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Property of the Week: 1023 Morris Street

There are thousands of homes for sale in South Philly. Our “Property of the Week” features one worth checking out…


Live in the lap of luxury in South Philly! This newly renovated home in East Passyunk Crossing is ideally located within walking distance to East Passyunk Avenue’s shops and some of the top restaurants in the country. The home is also close to public transportation.

General details
This home was designed for comfort, with an emphasis on sustainability. Green features include VOC-free paint, energy efficient windows, hot water heater, and HVAC system. The house’s systems are brand new, including the plumbing and 100 amp electrical service.

In addition to great natural light, you’ll find hardwood flooring throughout, beautiful finishing details around the doors and windows, and decorative baseboards and crown molding in the living room. The home also features a new roof and Ring doorbell system.


Kitchen
The state of the art kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and ample cabinet space. French doors lead from the kitchen to a back patio area that’s lovely for entertaining.

Second floor
The second floor contains three bedroom suites — with plenty of closet space in the master bedroom. Three and a half baths with beautiful tile and granite countertops are supplied by all-new plumbing.

The second floor front bedroom has a Juliette balcony which provides unique curbside appeal.

Lower level
There’s additional storage area in the fully-finished lower level, complete with an antique wine press!

A 10 year tax abatement has been submitted for this property. Sellers are offering a $4,000 credit to outfit closets & glass shower doors.

For more information, please contact:

Ilene Wilder, Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

215-893-9800 office
215-514-0449 cell
wilderilene@gmail.com

Or

Stephanie Sultanov Graham

610-357-6574 ssgrahamrealestate@gmail.com

Fox & Roach Realtors
1818 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Property of the Week: 1909 S. Warnock Street

There are thousands of homes for sale in South Philly. Our “Property of the Week” features one worth checking out…


A move-in ready home in one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in Philadelphia. This two bedroom home on quiet Warnock Street opens up to the leafy park at East Passyunk Community Center—which is soon to undergo an almost one million dollar renovation as a public green space.

Location
Small and well-maintained, this home is close to public transportation including the 45 bus and the Broad Street Line. Even closer are the shops, restaurants and destinations of East Passyunk Avenue. New businesses join the nearby Bok Building every week, including Irwin’s restaurant on the top floor, Two Persons coffee, the SmokHaus, and a daycare.

Details
On the first floor, the open footprint has your kitchen, dining room and living room. There’s a coat closet, too.

Living room

Kitchen

The backyard has an open feel and accommodates seating for guests and relaxation.

Head downstairs to find a finished basement with a modest ceiling height. This space is a great getaway, media room, or office. There’s also laundry and storage.

Basement getaway

The second floor features two well-lit and good-sized bedrooms. The updated bathroom is at the top of the stairs.

Bedroom

Bedroom 2

Bathroom

This home offers a lot and even comes with a one year warranty.

Price: $265,000

Listing Agent:

Adam J. Baldwin
RS337689
Coldwell Banker Preferred – Center City
1401 Walnut Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Office: (215) 546-2700
Online: www.AskBaldwin.com
On-demand: (610) 999-4090

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25 Townhomes Replacing Cabinet Warehouse on 600 block of McClellan

By Sequoia Medley for the Passyunk Post

Say goodbye to this sad view. 6th and McClellan looking northwest. Google Maps.

The September 12th meeting of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s Zoning Committee was more crowded than usual. Neighbors overflowed the available seating at the East Passyunk Community Center. Although another property was discussed, most were there to see the presentation about the redevelopment of the north side of the 600 block of McClellan Street.

…and say hello to these handsome townhomes. CANNODesign.

This much-anticipated project proposes to replace the cabinet warehouse currently located along the north side of the 600 block of Moore Street to allow for the construction of 25 single-family townhouses. Developer Kumas Homes also has plans to build multi-family units on Moore Street, but this presentation focused expressly on the McClellan Street section of the property.

View of the warehouse on the south side of the 600 block of McClellan, looking east. Google Maps.

Future view. Provided by CANNOdesign.
Designs by CANNOdesign show running-bond brick facades with metal canopies over the entry doors. Aluminum-sided pilot houses allow access to roof decks with metal railings. The facades alternate from light gray/tan to darker red brick.

