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Make way for progress. Library at Broad and Morris has closed

The Free Library branch at Broad and Morris closed Dec. 31  to make way for the planned multi-use wellness complex being built by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Rendering courtesy of CHOP

New rendering courtesy of CHOP

As we first reported back in April, CHOP plans to tear down the library and adjacent rec center between Broad, 15th, Morris and Castle streets. They will construct a three-story structure to house a new CHOP facility, city health center, library and rec center next to a refurbished playground that adds green space to a part of the neighborhood that desperately needs more.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Newbold 

First look at CHOP’s proposed center for Broad and Morris

Neighbors of the proposed Children’s Hospital facility at Broad and Morris met last night in a room that won’t be around for much longer. The city Health Center 2 along with the adjacent Free Library branch and rec center are slated to be demolished in April 2014.

The destruction will make way for a shiny “gift from CHOP,” and the meeting was a CHOP-led unveiling of the model and sketches of the forthcoming health center/library/rec center/CHOP facility, said Douglas Carney, senior VP of CHOP facilities and meeting ring-leader.

The building will stand three stories tall, with floor-to-ceiling windows and pastel-stripe accents facing Broad. A playground sandwiched between Morris, Castle, and 15th will feature a basketball court, a lawn with tables and chairs, and possibly a spray fountain.

No, that's not the real name, just a placeholder.

No, that’s not the real name, just a placeholder.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Spotted: Can the PPA just park anywhere? Not anymore.

A gracious reader sent us this picture recently of a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket writer parked illegally at Passyunk and Morris.

PPA illegal park

It immediately tapped into that “No fair!” instinct. Turns out, the PPA doesn’t like it either.

Spokesman Martin O’Rourke told us last week that ticket writers are actually not allowed to park in no-parking zones – anymore.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Neighbors of proposed CHOP/library/health/rec center heard presentation last night

The South Broad Street Neighbors Association hosted city health officials and folks from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last night for a presentation of very early plans for the development that will replace the library at Broad and Morris streets.

Not long for this world; pic from Newbold Neighbors

From what we can tell from this Daily News story, it doesn’t sound like too much more information was provided than we told you about a couple weeks ago. To recap, here are the basics: Library and rec center will be torn down to make way for a health center, bigger library, better rec center and a CHOP urgent care center all in the same state-of-the-art building.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Scarduzio won’t renovate Artisan building, but…

Turns out that Chris Scarduzio plans to tear down the building that houses Artisan Boulanger Patissier, which is moving to 1218 Mifflin St. as soon as they can finally get going on work there. He had planned to renovate the space.

Reports Michael Klein at

Table 31/Mia’s/Scarduzio’s chef-owner Chris Scarduzio and partners Stephen and Tamar Olitsky have been hot to develop 1646-1648 S. 12th St. – the corner of 12th and Morris Streets – into a bistro.

But the East Passyunk project – which, incidentally, will not be an Italian concept – has hit a snag.

Steve Olitsky says their engineer has found extensive structural issues, leading the partnership to withdrawal their purchase offer to buy and rehab the building. Instead, they have executed an agreement of sale to purchase the site and demolish the building, allowing them to build what they would ideally like.

OK, folks. Let’s get moving on this stuff. This is an interesting prospect for the corner, considering the building isn’t in great a shape on the outside. Now’s the chance to put something truly interesting on that corner. We’ll keep track of this and let you know about any more specifics on the plans.
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

SoPhilly Spotlight: I Said Goddamn! edition

When we stumbled across this listing, the words in the post’s title erupted from our mouths, a la Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction. It’s that good.

A converted firehouse at 808 Morris St., this property listed by Howard Hanna Realty has a jaw-dropping 6,000 square feet, 4BR, 3 full baths, parking for four cars, skylights galore and a huge interior courtyard. All for only $399,999. Maybe it’s not on Juniper Street, but it puts the half-million dollar Liberace pad we featured a few weeks ago to shame.


Of course there’s a catch. The listing says it needs to be completed, but you could live in the pictured areas just fine while you finish up.

High ceilings on each floor, open floor-plan, and outrageous details make this property a potential palace close to Passyunk Square.

And how. We’ll take it in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.

Back to the kitchen. I guess this is the dining room, living is the sunken lower level on the left?
Little confused about the configuration
That’ll do, pig. That’ll do. Wait, that’s not from Pulp Fiction
Live in here while you finish the rest
6,000 square feet and your bathroom is this tiny?
Well that’s the nicest laundry chute I ever did see
C’mon people. Mow before you take a picture
That’s where my Ferraris would go
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Ugly Furniture! Hysterical video about Interior Concepts

As window displays go, the lucite nightmare at Interior Concepts furniture store at EPA and Morris takes the cake. Ceramic sax players, crystaline coffee tables, purple metal dining sets that would be at home on the set of Beetlejuice — you name it, they got it when it comes to awful furniture.

Actually, though, the store has a lot of great stuff inside, deep in the back, away from the prying eyes of passersby. Full disclosure: The world headquarters of the Passyunk Post has a very nice sectional couch from IC.
Incidentally, the building had a for sale sign but it was taken down and no sale has been recorded with the city, which says it was last sold in 1996. And we couldn’t find a real-estate listing anywhere.
But really, this post was an excuse to put that video out there.
Deep inside, good taste hides
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