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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Developer lowers number of apartments in proposed Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson

UPDATE: Here’s one important thing to note: the project does not yet have financing lined up. Another source who attended the meeting contacted us today to say that the lawyer on the project said several times, “if we get financing.” On another occasion, he said, “Banks are tight. You’ve all heard the stories.”

Also of note, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association’s zoning chair has posted on the group’s Facebook page that it intends to support the project.


POSTED EARLIER: The developer for a new apartment complex called Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson, which would replace a dilapidated former brush factory, went before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association last night to answer questions regarding the revised proposal.

Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Tony Rufo, of Rufo Properties, said his team had lowered the number of apartments from 164 to 151. That’s down a total of 21 units from the original 172 we heard back in December.

The apartments will be 1- and 2-bedroom units, costing between $800 to $1,800 a month. The size of each ranges from 500 to 1,000 square feet.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

First Pics: Prep and Foxx assoc. salon opens at 1532 S. Broad St.

Prep & Foxx, assoc., a new salon with an environmentally conscious inclination, has opened at 1532 S. Broad St. (near Tasker).

Owners Taylor Greenberg and Jenni Nuygen went for a vintage feel when they opened the salon in March in a former chiropractor’s office. It is a one-stop shop for hair, waxing and nail care. The women, who carry 10 years of experience, say they offer the old-school beauty parlor experience.

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The old sign will soon go.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

6-home development to replace fire-damaged Darien Street warehouse; bands try to recover

A warehouse fire on the 1400 block of Darien Street destroyed a practice space for Philly bands, but from the ashes might rise a new six-home development. The warehouse caught fire on Feb. 22. Arson is the suspected cause of the disaster, but, luckily, no one was hurt.

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Subsequently, the empty-handed, displaced bands have turned their efforts toward replacing lost weapons of rock. The bands recovering include The Howling Fantods, JJL, and The Improbables.

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What's Happening in:  Girard Estate :  Packer Park 

Friends of FDR Park look toward keeping park clean, safe in 2014

Safety and cleanliness are the top priority this year for the Friends of FDR Park, according to board members who held their annual meeting last week.

Image of the FDR gazebo by flickr user czarsy.

Image of the FDR gazebo by flickr user czarsy.

One of the board members said at the meeting on Thursday that clearing the sight lines around the park will help parkgoers feel safer. The theory is that if you can see all around, there will be no fear of what is lurking behind the bushes.

A main contributor in reaching this goal will take place May 10, on “Love Your Park Day.” The event will take place by the boathouse, at FDR Park between 9 a.m. and noon.

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Plot your way to a free tree next weekend

The TreePhilly program will be giving away free yard trees — some with edible fruit — at an event at Columbus Square on April 12. Partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the program will distribute up to two trees to any household or up to 10 to a community group that has interest and enough space.

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These yard trees must be planted in the ground (so all of you container planters are out of luck). Also, the trees must be planted on private property, no sidewalks. Granted, most houses around here don’t have a ton of backyard acreage, to say the least, but there will be sign-up sheets for the next round of street trees, which would be planted by the city sometime this year.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Art installation at 13th and Mifflin should be installed by June

The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association provided an update Thursday night on the slow but steady steps that have been made toward adding an art installation at the SEPTA substation at 13th and Mifflin streets.

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The project, which we first told you about back in January 2013, will include five fabric mesh panels to cover the deteriorating windows on the Mifflin Street side. The images depict how people have moved to and through South Philly, from the 17th century to current times.

The substation was built in 1913 to provide power to the city’s trolleys and now provides backup power to the subway. As the EPX civic’s website puts it, “time and vandalism have taken their toll on the exterior.” Oh yeah.

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