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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Mifflin Tavern – a place for everybody

Two years ago, IBEW Local 98 boss John Dougherty sold his bar, Doc’s Union Pub, on 2nd and Mifflin Streets. New owners Bill McKeever and Anthony Giordano re-branded it the Mifflin Tavern. In August, the Lamplugh family – brothers Russell and Joe and wives Megan and Kelli – took over daily operations.

The Mifflin Tavern burger.

“Walk with me while I talk,” says manager Russell, a high-energy GenX-er who grew up only a few blocks from the bar. He shows off new furnishings, distressed wood fixtures, and a lighter, brighter atmosphere. He also stresses the singular word that defines the new Mifflin Tavern: “Everybody.”

Blackened Tuna Bites with spicy remoulade and seaweed salad.

Prosciutto Fondue Fries.

It’s tough not to enjoy Russell’s tour. He’s smart but humble. He talks fast but speaks carefully. He hates any label that may exclude somebody from feeling welcome. The Mifflin Tavern is a place for everybody, past and present, in a dynamic neighborhood.

“I don’t care if you’re 25 or older than 60. We want our level of service to make you feel appreciated. You can see it when you look at the menu,” he says. “If you want a burger and a domestic bottle at an economical price, we’ve got you. We also have ten craft brews on tap from smaller local breweries.”

Buffalo chicken tenders. Made in house.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Kirkbride School Celebrates New Playground & APPT Model

By Tim Gibbon for the Passyunk Post

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Eliza B. Kirkbride School celebrated Back to School Night with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new playground, and the kickoff of their Academic Parent-Teacher Team model for grades K-3. The lively event was celebrated with a terrific turnout from Kirkbride families, community partners, and Councilman Mark Squilla. Breakdance and zumba performances, music, and food trucks contributed to a community festival atmosphere.

During the 2018-2019 school year, parents and teachers in grades K-3 will redefine the traditional parent-teacher relationship with the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (ATPP) model. The APTT model raises the bar on the traditional parent conferences by expanding opportunities for families and teachers to collaborate. The APTT model is grounded in the notion that schools thrive when families and teachers work together as genuine partners.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  West Passyunk 

4th Annual South Philly SausageFest

It’s back! The 4th annual South Philly Sausage Fest returns to West Passyunk Avenue & Broad Street on Saturday, September 29. This family-and-dog-friendly event runs from Noon to 7:00 p.m.

The event promises live music, local arts & crafts vendors, kid’s activities, craft beer from a dozen South Philly breweries.

West Passyunk-area restaurants that’ll be servin’ the sausage  include Taproom on 19th, Mike’s BBQ, South Philly Tap Room, Café y Chocolate, and newly-opened The Thirsty Soul. Options include Italian, kielbasa, chorizo, vegan sausages, and much more.

Discounted drink tickets are available, but they’re going quickly! Get ’em while they last here.

Grill master Tim Lidiak.

Now…live music, beer, and sausage are great. But here’s the best part: the proceeds from South Philly SausageFest support the Newbold Community Development Corporation (CDC)’s Street Cleaning Program. This program employees ten disabled Philadelphia residents who clean the commercial corridors along Snyder and West Passyunk Avenues. Newbold CDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which promotes the revitalization of the Newbold community. ​

For lists of participating breweries, restaurants, bands, and kid’s activities,visit: http://www.southphillysausagefest.com/

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

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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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

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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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Property of the Week: 1543 South 13th Street

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


Location
This beautiful 3-story, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home is just steps from all the fabulous restaurants and shops of East Passyunk Avenue.

1543 South 13th St. is on one of the most desirable blocks in all of Philadelphia.

Conveniently located just minutes from public transportation, 30th Street Train Station, and Philadelphia International Airport that can swiftly and efficiently transport you anywhere in the city, tri-state area, NYC or DC, or the world! Just a short ride via Uber, walking, or biking into Center City Philadelphia and all of history that comes with our great city.

First Floor
Walk into an original foyer with a gorgeous custom stain glass window, original light fixture and beautiful tile floors. The spacious living room space with hardwood floors, large bay window, and original fireplace mantle is a great space for entertaining. Off of the living room is a three-piece ceramic tile bath with tub.

Marvel at the crown molding, the mirrors that give depth to the space, and walk into the nice-sized dining room and kitchen combo.

The kitchen features a good amount of cabinet and countertop space, tile floors and Formica counter tops. The gas range and refrigerator are included in the sale. The seller will also include a brand new stainless steel range. Natural sunlight radiates throughout the first floor.

Located just off the kitchen is a bedroom with a large closet. A spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to the 2nd floor rear bedrooms. There is a large back yard with wooden upper deck off the 2nd floor rear bedroom and ample space for entertainment. A rear shed is included in the sale.

Basement
The basement is full and partially finished – great for a recreation room. The ceiling height is perfect and this level can be easily finished. The basement features laundry with washer and dryer, mechanical systems, and a storage area. This property features three electrical meters, two heaters, and three hot water tanks.

Second Floor
A spacious, carpeted staircase leads to a large hallway on the second floor with many original features. Here the home splits into two potential suites with one that could serve as an in-law suite. The rear features two large bedrooms with a full three-piece ceramic tile bathroom. The spiral staircase here accesses the kitchen area.

A wood deck is located off the rear 2nd floor rear bedroom. Walking back into the main hallway, you’ll find a large bi-level potential in-law suite. The suite includes a large living room and potential kitchen with dark hardwood floors, good ceiling height, and a large bay window.

Third Floor
The third floor features a large bedroom with walk-in closet and a full three-piece ceramic tile bath with tub.

This property is unique & different with ample potential. There are two brand new roofs. Move right in, or make this the home of your dreams. Come see this gem!

For more information, contact:

Michael Giangiordano ll

215.334.3333

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