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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Shocker! New three-story home in Point Breeze

Those South Philly rowhouses can start feeling cramped, especially as we require more to maintain a certain quality of life, so it’s no wonder that homeowners want to expand upwards.

The proposal

The owners of the property at 1821 S. Hicks St. are trying to do just that by adding more square footage by building out the second story, constructing a third level, and creating roof garden. This might not seem like a big deal, but such expansion was a hot-button issue that divided the community last year when a bill attempted to ban third-story additions and roof gardens for one year, was proposed (and subsequently killed). Three-story homes have been quite the hot topic in the neighborhood for a while now.

The renovation proposal was taken up last week by the Newbold Neighbors Association zoning committee, which promptly offered support. Although the NNA was a bit concerned that the owners, M. Homes Investments, were unable to attend two previous meetings (they were tending to family matters in Mexico), the committee backed up the development of a long-time derelict property.
Much better than what’s there now

As the owners’ attorney, David G. Orphanides demonstrated with a nifty shadow study, there would be limited impact on neighbors in the surrounding area. Plus, the envisioned design, complete with a mansard roof, is a vast improvement of the current condition. The owners plan to sell the property if/when the renovations are complete, rather than renting it.

The shadow knows…This is supposed to show something about shadows. 
That’s if you look reeeeeaaaaally close

If you have an opinion on the house, or other thoughts on three-story addtions in the neighborhood, you can share them at the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s public hearing on Feb. 5 at 9:30 a.m at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor.

- Paulina Reso, @paulinareso

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

A community garden is planned for 24th and Snyder

If you thought South Philly didn’t have enough open ground for a community garden, think again. A group of six green-minded individuals is working to take a non-functional traffic median at 24th Street (between Snyder and McKean), and transform it into an oasis filled with planter boxes, fruit trees, and berry bushes.

It’s that landing strip right in the middle

The group had originally hoped to open a garden in the empty lot at 20th and Snyder, but the project never came to fruition (the landowner plans to sell or build on the space). While the group does not yet have a proposed rendering of their new space, they expect it to carry over many elements from the 20th Street sketch.

Just imagine a stripe instead of a box
As it looks today

As the organizers envision it, there would be individual plots for those with green thumbs and community planter boxes for the experienced and uninitiated to cultivate together. The garden, beyond being a place to grow and supply fresh, local produce, will include a tented/arbored area where community members can convene and take classes on preparing and preserving their bounty. If all goes according to plan, the goal is break ground next spring and offer 25 membership stubs.

The group is currently in the process of securing a 10-year lease agreement with Parks and Recreation, the city department that holds the land title to the half-block long median, but with the full support of the area’s neighborhood organizations and positive reactions from those living near the site, the garden seems likely to sprout roots.

We’ll be sure to report back as we hear of new developments, otherwise, if you’re interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more, you can contact the group at: https://www.facebook.com/20thStreetCommunityGarden

- Paulina Reso, @paulinareso

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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

City’s 35th pawn shop trying to open on West Passyunk

After struggling seven years to find a suitable tenant for 2216 W. Passyunk Ave. (formerly the site of the Meat Barn), the owner is taking matters into her own hands and trying her darndest to open a check-cashing agency and pawn shop in the Girard Estate location.

A rendering of what would be the prettiest little pawn shop this side of Texas. The birds don’t seem to mind

Licenses and Inspections rejected Susan Baldino’s application to become the 35th pawn shop in Philly, saying it would be too close to a school and residential area, among other reasons, but that doesn’t mean she’s giving up. For now, Baldino is sticking to her original plan and jumping through a series of hoops to appeal the decision.

As the proprietress envisions it, the check-cashing operation would be separate from the pawn shop, which would only deal in jewelry, coins, fine collectibles, and precious metals (contrary to rumors, there aren’t plans to deal and trade in firearms). Proposed hours of operation would be from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and security guards would be present.

At a special meeting called by the Girard Estate Neighbors Association on Tuesday, some community members welcomed the shop, saying that it would develop an otherwise derelict space and bring additional commerce to the area. The majority of attendees, however, were determined to prevent the pawnshop from opening its doors, fearing its presence would attract thieves and devalue the area.

If you want to voice your opinion about this project, attend the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s public hearing at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2 at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor. The decision is ultimately up to the board, but they still want feedback.

For more info, check the slick new website of the Girard Estate Neighbors Association.

And current, stark reality
site plan

- Paulina Reso, @paulinareso

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