015

New Condos At Race Street Square.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

By: Jarek Cotto

A new four-story building has appeared on the 100 block of Race Street over the past few months. It has been dubbed Race Street Square, and it is a quadplex that is replacing a surface parking lot at 138 Race St.

A few of these four condo units are still on the market. The prices range from $369K for a 1 bed/1.5 bath unit to $439K for a 2 bed/3 bath unit. They’re in a great area too. Located just down the street is the wonderful Race Street Pier which is just past the Race Street Connector. That’s not all either. The surrounding blocks have all the things that Old City is known for like bars, restaurants, galleries, places to shop and much more. It’s even far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Market Street, so the block is pretty quiet. Outside of the traffic across the street at bridge and Patco of course.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/old-city/race-street-square-appears

Just around the corner at Front & Quarry is a six-condo project that has progressed nicely. Unlike the project on Race Street, these homes will have parking for each unit. While each of these units will have a view of the bridge like those on Race Street, they’ll also have a view of the surface parking lot in the foreground as well. We look forward to seeing the outcome of these projects.

 
Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New Homes Coming To Laurel Street.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

By: Jarek Cotto

New Market Street has seen the rise of quite a few projects recently that are currently being built. Three new homes at the corner of New Market & Laurel just joined the ranks and are currently under construction. The homes have progressed some outside, and it looks like they’ve gotten quite a bit of work done on the inside as well. Each unit will have 3 bedrooms/2.5 bathrooms, four floors, a finished basement, a green roof and parking. Christopher Somers is the listing agent for this property. If you want more information on these properties, you can click here to view the project website.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

Last month at a NLNA zoning meeting, the community voted to support plans for a new home at 117 W Laurel St. The project was designed by KJO Architecture, and it was recently approved by the ZBA a few weeks ago. In September 2013, the parcel was last acquired for $95K. It is zoned for industrial use, but it was designed to be a 3-story, single-family residential with a roof deck.

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

http://www.ocfrealty.com/naked-philly/northern-liberties/new-home-coming-in-northern-liberties-hidden-away

The area is only a couple of blocks away from Front & Poplar, the formerly bare block that was transformed into an entirely residential area in just two years. Since it’s kind of tough to access by car, this block of Laurel Street might seem farther away. Despite that, it’s close to a great outdoor space, Liberty Lands at 3rd & Poplar, and right next to the Piazza. The parcel may be zoned for industry, but like so many similar areas in the neighborhood, it’s going residential.