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Ground officially broken for East Passyunk gateway project

Since the plans were first announced for the East Passyunk gateway project back in January 2014, it’s been a hot-topic project for the avenue.

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Sam Sherman of PARC speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony

After showing you the updated plans earlier this week for the area at East Passyunk, Broad and McKean, ground was broken for the project last night.

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East Passyunk gateway project set to break ground tomorrow, with updated renderings

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow night on the gateway project at East Passyunk, Broad and McKean, which was announced with much fanfare in January 2014.

This is the flashiest of four lighting options under consideration. Renderings provided by PARC.

This is the flashiest of four lighting options under consideration. Renderings provided by PARC.

The sparse plaza will be torn up to turn that little wedge into more-usable “flex” space, complete with what is becoming a common refrain for avenue projects: seating, better lighting and improved landscaping.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Steakhouse called Palladino’s to take over burned-out Colombo’s at 1934 E. Passyunk

A new restaurant called Palladino’s, being billed as an upscale steak and seafood house, will be taking over the old Colombo’s space at 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., which was damaged in a fire in August 2012.

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Owner Luke Palladino, who already owns four other steakhouses in New Jersey, including two in Atlantic City, is shooting to open in November. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which we reported last month had purchased the building, signed the least last week and the deal was announced today.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Former Colombos will get new life as PARC buys the building

The boarded-up former Colombo’s, which was severely damaged in a fire in August 2012, is being purchased by the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation.

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PARC director Sam Sherman told us that the organization, which has renovated a number of buildings along the avenue, including locations for Fond, Noord and the forthcoming Brigantessa, just closed on the building.

“We expect to have a lease signed in the next few months,” he said. And what kind of a lease?

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

East Passyunk “gateway” to be rebuilt thanks to $500k grant

The sparsely landscaped triangle where Passyunk meets Broad and McKean will be torn up and redone this summer, creating a new public “flex” space and a much more attractive gateway to the avenue.

Renderings by Studio Bryan Hanes

Renderings by Studio Bryan Hanes

Sam Sherman, director of the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, said the William Penn Foundation awarded a $495,000 grant, which is to be released in May. Construction is expected to start as early as that month.

Highlights of the redesign include much better lighting, seating, a water feature, built-in speakers, a bike-share station, a pergola where vendors or DJs could set up for community events and more – kind of like the fountain at 11th and Passyunk, which PARC also manages.

A public unveiling of the project, which Sherman said was the result of several meetings with key community members, will be held tomorrow night, Wednesday Jan. 29 at 1930 S. Broad St. at 6:30 p.m. That’s the old St. Agnes hospital at Broad and Passyunk. Signs will direct you to the conference room.

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