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Ori Feibush is starting a Point Breeze Ave. business improvement district

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┬áBarbara 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.

What will become the new office

What will become the new office

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 fa├žade 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.

Wow, that picture didn't turn out so good.

Wow, that picture didn’t turn out so good.

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.


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6 Responses to Ori Feibush is starting a Point Breeze Ave. business improvement district

  1. enneirda October 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Go Ori!!!

  2. Charles Ray October 2, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I believe Ori purchased the old Munson Manor and is in the midst of rehabbing it. Keep up the great work, Ori!

    • David G October 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      I think leased, not purchased. Doesn’t look like much work is going on it, either.

      • Ori Feibush October 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

        Purchased it two weeks ago. Lots of work going on. Check out what it looked like on Google Maps last month.

        Windows are going in to Munson Manor shortly. 1155 s. 20th looks very different with new windows from this morning as well.

        And thank you Charles for the kind words.

        • David G October 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

          Dammit. Look at me looking all foolish. Hadn’t seen the before, just saw it boarded up yesterday.

  3. Khan October 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Wow that’s awesome. Glad to see some change.

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