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A city-owned parking lot near the popular Herron Playground in a booming section of Pennsport will be “marketed for sale for future development within the next 30 days,” according to a notice posted at the site that’s dated Nov. 7.
Some neighbors are organizing to oppose development of the lot because its 20 or so spots provide parking for visitors to the playground. The neighbors are starting a petition and have spoken with Councilman Mark Squilla, who one tipster told us that Squilla “said he met with neighbors and is exploring solutions.”
Squilla confirmed that he’d heard from neighbors. “I will be meeting with the community to get their feedback.”
Practically across the street from the lot, on the southeast corner of 2nd and Reed, a developer is building six townhomes. And less than a block away at 3rd and Reed, 12 townhouses are rising on the site of the demolished St. John’s Epsicopal church.
Is it better to have more housing to bring customers to these businesses, or should the city preserve the parking lot? Hmm?