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Fayette Street Grille — For Sale?

October 15th, 2015 · Breaking News, Food & Drink, Real Estate

Looks like Chef Runyen is finally packing it in.  One of the longest running restaurants in Conshohocken, Fayette Street Grille, is selling the business.  It’s been open since 1998, way before the boom time of the Conshy restaurant scene took off.

I’ve had dinner at FSG about 4 times since I moved here.  It’s always good, not great.  I found the restaurant very loud and seating to be cramped.  I liked the prix fixe dinner choices, it presented good value and of course who doesn’t love BYOB?

But, the place really needed an update.  It opened in 1998 and I don’t think the decor nor the menu has had a substantial change since then.

It’ll be sad to see it go…Hopefully something exciting takes it’s place.

See the screen shot of the For Sale posting below.

Fayette St Grill

Fayette Street Grille For Sale


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Real Estate Prices in Conshohocken

August 10th, 2014 · Real Estate

I’ve been reading in quite a few places about the price of real-estate in Conshohocken.  There is some serious discussion about the price of homes in the 19428, in particular the price of single-family homes.  I’ve noticed on both Facebook, Twitter and on some YouTube Videos by a local Real Estate Agent, that a $600,000 home in Conshohocken is possible.

I”m not sure what the issue is.  Rising real-estate prices is good for everyone.  It helps home owners and it raises the tax base.  Of course, the problem with rising prices is gentrification, a RE bubble and salaries not keeping pace with home prices, thus preventing people from buying.

But, this is not what I wanted to talk about in this post.  I wanted to address this $600,000 house debate.  I think the problem is not this magic number, because it’s not a problem.  The real number that potential buyers and sellers fail to recognize is the price per square foot.  If they build a 5000 sq foot house and charge $600,000, whats the issue?  Of course, this is not likely to happen in Conshy.  The real number everyone needs to look at is price per square foot.

Lets pull up the most expensive residential single-family home in Conshohocken, 229 West 7th Ave.  (  2800 square feet, 4 bed rooms, 4 bathrooms.  $185 per square foot

Now lets look at Park View, which is a new development located at 352 West 7th Ave.  (  2600 square feet, 3 bed rooms, 2.5 bathrooms.  $156 per square foot

Lastly, I’ll grab two more traditional Conshohocken homes.  314 West 3rd Ave ( and 351 West 5th Ave.  Both are 3 bed rooms, 2 bathrooms and both are about 1300 square feet.  Both are about $190 per square foot.  

So, from the most expensive home in the Borough to more reasonable homes, the price of the home are pretty close at an average of $180 per square foot.

It seems, as the homes get smaller, so does the price per square foot.  101.5 West 7th Ave ( is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom row home with 900 square feet.  This home costs $233 per square foot.  

The Grande has some units for sale.  These condos have deeded parking, are very new construction, a pool, easy walk to trails/trains, etc.  Here is one ( that has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is 1200 square feet.  Premium facility, premium price.  These homes cost $291 per square foot.  

Lastly, you have a small single family home.  The house at 343 West 6th Ave (  has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and is 900 square feet.  This home costs $278 per square feet.

So, for the small homes in the Borough, the average cost per square foot jumps to an average of $270 per square foot.  

To close this post out, let’s take the average price per square foot on the small home and apply it to the square footage of the largest home ($270/foot x 2800 sq ft = $756000).  So, this shows that the best bargains in the Borough are in the larger homes and it also shows that the $600,000 price ceiling is not only achievable, it might already be here.

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Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – April 2014

April 21st, 2014 · Planning Commission


Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 PM

7:00 Call to Order

7:05 Reorganization

7:15 New Business

  1. Minor Subdivision and Land Development: 227 West 11th Avenue

8:00 Old Business

  1. 1. 401-433 Washington Street

8:10 Announcements

8:15 Adjournment

Mr. Dougherty is scheduled to attend the Council meeting on May 7th to summarize the outcomes of this meeting.

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Planning Commission Meeting Agenda – June 2013

June 19th, 2013 · Planning Commission



Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7:00 PM

7:00 Call to Order

7:05 Old Business

1. Major Subdivision and Land Development: 233 – 245 East Hector Street

7:45 New Business

1. Minor Subdivision and Land Development: 416 East 10th Avenue

8:15 Announcements

8:30 Adjournment

Mr. Bertram is scheduled to attend the Council meeting on July 3rd to summarize the outcomes of this meeting.

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Unusual Letter From a Conshohocken Resident

January 20th, 2013 · Planning Commission

I have been receiving quite a few form letters from Conshohocken residents on the proposed Wawa.  In general, all of them have either been name/address on the form letter alone or a very brief note against the Wawa for a specific reason.  So, when I received the attached form letter it was quite a surprise.  It wasn’t until I read the note that I was truly taken aback.  The identity of the sender of this letter has been removed, I’ll leave the personalized note to speak for itself.

The handwriting is a bit difficult to read, so I transcribed it.  Any mistakes in the transcription are mine.


Addendum: In addition to being against approving
WAWA, SUPRA [SIC], I am also not in favor of the 7-eleven or
gas stations along Fayette Street.  I am also opposed to
designated homes in town as “SECTION 8”.  “SECTION 8”
housing has already ruined Norristown with “riff-
raff, lowlifes, and criminals, along with drugs and
shootings”.  As if we don’t already have those problems,
but not on the scale of Norristown and other towns
where there is a profession of “SECTION 8” designations.
Conshohocken will never realize a dream
with all of the “junk” currently in or coming  into this town.
Thank you!

Wawa Letter


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