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About the Project

History

The Icehouse Complex is a “Green” Project, which is an assemblage of 13 separate properties, the majority of which lay distressed and vacant for years. The vacant properties were the only dilapidated buildings on an otherwise beautiful city block in Fishtown. The cornerstone property was Dooley’s Icehouse; a favorite local haunt known for the booming “takeout” business it provided the neighborhood. A majority of the Icehouse business was in servicing the various sports leagues that utilized Hetzell’s Ball Field located directly across the street. While the park remains, unfortunately The Icehouse closed its doors some 15 years ago. The structure was subsequently boarded up and left to decay to the extent that structural issues could not be remedied. Part of being a “Green” project is salvaging and reusing building products from dilapidated structures that have traditionally been sent to a landfill after demolition. Therefore, as part of the demolition, The Icehouse was disassembled by hand, and all of the brick from the façade and wood beams that comprised the structure were salvaged, and will be used in the construction of the new Icehouse Complex.

The seven (7) vacant properties along Thompson Street, along with The Icehouse, were removed to create the frontage for the new development. The development fronts directly onto Hetzell’s Ball Field, a recreational City Park that encompasses an entire city block. Once complete, Thirty Five (35) new construction “Green” Condominiums and one commercial space will replace the deteriorated structures. A large portion of the property utilized in the development was derived from the one-time Fishtown Automotive Garage that was located directly adjacent to the Thompson street properties. The Fishtown Auto property was originally a three (3) unit apartment building and a large auto repair shop. The triplex was converted and renovated into the three (3) rehab condominium units that earned LEED Gold Certification. The auto garage was converted into a secure, 32-space indoor parking garage. In all, what was formerly Dooley’s Icehouse, in addition to 7 vacant buildings, 3 apartment units, a vacant lot, and an auto garage… will be transformed into a new 35 unit “Green” Complex, with 32 parking spaces, appropriately named “The Icehouse.”

 

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Location

Proximity to Downtown
Fishtown is located just on the outside border of Center city, about 1 mile from Old City, and less than 2 miles from City Hall. From the roof of The Icehouse Complex, there are breathtaking views of the city skyline and Ben Franklin Bridge. All of the upper units in The Icehouse Condo complex, as well as all of the Townhomes, have rooftop decks from which these cityscapes are evident.

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Proximity to Park
The Icehouse Complex is located at the corner of Thompson Street & Columbia Avenue, directly across from Hetzell’s Ball Field. Hetzell’s Ball Field is used by many neighbors and residents for intramural sports and neighborhood fairs/activities. A “Friend of Hetzell’s” committee was formed and is growing with support from the community. The renovation of the park has been an amazing transformation with the installation of new sod for the park, a sprinkler system, new green curbs, and a re-vamped baseball field. The Icehouse has committed to donating $500 from the sale of each unit to the revitalization of the park. The Icehouse donated $5000 to the renovation of the park from sales of units in the first phase.

The entire frontage of The Icehouse borders the park, and studies have shown that a home located within (1) square-block of a park has a 10% premium increase in value over properties not located near a park. Columbia Ave. recently received a grant as a “Green Way.” This grant allows for the planting of trees along, the erection of window-planter boxes on homes, and funds for general lighting and improvements along the street. These enhancements will further improve a block which is already considered by many to be the nicest in Fishtown.

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Proximity to Waterfront
The Icehouse located just 3 blocks from the Delaware Waterfront. The City of Philadelphia, in conjunction with Penn Praxis, has recently announced their long-term plans for the development of the Waterfront. It is believed that the execution of the plan will significantly increase the value of properties located in the Waterfront District.

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Proximity to Northern Liberties
The Icehouse is located adjacent to arguably the hottest real estate market in Philadelphia—Northern Liberties. NoLibs, as it has affectionately been termed recently, has seen a renaissance in the past 5 years. “New Construction” real estate numbers have grown steadily over that time period. “New Construction” condos are now selling for $300-$400 per square-foot, and “New Construction” Townhomes are selling in the $500k-$800k range. The Icehouse is located just blocks form Northern Liberties.

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Proximity to Public Transportation
The Icehouse is located 1 block from Girard Avenue. The (15) Trolley stops approximately (2) blocks from The Icehouse at the intersection of Girard and Columbia , as well as at several more junctures along Girard Avenue. In addition, the Girard Avenue “EL” stop (with connection available directly from the (15) trolley), is a short walk of about 10 minutes from The Icehouse. The “EL” is two short stops from downtown, with stops at City Hall, Old City, and Downtown, as well as connections to all of the Sports Complexes (via the Broad Street (“Orange”) line).

