Waaaay back in August, we told you that the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation was embarking on a facade improvement program to spruce up several buildings on the avenue. Work was supposed to commence in September.
Well, that didn’t quite happen, but at long last the first project is finally getting started at B2 at Passyunk and Dickinson. So no, the wood you may have seen over the windows at B2 did not mean the coffee shop was closed. They’re open during renovations, and it looks like it’ll be nice:
The stone pieces around the windows were already installed this week and that dark cladding on the first floor, which is charred cedar, should start going up in the next week. Though you can’t tell, the site plans show that wooden awnings will jut out above the first-floor windows, which will now be able to open. It’s an improvement over the before, though the current state is hardly among the worst offenders on the Avenue.
Sam Sherman at PARC says the hold-up could be attributed to contractor snags, scheduling issues and some owners who were having trouble coming up with their 25 percent share of the cost (the city covers $8,000 for a mid-block building for commercial corridors throughout the city, $12,000 for a corner and PARC covers the rest). Sherman also said that now only two businesses – not the original five – are scheduled for this phase because some wanted to hold off even though designs were completed.
Sermania is up next. And it could use some TLC, as seen in this picture from August.
Too bad the others that were supposed to be in this round – Mamma Maria, Avenue Cheese Shop and Today’s Styles. They could use some aesthetic help.