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Old 08-19-2019, 06:33 AM
Location: Pennsylvania
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Originally Posted by MarketStEl View Post
I didn't know the building with the Aldi on the street floor had already made it past the ZBA. I don't recall seeing any dirt excavated on its lot when I last passed that way early last week. I know the neighbors were all up in arms about it - because parking, and deliveries, and traffic, and design (the green wall won no points). It is a departure for Aldi in that it's their first Philadelphia-area store that's not a freestanding island in a parking lot but rather incorporated into a mixed-use building with the parking beneath it. Kudos to Aldi for that.

Sorry to hear about your experience in Dogtown, KansastoSouthPhilly, but I understand. I would, however, note that while that part of East Mt. Airy looks a little bedraggled, it's not unsafe. I'd second your "vet your neighbors thoroughly" recommendation, however.

I'd heard that Deirdre's Breakfast Boutique had opened in Mt. Airy but didn't know where it was. Malelani has been around for quite some time. I've been to Deirdre's Fern Rock location and was suitably impressed - so much so that when the Keystone Property Group building management at The Curtis said they were looking for a "breakfast and coffee" place to fill what up until the beginning of this month had been Cooperage, I recommended they give Deirdre's a call. I understand that a table at the Chestnut Hill location is a hot ticket. (The time I tried going up there, it was closed for vacation.)
I assume it's the Aldi - there's a giant pit dug and forms were set up for pouring concrete. There's now a wooden fence around the whole site. The Breakfast Boutique is on the same block and side that Geechee Girl used to be.

Further down the avenue, construction is also starting on a building attached to the now closed Alba Pizza - don't know what it will be though.
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