At Tuesday night’s Passyunk Square Civic Association meeting, the presentation for the development of the lot at 9th and Wharton was met with much opposition from neighbors.
The project, which we first told you about in October, was opposed by many based on the never-ending problem of parking in South Philly.
The plans for the lot include a combination of five ground-level retail stores with apartments on the upper-levels of the building. Much of the reason for the neighborhood opposition is based on the already troubling parking in the vicinity. This vacant lot is located across from Pat’s King of Steaks, which means that parking could becoming even more of an issue than it is currently for those who live in the area.
The developer of the project, Paul Mirabello, is a Passyunk Square native who also has development projects at 1514 S. 9th St. and the 500 block of Girard Ave.
More on the meeting from the Inquirer:
A church stood on that corner before its demolition three decades ago. An adjacent mural also harks back to a different era: Larger-than-life portraits of favorite sons Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Jerry Blavat, Bobby Rydell, Al Martino, Fabian, and Eddie Fisher are faded and chipped.
Gilbert Lettieri, 72, said he felt the parking situation had reached a critical point. His family has owned two houses on the 800 block of Wharton for nearly a century, after emigrating from Italy.
One of the two houses Lettieri owns with his siblings is a three-unit rental. And so, when Lettieri stood up to question the development, Mirabello took aim.
“You own a multifamily next door. But a multifamily beyond your property becomes inappropriate?” Mirabello said.
“That was 90 years ago my parents bought that,” Lettieri replied. “There’s no parking in the streets. Period.”
Pat’s owner Frank Olivieri said Wednesday that he does not support the development.
Many of the other remarks from neighbors at the meeting were quite negative, including a ”storm of questions, criticisms, and exclamations delivered with flourish and occasional profanity,” according to The Inquirer.
Triangle Tavern also presented their plans for outdoor seating, which we told you about last month. Neighbors also seemed to oppose Triangle Tavern’s plans for outdoor seating based on noise concerns since it is still a mainly residential area.
Where you at Tuesday night’s meeting? What do you think of the proposed plans to develop this now-vacant lot?