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Anyone got $7,000,000 to send to Brooklyn?
You know, it's one thing to talk on here about what the opportunities are in Philadelphia, but you know what kills me? The obvious opportunities that no one is doing anything about. The clearest example of this is good properties in neighborhoods that no one is doing anything with.
Case in point, this building, just north of Chinatown and some brand new condos, across the street from what appears to be a desirable apartment building and right next to a sweet car audio store and a homey breakfast nook called "Jany's." It's sold for $7M at the end of 2005 and sat through the whole condo boom. Now the boom is over and it still it sits, blotting out the skyline for the up-and-coming neighborhood just north of there, between Brown and Spring Garden.
I looked it up online, and it's owned by someone in Brooklyn. Now, while you could almost refurbish it as a museum to the "Art of Urban Tagging," I can't help but think that a great big building that's a ten minute walk from Reading Terminal and Downtown fun (yes, it really is... I walk it all the time) could be put to better use.
What's the hold up? Is it zoning trouble or a lazy owner? What can the city do to get properties like this moving? I don't know if you've checked out Chinatown north of Race recently, but the area is a buzzing light industrial zone. North of Vine, we could complement it with mixed use commercial and residential use to, I think, very nice effect.
But someone has to have the will to and the capital to get the project going. I wish someone would.