Check this one out-- a big-ass mid-century modern retail building in the heart of a quickly-developing part of Chestnut Street. Its near Rittenhouse Square, its near lots of new development, its got a lot going on. After about a year and a half empty, its time to FILL THIS FRONT!
This little building is a leftover from the retail development empire of Goldie Hoffman. In the mid 20th Century, she built lots of stuff and did most of it while filling in long-term Center City surface parking lots. Not exactly the most beautiful developments, but at least she filled in lots that would probably still be surface parking today. In the early 1950s, this particular location was home to a 20 year old surface parking area that replaced this kick-ass Frank Furness bank building:
|Maybe Don Draper got his dictaphone there.|
In 1992-93, an office and art supply store called Charette took over the space while the upper floor held some Philadelphia Housing Authority offices (they used to have an HQ next door that's now a shitty derelict building). In 2002, Utrecht Art Supplies moved into the retail space and in 2003 the Koresh School of Dance moved into the upper floor.
|With Utrecht and Koresh, 2009, thanks to the Google Streetview Time Machine.|
Just recently, the space has gone up for lease. The place has a liquor license sticker on it now and is being offered up by Metro Commercial as "ideal for retail or restaurant use". They are fucking correct!! This block and those surrounding it have seen a lot of new shit over the past few years. AQ Rittenhouse is nearing completion right across the street and some long-empty retail is starting to fill up nearby. The location consists of two floors that each total 5,832 feet of floor space with 55 feet of frontage on Chestnut Street and access in the rear on the 2001 block of Ionic Street. That's a lot of fucking space and a lot of fucking frontage for this area.
|Blueprint of the space Metro Commercial is including with the listing.|
This place is super-transit accessible. There's a subway-surface trolley stop only a few blocks away and a whole assload of bus lines pass this place every few minutes. The foot traffic over here is frigging insane and lots of people with tons of disposable income both live and/or work in this immediate area. What the hell are you waiting for? Here's the listing, call up Metro Commercial and tell them you want to FILL THIS FRONT!!