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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Columbus Square renovation project delayed

It didn’t come as a surprise, but they weren’t exactly planning for it either. Renovations for Columbus Square Park have been delayed due do a state funding rule that requires the city to hire an archaeologist to make sure the site isn’t – you know, hiding anything of historical significance.

Columbus Square renovation project in South Philadelphia delayed
“The city has dealt with this before. It’s not unusual with these type of projects,” says Ilene Wilder, President of the Columbus Square Advisory Council. “We’re working with the city and just waiting for the archaeology report now.”
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Broad Street Wendy’s Sign Goes Up

Last March we hoped it wouldn’t be, but it is. A Wendy’s is coming to Broad and Snyder and now have the signage to prove it. Reader Richard Everill III sent us this photo of the the sign going up.

Wendys at Broad and Snyder in South Philadelphia - photo by Richard Everill III for Passyunk Post

It was back in October 2015 when the then-mystery tenant was obtained. However, while folks were none-to-thrilled and shared their thoughts with us, at the  South Broad Street Neighborhood Association meeting on March 15, 2016, there wasn’t as much vocal objection as expected, according to SBSNA president, Peter Zutter. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

DIY Network pilot show featuring East Passyunk home

If you’re at home this Saturday night at 8pm, you might want to turn into the DIY Network to check out Philly Street Flippin’, a new house flipping show featuring Rachel Street and her company, Hestia Construction.

DIY Network pilot show featuring East Passyunk home on Philly Street Flippin

What makes this even more relevant to Passyunk-area folks is that the show will feature a recently renovated East Passyunk home at 1042 Tasker St.
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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Proposed medical-marijuana dispensary coming to East Passyunk?

When Pennsylvania put the word out that licenses to grow, process, and distribute medical marijuana was being considered, hundreds of prospective entrepreneurs and  dedicated professionals responded. With only 12 grower licenses and 27 dispensary permits being issued state-wide, many would be denied. However, after passing a critical zoning hurdle on March 20th, Jesse Coscia was granted permission to proceed with a proposed dispensary at 1125 E. Passyunk Ave., just blocks from the Italian Market.

Proposed medical-marijuana dispensary coming to East Passyunk
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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee reviews updated Royal Theater plans

The development process for South Street’s Royal Theater has been moving forward slowly. The project was connected to developer Carl Dranoff until October, when he sold the property to Robert Roskamp, a developer with work in Florida and Chester County.

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Roskamp’s redevelopment vision includes the reuse of some of the historic theater’s structure, but with the addition of new construction to create a mix of apartments and townhouses. The project went before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee this week.

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