Taking matters into his own hands, developer Ori Feibush has decided to start a privately funded community improvement district focusing on the area around Point Breeze Avenue.
The City Paper reports that Feibush has hired Barbara Kelley, the former manager of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation, another neighborhood that has had its share of new vs. old tension. She’ll lead the new organization out of an office that will be located in a former check cashing business at 1155 S. 20th St.
Says City Paper:
The center would assume some duties normally delegated to community development corporations and business improvement districts, like street cleaning, assistance with 311 complaints, installing trash cans and lighting, and dispensing grants to local businesses for façade improvement and security cameras.
The center will be across the street from Feibush’s OCF Coffee House, which has been the target of protests by some longtime residents and was recently vandalized. On another corner is the decrepit Munson Manor, which looks classy as ever.
In other Point Breeze news, the Inquirer learned that people do in fact like living there. Better late than never, right?
Newlyweds Mallory Fix and Juan Lopez considered single-family homes and duplexes in various Philadelphia neighborhoods before spending $320,000 for a 2,352-square-foot rowhouse in the 1300 block of South 15th Street in Point Breeze.
“Location was a pull for me, rather than a deterrent,” Fix said. The couple, who had a budget of $350,000, looked at homes in Port Richmond, Passyunk Square, and Pennsport before closing on the three-story, red-brick house in June.
The whole story is worth a read, though, especially if you don’t know many people who have chosen to live on the west side of Broad below Washington. Check it out here.