Developer Leo Addimando has withdrawn his request for support from the Passyunk Square Civic Association for the proposed apartment building on the municipal lot overlooking Columbus Square Park.
“While we think the project makes sense and would be another positive addition to the neighborhood, the timing is not right,” Addimando told us.
Addimando met significant resistance to his proposal for a 34-unit apartment building on the lot at a meeting two weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean an apartment building won’t end up on the lot, on 12th Street between the firehouse at Reed and the Wharton Street Lofts, which Addimando is finishing now.
The Planning Commission has been working since 2011 on a citywide, long-range guide for development called Philadelphia 2035. The commission is breaking the city into several districts and will start working on South Philly in the fall.
“We have decided to allow the Planning Commission to complete their South District plan before re-engaging in this matter,” he said. “That planning process will begin this fall, involve a lot of community input, and ultimately take 10 months to complete.”
“It is our hope that the plan will be comprehensive and address the entirety of the municipal site and the various uses on it, and ultimately pave the way for a comprehensive redevelopment of that entire square block. When it is done in later 2015, then we will take the plan into serious consideration and proceed accordingly.”
He’s referring to the fact that other than Wharton Street Lofts, the rest of the block bounded by Wharton, Reed, 12th Street and that offshoot from 11th that runs behind Acme is made up of various city uses. Below, the 3rd Police District headquarters is in blue, firehouse in green, city lot in red, and in yellow is a huge warehouse building that’s used by the Police Department as a body shop.
So, it will remain a parking lot for now, but who knows, maybe even the police body shop will eventually be redeveloped. Looks kind of like a prime candidate for more lofts, actually. And with the impending redevelopment of Columbus Square, this location will only get that much more attractive to developers, for better or worse.