Phew: The developer that initially planned to tear down Rittenhouse Coffee Shop has withdrawn its application to demolish the building. Southern Land Company, which bought the property last February, released a statement Friday that announced its intention to save the building despite originally citing "financial hardship" in its application to the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The move comes after the developer met with community members and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. However, the future of the two other historic properties on the site are still in limbo: The developer did not withdraw the financial hardship applications for the Warwick Apartments building and the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home.
· Developer won't raze historic Rittenhouse Coffee Shop [Philly.com]
· Rittenhouse Coffee Shop spared, its two neighbors still on the chopping block [Property]
· Inga Saffron: Philly's historic buildings need more love [Curbed Philly]
· Is it demo time for Rittenhouse Coffee Shop? [Curbed Philly]