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The Sounds of Opera and Broadway in South Philadelphia

If you are looking for something to do this weekend and you love to support local artists and businesses then consider purchasing a ticket to the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Fund Concert. Put on by the Board of Directors of East Passyunk Crossing, this will make the 21st year of production. So join your neighbors in South Philadelphia on Sunday October 20th at 4pm at SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School.

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Tickets are available now and are just $15 for an adult/ $12 for a Senior Citizen. Your soul will enjoy the sounds of Light Opera, Broadway, Patriotic and Neapolitan songs. This years concert will feature the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and Orchestra. All proceeds help benefit musical scholarships for local artists. East Passyunk Crossing receives a small portion of each ticket sold. So join in to help support two worthy causes as you enjoy music from local performers.

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Sixteen Apartments to Replace King of Jeans

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.

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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.

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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.

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Split-Levels Replacing Pain Center

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How it will look like. Courtesy the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog.

The Philadelphia Real Estate Blog got us a first look last week at the new split-levels replacing the Pain Center at 12th and Lombard, a rather dated 1970s-era structure.

How it looks today. Courtesy Philaphilia.

Designed by ubiquitous local architects Harman Deutsch, these structures will come with a 2-car rear garage with decks on top, as well as the firm’s idiosyncratic design. We’ll have more details as and we learn about them!

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Growlers Coming to Bella Vista

The chefs behind Time and Vintage Wine, and the non-Starr part of Dandelion and El Vez, are bringing a new restaurant to the old Vesuvio at 8th and Fitzwater in Bella Vistareports Foobooz. Growlers is its name, and it puts us in a gastropub mood.

The former Vesuvio. Courtesy Foobooz.

Jerry Donahue, recent champ of Yards Brewing’s Smoke ‘Em If Yous Got ‘Em beer-and-BBQ festival, will be the kitchen mastermind behind this new idea.

As opening date moves closer, expect us to have more information!

Mmm beer-flavored barbeque…

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New Development in Hawthorne

Could we soon see activity at 714 South 11th Street in Hawthorne? Naked Philly sure seems to think so.

The site. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Appealingly close to both Bella Vista and the Italian Market, this rowhome has sat vacant for a while. Recently sited by L&I’s Doors and Windows violation, it has a new owner with a Plan: Flatten it, and put new homes here and on Jessup. Both would have roof decks and garages.

Our advice for this new development in Hawthorne: Keep the nice façade, kill the 11th street garage. We’ve seen it done elsewhere.

We’ll keep you posted on new developments!

…Oh, and 11th Street, you need more trees.

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Fante-Leon Pool Replaced by Triplex

The old swimming pool. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Gone is the old Fante-Leon Pool, once one of Bella Vista‘s premier recreation sites, and its beautiful 1920s brickwork. In its place rises, reports Naked Philly, what (according to L&I) will be a triplex.

New…and green! (Literally.) Courtesy Naked Philly.

Shame about the façade, but may we recommend its location? Just off the Italian Market, the single most awesome business district in a city stuffed with awesome business districts, chock full of fresh, delicious, local produce, meats, and cheeses. And we couldn’t forget about all that excellent Vietnamese food down on Washington! Mmmm food heaven…

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The Problem With Triangle Park

Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.

Oh, and it’s privately owned.

That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…

The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly

But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.

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