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Demolition beginning on King of Jeans building

The King of Jeans sign was removed in February and fencing popped up around the location about a month ago, so it was only a matter of time until the demolition began on the former King of Jeans building at 1843 E. Passyunk Ave.


Photo from the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s Facebook page

The demolition began on Monday for the construction of a 59-foot, five-story building in its place.

The new building will have about 3,000 square feet of retail space, office space on the second floor of the building and 12 apartment units on the top three floors. We’re still waiting to hear what will be coming to that first floor retail spot. 


Photo from the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s Facebook page

Believe it or not, we’ve been following the plans for the development of this building for about three years now 

In addition to the activity on the King of Jeans site, don’t forget the improvements being made on the triangle across from the building that will soon be built into community space 

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3 Responses to Demolition beginning on King of Jeans building

  1. Michelle C. May 5, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Interesting seeing an old formstone veneer behind the brick veneer. I never realized there was an older building under there (or multiple older buildings looking at the aerial imagery.)

    • David G May 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      If memory serves me right, it’s actually four bulidings combined. Some with different elevations. Which is one of the reasons why the original plan (two developers prior) to re-use the building fell through.

    • Lee May 5, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

      yeah, I think it was 4 buildings? They walls were cut and structurally reinforced to allow openings between the buildings. Of course there were level changes which is one of the many reasons it wasn’t really viable for re-use.

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