A recent zoning meeting for the Passyunk Square Civic Association featured an informational presentation for the address listed at 827-29 Wharton St.
At first glance, that address might not mean much to you. However, it may once you realize it’s the location of that trash-strewn vacant lot east of Pat’s King of Steaks. While it’s still early in the process, let’s just say that there are some very real plans for this long-troubled lot.
Developer Paul Mirabello, a Passyunk Square resident with development projects at 1514 S. 9th St. and the 500 block of Girard Ave., said that the initial plans call for a four-story building with roughly 6,500 square-feet of ground floor commercial space topped by 21 apartments.
The lot and building at 827-29 Wharton St. were put up for sale in late May and quickly went under contract to an unknown buyer. Mirabello confirmed to us that he finally closed on the property on Monday, although city records show that Anna Olivieri still owns the property.
As for the meeting, Mirabello said it was for an informational presentation only and that neighbors’ main concerns were over density, height of the building and, of course, parking. Some of the neighbors mentioned they would prefer single-family homes on the lot, which Mirabello said “was not feasible” at this location.
It should be noted that it’s simply the beginning of the process to redevelop the vacant lot and adjoining building. As a neighbor, Mirabello understands the importance of community input. ”It’s great that there’s at least some movement on these properties but we won’t proceed without neighborhood support,” he said.
“I live in Passyunk Square and have unfortunately had to see this lot far too often,” Mirabello added. ”I’m looking forward to redeveloping it.”