The proposal to redevelop the former brush factory at 12th and Jackson streets would include 164 rental apartments, 62 parking spaces and – certainly a first for South Philly – a 24-hour doorman.
Developer Tony Rufo presented the plans this week to the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association’s zoning committee. He plans to build two additions in the center of the property, meaning that five buildings will form the complex. Apartments would be about 480 square feet to 900 or 1,000 square feet.
The reception was mostly positive from the 80 or so people who attended the meeting, said Todd Schwartz, the zoning and planning chair. A handful of attendees objected to the number of parking spots, but the developer and Schwartz noted that the proposed ratio includes more parking than the city’s new zoning rules mandate.
Other amenities would include a fitness center, dedicated sports for car share and interior parking for bikes, motorcycles and scooters
One person complained that glass and other objects have fallen from the dilapidated building under their ownership and that no phone calls were returned about it, according to a source who attended the meeting. “And while Tony Jr. kind of shrugged his shoulders and agreed, he said they can’t do anything to the skin of the building until they know they have zoning for it and can move forward,” the source said.
Schwartz said more community meetings will be held in early 2014, which are to be announced. Our source told us that the lawyer expected the first zoning hearing to be in March and that the project would have to go through the city’s Civic Design Review process. Construction would start 10 to 12 months from now.