CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that funding for the Columbus Square project had been secured. Actually, 10 percent of the $3 million budget has been secured to advance the design, but fundraising is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
Next week will be a busy one for the civic-minded set who might be interested in getting a first-hand look at plans for two big projects on the horizon: Mt. Sinai’s redevelopment and the official unveiling of Columbus Square’s plans.
On Monday, Jan. 27, the Pennsport Civic Association is hearing a second presentation from the developer who intends to convert the old Mt.Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed into 198 apartments and 38 townhouses. Developer Gagar Lakhmna will give an update on the proposal, which got a mostly positive reception at two meetings last month – except about parking. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Edward O’Malley rec center, 138 Moore St.
Then on Jan. 30, Mark Focht of the city Parks and Rec Department will unveil the plans to refurbish Columbus Square Park, which if everything goes according to the plans will see major changes. Details of the timeline and funding, only 10 percent of which has been secured, will be outlined then, Focht said.
For starters, the field will be shorter, allowing for more “passive” green space, and nearly every element around the park will be redone, including the dog runs, the athletic field, the “patio” on the 13th Street side and much more.
That meeting is at 7 pm at the Columbus Square Park Recreation Center, 12th & Wharton streets.
“From initial, informal feedback we have received, we believe the master plan will be well received by the community, as it reflects the input we received throughout the process,” Focht said.
Sounds good. Commenters here certainly seemed to like it.