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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Pennsport :  Stadium District 

Quick Hits: Another new Navy Yard building; Newbold happy hour; 2nd & Washington

  • Groundbreaking is tomorrow for a new 75,000 square foot building at the Navy Yard that will house the U.S. headquarters of companies from Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as additional offices for another company that’s grown past its current space there, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal.
  • The Newbold CDC is holding a happy hour for the new Newbold Business Council on May 1 on the fourth-floor deck of AJ Appliance at 15th and West Passyunk. West of Broad business owners should RSVP for the 5;30 to 8 p.m. happy hour, which includes free drinks and snacks, to president@newboldcdc.org.
  • Naked Philly says all the holes at 2nd and Washington have been filled with houses – almost.
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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Queen Village 

Pier 53 Update: Permits granted for construction of boardwalk

Whether you call it Pier 53 or Washington Avenue Green, the new pier park located at Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue is a step closer to reality. Permits were recently granted that allow for 1) the “installation of erosion and sedimentation controls” and 2) the construction of the large “boardwalk” component that runs parallel to the park.

Pier 53 will look to focus on the ecology of the site as well as celebrating the pier’s past as an immigration station. The construction of the boardwalk will offer visitors a dynamic view of the Delaware River. Artist Jody Pinto, who crafted the Finger Span in the Wissahickon, will also be designing an illuminated column entitled “Land Buoy” as public art at the tip of the pier.

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The boardwalk is a go (via PlanPhilly)

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West 

Dickinson Square West: Neighbors’ efforts to improve community pay off

A version of this post was published in partnership with PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

By Nina Lispi and Eddie Durkin


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It’s a crisp spring day on Fifth Street in Dickinson Square West. On every block, neighbors are sweeping, picking up trash, or toting home brand new blue recycling bins. But Philadelphia’s Spring Cleanup Day, April 5, was just one of the many ways neighbors have worked to improve Dickinson Square in recent years.

Ted Savage, president of the Dickinson Square West Civic Association, which covers 4th to 6th streets, Washington to Mifflin, said the neighborhood has really turned around in the past decade.

“From what I understand, the drug problem here was unbelievable. As recently as 10 or 11 years ago, neighbors didn’t walk on Fifth Street during the day,” Savage said. “By the time I moved here in 2008, things were already improving. When I moved into my house, there were vacant lots across the street. By 2009 there were three new homes there.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Work begins on Palladino restaurant coming to former Colombo’s

And, we’re off. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation tweeted this picture yesterday:

PARC has begun work on the new home of Palladino, the upscale steakhouse moving into the fire-damaged former home of Colombo’s  at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Another huge development proposed for Point Breeze

A development of 22 homes could be coming to 20th and Wharton streets on the site of a vacant warehouse. The would-be development sits across little Woodstock Street from another proposal that would bring 48 additional homes within steps of Point Breeze Avenue, which we reported about in October.

Naked Philly reports that both plots of land are under contract by OCF Holdings, owned by developer Ori Feibush, but that each project is being completed by a different developer. JKR partners has designed the homes for both projects:

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Rendering of 20th and Wharton project via Naked Philly

Each home would be 1,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, a roof deck and a finished basement. Says Naked Philly:

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Four restaurants robbed along East Passyunk Ave.

Four restaurants on the 1900 block of East Passyunk were hit in smash and grab robberies early yesterday, in which some punk broke through the windows and grabbed the cash registers.

Fuel, Le Virtu and Adobe Cafe were hit around 1:30 a.m., according to NBC10, which reported that surveillance video showed a man lurking around outside Fuel at that time. He then ran inside and grabbed the register. Johnny Chang’s Chinese restaurant on Broad Street was also robbed, and the robber tried but failed to get into Green Olives Cafe.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Cafe Ynez opens at 2025 Washington Ave. Check out the menu

Cafe Ynez, a new Mexican cafe, opened at 2025 Washington Ave. last week with a variety of Mexican dishes and coffee drinks that are scarce along the avenue.

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The restaurant takes over the space that was Cafe L’Aube in the NextFab Studios maker space. Owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone also own Jet Wine Bar and Rex 1516 on South Street West.

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Cafe Ynez opened last week and sells a variety of coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

SoPhilly Spotlight: G-Ho Bling edition

EDITOR’S NOTE: Hi, folks. We’re taking a couple days off for an Easter break, so we won’t be posting anything else till Tuesday. See you then, and thanks for reading.
– Albert Stumm


Get ready to dream. This week’s SoPhilly Spotlight is on the market for $1.1 million.

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Located at 804 S. 19th St., just off Catharine, this monster of a new-construction house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Of course, there’s the requisite roof deck, but also a media room in the basement with 11-foot ceilings. Hardly qualifies as a “basement,” huh?

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Homes proposed to ring Mt. Sinai get a new look

Back in January, we brought you the update to the redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Sinai Hospital located at 4th and Reed Streets. After meeting with the neighborhood and taking their parking and design concerns in to consideration, Barton Partners and developer Gagan Lakhmna added a parking garage and decided to lower the town home component from four-stories to three to better fit with the surrounding built environment.

According to Philly.com, the town homes are also getting a redesign and construction on the town homes could “begin in the next few weeks.” Lahkmna is still looking to obtain historic tax credits to begin work on the main hospital building, which is proposed to house upwards of 200 apartments.

Here is the new rendering (note that the corner property is not a part of the new Mount Sinai plans):

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The redesigned town homes as seen from 5th and Dickinson Sts. (via Philly.com)

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

First Pics: Volta Market opens with natural soaps and home products at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave

Another corner of Passyunk and Dickinson has been revived with the opening of Volta Market, which offers handmade soaps, natural household cleaning products and organic packaged goods like chocolate, mustards and snacks.

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Owner Lisa Volta opened her namesake shop last week — at 1439 E. Passyunk Ave., across from the POPE and B2 – about four years after launching her homemade soap line, Volta Organics. If the brand sounds familiar, she had already been selling at Nice Things Handmade and other shops around town, as well as online.

Volta makes a wide range of bath and body products, such as an all-in-one Ginger Grapefruit hair, face and body bar, customized mixes of bath salts, teatree lemongrass deodorant, a Dead Sea facial mask and many more. For men, Volta also has been selling A Man Kit (For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow), which includes aftershave, mustache wax and beard softener.

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