New Retail Development in Center City and Environs

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  1. londoner

    londoner Well-Known Member

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    I think the point is you can easily lease the lot to a developer under the agreement that XX number of spots are provided in a valet operated underground parking garage. Boyds owns the land. There's no difference to a Boyd's shopper if he pulls into a street parking lot or a garage to have his car valeted. Curb cut stays basically the same. Also, Boyd's could potentially have first look at whatever retail space would be carved out of the new building for expansion or other needs. Not to mention, at current Center City condo/apartment $$ rates, Boyds would be adding dozens of well-heeled potential customers 30 feet from their front door. The city gets rid of a low-performing lot, pedestrians get an improved streetscape, etc. It's seems like a win, win, win, win, win, win all around.
     
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    MNG1324 Well-Known Member

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    Death to all surface lots and most one story buildings in Center City.
     
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    Jayfar I'm very old®

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    I notice you say most. If you had to choose just one 1-story building to keep in Center City, which would it be?

    My choice would be the circa 1952 Sophy Curson store at 19th & Sansom.

    Company History - Sophy Curson

    http://sophycurson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SOPHY-CURSON-SHOP-NO-LAMPS.jpg

    The architect was Beryl Price.
    Price, Beryl (1910 - 1978) -- Philadelphia Architects and Buildings

    The architect was married to Bobbie Curson Price, one of the 3 sisters who originally owned the store.

    See page 27 of the CCRA Newsletter, Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2012
    http://www.centercityresidents.org/Resources/Documents/newsletter web version.pdf

    See also:
    http://jewishexponent.com/2016/03/09/keeping-business-all-in-the-family/

    "Three sisters, Sophy Curson, Pearl Curson Goldner and Bobbie Price, were the original owners. The shop started out by catering to petite women because Sophy was short, but eventually expanded its repertoire to offer other sizes."
     
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    I love Sophie's shop - long may she reign.
     
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    Best part of that building is the fact they had to run the chimney up the party wall. It's three times the height of the building. If you never noticed it before, check it out next time you pass.
     
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    For me it would be the CVS at 19th and Chestnut....it obviously in a previous life was an ornate bank.
     
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    Never that. But it was an ornate movie theater, the Aldine, later Sam's Place, and some of its original moulding still exists, hidden by the drop ceiling.

    Sam's Place One and Two in Philadelphia, PA - Cinema Treasures
     
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    That's where I saw the Doors movie in 1991. I forgot about that place. I hope CVS moves and it becomes a restaurant.
     
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    It was also called The Viking for some years. I saw Man for All Seasons there.
     
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    Oh, that's too bad. I liked that store.

    Brick and mortar stores with a big online presence are undermined when the online store has better, or cheaper, deals.
     
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    Tartan69 Pawn in game of life

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