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Neighbors put restrictions on roof deck at new King of Jeans building

The revised plans for the King of Jeans building were approved by the EPX zoning committee recently, with a couple interesting conditions.

The latest proposal includes office space on the second floor
The proposal, which we first told you about in July, will now have nine apartments instead of 12 spread over three of the five floors. The first floor will be all retail and second floor will be all office space. Conditions include an indoor bike storage room, which developer Max Glass planned for all along, and “no parking permit” riders in the lease for three units. New lighting also will be installed along the dank alley, er, Iseminger Street, that curves behind the building.

The most interesting proviso, in our eyes anyway, is the restricted hours for the roof deck. Residents can’t use it after 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Friday and Saturdays. We’re not sure how much noise the two-story neighbors would be able to hear from atop a five story building, but hey, at least the damn thing got approved with unanimous support.

“Not only unanimous support but vocal support,” Glass told us. “It was great.” He didn’t bat an eyelash at the restricted hours. “I think the roof deck hours are fair. The cafes can’t have outdoor seating past the same hours.” (That doesn’t explain the Cantina, but that’s OK).

He’s still looking for tenants. Retail is about 2,700 square feet, about 3,000 for the office space, which has an “open floor plan. It has a light-well and courtyard in the middle.” So if you know any hip start-ups looking for light-filled office space, you can find contact info for Glass here.

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3 Responses to Neighbors put restrictions on roof deck at new King of Jeans building

  1. Anonymous November 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    awwwww… they’re tearing down the sign and putting up a hideous fa├žade?

  2. David G November 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    @Anonymous. The rendering is just a sample when they were expecting to be able to keep the original facade (which is shown). That’s not happening anymore; the whole facade is going to be re-done.

    As to Cantina’s hours: outdoor cafe seating is allowed by permit on Passyunk Avenue. The restrictions on outdoor seating Max is talking about is about is anything off the Avenue, which requires a city council ordinance and EPX has generally insisted on the same closing hours. (See, for example, Birra’s Morris-fronted tables versus its Passyunk tables).

  3. P'unk November 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for that helpful info, David. And Anonymous, there’s an ongoing effort right now to preserve the sign in another location. So, the misogynistic Duran Duran style will live on in some form.

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