Facade program renderings begin to trickle out

Remember that facade improvement program we told you about in August? Well, hopefully, you don’t remember that we said it would start in September. But Sam Sherman at the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which is spearheading the program, has given us the first two renderings, and he now says he hopes work on Sermania Jewelers will start before the end of the year.

The Avenue Cheese shop should start in early spring, and Sherman said work on all of them, including Mamma Maria, B2 and Today’s Styles, should be finished by spring.

Check out the promising afters:

Don’t those curious rendering people look so glamorous?
You won’t even recognize it

Graham Bailer of Graham Bailer Architects said the cheese shop will have a weathered, rusted metal facade with what’s called Core 10 Steel.

And the hideous befores:

Oh, God!

For a little refresher…

Here’s how the program works: Building owners are applying in tandem to an existing city-sponsored facade improvement program that pays up to $8,000 for mid-block buildings and $12,000 for corner properties. But a complete façade renovation is often cost prohibitive because it could run $25,000 or more for larger buildings. So, the building owners chip in a percentage of the total renovation budget, add their contribution to the city funding, and PARC covers the remainder.

And for pics of the other befores, click here. Sherman said in August that this could only be the first phase of a multiyear program, which could mean some serious changes over time for the avenue. Sweet.

One thought on “Facade program renderings begin to trickle out

  • November 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I like the Sermania Jewelry facade but I am not the biggest fan of the cheese shop render. While it does need updating, the new render does not exactly seem like an inviting neighborhood shop. I just think the style is a little too modern for what is currently there.

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