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3101 Glenwood Avenue being renovated into apartments.

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Great news! I always notice this building when taking the train to New York, it will be nice to see it redeveloped and in use. It seems like a bit of a risk being right next to the train tracks (which I imagine are noisy) and on the far edge of a still up and coming neighborhood, but on the plus side, it's only a couple of blocks from Fairmont Park and the other large industrial conversion on 31st street. I really love it when developers are able to preserve these old industrial buildings and hope this one works out.
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Old Posted Apr 26, 2013, 10:55 PM
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conversions in Brewerytown

One of the old factories, north on Glenwood, was just bought by a developer to be converted to apartments. That's the building at Columbia and Glenwood that was to be converted years ago to artist's lofts, known as Eastern Lofts. You can see it on one of the pictures, looking north on Glenwood Avenue.
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Old Posted Apr 30, 2013, 10:32 PM
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The Granary Looking good:


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Question: Whats the deal with the 100ft limit to buildings along the Deleware. Why was in propsed that way? It seems most other cities with waterfronts build nice size buildings along the river to take advantage of views. Chicago, New York esp. Why is Philly different?
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Question: Whats the deal with the 100ft limit to buildings along the Deleware. Why was in propsed that way? It seems most other cities with waterfronts build nice size buildings along the river to take advantage of views. Chicago, New York esp. Why is Philly different?
I think the idea was to enforce density of development and quickly eat up some of the open lots. The height limit forces buildings to have a larger foot print in order to have the same square footage as a taller building would. This (in theory) means more area will be taken up with development. I get what they're going for. It's sort of like how Washington D.C.'s height limits make it so that there are fewer surface lots and empty lots than you would expect since developers have to spread out horizontally.

In practice nothing major has broken ground in the past few years on the Delaware water front anyway, so who knows. There are a few proposals that came up after the restriction was put in place but there hasn't been any news on those in months.
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Delaware River Waterfront

Also on the topic of the waterfront: There is a lot of talk about how Philly needs to connect the DE river waterfront to CC with the proposals for I-95 cappings and what not. I've come to the opinion that this money would be much better spent on providing a reason to go to the waterfront rather than capping I-95. Specifically, while the Schuykill Trail has become a great attraction the DE River Trail has gone nowhere. Also I think a scenic and useful trail would spur development in the area much as we're seeing with the Schuykill side (CHOP's plans, The Grove, even 2116 Chestnut and 2040 Market list it as a neighborhood amenity) or in NYC with the high line.

That said, I understand the DE river side has more issues than the Schuykill did, but certainly it could be done well for less money than capping 2 blocks of I-95. Thoughts?
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Old Posted May 9, 2013, 7:52 PM
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Also on the topic of the waterfront: There is a lot of talk about how Philly needs to connect the DE river waterfront to CC with the proposals for I-95 cappings and what not. I've come to the opinion that this money would be much better spent on providing a reason to go to the waterfront rather than capping I-95. Specifically, while the Schuykill Trail has become a great attraction the DE River Trail has gone nowhere. Also I think a scenic and useful trail would spur development in the area much as we're seeing with the Schuykill side (CHOP's plans, The Grove, even 2116 Chestnut and 2040 Market list it as a neighborhood amenity) or in NYC with the high line.

That said, I understand the DE river side has more issues than the Schuykill did, but certainly it could be done well for less money than capping 2 blocks of I-95. Thoughts?
I don't think there is one perfect plan, but there has been a tremendou amount of proposals in the past for condo/apartment towers with scenic views.

If these proposals can gurantee green space on the land and public access to the water than there should be room for their plans. Going in the developer should know that there will be a public trail along the waterfront.

I used to love looking at Phillyskyline.com about all the waterfront proposals. Philly was looking like it was finally going to take advantage of the deleware then the bubble burst. Even now through the recoverly there does not seem to be as much interest.

If Wynn's plan gets approved I can see some renewed interest in the waterfront.
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The Franklin Institute expansion has been topped off

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Universal's Charter School (across the street from South Star Lofts) could not be uglier.
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Universal's Charter School (across the street from South Star Lofts) could not be uglier.
In its original glory it was very attractive. The problem was putting ugly beige stucco walls with tiny white vinyl windows where the original windows were.
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Old Posted May 23, 2013, 9:22 PM
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Lancaster Square residence hall is approved by Zoning Board

The Zoning Board has just approved Drexel's 24-storey Lancaster Square residence hall, at 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue.

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