Developer withdraws proposal for 34-apartment building on 12th Street parking lot

Developer Leo Addimando has withdrawn his request for support from the Passyunk Square Civic Association for the proposed apartment building on the municipal lot overlooking Columbus Square Park.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.

Dead. For now?
Dead. For now?

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.

municipal block 12 13th reed wharton
Wharton Street Lofts is in the old Annunciation school at the top left corner of the block.
The body shop is the one with the smoke stack.
The body shop is in the building with the smoke stack.

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.

3 thoughts on “Developer withdraws proposal for 34-apartment building on 12th Street parking lot

  • February 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Congratulations! Every old and out of touch resident of our neighborhood with a 9th grade Catholic School education should be patting each other on their liver-spotted heads right now. Congratulations for having nothing better to do with your last 10 years of senility than attend every community meeting possible with the hopes of blocking anything from actually happening, adding further to the fact that you never did anything with the prior 60-70 years of your lives. Hurry up and leave the community to everyone else, the people who actually understand society past Fox News and “what my friend told me”. Congratulations for standing up for your “inalienable right” to drive your Cadillac as slowly and dangerously as you wish, and then blame everyone else for walking, riding bikes, and using car shares. When we eventually do renovate that horrific site with new housing and retail, with sufficient density, remind me to go to the cemetery and place a muffler on your grave.

    • February 25, 2014 at 8:53 am


    • February 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Not the tone I would’ve used, but the sentiment is dead-on.

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