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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

ReNewbold finally schedules official groundbreaking – and BBQ

Yes, we’ve been burned before, but we got word yesterday that ReNewbold, the long-delayed housing development coming to 16th and Moore, has finally scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony.

And this time, there can’t be any more delays. A whole passel of politicians and civic leaders are scheduled to attend the ceremony, which is set for Wednesday Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.

An updated rendering

An updated rendering

The development, by LPMG (headed by John Longacre, owner of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar) in partnership with Postgreen Homes, will bring 16 rowhomes, two condos and one corner retail space to Newbold. The project, which will seek LEED certification, is the “single largest private investment in the West Broad neighborhood of Newbold in more than 50 years,” according to a news release.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

American Sardine Bar unveils its new patio

American Sardine Bar unveiled its long-anticipated patio last night behind the restaurant, at 18th and Federal. And doesn’t it look nice?

ASB owner John Longacre endured a nasty battle with a few neighbors to make this happen, finally getting approval for it in February.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

American Sardine Bar gets OK for outside seats

After months of struggling with the application for outside seating, American Sardine Bar at 18th and Federal was approved at the Zoning Board of Appeals last week.

Gonna get some tables out here. Pic from Naked Philly

Gonna get some tables out here. Pic from Naked Philly

Owner John Longacre, who also owns South Philly Tap Room and will be breaking ground shortly on ReNewbold, had been worried that another delay would mean the patio wouldn’t have opened before the summer.

Now that all the hurdles have been cleared, you can expect a expect an eight-foot high fence to go up around the lot, enclosing five or six tables, Longacre says.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

American Sardine Bar appeals for outside seating TODAY at ZBA

Last week we told you about the struggle that developer/bar owner John Longacre has endured in his quest to use a formerly vacant lot for outside seating for the American Sardine Bar.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, the meeting is today, so get thee to the ZBA.

American Sardine Bar, via Philly Phoodie

The appeal before the Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled for the non-professional-friendly time of 5 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor. But there are several appeals scheduled before this one – and these things rarely run on time – so if you scoot out of work in Center City at 5, you should be able to make it in time to voice your support.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Will the American Sardine Bar have outdoor seating in the summer?

If Sisyphus lived in Philadelphia, he wouldn’t be hauling a boulder up a mountain, he’d be trying to get permission for outdoor seating in Point Breeze.

American Sardine Bar, via Philly Phoodie

Since last year, the American Sardine Bar’s owner, John Longacre, says he has been trying to secure a variance to bring five or six tables to a lot he owns adjacent to the restaurant, at 18th and Federal.  As part of his design for the space, which he called “unrivaled in the city,” he envisions ringing a garden area with an ornate fence and paving the surface. But he has faced enough resistance to require him to appear before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the second time on Feb. 27.

Back in November, South Philly H.O.M.E.S. voted in support of the project and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office submitted a letter of non-opposition, the bureaucratic speak for “support.” When Longacre first appeared before the ZBA about two months ago, he presented his plans along with 200 signatures from neighbors.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

ReNewbold finally about to get moving

ReNewbold, the long-promised green development at 16th and Moore, is finally about to get under way.

About two years after the project was announced, developer John Longacre of LPMG Companies told us last week that the architects believe they’re about 30 days away from securing permits.

“So I expect the groundbreaking could be 30 to 45 days,” said Longacre, who owns the nearby South Philly Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Brew/Ultimo coffee.

ReNewbold, 16th and Moore

We noticed last week that the two-story properties were on the market and checked in with the realtor, who said they were finally able to secure financing.

So, what took so long?

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