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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Developer lowers number of apartments in proposed Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson

UPDATE: Here’s one important thing to note: the project does not yet have financing lined up. Another source who attended the meeting contacted us today to say that the lawyer on the project said several times, “if we get financing.” On another occasion, he said, “Banks are tight. You’ve all heard the stories.”

Also of note, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association’s zoning chair has posted on the group’s Facebook page that it intends to support the project.


POSTED EARLIER: The developer for a new apartment complex called Artisan Lofts at 12th and Jackson, which would replace a dilapidated former brush factory, went before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association last night to answer questions regarding the revised proposal.

Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Proposed view from Jackson and Iseminger streets.

Tony Rufo, of Rufo Properties, said his team had lowered the number of apartments from 164 to 151. That’s down a total of 21 units from the original 172 we heard back in December.

The apartments will be 1- and 2-bedroom units, costing between $800 to $1,800 a month. The size of each ranges from 500 to 1,000 square feet.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Spotted: Check out these ‘garden sticks’ at South Philly High

We happened to be passing South Philly High recently and noticed these neat little vertical gardens lined up along Broad Street.

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Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, said the ”garden sticks” are planted with flowers, vegetables and herbs. They were donated by Urban Jungle and designed and painted by Southern’s students through a City Year service project.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

New dog park proposed for Broad and Jackson

Chatter around South Philly High’s master greening plan is typically focused on the green roof, but did you know that a dog park is also on the agenda?

Now you do! At the corner of Broad and Jackson streets, the plan is to fence in the grassy area and make it an official dog park. This part of the master plan doesn’t depend on another phase being completed first — it’s its own mini phase. What does need to happen, though, is fundraising and support from dog owners.

Right about here.

Right about here.

Molly Devinney, of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, says that so far feedback from neighbors and community members has been positive, but all agree that the park has to be well-maintained because usage will be heavy.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

South Philly High hits first fundraising goal for green roof, wants more input

The people of South Philly High have one question for you:  Are you ready to raise money to help them raze their roof?

That’s actually an oversimplification (and corny, yes): The school’s true project is to transform its campus into a community green space that will pull double duty as an outdoor classroom and neighborhood park. The signature feature is a green roof that we told you about back in February.

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

With help from the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, Southern — which already boasts an impressive community garden — launched a greening master plan earlier this year and has received an outpouring of support and encouragement from the surrounding community. The project has raised $27,350, surpassing its first financial goal. Now, the school and its partners want to share the project’s progress with, and garner feedback from,  the people who will eventually be using the green space.

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Budding ‘South Philly Community Radio’ launches crowdfunding campaign

The tower is going on top of Methodist Hospital.

The tower is going on top of Methodist Hospital.

A new community radio station covering South Philly has applied for an FCC license and launched a crowdfunding campaignyesterday to raise money for start-up expenses.

South Philly Community Radio, a project backed by the nonprofit Resources for Human Development’s New Beginnings incubator, is trying to raise $21,000 to pay for equipment. Find their Indiegogo fundraising site here.

Chris Randolph, managing director of the station, said it will mostly have a mix of community affairs programming. “Much of this will be in English along the lines of, say, a weekly hour for Lower Moyamensing Civic Association,” Randolph said.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing :  Point Breeze 

To-Do List: 5-year Fringe anniversary; more Hawk Krall; discounted ‘Bathtub Moby Dick’; LoMo flea market; late-night cabaret…

Saturday

Fringe salon at 1728  E. Passyunk Ave. is throwing a five-year anniversary party as part of Second Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Music will include Dj sets by Greg Mungan and ‘On & On’ along with Gretchen Elise and her live band! On the walls will be collages and paintings by Dan Eells. And there’ll be booze and snacks.

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In other Second Saturday news, B2 will be hosting an art show by local food illustrator Hawk Krall, whose images adorn the Hot Diggity menu and were part of a show at Home furnishings boutique a few months back. This time, the work will be South Philly street scenes.

All weekend

The Renegade Theater company is putting on a play called “Bathtub Moby Dick” in an apartment at 1816 Wharton St., a space called Wharton Heights. 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 but for Passyunk Post readers, they are discounted to $10 if you buy them at the box office at the venue and use the code POST. There’s an ambiguous, wacky trailer here.

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