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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Court rules that Point Breeze Pop-Up beer garden was operating legally when shut down in 2015

If you recall, during the summer of 2015, the Point Breeze pop-up garden was a hot-topic situation.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections shut down the garden at 1622 Point Breeze Ave. on multiple occasions. Now over a year later, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has decided that the pop-up was in fact legally operating on the site.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Stop-work order issued for 12 home Constitution Court development in Pennsport

Since 2013 we’ve been telling you about the plans for this Pennsport housing development being built on the former site of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church at 3rd and Reed. Three years later, the project is still having some problems with construction.

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Old streetview image of the development.

Stop-work orders were issued previously because the height was a tad taller than what was permitted. Now it’s happening again for problems with the permits for electrical, plumbing and building.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Waterfront AAA project appears to be moving forward despite legal troubles

We’ve been following the developments of a potential waterfront AAA location at 1601 S. Columbus Blvd. since we first heard about the plans in February 2014.

Here's a look at the AAA plan. (via PlanPhilly)

A look at the plans for the AAA from olds renderings of the project.

The plans for the auto repair shop had reached a standstill once the Zoning Board of Adjustment denied appeals for the reinstatement of permits on the location. Despite the long process of legal battles and conflict with a local civic association, it appears that construction is now beginning on the location.

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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Appeal for waterfront AAA in Pennsport denied, what now?

Apparently, the Zoning Board of Adjustment doesn’t like the idea of a waterfront AAA auto service/retail center at 1601 S. Columbus Blvd., either.

Here's a look at the AAA plan. (via PlanPhilly)

Here’s a look at the AAA plan. (via PlanPhilly)

PlanPhilly reports that AAA’s appeal to have their permits reinstated, after L+I revoked them back in March, was recently denied by the ZBA. The future of the vacant lot just south of the former Foxwoods Casino site is surrounded in uncertainty.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Is the CVS Pharmacy at 11th and Washington sinking?

There were some tense moments at the CVS Pharmacy located at 11th and Washington Friday night.

Here's the scene Monday morning. (Photo: James Jennings)

Here’s the scene Monday morning. (Photo: James Jennings)

L+I ordered an emergency evacuation and closure of the property located at 1001 Washington Ave. after the Philadelphia Police noticed a significant crack in one of the pillars at the entrance. A depression in the parking lot raised fears that the store could possibly be sinking. Say what, now?

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital :  Point Breeze 

Yo, Data! Watch roof decks spread through South Philly since 2006

Yo, Data is an occasional feature by tech whiz and South Philly resident Angela Minster, in which she crunches the numbers and makes ‘em all nice and pretty. Know of any data sets you can customize to South Philly? Let us know at punk@passyunkpost.com.


Roof decks are the height of urban-living outdoor luxury. As it turns out, roof deck is also a synonym for development.

We looked at roof deck permits from L&I records and found that since 2006 (when the data starts) South Philly has added 3,089 new roof decks. A whopping 59 percent of them are in Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze. Just counting the roof decks added since 2006, that’s 16 roof decks per 100 residential buildings in Graduate Hospital. So if you live in that neighborhood, there’s a 16 percent chance that you can hang out on your own roof deck.

The interactive map below shows every roof deck and the roof deck rate by neighborhood over time.

You can watch the spread of development head down into Point Breeze and further south via roof-deck spread:

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