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Author Archive | Austin Case

What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Opportunity piles up on Snyder Ave. as Superior Plumbing Supply plans to close

The Superior Plumbing Supply shop at 1218 Snyder Ave. will be closing at the end of September, according to the shop owner, who dished all about it when we went in recently to purchase a sidewalk grate. The phone number is already disconnected.

Google streetview screen grab

Google streetview screen grab

If you’ve never seen the store, it occupies one of the largest commercial spaces on Snyder Avenue, with toilets, sinks, and miscellaneous plumbing materials lining the window display. Above the shop are three floors of apartments.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Rumor Mill: Coffee shop coming to 13th and Snyder?

Not so fast.

Remember the abandoned “South Philadelphia Shipping Center” building on the corner of 13th and Snyder Avenue?

The view last week. Say hi, sir

The view last week. Say hi, sir

Well, it’s being renovated. After we posted about an architect’s office coming to Snyder and Juniper, we kept hearing rumors that a coffee shop was going to the 13th Street corner. But unfortunately, the “For Rent” signs in the window indicate it is still available, which the owner of the building confirmed.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Medical facility on 13th Street approved for offices?

UPDATE: This post has been updated, again, from an earlier version.

If you have walked down 13th Street, just south of McKean, in the past few months, you may have noticed the zoning sign posted on the old 13th Street Medical Centre at 2022 S 13th Street. The building is currently empty and collecting litter.

We spoke to the church located next door at 2026 S. 13th Street, IFGF Church, who stated the building previously belonged to their organization. However, they were unable to get a permit for construction, so they decided to sell it in 2010.

City records say the St. George Orthodox church bought it in December 2010 for $200,000. They applied for a zoning variance to change the use to “administrative office for a religious organization to include meeting rooms, after-school programs, tutoring, social services and bible study.”

They were granted the permit in December by the ZBA over the objections of the EPX Civic. One possible twist is that Zillow says the building has been approved for short sale, though we couldn’t immediately confirm that. The building is approximately 4,800 square feet and there’s no sale price listed.

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East Passyunk Social Media Roll Call

As you all may know, East Passyunk is quickly becoming the leading destination in the Philadelphia area for its food, shopping and affordable housing. We thought it would be helpful for our readers to have a roll call of all the twitter feeds to follow in order to stay informed on neighborhood happenings.

Note, this list is not necessarily comprehensive, but we would be happy to add more. Email us at albert@passyunkpost.com with your social media links, or post them in the comments.

Check them all out after the jump.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Occasionette, new gift shop, planned for Passyunk

UPDATE: To clarify, Girls Can Tell’s current location will be closing, but it will move into the back of the new location, and Occasionette will occupy the front of the new shop. “It’s a giant space,” Selepouchin says.

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The ever growing East Passyunk can expect a new gift shop to open doors in the spring. Owner of the existing Girls Can Tell homewares + gift shop on 1725 S. 12th Street is getting ready to open Occasionette at 1825 E. Passyunk Ave., which was most recently an Obama campaign office and previously a doll store. This shop will be a full service gift boutique, offering glassware, candles, house and bar accessories, art, tea towels, stationery, jewelry and more.

Soon to be Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Ave.
Girls Can Tell and Occasionette owner Sara Selepouchin describes her venture as a way “for me to bring you the best in what’s out there in the world of gifts through a well-curated shop in our neighborhood.” Selepouchin also lives in South Philly and she said she’s thrilled to provide a better shopping experience to her friends and neighbors.
Girls Can Tell, around the corner. For some reason, address isn’t what it says above the door
Occasionette will be a few doors down from the new HOME Furnishings Boutique, which we showed you in November. Combined with Nice Things Handmade up the street, these new shops can create a level of density that will attract more weekday shoppers. After all, you may remember a lone gift shop on the 1800 block of Passyunk called JimmyStyle, which opened and closed in about a year a few years back (didn’t mean to get all Debbie Downer on you).

We’ll check back in soon with Selepouchin to get more details about the store opening but in the meantime feel free to visit LuckyAnt, where you can help support this project and learn more.

– Austin Case, @arcase

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Abandoned 13th and Snyder building finally getting renovated

The abandoned building next to Nick’s Charcoal Pit on SnyderAvenue seems to be getting a facelift. According to this listing on Trulia, the building at 1244 Snyder Avenue was sold on Dec. 4 for $205,000

Finally some activity at 1244 Snyder Ave

The old “South Philadelphia Shipping Center” sign is still attached to the side of the building, although that business hasn’t been open for quite some time. The building has been boarded up for years, so this is great news for this part of Snyder.

Construction workers began working on the building this week, but no permits were posted outside, and nothing was listed on the city’s website.

Maybe it’s just getting gutted right now for a better use in the future. Now if we can just get some activity in the old medical supply store half a block away, the East Passyunk boom can start spreading onto Snyder and beyond. Here’s hoping.

-Austin Case, @arcase

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