Wednesday, August 28, 2013

1509 Egypt Road Demolished in Oaks, PA

Demolition continues for the widening of Egypt Road.

1509 Egypt Road, 21 August 2013

The building at 1509 Egypt Road in Oaks is gone. There are no buildings left standing on the south side of Egypt Road between Mill Road and Station Avenue. On 22 August the trees were removed.

Take notice of the building in the distance under the arm of the excavator. That building is on the southwest corner of Egypt Rd and Station Ave. If you look closely you will notice the cupola is not there. That marks the beginning of its demolition.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Chicago Grill Outside and In, Oaks PA

Work began at the Chicago Grill site in late 2012. This is the status as of 20 August 2013.
View of Chicago Grill from Oaks Shopping Center building site

Chicago Grill is far ahead of any building construction at the Oaks Shopping Center site. 

Chicago Grill from Black Rock Road
The walls are up and the roof is on. 

Stone veneer applied to cement block
Some exterior detail work is complete


The floor is poured but not much else is complete inside.

Chicago Grill 20 August 2013
The exterior should certainly look impressive when complete.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

1507 Egypt Road Demolition

What a difference a day makes.

1507 Egypt Road, Oaks, PA, 19 August 2013 
1507 Egypt Road, Oaks, PA, 20 August 2013 
At noon on 20 August 2013, the house that stood at 1507 Egypt Road was a pile of sticks.

1507 Egypt Road is the house on the right in this photograph from Google maps. Captured sometime before the beginning of 2013. It is no more. It has ceased to be. It is history.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Road Work Changes Face of Oaks Deli and Pizzeria

22 August 2013
25 August 2013

Entrance to Oaks Pizzeria, 21 August 2013

A wall went up at the entrance of Oaks Pizzeria. This structure will protect the pizzeria patrons from falling off the pavement as well as flying debris as the excavators remove a large portion of the patio to widen Egypt Road. 

Oaks Pizzeria, 26 August 2013

The road work continues through the night.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Oaks Deli and Pizzeria to Lose Patio

Oaks Deli and Pizzeria is another day closer to having its patio trimmed.

19 August 2013

20 August 2013

If those white lines in the photograph above are any indication, when the patio gets trimmed there won't be any al fresco dining at Oaks Deli and Pizzeria. It will be a challenge just to enter the store.

Oaks Deli and Pizzeria from the Oaks Shopping Center construction site, 20 August 2013.
I wonder why the pizzeria is still standing. It makes more sense traffic-wise and business-wise to demolish the building and have the pizzeria move to one of the shops in the rear of the new shopping center. The traffic will flow better. The pizzeria will have a brand new building with loads of accessible parking.

Who am I to make those decisions?

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Demolition to Widen Egypt Rd.

The view along Egypt road has already changed since the beginning of 2013. Widening of Egypt Road near the eastbound entrance to US 422 is a part of the change. The widening will continue on the same side of the road going towards Phoenixville.

Work has already started between between Cresson Blvd. and Oaks Deli and Pizzeria.

The house there is unoccupied and the driveway and front lawn was dug up for utility work.

From the alignment of the utility poles, the patio outside Oaks Deli and Pizzeria just might be reduced in size by the road widening. 

Two buildings west of Mill Rd. have been stripped of all their asbestos shingles.


The building with the cupola at the intersection of Egypt Rd. and Station Ave. that is extremely close to the road was prepared for demolition. 

As is the adjacent brick building to the west on Egypt Rd.

The semi-detached houses seem to be the last on Egypt Rd. scheduled for demolition.

The view facing Norristown along Egypt Rd. from Brower Ave. will certainly be different by the end of 2013.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 13 Harvest

A few vegetables harvested within this last week from my raised bed square foot garden.

One Nantes and several Kaleidoscope carrots

In this one bowl are 2.9 lbs/ 1343g of Tami G grape, Beefsteak and Rutgers tomatoes and one bell pepper.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cuke in a Bottle

The first cucumber in a bottle project ended when the cucumber stopped growing, turned brown, died. It was too young to meet such an end.

The second cuke in a bottle project is still going well. I started this project with a larger cucumber and a much larger bottle.

I pinched off a leaf in order to push the stem deeper into the bottle. It looks as though it is growing fine.

Not to give up on the smaller Coke bottle, I found another slightly larger cucumber to try again. Although I originally had the bottle turned upside down to keep out any rain. I didn't do that this time. If any rain collects in the bottle I should be able to pour it out. That is, if I catch the cucumber before it completely fills the bottle.

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