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Building across from Pat’s collapses under weight of heavy snow

The roof of the building catty-corner from Pat’s at 9th and Wharton collapsed this morning, nearly three years after renovations on it began.

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Looks like 9th, Wharton and Passyunk will soon have another vacant lot to contend with.

Permits for interior demolition of the building, at 848 Wharton St., were pulled as far back as May 2011, according to city records. And as you can see through time, not that much happened between then and when it fell down today:

Google streetview from June 2011

Google streetview from June 2011

From March 2012...

From March 2012…

And yesterday:

Same withering brown paper in the windows.

Same withering brown paper in the windows.

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7 Responses to Building across from Pat’s collapses under weight of heavy snow

  1. Angel February 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    This property has been vacant and in disrepair for a long time. Whatever renovations occurred were few. It’s had broken windows and rolling door rot for at least the past year. So, we’ve already been contending with this vacant blight for some time.

  2. Elizabeth February 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    This building is owned by one of Pat’s of Pat’s Steaks relatives (look it up at city property tax site). She also owns the empty lot across the street, as well as the abandoned row house next to the lot. She purposely keeps the properties in disrepair to get back at Pat for not leaving Pat’s Steaks to her or her children. PAT IS DEAD you’re not getting back at him. You are the worst sort of slum lord. Shame on you.

  3. elizabeth February 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    And shovel your walk too! You can see in the photo where the fireman are sitting (that is the empty lot she also owns and next door the empty, falling apart row house she also owns) the walks are not shoveled. They are never shoveled. She own both corners, it’s hard to even get down the block because of a single person’s attitude.

  4. 105pct February 16, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Where is L&I? … in all of this? Isn’t there a law that sidewalks have to be shoveled?
    When I made an inquiry about the situation on Friday at noon (I called 311) .. L&I was not aware that the building had collapsed! even tho police and firemen were on the scene. How does that happen?

    How does the Pat’s Steaks family have so little respect for the community that supports it?

  5. 105pct February 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    if you look at the picture from March 2012 – you can see that the bricks on the top of the 3rd floor are sticking out and that decorative top looks to be leaning outward too. This is what probably pulled forward and collapsed.

    This is what happens when a building is vacant and ignored for years!
    …. so lucky nobody was hurt – Pat’s Steaks

  6. Thomas Boutell March 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Any word on the godawful patch job they did on the next building over? Is that legal? Can it be condemned and pulled down also? It looks absolutely awful. I cringe for the neighbors who have kept up their houses, the new restaurant at the end of the block…

    • Albert Stumm March 5, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Not yet. I was going to swing by there this week, so thanks for the reminder!

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