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King of Jeans plans OK’d by ZBA; 59-foot building to rise in its place

Developer Andy Kaplan has been approved to complete the apartment/office building on the site of the current King of Jeans building.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted the approval today during a rare reconsideration hearing after denying another version of the application at a previous appeal hearing in November.

king of jeans King of Jeans plans OKd by ZBA; 59 foot building to rise in its place

Still no word on what will happen with this thing

The decision clears the way for Kaplan to demolish the current structure and build a 59-foot, five-story building with about 3,000 square feet of retail on the first floor, office space on the second floor and 12 apartments on the remaining three floors.

He still has to get a separate demolition permit. We’ve left a message at Kaplan’s office and sent him an email to see about getting more information, including what he plans to do with the sign. For some guidance, maybe he can check out all the suggestions our dear readers offered way back in December 2012.

Meanwhile, now the speculation can start on what’s going to move in to that big, shiny new retail space. We’re pulling for a liquor store (no, that has not been officially proposed, just wishful thinking).

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23 Responses to King of Jeans plans OK’d by ZBA; 59-foot building to rise in its place

  1. Pennsporter February 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Is the King of Jeans the “King in Yellow” from True Detective? That crown may be a major clue…

  2. Tim February 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Liquor store right near the bottle shop?

    • Albert Stumm February 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

      Absolutely. Since they can’t sell the same thing being so close makes it almost like stopping at one store

  3. Jdawg February 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    Speaking of liquor stores, could you look into why the state store on 11th across from the police station never uses any exterior lighting? And whether it will ever be updated or renovated?
    It is a liquor store so it’s extra dumbfounding as to why it has to be pitch black there after dark. Literally nothing lighting the facade or parking lot. Good thing it’s across the street from the police.

    • Albert Stumm February 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

      I checked about six months ago and they said they had no plans to renovate it at the time. As far as the lights go, don’t know what to tell you there. It is a very gloomy store.

  4. AnthonyG February 27, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    @Jdawg: call Sen. Farnese and Rep. Keller and tell them to stop blocking the privatization of the PLCB!

  5. Tracy February 27, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    One BIG question since the local home homeowners were not notified of the zoning meeting.

    What is their plan for parking with these new 12 units; which is required. There isn’t enough parking as it is now.

    • David Goldfarb February 27, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Tracy: it was a reconsideration of the previous zoning decision, not a new zoning meeting. Per ZBA rules, no new public testimony is allowed on a reconsideration, so no further public notice was necessary.

      There was public notice for the original zoning meeting (which originally contained more apartments). There was also a local RCO meeting hosted by East Passyunk Crossing on September 25th, which was also publicly announced via our email list, Facebook page, and website, and flyers were distributed by EPX according to RCO regulations to near-neighbors. The neighbors in attendance voted in favor of the project.

      We fully understand that parking is a contentious issue, but there is no legal requirement for parking in the CMX-2.5 zoning district. The ZBA had previously supported a variance for nine apartments. The developer has signed an agreement that three of the apartments will be required to have riders on the first page of the lease that forbids tenants from applying for a parking permit, in an attempt to ensure that less cars are brought into the neighborhood.

      Regards,
      David Goldfarb
      Zoning Chair
      East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association

    • AnthonyG February 27, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Hi Tracy! I too am a local homeowner. Guess what? There is TONS of parking in Cherry Hill!!!

      WTF don’t people understand, E. Passyunk Ave have ALWAYS been a busy retail district. Only since about the early 80′s did it get desolate. That fact that it is reviving is a GOOD think, unless you like what happened to Point Breeze Ave.

      Those are your choices.

    • SC February 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Local homeowner here. I see flyers posted for monthly zoning meetings, and I get emails from EPX and Passyunk Square civic associations about zoning meetings. Also, clearly posted on their various websites. Plenty of notification.

      Also, stop it with the parking. You people are beating a dead horse.

    • Jake February 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      While established residents of the neighborhood may value parking, much of the newer residents moving into the area are not concerned about parking. They are moving here because it is dense, urban, and walkable. There are multiple bus lines in the neighborhood and a subway line a few blocks away on Broad Street. I anticipate that the new residents in this building won’t have cars and therefore won’t have an impact on car parking. Bike parking, on the other hand, is probably what they will want more of.

      • AnthonyG February 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

        @Jake, those morons don’t take SEPTA. They’ll drive from 12th & Dickonson to CVS, rather than walk a block.

        -Your non-imbecile Long Term Resident, AG.

        • Albert Stumm February 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

          Easy with the moron/imbecile talk. Lets keep this civil.

      • David March 4, 2014 at 7:30 am #

        For what it’s worth, many of the people bringing up the old “What about parking?” Issue at PSCA zoning meetings have been relative newcomers to the area.

  6. Ian February 27, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Wasn’t there something in the old proposal about how at least 2 of the apts have to sign non parking agreements or something?

    Don’t assume everyone moving in will have a car. We’ve seen thats not the case with the project on 12th Street.

  7. SC February 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    I live pretty much across the street from King of Jeans. Can’t wait for that building to finally be developed. Put as many apartments in there as you want. Just get the sketchy looking dudes that hang out in front from time to time out of there. And put in a retail store that’s helpful. I love the liquor store idea.

    • jr February 28, 2014 at 6:27 am #

      pretty sure the sketchy guys all work in the call center that’s next to wake up yoga. they just put a djcre “for rent” sign in the window–it might be closing?

      • David G February 28, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

        Are you sure that signs not for Chayya?

        • jr March 4, 2014 at 5:50 am #

          it’s nowhere near chayya, so i don’t think so. it’s in the front window of the storefront between wake up yoga and the king of jeans, which is the call center.

          • David G March 4, 2014 at 11:10 am #

            Whoops. Brain fart. You’re right.

  8. ST February 28, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    What are they doing with the sign?

    • Albert Stumm February 28, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

      Still working on finding that out. I don’t think it will just end up in the trash, though

  9. Charles Massucci March 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    I would like to add having lived across from king of jeans that it’s loss is a plus for east passyunk, it never had anything worth buying just cheap knockoff clothing in huge triple xxx sizes. As for the sign it should be burned for firewood it’s just tasteless. Glad to see the dump finally coming down. Ohh and parking, it’s always been an issue in south Philly.

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