A beloved but under-used building blossoms into a community hub with premium living space.
Local leaders, stakeholders, neighbors, and business owners gathered at the former MCP hospital building October 4th to celebrate the grand opening of The Preston Luxury Apartments at Falls Center. Councilman Curtis Jones and Kathleen Hogan (EFDC’s executive director) addressed the crowd enjoying a serious spread of nibbles and refreshments in the pillared lobby. Guided tours followed, although most of us wandered off to explore the smartly-appointed floors by ourselves.
Hallways feel airy and bright, thanks to scattered seating nooks and colorful art on the walls, including a display by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. With 131 units, many different floorplans are available from cozy studios ($950+) to three-bedroom apartments ($2,100-ish). Amenities really sell the place though: theater, yoga studio, dog park, dog wash, bike repair & indoor bike storage, free parking garage – and Founded Coffee & Pizza right on-site.
Lots of great events are open to the public, too. Julie Foyle-Anderson, director of leasing, stressed she’s excited to welcome neighbors from the community to enjoy The Preston’s happy hours, yoga classes, pet care services, and additional offerings — with free on-site parking, of course. “We’ve also got great communal spaces that we hope local groups and organizations will consider using for meetings and perhaps their own events,” she told us, adding that The Preston is eager to work with neighborhood businesses, too.
Swing by the Preston to see for yourself this loving restoration and repurposing of a venerable old Colonial Revival (c 1930). Read more about the incredible history behind this building — HINT: huge milestone here for the field of Medicine!