On Monday and Tuesday this week, some excavation began on Triangle Park, the plot of land at 601 Christian St. While it seemed as though there could be some hope for the future of this property, apparently that excavation was a complete accident from a contractor who began digging up the wrong property.
Triangle Park has been in flux for a while now. The park was closed down in 2013, despite efforts from the neighborhood to keep this as a permanent green space.
Here’s a statement about the excavation from the Friends of Triangle Park Facebook group:
We have determined that the excavation on the site that occurred yesterday (Monday, March 9) and today was a mistake, was unauthorized by either the owner or Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) or by anyone at all. There were no permits issued by the City and Philadelphia Police (PPD) were called by me and by the owner to force a halt to the excavation.
The contractor claims to have made a mistake in the address of the site he was excavating and that is under investigation. Of more importance is where the dirt was taken and disposed of, as it is likely contaminated (per earlier PA DEP tests of the site).
All of this will be resolved in due course and the owner may pursue damages against the contractor. PA DEP will conduct a visit and site inspection to determine what remedial steps must be undertaken.
Friends of Triangle Park also made a statement saying that the contractor who did this digging will be replacing the seven truckloads of dirt that were excavated from the property this week.
From what we’ve heard, the lot is also for sale. This lot was formerly the location of a gas station, so there were concerns about the quality of the soil. We hear from a source that the owner has been in the process of doing environmental remediation, with the state DEP testing the soil for about a year now.
This property is zoned as CMX-2, so it could be used as a residential mixed-use.
What are your hopes for the future of this property?