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Link Love: Dickinson Square building boom; G-ho ‘high-rise looks familiar; Melrose lifer

  • As part of its Greasy Spoons Week, Eater checked in at the Melrose Diner and spoke with Karen Donahue, a waitress who has worked in Philly diners for nearly 50 years. Holy crap, that’s a lot of scrapple. One interesting note – she says the most popular dishes are the Italian specialties like chicken parm. Really? With all the Italian around here, it’s amazing that anyone would go to a diner for chicken parm.
Karen Donahue, pic by Colin Flatt of Eater

Karen Donahue, pic by Collin Flatt of Eater

  • Naked Philly says there has been a whole lot of single-family home building just west of Dickinson Square Park around 5th and Dickinson.  And from the looks of it, developers are making a killing with in-fill housing. Lots there are still relatively inexpensive and buyers have been snapping up the homes because of the proximity to the park.
  • A new five-story apartment building with retail on the first floor has been proposed for 2300 South St. at the intersection of Gray’s Ferry and 23rd, says Hidden City.
Image via Hidden City by Plumbob LLC & 2300 South Street Association LP

Image via Hidden City by Plumbob LLC & 2300 South Street Association LP

That obtuse angle caused by the Gray’s Ferry Triangle reminds us of another proposal – the proposed replacement for the King of Jeans building on East Passyunk:

So far as we know, this project is still a go.

So far as we know, the KOJ project is still on track, and we’ve heard that developer Max Glass has been showing potential tenants the raw retail space. Glass, however, was supposed to come back to the EPX zoning committee to show revised plans and that meeting hasn’t been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile, the building – and the sign – has remained. We’ll keep you posted.


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