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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square 

Doing their BID-ding

Community leaders are advocating for a business improvement district that would have the South 9th Street Italian Market as its hub.

By Joseph Myers

In 2016, a proposal to create a business improvement district (BID) for the South 9th Street Italian Market failed to acquire the mandatory two-thirds vote to move forward.  A renewed effort to establish the “South Philly Market Improvement District” has supportive community leaders hoping that sufficient advocacy will help advance a project eight years in the making. You can hear more about the plans at this evening’s Passyunk Square Civic Association general meeting.  

Passyunk Square Civic president Sarah Anton considers the market “a gem.” But, she stresses, “There’s still plenty of work to be done. The whole corridor…including areas just beyond it, deserve intensive attention.”

The proposed BID would stretch from Eighth to 10th streets and from Federal to Fitzwater streets. Parts of Washington Avenue and Christian Street would also be included. Under the plan, commercial properties in this area would pay an additional property assessment. BIDs receive taxing authority from the State and must garner approval from City Council. The proposed operating expenses for the service area total $281,636.

If approved, those revenues would help the BID tackle boarded-up and graffiti-covered spaces, fences, vacant storefronts, and old or damaged vendor stands. Area residents would benefit from the BID’s greening and beautification efforts, lighting and infrastructure work, safety  improvements, and litter removal. The BID would serve as a complement to the one established on East Passyunk Avenue in 2002.

Anton explained that the BID’s management team, outreach staff, and legal/professional services would help improve the entire service area: “Commercial landlords could attract and retain more clients, businesses could have improved prospects for success, and residents and visitors could be a more integral part of the community.”

Eugene Desyatnik, president of the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), cautions that the proposed BID may not meet with universal approval. “When businesses hear that they can receive help, yet will  need to contribute to that via assessments, it’s not unusual for them to wonder if anything is really wrong with staying on the present course.”

The BVNA hosted a meeting on October 22, in conjunction with the South Philly Market District organizers. That meeting served as a kickstarter to secure the votes needed in City Council, specifically 1st District Councilman Mark Squilla, to advance the plan.

Photo courtesy Vern Anastasio

The BIDs’ proponents feel confident the organization, if approved, will help keep the Market competitive with other area commercial enterprises and attract new tenants and visitors. “Along with valuing the past,” Desyatnik said, “we have to make apparent what we can do to improve the present and the future” of the market.

Anton concluded, “I’m eager to keep pushing for this BID. Simply put, the community needs and deserves it.”

Read the proposal details here.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar Turns 80!

By Sandy Smith for the Passyunk Post

Happy birthday!

That’s how patrons who walk into Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar have been greeted for decades.  And why not? It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere every day.

On Saturday, October 6, the birthday was the bar’s own. And from 3:30 in the afternoon on into the night, regulars and friends from all over came to say “Happy Birthday” to the legendary establishment at East Passyunk Avenue and Federal Street.

Lou Anne Capozzoli, daughter of owner Lou and member of the third generation of Capozzolis involved with the bar, explained how the bar got its name.

“Ray was my grandfather,” she said. “When he owned it, and people came into the bar, instead of saying ‘Hello,’ he’d say ‘Happy birthday.’”

Lou himself is more likely to crack jokes when patrons enter, but the tradition continues: whenever the bartender rings a bell behind the bar, everyone in it shouts out “Happy birthday!”

“The bell rings maybe 10 times a day, easy,” said Lou, who grew up with the bar.

“My father bought it in 1938,” he said. “I was born in 1939, and we moved here in 1940.”

Over the seven years after Prohibition ended in 1933, the bar had had three different owners. It’s remained in the Capozzoli family ever since, and Lou does his level best to run the bar as his father did.

Owner Lou Capozzoli at the 80th birthday celebration. Photo: Sandy Smith.

Which means everyone’s welcome. “Everybody came here. Jewish people, Italian people, black people – my father was friends with everybody,” he said. “He was one of the nicest people you ever met. He treated everybody equally.

“And I teach my son in the same way: ‘If someone comes in and shakes your hand, say Happy Birthday to them.’”

Vintage photo shows Lou (back row, left), and Ray (back row, center, with glasses). Photo courtesy Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar.

Lou’s son Anthony, who was behind the bar at the party, didn’t have time or room to shake hands that afternoon, for the bar was packed to the gills with well-wishers who came out to have a good time and listen to live music. Continue Reading →

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Kirkbride School Celebrates New Playground & APPT Model

By Tim Gibbon for the Passyunk Post

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, Eliza B. Kirkbride School celebrated Back to School Night with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new playground, and the kickoff of their Academic Parent-Teacher Team model for grades K-3. The lively event was celebrated with a terrific turnout from Kirkbride families, community partners, and Councilman Mark Squilla. Breakdance and zumba performances, music, and food trucks contributed to a community festival atmosphere.

