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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Sign this petition to help save Engine 46 from the wrecking ball

The Queen Village Neighbors Association has entered the fray around the embattled Engine 46 firehouse in Pennsport by posting a petition to save it on its website.

Click here to sign it. The petition had already garnered nearly 500 signatures by last night.

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The firehouse has received even more attention in the wake of a meeting last week between City Councilman Mark Squilla, Pennsport civic president James Moylan and CEO of building owner Cedar Realty Trust, Bruce Schanzer. Schanzer said that the company was open to preserving the firehouse if they can find a tenant.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

UPDATED: Why does Cedar Realty say a Checkers is located where Engine 46 is now?

UPDATE: Hidden City reports that a Checkers says the deal to open there fell through and that the site plan now says that location is available. But it still shows what’s available is a drive-through restaurant with parking, and not a vacant, historical, usable firehouse.


After a potentially positive meeting last week about the Engine 46 firehouse – in which the owner said they’d be open to saving it if they could find a tenant – the discovery of this schematic is troubling.

Cedar Realty schematic

This image comes from a demographic profile Cedar Realty Trust has on its website to market the entire Riverview shopping center along Columbus Boulevard from Washington Avenue down to Dickinson Street. Each property is listed with square footage and current tenants.

Rather than listing the Engine 46 property as available, as many others are, the schematic shows a Checkers with a drive-through and a parking lot.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Engine 46 firehouse may be spared; developer wanted an empty lot

City Councilman Mark Squilla, who was finally able to arrange a meeting with the owner of the Engine 46 firehouse at Reed and Water streets, says the developer is now open to keeping the historic firehouse.

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The Inky’s Inga Saffron reports that Bruce Schanzer of Cedar Realty Trust met yesterday with Squilla and James E. Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association. Schanzer said he’d spare the firehouse from demolition, which has been threatened as imminent since March, if he can find a tenant for the space, which last housed the Engine 46 steakhouse in 2006.

Even though this is great news, the story managed to be infuriating anyway.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Some hope emerges for Engine 46 firehouse in Pennsport

The endangered Engine 46 firehouse at Reed and Water streets in Pennsport will be spared the wrecking ball – at least for now.

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The Daily News reported this weekend that the building’s owner, Cedar-Riverview LP, which also owns the rest of the Riverview complex, has agreed to postpone any action on the demolition until after the company has met with neighbors, Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association president James Moylan.

According to the paper:

“Are we going to change their plans? I don’t know,” Squilla said. “But at least we can get a dialogue going.”

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Engine 46 to be demolished “on or after July 30″

A notice of demolition was posted on the old Engine 46 firehouse saying that it would be torn down on or after July 30, reports Pennsporter.

Pic from Pennsporter

Pic from Pennsporter

The historic – but not designated “historic” – building at Reed and Water streets has been under fire since the beginning of the year. One permit filed was in January “for the partial demolition of an existing building” and another in February that said “demolition of existing building as part of secondary building.”

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Engine 46 firehouse still in limbo; 76ers to the Navy Yard; & what to do with Bok?

The Inky’s Inga Saffron says the Pennsport Cvic Association just learned last week that a New York company had renewed a permit to demolish the historic Engine 46 firehouse at Reed and Water streets.

Pic came from out friend at Pennsporter

Pic came from out friend at Pennsporter

Maybe they should have been reading us, because we had that news back in March, yo! We had no luck getting any info about plans from the owner, Cedar-Riverview, but neither did Saffron. If you want to save that firehouse, start by telling Councilman Mark Squilla by going here. Read Saffron’s full story here.

Also, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the 76ers have begun soliciting an architect to design a 55,000 square-foot practice facility at the Navy Yard. Continue Reading →

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