Campbell Thomas & Co.

Community & Transportation Planning

9th & South Streets, Philadelphia, PA

"The City should seek a process that ensures this kind of quality..."

Quote citing this project as an example in Promoting Civic Design Excellence in Philadelphia by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Convert a long vacated billiard hall and bar to condominiums and retail

The building was a vacant eyesore for nearly twenty years. CTC put a plan together and led the charge with the owner’s desire to fast-track rehab construction. Retail spaces were able to open quickly on the ground floor before all upper floors were completed. This aided the owner in getting additional revenue prior to completion. Community zoning concerns were addressed early on regarding parking issues and setback alignments for 600 square feet of rooftop decks above the two building sections. A sensitive approach to design preserved remnant original features and building scale. New appropriately scaled storefronts on the first floor invites the neighborhood in.

The exterior brick was previously painted green with numerous damaged areas. Now the building is a beloved landmark with a pedestrian scaled façade and a gathering spot housing both a theme restaurant and a Starbucks coffee shop. A wide sidewalk allows for street-side café tables and canopy awnings for which CTC also obtained zoning with community input.

CTC addressed the structural problems and long slow decay from insects, animals and water. Public safety concerns were also a challenge to this site. The building now meets all ADA and egress issues. It also addresses the neighborhood desired limitation on outside dumpster locations with interior trash storage in the basement and a trash dumbwaiter.

CTC designed six luxury condominium units, with uncommonly unique features and large windows. Each condominium unit has a roof deck with outside gas and electric hook-up.

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