January 23, 2012

Philadelphia Real Estate Closing Costs Increase

Philadelphia Real Estate Closing Costs Increase! Marc Shaw, owner of Worldwide Land Transfer – a local title company, posted a blog post titled, “Philadelphia Records Department Announces Fee Increase“.  Apparently effective February 20th the Philadelphia Records Department will increase Philadelphia Real Estate closing costs despite Pennsylvania’s ranking as the 9th most expensive state in the United States.  The fee increase […]
January 19, 2012

Logan Square High Rise Coming Soon

Logan Square – Forest City, the owners of The Museum Towers, located at 1801 Buttonwood Street in Center City, are planning to develop Museum Towers II on property located between 18th and 19th streets and between Callowhill and Hamilton streets.  The proposed building includes a 16-story high rise, town houses, and a four-story above-ground parking garage.  There is no timeline […]
January 17, 2012

Rittenhouse Square Apartments, Retail On The Way?

Rittenhouse Square – The Philadelphia City Planning Commission met today to discuss a plan presented by Leonard Poncia of Aquinas Realty Partners (Dockside Condos on Delaware Avenue) that would put 110 new apartments, a school in the basement (Freire Charter School), and ground level retail at a property currently located at 2017-23 Chestnut Street in Rittenhouse Square.  The property, formerly […]
January 17, 2012

Northern Liberties Park Now Complete

The renovation of Dough Boy Park in Northern Liberties is now complete.  The park, designed by DIGSAU Architects, has benches, cobblestone, and a green area surrounding a statue of a soldier from World War I (also called a “dough boy”).  The official name of the statue is “Over The Top” (obvious Stallone reference) and it was created by 1920’s era […]
January 16, 2012

Northern Liberties Brewery To Become 31 Homes?

Northern Liberties – after years of trying to find a use for the property, it seems as if the former Ortlieb’s (and Schmidt’s) brewery, located on American Street in Northern Liberties, could become 31 residential homes with 44 underground parking spaces.  In December the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association listened to the aforementioned proposal from developer William Vessal.   According to HiddenCity, […]
January 16, 2012

Queen Village Serious About Dog Poop

The Queen Village Neighborhood Association Sustainability Committee was awarded a grant to be used towards creating a dog waste composting station.   The project is the first of its kind in Center City and is the latest step towards educating residents about dog waste and water pollution.  The QVNA Sustainability Committee also recently partnered with the Philadelphia Water Department to find […]
January 14, 2012

Philly Housing Market Improving

That’s right, the national media is finally picking up on on what us locals have known for quite some time.  The Philadelphia Real Estate market doesn’t experience the highs or lows seen in other large metropolitan markets and now the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index added Philadelphia to their list of improving housing markets.  This particular […]
January 14, 2012

Philly Water’s Best Friend?

Center City, Philadelphia – in a somewhat bizarre advertising campaign aimed at reducing water pollution by teaching pet owners about the importance of picking up dog waste, The Philadelphia Water Department is looking  for spokesdogs worthy of the title Philly Water’s Best Friend. Center City, Philadelphia dog owners can submit their pet for consideration until February 15th and the grand […]
January 11, 2012

Istar Buys 10 Ritenhouse at Sheriff Sale

Yesterday, as reported previously, Istar Financial, the NY based lender for Rittenhouse Square luxury condo 10 Rittenhouse, purchased the remaining 129 unsold condominiums at sheriff’s sale.  10 Rittenhouse Square, located at 130 S. 18th St. in Center City, Philadelphia was developed by ArcWheeler and has been embroiled in legal controversy for the last few years.  Istar Financial was the senior […]
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