Rendering of Max Glass proposal. Image from Passyunk Post.
Over the summer, another different developer stepped in. The new developer presented a plan to the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee a couple of months ago for a five-story building with 8 one-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and ground-floor commercial. We never saw renderings, but word was that the new building would resemble the final rendering from Glass, pictured above. They went to the ZBA last month, but the decision was held. Earlier this week, the ZBA came down with their decision- the application was denied.
Passing by the other day, we noticed a 'For Sale' sign on a large building on the 1800 block of S. 11th St. about a block and a half from Passyunk Avenue. Though the building looks to have gotten some work done in recent years, it seemed like a potentially interesting development opportunity.
The Victorian Room is an event space and also home to the South Philly Vikings fancy brigade. According to their website, they have a hall with space for 120 as well as a full bar. Looking at the listing for the property, we quickly realized that the sign on the building doesn't apply to the banquet hall but instead applies to the two buildings to the north. 1811-13 S. 11th St. is currently listed for just under $450K and includes, according to the listing, a small commercial space, a second floor apartment, and a large amount of empty space that could ostensibly be converted into apartments. Though the space seems narrow at its entrance, it widens considerably as you move further back. Still, at such a high price, we're not sure this is the opportunity we were hoping for.
If you've lived in Philly for a minute, you've come to realize the wealth of dive bars that we possess in this fine town of ours. South Philly has a good but shrinking selection, with luminaries such as Ray's and Bonnie's Capistrano Bar heading a group of dimly lit, often smoky watering holes where you can probably get good and toasty for less than fifteen bucks. But we don't know that we've yet encountered a divier locale than the Dolphin Tavern, located at Broad & Tasker.
Unfortunately, this landmark, which featured ladies in pasties as well as billiards, closed its doors back in August. Last month, Passyunk Post reported that Avram Hornik, of Lucy's, Drinker's, Noche, etc. had entered into an agreement to take over the Dolphin, and was planning to reopen the bar on December 1st. Nearly three weeks later, the bar remains shuttered as far as we know.
Everybody loves a good limoncello. And in an age where farmer's markets are all the rage, microbrews are commonplace, and artisanal goat meat is something that people actually buy, why not locally distilled limoncello? And after a successful presentation to the East Passyunk Crossing Zoning Committee last week, it seems that's exactly what will soon be making an appearance on Passyunk Avenue.
Presuming everything goes ok with the application to the LCB, and at the ZBA (which will be much easier with the support of the neighborhood), Pollyodd Limoncello will soon be opening a retail location at
Perhaps you've never heard of Act 135, passed in PA in 2009, which provides communities with one more tool to fight blight in their neighborhoods. In short, this act allows residents, businesses, or non-profits to take conservatorship over a blighted property, fix it up, and sell it off. One non-profit that's been fairly active in leveraging this Act to improve neighborhoods is Scioli Turco.
One of their first success stories is the conversion of the old Scioli Turco VFW post near 8th & Catharine. Looking at the transformation here, you can tell that these guys do good work.