Bushu properties? 7200 germantown

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  1. ks2pa

    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody know what is the deal with 7200 Germantown? Why hasn't there been any effort to do something with the space? I looked up the owner and my impression is that he seems to have a history of needlessly turning tenants away (like he did with the Mt. Airy Art Garage). It is very frustrating having such a large empty storefront right in the center of the business district. Can anything be done?
     
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    stock Well-Known Member

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    Who does own it? I'm amazed nothing has been there.
     
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    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    It appears to be owned by a guy named Greg Bushu. He may have some connection to the Fitlife gym (though I don't believe he owns that building). He is the same guy that kicked Mt. Airy Art Garage out of their space. That space is also now vacant. It looks like he also kicked the flourtown farmers market out of their space back in 2015.
     
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  4. Margaret Motheral

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    I know Bushu became quite ill a number of years ago. Perhaps it was easier to shut things down. I know Philly and NW are good at what is called "real estate mobbing" but it would be highly illegal and criminal to start such a campaign against him. Leave it alone.
     
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    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    Who has proposed real estate mobbing? I don't want to kick tenants out of property I want to get tenants in. He owns prominent commercial real estate in the heart of Mt. Airy's commercial corridor. This real estate has long been vacant and there appears to have been little to no effort to change that. If he is too sick to do anything with his property he needs to sell it. The mindset of "leave it alone" has left Mt. Airy with an underwhelming commercial corridor. I would like to change that. I am just not sure where to start.
     
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    i have a feeling you're going to get the "Philly Shrug" from about 1,000,000 people.
     
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    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    You may be right. Unfortunately I am not sure that there is a way to force him to do something with this property. I have had a few ideas (like using the new Conservatorship act) but nothing has seemed realistic once I've done additional research.
     
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    We will be adding a second, larger Pizzeria Nonna to that space within the coming months. We will be selling beer and have video games, pool tables etc for families.
     
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    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the update! That is fantastic news! I think you will do well.
     
  10. Margaret Motheral

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    yeah, That would be mobbing.
     
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    ks2pa Well-Known Member

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    That doesn't meet any definition of real estate mobbing that I have read. If real estate mobbing means wanting commercial properties in your neighborhood to be used constructively instead of sitting vacant for years is considered real estate mobbing then I guess real estate mobbing is not always a bad thing. Apparently the Commonwealth wants to encourage mobbing through its new(ish) conservatorship act.

    Edit: Of course this is irrelevant now as it seems that the property was sold and is finally going to be put to productive use. It also appears that former Mt. Airy Art Garage space is being put to use as a kids oriented martial arts studio which seems like a decent use for the space. Word seems to be that the former Chinese takeout restaurant (across from Earth bread) will be a Pho/Ramen restaurant and the former Cooperman's pharmacy will become a Jewish Deli. I believe the CVGE people are involved with a lot of these. I am happy that they are so invested in the neighborhood.

    It also looks like the former Infusion/Hillary Clinton/Manh/Bee Burger space will be a retail spot called "soul power."

    Lets hope all this happens.
     
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    Unlike Manh, I really hope the pho is edible.

    Joking aside, I also hope that this all comes to fruition. It doesn't really seem to be asking too much to have a flourishing commercial corridor in Mt. Airy. I'd think that the popularity of places like McMenamin's and CVGE show that the demand is there. I'm also glad to hear that the CVGE folks are involved. I'd love to see a Federal Donuts outpost up this way, but at this point, I'll just take functional businesses that cater to the needs and desires of the neighborhood.

    Also, does anyone know anything about what's going on with 7165? I swear that place has a hex on it.
     
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