This was the third time the developer met with the community. Two prior information-gathering sessions helped inform the plans presented. As in previous meetings, parking was a primary focus of the discussion. During their presentation the developers repeatedly pointed out design features that were direct responses to feedback from the neighbors, including:

  • Elimination of curb cuts, creating 5 additional on-street parking spots on the block
  • Provision of up to two private parking spaces per new residence accessed by a shared-drive aisle which will bisect the block, running east/west from 6th to 7th Streets
  • No gate on the driveway
  • A dedicated trash room for each residence

View of parking details. Note “Future Development” site along Moore Street. CANNOdesign.

The project requires zoning variances since the developer hopes to create one lot rather than 25 separate parcels, in part to provide the parking in the rear. Owners of these row homes will be part of a homeowners association which will maintain the parking area. A variance is also required since the parking spaces eliminate the required rear yard.
The developer stressed their good-faith efforts to listen and respond to the community since, ‘by-right’ they could make a number of different design choices. One concession to neighbors is the recent removal of towing signs to free-up parking on the block. Although some disagreed with the very nature of the development, many neighbors expressed support for the project.
In response to the desire for more greening, the properties will feature green roofs, as well as planting spaces in the front of the buildings. Developers also agreed to donate land on the 700 block of Emily Street to preserve a community garden used by residents of the area’s Burmese and Bhutanese community.

“Language Labs” mural on the 7th Street facade of the building.

Many neighbors voiced sadness at the potential loss of the “Language Labs” mural by artist Shira Walinksky. Located on the 7th Street side of the property, the colorful mural was completed in 2015 as part of the Southeast by Southeast project. The developer is in discussion with Mural Arts about possibilities of preserving the public art, or creating another work at the site.

A view of the building from 7th and McClellan, looking east, before the mural was completed in 2015. Google Maps.

Practical concerns about debris remediation during demolition were addressed, as well as the potential impact on SEPTA’s 47 bus route.
Although support for the project among attendees was mixed, a majority of those present voted in favor of the project. The EPX Civic Zoning Committee board also voted in favor of the project.
If approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), the developers hope to start work in three to six months. 20-days notice will be provided to neighbors before demolition begins.
This project will go before the ZBA on Wednesday, September 19th between 2pm and 5pm. Zoning hearings are open to the public to advocate for or against the project. ZBA meetings are held on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch Street.
EPX Zoning Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin Street.

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Bok gets caffeinated: Two Persons

New coffee house aims to keep it simple.

When the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools at the end of 2013 and auctioned Edward Bok Technical School in 2014, uncertainty surrounded its future. Developers who bought similar grand old schools in gentrifying neighborhoods turned them into private residences, sold them for high prices, and locked the community out.

Bok was different because it always has been. In 1935, Designer Irwin T. Catherine designed the 340,000 square-foot art déco building as a vocational school with vocation-specific classrooms and spaces. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Lindsey Scannapieco of developer Scout, Ltd. saw a community space for makers, creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs. A seasonal bar opened on the rooftop, and artists and artisans moved in.

The only thing missing was coffee.

Under the antique curing lights of an old auto body bay, Whitney Joslin and Adam Gery of Two Persons Coffee sit at a butcher-block art table streaked with decades of paint. “Almost everything in this space is an adaptive re-use of the furniture and elements included in the sale of Bok,” said Joslin. A tour of the seating area is an homage to the school’s past. There are lab tables, card catalogs, old musical instruments and trophies of 1970s sport victories any other developer might have thrown away.

Even the name – “Two Persons” – is an homage to Edward Bok, who wrote a novel of that title.

Two Persons seating area

Gery, Two Persons’ manager and operator, managed Last Drop Coffee in Center City for a decade and a half and now devotes seven days a week to the new venture. Joslin, a managing partner, has a background in architecture and fell in love with the space.

Adam Gery and Whitney Joslin during construction at Two Persons, May 2018.

“One of our goals is to keep things simple,” said Joslin. “We want to serve the tenants in the building, but we also want contractors, people in the neighborhood, and people who once attended Bok to feel like they can come in, have a regular cup of coffee with no fuss, and enjoy the space.

