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Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee reviews updated Royal Theater plans

The development process for South Street’s Royal Theater has been moving forward slowly. The project was connected to developer Carl Dranoff until October, when he sold the property to Robert Roskamp, a developer with work in Florida and Chester County.

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Roskamp’s redevelopment vision includes the reuse of some of the historic theater’s structure, but with the addition of new construction to create a mix of apartments and townhouses. The project went before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee this week.

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Royal Theater will no longer be developed by Carl Dranoff

It has been a long process for the Royal Theater on South Street. The property has been sitting vacant for years, with plans for redevelopment moving forward very slowly.

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Now developer Carl Dranoff has sold the property which he intended to develop into 50 luxury residential units and ground-floor retail at 1524 South St. Robert Roskamp, a developer with work in Florida and Chester County, will now be developing the Royal Theater with a similar vision to Dranoff.

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Plans being presented again for demolition, redevelopment of Royal Theater on South Street

Back in 2013 we told you about retail and apartments that could be coming to the Royal Theater at 1520-1536 South St. Since then, there hasn’t been much movement since plans were rejected in 2013 due to an incomplete application.

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Dranoff Properties rendering from Hidden City.

Now things could be moving forward with the Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia’s Historical Commission reviewing redevelopment plans from Universal Community Homes and Dranoff Properties to demolish the building and develop the property into 40 luxury residential units with 7,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and a parking garage with 20 spaces on Kater Street.

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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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Quick Hits: Pretty Pier 53; park proposed for 17th and Carpenter; Royal Theater plan

  • The South of South Neighbors Association is raising money to turn the empty lot at 17th and Carpenter into a park called Carpenter Green, says South Philly Review.
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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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