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Tag Archives | Columbus Boulevard

What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Lidl grocery store could be coming to Blatstein’s waterfront development

A German grocery store chain is looking to bring its stores to the Philadelphia-area, maybe even to Bart Blatstein’s planned waterfront development.

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The discount grocery chain Lidl is in the process of acquiring locations throughout Philadelphia. While not confirmed, Lidl is being marketed as a potential tenant for Blatstein’s planned mixed-use project at 1401-99 Columbus Blvd.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Developer proposes 10 high-rises, 100 townhomes for large stretch of Columbus Boulevard

Columbus Boulevard could be seeing some huge development if a zoning ordinance is approved. K4 developers presented to the Pennsport Civic Association last week, sharing the high volume plan to bring 10-story residential high rises and as many as 100 townhomes to a location on Columbus Boulevard.

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Barton Partners rendering, via Philly.com.

Last year K4 purchased the 18-acre property on Columbus between Washington Avenue and Reed Street from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. The developers are also hoping to acquire another 8-acre property from the union.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Whitman 

Miller’s Ale House location coming to Columbus Boulevard

In 2014 the chain restaurant Champp’s closed in the Columbus Commons shopping center at the intersection of Columbus Blvd. and Snyder Ave. After two years of vacancy, a new restaurant and bar is expected to open in the location.

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When the restaurant closed we mused about whether something other than a chain restaurant would come to this location. The answer that seems to be no, as the new tenant for this large building is expected to be Miller’s Ale House, a chain with at least 75 other locations around the country. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport :  Whitman 

Columbus Boulevard gets new name in honor of Easy Company’s Guarnere and Heffron

Over the past year, two local World War II veterans who served in the Easy Company depicted on HBO’s Band of Brothers have been given new memorials in South Philly. Edward “Babe” Heffron was given a bronze statue in his home neighborhood of Pennsport, while Bill Guarnere was honored with the renaming of the 2200 block of Winton St. as “Wild Bill Way.”

"Wild' Bill Guarnere (L), Edward "Babe" Heffron (C) and the Heffron Statue Plans (R) via The Inquirer

“Wild’ Bill Guarnere (L), Edward “Babe” Heffron (C) and the Heffron Statue Plans (R) via The Inquirer

Now the two late war veterans will be honored together with a stretch of Columbus Boulevard being renamed in their honor.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne :  Pennsport 

Design Advocacy Group urges Bart Blatstein to ‘listen carefully to the voices of opposition’

Just after hearing less-than-positive feedback from the Civic Design Review, the Design Advocacy Group has decided to weigh in on Bart Blatstein’s South Philly projects. The plans for a 32-story tower and rooftop village at Broad and Washington and the 16-acre commercial and residential complex being planned along the Delaware River have previously received criticism from The Inquirer’s architecture critic, as well.

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Now in an open letter, the Design Advocacy Group is urging Blatstein to begin listening to the criticism and make feasible improvements that “could be the start of a real conversation.”

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