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Point Breeze Food Co-op won’t be coming to 1245 Point Breeze Ave.

The idea for a community grocery store for Point Breeze Avenue emerged in May with plans to bring a glass-box-like development with the food co-op on the ground floor to a neighborhood that has been called a “food desert.”


The plans for the food co-op and development for 1245 Point Breeze Ave. were reviewed last week, receiving a “no” from the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The idea for the project was to bring fresh foods to a neighborhood that lacks such amenities. The plans for the development required a variance for to build something of this density on a CMX-2-zoned property.

From Naked Philly, which is owned by OCF Holding, the developer of this project:

As for the community group and a handful of near neighbors, we don’t know what to say. Point Breeze is a food desert and many residents lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This project would have improved access to grocery items with a deed restriction guaranteeing the use moving forward and a promise to offer the space at $1/month in perpetuity. This store would have been a great benefit to many people in the community, and it’s a shame that gentrification fears expressed through concerns about parking, density, and the “character of the neighborhood” submarined this project.

OCF Holdings may “pursue an alternate development plan that doesn’t include a grocery store, or they might just let the property fall out of contract,” but no alternative plans are in place for the property at this time.


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5 Responses to Point Breeze Food Co-op won’t be coming to 1245 Point Breeze Ave.

  1. A Trane July 25, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    Complete short-sightedness. A damn same.

  2. Debbie July 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    This has to be one of the saddest things I’ve read about Point Breeze in awhile. There has to be more to the story than this?

  3. j July 26, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    i always felt like this false “co-op” proposition was a ploy to capitalize on the success of the south philly food co-op

    • Jayfar July 26, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

      You have an odd definition of success, considering that the South Philly Food Co-op doesn’t actually exist yet, despite years of planning.

  4. hebsie July 29, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Don’t even get me started on the South Philly Food Co-op….

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