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Ori Feibush buys historic chocolate factory for homes, retail
Feibush recently acquired the building
South Philly residents may soon have to say goodbye to the historic, 150-year-old Frankford Chocolate Factory, which was recently acquired by Philly developer Ori Feibush, to be converted into homes, retail and open space.
Feibush, president and founder of OCF Realty, bought the building at 2101 Washington Avenue last week, finalizing a $15.5 million sale.
He said he hopes to demolish much of the building to make way for 44 townhouses, 20,000 square feet of retail and 20,000 square feet of public space. The townhouses will likely be three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath homes, totaling about 2,500 square feet each, Feibush said. Each home would come with a parking space.
But the site is still zoned industrial, and Feibush said the developers have a while to go before they can secure zoning approval for residential and commercial use.
In the meantime he’s meeting with residents and neighbors in the area and seeking input about their plans to demolish and develop much of the building, which has been at the corner of 22nd and Washington since it was first built in 1865.
“The entire building is in deplorable condition,” Feibush said, adding that it would be difficult to salvage the whole structure, but that they’re trying to save as much as they can. That includes the smokestack and a 10,000 square-foot-section of the building on the corner of 22nd and Washington.
He said the development may be a step toward revitalizing the area and that it will bring some much-needed amenities to the neighborhood. Those include underground parking, public space and a supermarket.
“I have long believed this single parcel is the most important to be developed,” Feibush said.
But Feibush said he knows the importance that comes with developing the building—especially one that was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We’re aware of the burden on us now. We’re aware of the importance,” he said.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018
Sleek Old City home on the pier asks $600K
It’s a two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath
A sleek home with plenty of windows that looks out over the Ben Franklin bridge and the Delaware River just listed for $599,900.
The 7 North Columbus Boulevard home, which has two bedrooms and two and a half baths, sits in the Pier Five condominium complex—right on the water.
The first floor has a sunken living room with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the iconic bridge. The dining room and kitchen sit adjacent as well as a unique, greenhouse-style lounge with wall-to-wall (and ceiling) windows.
Travel up the stairs to the second floor, which has two bedrooms and two baths, both of which feature quartzite countertops. A second bedroom—which can be converted into a library or den—has circular windows, reminiscent of the portholes on a ship.
In addition to the nearly $600,000 asking price, the home has HOA fees of $864 a month.
- 7 N Columbus Boulevard, #143 [Sarah Wieman, Allan Domb Real Estate]
Tue, 24 Apr 2018
Bill to adopt 2018 commercial building codes moves forward
Supporters tout the codes’ environmental benefit
For a long time, Philly’s commercial building codes have sat at the—arguably outdated—2009 standards. But that might change soon, as officials look at adopting new codes that could not only save money, but be environmentally sound as well.
The decision comes as state officials review 2015 building codes for adoption across Pennsylvania. During that review process, the Pennsylvania State Legislature gave Philly a special opportunity to jump ahead even further and adopt new 2018 commercial building codes. The committee of Licenses and Inspections took the opportunity last week and recommended a bill to adopt the codes.
If the bill passes City Council it could be an environmental boon to the city because it would force new constructions to enact energy-saving measures, according to Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager at Green Building United.
Green Building United has already drafted and submitted a letter with 70 signatures to the committee of Licenses and Inspections, supporting the bill to adopt the codes, which are not yet drafted.
“It will have an impact on indoor air quality, an impact on so many things about the buildings that we live in, that we work in, that we visit,” she said.
The bill would only apply to new constructions and major renovations, and wouldn’t apply retroactively to existing structures. Additionally, it would affect multi-family homes and other commercial buildings.
The reason for environmentalists’ support of the bill is simple, Bartolotta said.
“Each code cycle is more energy efficient than the last,” she said, adding that the energy burden in Philadelphia is a already high. “Buildings in Philadelphia are primary users of energy and primary contributors to carbon emissions.”
On top of their environmental impact, codes that conserve energy would save building occupants and renters money on their bills, Barolotta said.
“If we’re using less energy at the start, we’re saving people money.”
The bill is going in front of City Council this week and, if it passes, it has to be done before the state is finished reviewing and implementing the 2015 codes in the fall. If the bill doesn’t pass, Philly will have to adopt the 2015 codes with the rest of the state.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018
When it comes to air pollution, Philly gets an ‘F’
The grade is from a new Lung Association report
When it comes to a question of air pollution, Philly ranks high and rates low.
The city’s larger metropolitan area—meaning northern Delaware and parts of New Jersey, as well as Philly—received an F rating in a 2018 State of the Air report published by the American Lung Association, which examined ground-level ozone across the country according to PhillyMag.
For the report, the ALA surveyed 227 cities. Philly was one of those with a higher average of unhealthy days in 2014-2016 than other cities, according to the ALA. Philly ranked 12th for particle pollution year-round and 24th for days with high ozone pollution, the ALA said.
Ground-level ozone—also known as smog—is created by toxins from cars, power plants, refineries and other sources, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. It can affect the health of everyday citizens, but primarily people who have asthma, the elderly, children and outdoor workers.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018
25 secret gardens, parks, and green spaces in Philly
The weather is finally warming up a little—well, at least the sun is out—and it’s the perfect time to check out Philly’s wealth of parks and green spaces.
Sure, you likely know the four main public squares in the City of Brotherly Love: Logan, Washington, Rittenhouse, and Franklin squares. But the city is made up of lesser-known parks and gardens that offer some respite when you're looking for a calmer setting.
So welcome to Curbed's map of secret gardens, parks, and green spaces throughout Philadelphia, organized north to south. For the purposes of our map, the word "secret" applies to everything from tiny neighborhood gardens you never noticed before to a few larger parks that are simply under-appreciated. We know there are so many more places than what we have here, so feel free to reveal your own favorite hidden gems in the comments.
Fri, 20 Apr 2018