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Oddly shaped lot next to Passyunk Gardens headed for development?

A sale is pending on an oddly shaped Passyunk Avenue parcel that’s a stone’s throw from cheesesteak central.

1312 E Passyunk Ave (3)

Listing agent Larry Levin of Coldwell Banker Preferred confirmed the pending sale on the 1300 block of East Passyunk but said he couldn’t disclose what the prospective owner plans until the ink dries on the deal.

The vacant lot, which is actually four bundled plots of land, comprises 1312-16 E. Passyunk Ave. and one adjacent sliver, 916 Wharton St., which pokes out on the other side of the nearby Passyunk Gardens. That’s the Rachael Ray-funded community garden at the corner with the pears mural (why pears? Alliteration maybe).

The garden, if you can see it while almost staring straight into the sun

The garden, if you can see it while almost staring straight into the sun, backs up to the lot.

The package was up for $650,000, and the listing suggested that the new owner could build “3 homes or a multifamily complex with on-site parking.” An old proposal for the land planned to use the Wharton lot as a driveway, but there’s no curb cut there and we don’t see neighbors supporting a new one.

The skinny lot on 916 Wharton, not big enough for a house of its own.

The skinny lot on 916 Wharton, not big enough for a house of its own.

The lots are zoned RSA-5, meaning that only attached single-family are permitted by right. So, if they want to build apartments or raise the density, they’re going to have to fight for it (a variance, that is).

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3 Responses to Oddly shaped lot next to Passyunk Gardens headed for development?

  1. A January 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    I love the blog. Sometimes the pictures can leave a lot to be desired. These photos would look 10x better with some exposure compensation or AE-Lock. Almost all digital cameras have these features.

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    • Albert Stumm January 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you. Yes, some of my pictures are admittedly terrible, primarily because I’ll use my phone sometimes when I happen on something. The lens is scratched and I’m oh so close to an upgrade. It also doesn’t help that I do most of my wandering in the late afternoon when the sun is already going down. Thanks for the helpful tip. To better photography in the new year!

  2. Rob January 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Would be nice if they did something with the empty lot across from Pat’s. It used to be a church many years ago I believe. Pats should do something with it, maybe clean it up & put more tables over there.

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