During the 2018-2019 school year, parents and teachers in grades K-3 will redefine the traditional parent-teacher relationship with the Academic Parent-Teacher Team (ATPP) model. The APTT model raises the bar on the traditional parent conferences by expanding opportunities for families and teachers to collaborate. The APTT model is grounded in the notion that schools thrive when families and teachers work together as genuine partners.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Property of the Week: 1543 South 13th Street

There are thousands of homes for sale in South Philly. Our “Property of the Week” features one worth checking out…


Location
This beautiful 3-story, 5 bedroom, 3 bath home is just steps from all the fabulous restaurants and shops of East Passyunk Avenue.

1543 South 13th St. is on one of the most desirable blocks in all of Philadelphia.

Conveniently located just minutes from public transportation, 30th Street Train Station, and Philadelphia International Airport that can swiftly and efficiently transport you anywhere in the city, tri-state area, NYC or DC, or the world! Just a short ride via Uber, walking, or biking into Center City Philadelphia and all of history that comes with our great city.

First Floor
Walk into an original foyer with a gorgeous custom stain glass window, original light fixture and beautiful tile floors. The spacious living room space with hardwood floors, large bay window, and original fireplace mantle is a great space for entertaining. Off of the living room is a three-piece ceramic tile bath with tub.

Marvel at the crown molding, the mirrors that give depth to the space, and walk into the nice-sized dining room and kitchen combo.

The kitchen features a good amount of cabinet and countertop space, tile floors and Formica counter tops. The gas range and refrigerator are included in the sale. The seller will also include a brand new stainless steel range. Natural sunlight radiates throughout the first floor.

Located just off the kitchen is a bedroom with a large closet. A spiral staircase leads from the kitchen to the 2nd floor rear bedrooms. There is a large back yard with wooden upper deck off the 2nd floor rear bedroom and ample space for entertainment. A rear shed is included in the sale.

Basement
The basement is full and partially finished – great for a recreation room. The ceiling height is perfect and this level can be easily finished. The basement features laundry with washer and dryer, mechanical systems, and a storage area. This property features three electrical meters, two heaters, and three hot water tanks.

Second Floor
A spacious, carpeted staircase leads to a large hallway on the second floor with many original features. Here the home splits into two potential suites with one that could serve as an in-law suite. The rear features two large bedrooms with a full three-piece ceramic tile bathroom. The spiral staircase here accesses the kitchen area.

A wood deck is located off the rear 2nd floor rear bedroom. Walking back into the main hallway, you’ll find a large bi-level potential in-law suite. The suite includes a large living room and potential kitchen with dark hardwood floors, good ceiling height, and a large bay window.

Third Floor
The third floor features a large bedroom with walk-in closet and a full three-piece ceramic tile bath with tub.

This property is unique & different with ample potential. There are two brand new roofs. Move right in, or make this the home of your dreams. Come see this gem!

For more information, contact:

Michael Giangiordano ll

215.334.3333

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne :  Passyunk Square :  Point Breeze 

South Philly Developments Round-up

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

Hawthorne

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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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

A Cheesesteak with a Difference

Tonight only: enjoy an “Abbruzze Cheesesteak” at Pat’s for a good cause!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 18th, Di Bruno Bros.’ owner Emilio Mignucci will join Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks as they share the grill and serve a limited-time Abbruzze Cheesesteak. All proceeds will go to Frank Olivieri’s Spread the Whiz Foundation, which partners with schools to teach kids about healthy food choices through artistic and cooking expressions.

Longtime friends, Emilio and Frank, both graduates of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College have grown up in their family businesses. Frank’s great uncle, Pat Olivieri, opened Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia in 1930. Pat, a hot dog vendor, wanted something different for lunch one day and made a sandwich of chopped steak and onion. He shared it with a regular customer, a cab driver, who loved it so much he spread the word. Frank’s work in the community and growth of Pat’s King of Steaks has allowed his uncle Pat’s legacy to live on over 86 years.

Emilio, with his brother Bill Mignucci and their cousin William Mignucci, Jr. have grown their family business from the original Di Bruno Bros. in the historic Italian Market to a company with five retail stores, e-commerce, national distribution, and a catering and commissary kitchen. As Di Bruno Bros. approaches their 80th anniversary, Emilio is creating a cheesesteak using their “infamous” Abbruzze Cheese Spread – a zesty garlic and herb spread with red chile pepper flakes. Named after the region where Danny and Joe Di Bruno were born, the Abbruzze Cheesesteak will reinvent the King of Steaks for one day only.

Di Bruno Bros. and Emilio join the ranks of Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Michael Solomonov
who have all shared the grill with Olivieri to support the Spread the Whiz Foundation.

 

 

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