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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

NoLibs flair at 12th and Latona

The intersection at 12th and Latona streets has begun to look decidedly un-South Philadelphian, in a good way. That old warehouse on 12th with the weird flag mural stripped across its wall has given way to a project under construction called Latona Court. It’s a development of 10 towering, modern townhouses with roof decks, balconies and parking squeezed onto little Latona Street. Pretty pricey.

Towering over little Latona rowhouses 
Seven more to go

Across the street, the same developer just finished another modernistic apartment building with a weird, deep-set retail or office space on the first floor. There are also three covered parking spots.

Fancy facade across Latona with the weird setback. 

Plus, down the street, the recently closed Annunciation BVM school has gone up for sale, listed with Colliers International. That could make for one hell of an apartment building just across the street from the dog park and playground in namesake Passyunk Square. And some critical mass for the neighborhood to possibly fill that weird retail space above.

As to the fancy facades of the new buildings, we’re all for red-brick rehabs, but it doesn’t hurt to spice up the hood’s architecture every once in a while. Northern Liberties managed to mix it in just fine. Let’s get more of that into the mix, which is entirely possible as the neighborhood keeps attracting more buzz.

Old warehouse, photo via Naked Philly

Yesterday, Philadelphia magazine announced that George Sabatino of Stateside was named Best Chef in their annual Best of Philly issue.

Pretty cool, but now we’ll never get a table.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Apartments coming to King of Jeans building

Forget about the brewing debate over what to do with the King of Jeans sign on EPA near Mifflin. The real news is that a developer has plans for 12 apartments. From Newsworks:

Oh, isn’t it glorious

[Max] Glass wants to convert the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors into 12, single-bedroom apartments, keeping the ground floor retail. Zoning codes allow him to build only six apartments, so he’s seeking a variance from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.

We here at the P’yunk Post have thought for years that apartments there would be the way to go. The building, across the street from weird little triangle with the bronze Joey Giardello statue, would be a prime spot a couple blocks from the Snyder subway stop. It’s also one of the tallest buildings in the hood, so imagine that roof deck.

But speaking of the sign, what’s so special about it again? Sure, it’s kitschy, but that can only get you so far. Some new people looking through windows onto the Avenue would do a lot more for the neighborhood than some misogynistic throwback.

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