The menu is simple – coffee, tea, basic espresso drinks and baked goods. The sourcing is simple, too, and based on personal connection. The pastries come from Machine Shop Bakery, a small-batch wholesale French bakery that also operates out of Bok. “We’re their first delivery of the day,” said Gery. “The coffee comes from Passenger Coffee in Lancaster. Our day-to-day blend is a light roast that people will find consistent and enjoyable. We sell the beans for home use, too. We hope to have single-origin varieties for sale in the future.”

“Keeping a simple business model means we do a few things well,” added Joslin. “It makes operations easy, fits in well with the community, and is environmentally responsible.”

Two Persons is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. They accept cash and credit cards. Access is from the building’s southwest entrance at 821 Dudley Street.

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The Dog (Wash) Days of Summer Are Here

Manatawny Tasting Room Hosting Dog Wash Benefit for Morris Animal Refuge – this Saturday

Manatawny Still Works, Mid-Atlantic Craft Distillery

Has the recent heat left your canine companion a little stinky? Then bring ’em to Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room, 1603 East Passyunk Avenue, this Saturday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. for a bath! For $20 your pup will be pampered and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge located at 1242 Lombard Street.

Manatawny, which opened on East Passyunk Avenue in 2017, has a history of holding animal rescue-related fundraisers. The charitable work began in 2014 after owner and master distiller Max Pfeffer rescued a pit bull he named Piper. To help other dogs like Piper, the company created The Piper Project, through which a portion of proceeds from the sale of their Three Bitches Wheat Vodka benefit rescue organizations.

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This is the company’s first time doing a dog wash event. Manatawny’s marketing director Kira Carpov said “it’s a perfect fit for East Passyunk Avenue since this is an extremely dog-friendly area with dog friendly restaurants and bars.”

Art Etchells, Manatawny’s manager in Philadelphia explained that the company approached Morris Animal Refuge about the partnership, “Morris will provide volunteers to help wash dogs and Manatawny is doing everything else!”

Dogs will be washed and rinsed in kiddie pools right outside the establishment. Amelie’s Bark Shop, the pet boutique located at 1544 East Passyunk Avenue, will donate the shampoo. 100% of the profits from the dog wash will go directly to Morris Animal Shelter.

If you’d like to help but don’t have a dog, or your dog is bath-averse, Manatawny has created two additional “spirited” ways to benefit Morris Animal Rescue:

  • On Saturday, between noon and 11 p.m., sales of a specialty vodka cocktail will benefit Morris.
  • Profits from the sales of bottled vodka in July will be dedicated to the organization.

Cheers!

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Beauty Bloomin’ Beyond the Backyard

It’s gardening season in South Philadelphia, and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) is hoping to get residents to think “beyond the backyard.” Their annual EPX in Bloom competition encourages residents to beautify their front steps, sidewalks, and window boxes. Neighbors are invited to submit images of their front greenery and plantings, with the possibility of winning prizes for Judge’s Choice or Crowd Favorite. You can help EPX determine the Crowd Favorite by ‘liking’ your favorite images on the Civic’s Facebook page.

EPX At-large board member and Social Media Coordinator Sequoia Medley explains, “EPX in Bloom is an excellent opportunity for our neighbors to exhibit their gardening skills for online recognition while also encouraging pedestrian exploration of our residential streets. We want people to walk through our neighborhood, and become inspired to create their own front-of-home displays.”

Entry from 1916 S 11th Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

The event is spearheaded by the EPX Beautification Committee, whose goal is to ‘clean and green’ within  civic’s boundaries, Tasker to Snyder, 6th to Broad Street. Entrants will be featured on a walking tour map, so neighbors can see the blooms even after the competition’s June 30th end.

Entry from 1035 Emily Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

Voting is currently open via the EPX Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EastPassyunkCrossingCivic. You do not need to be an EPX resident to vote, and you may vote for multiple entrants.

Due to a technical error, entries from EPX residents are still being accepted, if you live within the civic’s boundaries, 6th Street to Broad Street, Snyder Ave to Tasker Street. To enter, email an image of your front display to david@epcrossing.org and complete the application available on EPX’s Facebook page or at www.epcrossing.org. The competition’s guidelines are available here.

Entry from 2017 S. 11th Street. See more at the EPX Facebook page.

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