When warm windows come to cold storage

Thanks to some sharp-eyed observation and pictorial attentiveness from former Praxis/PlanPhilly communications director Michael Greenle we have some cool photos of window refit at the Waterview Grande rehab of two cold storage buildings on Brown Street. Here’s the background on the project:

PlanPhilly story Jan. 18, 2010:

Meanwhile, on the other side of I-95 and north along the Delaware River, the Waterview Grande project to convert two 80-year-old concrete cold storage facilities into apartments seems to be moving along at a decidedly snappier pace.

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The Northern Liberties project by Core Realty, with 192 planned units, got the nod from the Commission in December for “conceptual approval.” The process was speeded up because of financial conditions that Core Realty’s Michael Samschick said had to be met by Dec. 31 to satisfy his lender. Only a month later, Waterview Grande appears on track, and the Commission will consider its POD on Tuesday.

Plans call for completely stripping down the existing eight-story buildings at Brown Street and North Delaware Avenue. About 47,670 square feet of retail and commercial space will mix with a café with outdoor seating and about 200 parking spaces.

Both Stamper Square and Waterview Grande have been designed by Philadelphia-based H2L2 Architects.

PlanPhilly story Jan. 19, 2010: Upriver, a different story

Meanwhile, on the other side of I-95 and north along the Delaware River, the Waterview Grande project to convert two 80-year-old concrete cold storage facilities into apartments seems to be moving along at a decidedly snappier pace.

The Northern Liberties project by Core Realty, with 192 planned units, got the nod from the Commission in December for “conceptual approval.” The process was speeded up because of financial conditions that Core Realty’s Michael Samschick said had to be met by Dec. 31 to satisfy his lender. Only a month later, Waterview Grande appears on track, and the Commission checked off on its POD on Tuesday.

Plans call for completely stripping down the existing eight-story buildings at Brown Street and North Delaware Avenue. About 47,670 square feet of retail and commercial space will mix with a café with outdoor seating and about 200 parking spaces.

Both Stamper Square and Waterview Grande have been designed by Philadelphia-based H2L2 Architects.

And remember, we want your input. Send us what you see out there and we’ll post it up.

Contact the sorta reporter at mgolas@design.upenn. edu

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