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New, bigger plan for King of Jeans building to be proposed

CORRECTION: The reason for the last project’s adjustments has been updated. See comments below.

A new proposal to convert the King of Jeans building, 1843 E. Passyunk Ave., into apartments will be presented next week to the East Passyunk Crossing civic’s zoning committee.

And it’s a bigger proposal than the old one.

King of Jeans, in the olden days last fall

King of Jeans, in the olden days last fall

The proposal involves a new developer who wants to keep a commercial space on the first floor and put an astounding 16 apartments on floors two through five.

The original developer for the building, whose plan died sometime this spring, planned for nine apartments, down from his original 12. His modified proposal, though, would have included a floor of office space but the developer ultimately determined that it was not financially feasible. The reduction in the number of units had been agreed upon with the EPX civic after some neighbors were concerned that 12 apartments would be too many. We’ll have to see what the neighborhood thinks of 16 units, eight 1-bedrooms and eight 2-bedrooms.

The last proposal, which would have gone to the maximum 55 feet height limit

The last proposal, which would have gone to the maximum 55 feet height limit

The identity of the developer and more specifics of the plans won’t be known until the meeting Wednesday Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the second floor library at Neumann-Goretti (enter on 11th Street at Moore).

And we’ll have to see what the new developer wants to do with the King of Jeans sign. Hopefully, all our effort soliciting your ideas last year on what to do with it won’t be wasted. We can still imagine someone opening a bar called King of Jeans and using that sign. Any takers?

 

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6 Responses to New, bigger plan for King of Jeans building to be proposed

  1. Ian September 18, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    No way the neighborhood goes for 16 apts with those houses being built right behind this building too. I hope its as nice as the original rendering. That corner could use some love.

  2. Pennsporter September 18, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I still have no idea what they were thinking when they created that sign. It certainly is something else…

  3. David Goldfarb September 18, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    ” His modified proposal, though, would have included a floor of office space. The reduction in the number of units had been agreed upon with the EPX civic after some neighbors were concerned that 12 apartments would be too many.”

    That’s not accurate. The original proposal, at a community input stage with no formal vote, was for 12 one-bedroom units with no office space. After that was deemed not feasible, he presented at an official meeting a plan for 9 two-bedrooms units with a second floor office space, which he received ZBA approval for. He had intended to come back to East Passyunk Crossing Civic’s Zoning Meeting with a modified proposal for 12 two-bedroom units with no office space after the market for office space didn’t materialize, but he never attended the meeting and decided that project was not viable.

    Not to say that the neighbors would not have objected to 12 two-bedroom units, but they never had an opportunity to. Also probably worth noting that this proposal is 8 two-bedroom units and 8 one-bedroom units, which would have been the same number of bedrooms as the (never officially proposed) plan of 12 two-bedroom units.

    • David Goldfarb September 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Sorry. Should read “deemed not feasible financially.” The switch to 9 two-bedrooms was based on financial considerations, not objections from the neighborhood.

      • Albert Stumm September 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

        Thanks for clarifying, David.

  4. jr September 19, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    UGH!

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