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Demolition finally set to begin on old King of Jeans building

Fencing has sprouted up around the old King of Jeans building, which — if you can believe it — we told you nearly three years ago that it would be torn down to make way for a new apartment building on the site.

About time, right?

About time, right?

That means demolition is about to get underway 1843 E. Passyunk Ave., and a new 59-foot, five-story building will rise in its place, according the the plans approved back in February 2014 by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The plans called for 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.


Now it’s just a building, rather than the King of Jeans building.

As you probably know, the sign was taken down about two months ago and placed on display at Provenance Salvage in Northern Liberties.

Meanwhile, we’re not certain what is planned for the ground floor commercial space here, but we’re still pulling for a state wine and spirits store (no, that’s just a hope, not even a rumor).



13 Responses to Demolition finally set to begin on old King of Jeans building

  1. MsMorris April 8, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Or, like 12th & Morris, a big hole in the ground?

    • Albert Stumm April 8, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

      Actually, some heavy equipment just showed up at 12th and morris, so that’s getting going too

      • David G April 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

        Work was being done yesterday at the site. So definitely starting.

      • Joey DeVeetz April 8, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

        Good news. Be interested to know if they secured a tenant for that space yet…..Let us know what you hear! Also, any news on who may be looking at Man’s Image space?

        • Gerry April 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

          I heard a New York City style bagel shop wanted to move into the space. Any truth to that? I think that would be a solid addition to the avenue..

          • Albert Stumm April 9, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

            I should know about a tenant by next week. Stay tuned

          • derek April 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

            If they can actually make a decent bagel, that would be a solid addition to the city of Philadelphia, period.

            • Gerry April 11, 2015 at 9:29 am #

              Yea, I heard it was NYC style. Imported straight from Brooklyn daily because Philly lacks that vital PH level in the water that NYC has.

  2. ProvWitout April 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

    Development is long overdue. I’m glad to see it is finally getting started. Have the neighborhood residents approved of what it going to replace it? Anybody have any ideas as to what would work in the commercial space on the street level?

  3. Derek April 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    And in typical Philadelphia fashion, with no consideration giving for redirecting the considerable pedestrian traffic on Passyunk and 13th near the building. They’ll have it fenced off for weeks while nothing happens and people wander out into traffic.

    • Michelle C. April 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

      Weeks? You’re rather optimistic.

      • Derek April 9, 2015 at 10:53 am #

        You’re right, months. Then it will finally get demo’d but the project will fall through. But the fence will be there for us, always.

    • Ian April 9, 2015 at 9:53 am #

      The only good thing is the triangle island right there so people wont have to stray too far.
      Hopefully demo moves along smoothly.

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