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Development Plan
The Icehouse Complex is a Green project comprised of Thirty-Five (35) residential condominium units with a common area green roof as its focal point. The development is situated over a 32-space indoor parking garage, and also includes one Commercial Space, whose use is yet to be determined but would be an ideal locale for a café or coffee shop for residents of The Icehouse and the neighborhood. The project is divided into 3 phases of Condominiums, which vary in size and layout. Phase 1 is made up of thirteen (13) Condominium units, the green roof, and a portion of the indoor parking garage. Phase 2 is comprised of the nine (9) Condominium units and a large common green roof and dog park. Phase 3 is comprised of 13 residential condominium units and 1 commercial unit that are located directly adjacent to the Park.

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Unit Types
Phase 1 – Thirteen (13) Condominiums (Completed March 2010)

There are three (3) rehab units and ten (10) new construction condominium units. There are six (6) 1-bedroom condos, six (6) 2-bedroom condos and one (1) 3-bedroom tri-level townhome unit. There is a 21- space secure indoor parking garage for the condominiums. The units range in size from 512 square feet to 1790 square feet. There are flats as well as bi-level and tri-level units. The 10 New Construction Units earned LEED Platinum Certification while the 3 rehab units earned LEED Gold Certification.

Phase 2 – completed June 2014

The second phase of Condos consists of 1 and 2 bedroom units all designed as Flats. These units range in size from 667 to 1340 square feet. This entire phase is covered by a common green roof. This common green roof includes a rooftop deck, outdoor kitchen as well as a rooftop dog park. The rooftop has excellent views of the city skyline and The Ben Franklin Bridge. This rooftop area is common space and for use by all residents.

Phase 3 – available now with completion Summer / Fall 2015

Thirteen (13) residential condominium units and One (1) corner commercial space. The 3rd phase has 1br and 2br units which consist of flats and bi-levels. The bi-level units have private green roofs and rooftop decks.

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Amenities
All units have high-end finishes and premium amenities. Please see “amenities” under the “Unit” section of the website for specifics.

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Parking
Condo Owners at The Icehouse Complex will enjoy a large, secure, 32-space indoor parking garage, a huge asset in today’s urban market, where on-street parking is at a premium.

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“Green Aspects” of The Icehouse
The Icehouse is being developed and built as a “Green Project.” There are various definitions for the above term, but basically a green project is one that is designed to be environmentally friendly by utilizing sustainable products and systems in its design, construction, and end-use. Products such as “green roofs,” rainwater recycling- systems and high- efficiency appliances allow for a complex that is less invasive to the environment, while providing lasting efficiency for the City as well as the Homeowners.

A list of “green” amenities / processes at The Icehouse are as follows:

  • A large, common area, “Green Roof,” centered between the Condo Units
  • A Rainwater recycling system
  • Recycling / Reuse of building materials from buildings that are being demolished
  • Solar Power System for running common- area electric
  • High Efficiency HVAC systems
  • High Efficiency Appliances
  • Tankless Hot Water Heaters
  • Dual Flush Toilets
  • Hybrid Car Hookups
  • Sustainable Hardwood Flooring

The Icehouse earned the honor of being awarded LEED Platinum Certification for the new construction units and LEED Gold for the rehab units built in Phase 1 of the project.

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Tax Abatement
All of the units at The Icehouse are eligible for the 10-year “New Construction” Tax Abatement. Real Estate taxes on these units will be minimal.

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Development Team

Developer – EPDG, LP - James Maransky, Managing Partner
Construction Manager - E-Built LLC
Architect – Judy Robinson, Continuum Architecture
Structural Engineer – Sam Digenova
MEP Engineer – Gerald Fink, Advanced Engineering
LEED Consultants – ECA, Continuum Architecture
Civil Engineering – G.R. Dewage
Landscape Architect – Jane Winkle LEED AP
Architectural Renderings – Pitor Orybkiewicz
Logo / Web Site Design - Scott Liffman, inkOperated
Legal Team – Blank Rome - Zoning
Freidman, Schuman, Applebaum - Acquisition / Finance
Kaplan Stewart – Condominium Documentation
Financing - Meridian Bank, Bucks County Bank
Insurance - Kimberly Vassel Insurance