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Taking a fresh approach to a Manayunk rebuild project

By Amy Z. Quinn
For PlanPhilly

Seven years after first trying an extensive rebuild of the old Labov Plumbing Supply building at 3 Rector St. in Manayunk, developer David Waxman is taking a low-key, green-ish approach this time around.

Water Works is an adaptive use of the bi-level 1860s structure, a cavernous 11,000 square feet of stone, with tall windows downstairs that look out onto the towpath. An anchor tenant, BRR Architecture, will move into the upstairs, and there’s room for three more tenants, Waxman said.

Rough construction is underway inside, using materials like an environmentally-friendly spray foam insulation, and wood windows with Low-E glass. He and partner Alon Barzilay secured historic preservation tax credits and have applied for a loan through the EnergyWorks Fund.

The joint program of the city and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. offers low-interest loans of between $100,000 and $1 million for energy-efficient construction and rehab. More »

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