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Royal Theater may become retail, 30 apartments – if owner can get state grant back

Officials from music mogul Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies pitched a new preliminary plan last night for the decaying Royal Theater on South Street near 15th. All but the facade would be torn down.

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In place of the historic theater would be a building housing about 30 apartments, 7,000 square feet of retail space, 13 parking spots and, facing adjacent Kater Street, six townhouses with garages.

The Daily News reported that Universal lost a previous state redevelopment grant of $2.2 million after previous redevelopment plans stalled (remember that idea for an R&B hall of fame?) and they’re looking to get that back to be able to execute this plan. A couple other tidbits that came out of the meeting: Universal brought in developer Carl Dranoff to consult, and someone filed a legal motion to make developer Ori Feibush the theater’s conservator.

Perhaps the most interesting thing, though, was reporter David Gambacorta’s live tweeting. Here’s a sampling, some informative, others just plain funny:

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Link Love: Antiquarian’s delightful apartments? Plus, Paloma falls short & Gamble blights

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  • Plan Philly got a bit of information about the future of Antiquarian’s Delight from some folks working there. They said the new owners planned to turn the building, which we told you last week was closing,  into apartments. The blog Property Philly said the new owners are the Fetfatzes family that owns Bainbridge Street Barrel House on the same block, as well as Hawthorne’s and Bella Vista Beer Distributor, but they couldn’t get any real answers yet.
  • The South Philly Review checked in on Paloma, the haute Mexican BYOB at 763 S. Eighth St. “I don’t know why I never reviewed Paloma, so a visit was in order,” wrote Phyllis Stein-Novack. After a decent start “our entrées went south. Edward ordered the branzino ($23) and I looked forward to breast of duck ($25).” She gave the place 2.5 tips of the toque, which would suggest that it was better than what she said about the place. Anyone out there have a report on Paloma?
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Kenny Gamble and the Royal mess: What do you think about him?

There was an interesting story in the Daily News on Monday about Kenny Gamble’s … let’s say, questionable … stewardship of the Royal Theater.

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Those are some nice plants coming out of the wall there, huh?

The music mogul-turned-nonprofit developer has sat on the building on the 1500 block of South Street since 2000, letting it crumble even after raking in millions in taxpayer dollars to fulfill his repeated promises to restore it. Rather than restore it, he wants to tear down all but the facade and put up retail and housing. That got us thinking.

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