Wait nearly over for No Libs’ Stables for people


The Stables are under construction.  Credit: Onion Flats
The Stables are under construction.
Credit: Onion Flats

Some things are worth the long wait. In the case of Stable Flats, or simply the Stables, the wait is nearly over and the payoff for patience looks splendid. The former horse-holding location is evolving into an eco-friendly, 27-unit townhouse building, with three units completed so far. Collaborating on design and development are Onion Flats and Domani, and to say it’s been a long time coming would be an understatement.

The Stables, formerly used to house the working horses of Old City, was dreamed up as a residential project years ago, but put on hold. “In 2008 the world fell apart, and so did this project,” says Onion Flats president Tim McDonald, referring to the economy’s influence on the housing market. “It started as a different project,” he adds. “It was going to be a 70-unit condo project, but we changed it to a townhouse building a few years ago, partially because of our interest in Passive House.”

The Passive House Institute is an organization that has created a certified standard for energy-efficient homes. The Stables will be the second “passive” house in the state, meaning it meets all airtight, low-energy regulations, and heating costs can be reduced by as much as 90 percent. That means one seriously green building. Oh, and the first project in Pennsylvania to wear the Passive House crown? That would be Belfield Homes in North Philly — also by Onion Flats.

The developer wants to prove that although the energy efficiency bar is set pretty high for a passive house, creating one is not an impossible feat. “With the Stables we’re learning if the system of building that we designed is repeatable. Was Belfield a fluke or can we do it again? I think the Stables is a demonstration of a way of building,” explains McDonald. “I see no reason we wouldn’t continue to build this way.” Great news for all the energy-conscious folks who are in the market for inventive and sustainable housing.

“The thing about Passive House is you can design a project, but it has to be airtight. The way you test that is with a blower door. That’s always the geek-fest moment of truth, when you’re all standing around the blower door to see if you hit the most difficult standard in the world.”


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.


Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.


Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.


Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.