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Check out the possibilities for park proposed for 17th and Carpenter

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:

Carpenter Green - option2

Conceptual designs by Jacob Kuklick, Peter Straus, and Stephen Panasci

Carpenter Green - option1

Carpenter Green - option3

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:

Image a Streetview screen brag from 2011, though it's not all that different now.

Image a Streetview screen brag from 2011, though it’s not all that different now, except that it is no longer on the market.

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.

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3 Responses to Check out the possibilities for park proposed for 17th and Carpenter

  1. sowfilly March 14, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Actually, it currently looks totally different than that street view image. All the trees are gone, the houses on the north end of the lot (right side of the image) are gone. The entire lot is stripped to bare earth and surrounded by a temporary chain link fence. Can’t wait for it to become a park! Renderings look great.

    • Albert Stumm March 15, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks so much for the update.

  2. ProvWitout March 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Wow.. Looks like a major improvement! Can’t wait to see the final plans!

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