And what will happen to that iconic sign?! Donate the sign to a museum, build a bar under this name…ideas are still being brought to the table. East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee has reviewed the proposal for a 59 foot, 5 story apartment complex to take the place of King of Jeans. This project will consist of 16 apartments; 8 one bedroom units and 8 two bedroom units.
The plan is to keep the ground level open for retail space while floors two through five would be apartments. Furnished with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and hard wood floors, Kaplan (the commercial real estate developer for this project) feels this project would transform the neighborhood. Kaplan as also worked on other large scale developments including the shopping center with IKea in South Philadelphia as well as the shopping center with Lowes at 52nd and Jefferson.
With parking already scarce in this are, residents would not be allowed to obtain parking permits. Maybe these apartments should be targeted to the bicycle community?! We should hope to see some initial changes in about six months to a year. This plan was favored by five and denied by three at the EPX zoning meeting. Maybe the ZBA will see eye to eye with Kaplan and how this project could transform this area of East Passyunk. We’ll be interested to see where the King of Jeans sign will end up.