Development

Club Jaguar Not Quite Extinct

November 22, 2011 | by Steve Currall

Photo: Steve Currall

Back in May, the Ogontz Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (OARC) broke ground on the Gateway Office Complex, a $2.4 million effort to adapt the troublesome Club Jaguar on the 2500 block of West Cheltenham Avenue. The 9,000 square foot, mixed-use project is part of OARC’s more ambitious $20 million plan to make the Cheltenham and Ogontz intersection a “Gateway to the Northwest.

Originally set to be ready in September, the building is still obviously in transition; its signature lettering of Club Jaguar can still be made out between the newly added windows.

So far—at least until Club Jaguar’s transformation is complete—the newly renovated Cheltenham & Ogontz bus loop directly across the street (in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County) remains the most impressive (though neotraditional) element in the neighborhood’s revitalization.

Photo: Steve Currall

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Steve Currall Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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