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South Philly Developments Round-up

If you’ve been away the past week or so, here are some development stories have missed…

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The vacant lots at 1114 and 1116 Carpenter Street may soon be developed. A rendering installed on a fence at the site shows an image of two, four-story rowhomes with garages. As Naked Philly notes, “the project hasn’t started down the path to permits,” and the garages will require a variance that may not be easily granted.


Passyunk Square

702-706 Latona Street was home to the Whilldin Pottery Co. from the 1870s until the early 1900s. By the 1940s the company had relocated and its site, running from Latona Street through to Wharton Street, was vacant. Part of the site was developed into rowhouses in the 1980s. Plan Philly reports that the remaining portion of the lot may soon be redeveloped. The current site is described as a hidden oasis:

Inside this 13,300 square-foot refuge from the noise and neon of Passyunk Square, bushes flower, willowy grasses sway in the breeze, and enormous golden koi fish swim in a pond.

The new development will will bring 10 hotly-contested “townhomes” to the site:

For developer Maxwell Bassman, the de-facto public green is an opportunity to build more homes in a suddenly very desirable — and profitable— neighborhood. Last week, the developer won approval from the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment for variances needed to move forward with a plan for 10 four-story townhomes with garages and an internal driveway.

Neighbors may appeal the ZBA’s decision.

For history’s sake, here’s an ad for the pottery company that once occupied the site:

The Whilldin Pottery Co. manufactured clay pots at 713 Wharton Street on the eastern side of the Latona Street site. (Newspapers.com)

And here’s the pottery company’s proposed replacement:

A rendering of the 10-townhouse development proposed for 706-724 Latona St. ( credit: Maxwell Bassman)

A rendering of the 10-townhouse development proposed for 706-724 Latona St. (credit: Maxwell Bassman)


Point Breeze

Over in Point Breeze, changes are underway on the 2100 block of Annin Street. 2114 Annin Street, a suburban-style townhome, was originally built as affordable housing by South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. in the early 1980s. The home, and its adjacent yard, is slated to be replaced by three new homes. According to the blog, “We understand that this project would be a partnership between the longtime owner of the property and a developer, with the owner getting one of the new homes.”

2104 Annin Street from Google Street View.

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Broad Street Run passes through South Philly this Sunday – watch for bus detours and parking restrictions

The 39th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run kicks off in North Philly and proceeds 10 miles south to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

Spectators are encouraged to head out to Broad Street to watch the race and cheer on the runners.  Entertainment and refreshments are available along the course and at the finish line.

According to the official event website, some of the best places to watch the racers in South Philly include:

  • South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts);
  • South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School);
  • South Broad Street at Bigler Street;
  • South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete’s
  • Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex.

Extra trains, bus delays

Racers are encouraged to park at the Sports Complex and take the Broad Street Line to the race start.  To accommodate the crowds, according to SEPTA, “Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line for free before the race and until 9:00 a.m.  Participants must display their official competitor’s race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry.”

Beginning at 4:10am ten additional Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes to transport racers from the parking lots near AT&T (Pattison) Station to stops near the race start Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Many bus routes in South Philly will be temporarily detoured due to the race.  Check SEPTA’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run Service Information page to see which routes will be detoured.  During the race, check TransitView for up-to-date detour information.

Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide Broad Street run-related transit, weather and safety information. To receive mobile alerts, text RUNPHL to 888-777 or visit OEM’s ReadyPhiladelphia page.

Parking will be restricted on Broad Street before and during the race – watch for posted signs!

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South Philly’s ‘Secret’ Parks, Gardens & Green Spaces

Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter Streets. Photo by Friends of Julian Abele Park.

 

Now that Spring is finally here you might be looking for a quiet green space where you can enjoy the sunshine.  Curbed Philly posted a great list of 25 ‘secret’ parks and green spaces in the city.  South Philly was represented by eight sites from six neighborhoods:

We can think of a few ‘extra-secret’ South Philly spots missing from the list:

  • Ridgway Park tucked behind CAPA at 13th & Carpenter in Hawthorne, with its wonderful shade trees, a playground and a pool.
  • Mollbore Terrace – actually two separate green spaces located between Oregon Avenue and Johnston Street, 10th and 13th Streets.
  • Weinberg Park – a tiny green triangle on the border of Lower Moyamensing and Whitman.
  • Moyamensing Avenue medians – this linear green space divides Moyamensing Ave. from 15th to 20th.

Can you think of others?  Let us know in the comments below, and check out Curbed Philly’s piece here.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Hawthornes owners to match soda tax revenue to donate to Andrew Jackson School

The newly-implemented soda tax has outraged many with the increased prices on not just soda, but also other sugary beverages in the city.

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Not everyone is getting mad about the tax, though. Local restaurant owners Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico of Hawthornes are making the tax a bigger initiative to raise money for the Andrew Jackson School.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Hawthorne :  Queen Village 

South Street Headhouse District receives $525k grant for safety improvements

The South Street Headhouse District will soon be seeing $525,000 in safety improvements.

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Earlier this week it was announced by State Rep. Michael O’Brien that the district, which covers South Street and Fabric Row, would receive the grant money.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Target revealed as Blatstein’s planned Broad and Washington tenant, legal troubles continue for claim to property

Bart Blatstein‘s plans for his 32-story Broad and Washington development have been derailed due to some legal problems that have unfolded over the last few months. Between troubles with Hudson Realty Capital L.L.C. of New York. over claim to the property due to Blatstein’s failure to complete the $18 million purchase by an agreed upon sale date, and an appeal filed by residents in opposition of the development, things have not been moving forward quickly.

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Now Hudson Realty is taking things back to court, attempting to regain claim over the parcel of land to instead sell the property off to Midwood Investment & Development.

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