Seventeenth and Carpenter will soon be unrecognizable thanks to three projects that will transform the intersection from wasteland to vibrant neighborhood anchor, if all goes as planned.
On the southeast corner, you have the Carpenter Square project, which is completing the first phase of an 11-home development plus a planned mixed-use corner building. Across the street, according to the Philadelphia Real Estate Blog, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) has just put out a request for proposals to developers who can turn another vacant lot near the southwest corner into housing.
Then on the northwest corner – and perhaps most interesting – the South of South Neighbors Association has been spearheading an effort to turn yet another vacant lot into Carpenter Green. And we were able to snag renderings of three possibilities for the future park:
Andrew Dalzell, SOSNA’s program coordinator, noted that the designs are just conceptual ways to envision a future park, not final designs. The neighborhood group has a lease on the land from the PRA and the backing of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, but funding still needs to be secured to make the park a reality. Certainly will be an improvement over its current state:
Planning meetings are held each fourth Tuesday of every month, so the next one is March 25 at 7 p.m. at the SOSNA office, 1901 Christian St. For more information on how to get involved, check here.