The developer behind the proposal to turn a former brush factory at 12th and Jackson into apartments is going before the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association in a few weeks to answer questions about his intentions.
Tony Rufo plans to convert the former factory, which has been vacant since it closed in 2005, into Artisan Lofts, 164 market-rate apartments. The meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the South Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School at Broad and Ritner streets.
Renderings released in December show that Rufo plans to build two additional structures on the lot, bringing the total number of buildings to five. Other amenities would include a fitness center, dedicated spots for car share and interior parking for bikes, motorcycles and scooters.
Among other projects, Rufo was the developer behind the conversion of the former Hawthorne School at 12th and Fitzwater streets into apartments. He also has come under fire for not being up to date on property taxes and for letting buildings — including the brush factory — deteriorate into nuisance properties.
Of course, you can bring up those sorts of issues if you like at the meeting on Aug. 13.