Ken Weinstein: Wayne Junction

In this episode, Ken Weinstein, the president of PhillyOfficeRetail and the founder of Jumpstart Germantown, talks about the Wayne Junction revitalization project.

Wayne Junction Station, located on Windrim Avenue in Philadelphia, is a major transportation hub for SEPTA. The station was opened by the Reading Railroad company in 1881 and the surrounding area includes parts of the Germantown and Nicetown neighborhoods.

Today, Wayne Junction is a transfer point between six of SEPTA’s regional rail lines as well as three major transit routes and serves more than 321,000 riders annually.

In this episode, Ken talks about PhillyOfficeRetail's $20 million project to turn a collection of 11 rundown properties into a transformative mixed-use development complete with a craft brewery, restaurants, apartments, offices, and retail.

The addresses include:

  • 4811 Germantown Ave 

  • 4701 Germantown Ave

  • 4530 Germantown Ave

  • 113 Berkley St

  • 133 Berkley St

  • 137-145 Berkley St

  • 4518 Wayne Ave

  • 4537 Wayne Ave

  • 212 Roberts Ave

In 2018 the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Review Board approved the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s request to create the Wayne Junction National Historical District, a collection of eight large-scale industrial buildings built between the late-19th and mid-20th century surrounding the Wayne Junction Station.

The eight properties include:

  • Wayne Junction Train Station at 4481 Wayne Ave.

  • New Glen Echo Mills at 130 W. Berkley St.,

  • Brown Instrument Company at 4433 Wayne Ave.

  • Max Levy Autograph at 212-220 Roberts Ave.

  • Arguto Oilless Bearing Company at 149 W. Berkley St.

  • Blaisdell Paper Pencil Company at 137-45 Berkley St.

  • The Keystone Dry Plate & Film Works / Moore Push Pin building at 113-29 Berkley St.

  • 200-10 Roberts Ave.

Here's what's covered in this episode (with timestamps):

  • Wayne Junction Overview: 2:00

  • The mix of commercial real estate coming to Wayne Junction: 4:05

  • PhillyOfficeRetail's biggest project to date: 12:40

  • Historic District designation: 15:57

  • PhillyOfficeRetail's approach to working with commercial tenants: 19:55

  • Jumpstart Coworking Community: 19:55

  • Jumpstart Germantown's Monday nights' continuing education: 29:12

  • Membership pricing for Jumpstart Coworking: 30:34

  • Jumpstart Germantown wins AIA (American Institute of Architects) / Preservation Alliance Award: 31:44

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