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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Newbold Neighbors Association has started recruiting for their Fall Beer Tour

The Newbold Neighbors Association is looking for assistance for this year’s 2013 fall beer tour.

Joe Suchma, interim president, is coordinating the committee and he says it’s still early.

“We don’t have any details yet, that’s what the committee’s for,” Suchma said. “The event has traditionally been a tour of five to six houses, each with a different keg/food combo.”

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City programs will provide up to $50k to improve interiors of businesses

Two new city programs will help establish or upgrade high-quality retail businesses on commercial corridors, including Passyunk Avenue, South Street, Fabric Row, the Italian Market and most other South Philly centers of commerce.

And there is an informational session for business owners tomorrow morning, so if you know of someone who would be a good fit for this program, send them a link to this story or share it on Facebook TODAY.

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South Street pic from phillyfoodlovers.com

The first program is by the Merchants Fund, which would provide up to $50,000 grants that would be matched with an owner’s contribution to make interior improvements to stores. This program is in addition to the city’s facade improvement program, which the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation has already augmented with its own facade program (B2, Sermania, eventually more). Continue Reading →

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UPDATED: Fringe festival is coming to South Philly in September

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Like theater but without all the effort? Then here’s some good news.

The Fringe Arts festival returns to Philadelphia next month, and South Philly has more shows than ever this year. Tickets went on sale last week, which you can find here, so check out all the offerings that will be just outside your door.

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· High Cheese at Adobe Café (Sept. 14 and 20), 1919 E Passyunk Ave.

A collection of sports futilities with, possibly, a cameo by former Cubs pitcher Bob Guitierrez. Karaoke master Johnny Goodtimes is one of the stars.

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·  Chlamyd Dell’Arte: MORE Sex-Ed Burlesque at The Dive Bar (Sept. 10-12, 17-19), 947 E Passyunk Ave.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Teri’s bar on 9th will stay in the family, be open all day

Back in March, we told you that Teri’s bar in the Italian Market had been put up for sale for $600,000.

We recently noticed some changes at the bar – new gray paint on the front, outside seating including banquettes sometimes, no Teri’s sign – and thought that maybe it had been sold.

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Nope. The bar, at 1126 S. 9th St, will instead stay in the family. And now they’re open from noon to 2 a.m. every day, with some killer drink specials. But no more food – not even tater tots.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

New business at 642 Washington Ave. will be electronics store

A zoning notice popped up on a Washington Avenue block that could use some cool stuff, but it turns out that nothing new is coming in after all.

Tran's business will now move next door

Tran’s Cellular will now move next door

Dan Tran, new owner of the property at 642 Washington Ave., proposed moving his electronics store onto the first floor there – from next door. He also asked to put two apartments on the second and third floors.

The interesting part is that the Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning committee voted in favor of half the proposal – moving the store – but shot down the plan for the rest of the building. Generally, when a committee votes something down, the owner has to come back with a completely new proposal before even the favorable part moves forward.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Urban Jungle applies for loading zones, assuages neighbors about sidewalk, street use

The Passyunk Square Civics Association’s zoning committee voted unanimously this week for Urban Jungle’s application to create loading zones outside the store at 1526 E. Passyunk Ave. during store hours. The store also agreed to give plenty of room to pedestrians who walk through the plant-sale forest that blooms daily on the sidewalk.

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Neighbors had been complaining that the racks of plants cause a bottleneck on the sidewalk and that the daily loading from trucks parked on Passyunk backs up traffic on 11th Street down to south of Tasker.

Curt Alexander, store founder, told the committee as well as 60 to 70 attendees at the Annunciation BVM church hall that he plans to use the loading zones in the morning to stock plant deliveries, then move the racks of plants onto the street to make more room for passersby, about seven feet. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Seven apartments is too many for abandoned South Broad mansion, civics say

A developer who wants to turn 2221 S. Broad St. into apartments was told by two civic associations last month that he’s shooting for too much density. Dirk Merill, whose company Georgia Pierce LLC bought the building in February for $365,000, asked for seven apartments in the building’s 4,900 square feet. Not gonna happen.

You may recognize the stucco on the side as what faces the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank

You may recognize the stucco on the side as what faces the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank

First up was a presentation to the South Broad Street Neighbors Association’s zoning committee by Merill and attorney Richard DeMarco, who is also on the board of the SBSNA. DeMarco claimed that though the zoning permits only allow four units and an office, the building has seven electrical meters in the basement.

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