UPDATE: As of Monday, the newsstand was removed from the triangle. This post has been updated with new photos.
The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation, which was responsible for turning the area around the fountain at Passyunk and Tasker into a usable space, plans to take its methods to another triangle a few blocks down.
PARC director Sam Sherman told us the organization bought the newsstand and plans to tear it down. They’ll then add seating, better lighting and landscaping to the triangle, which includes the bronze statue of boxer Joey Giardello.
The transformation from glorified traffic island — across the street from the under-demolition former King of Jeans building — to hangout space is scheduled to begin within the next couple weeks.
“Today the power should be cut from the building, and if that happens, demolition will occur shortly thereafter,” Sherman told us yesterday.
The changes won’t be as comprehensive as around the fountain or at the gateway that is still planned for Broad, Passyunk and McKean. But expect to see another area to hang out with a cup of coffee, or a comic book and a cupcake from across the street.
“We’re trying to make it outdoor flex space, like a smaller version of the fountain,” Sherman said. “As you see our trend here is to create these sort of resting spots along the avenue.”
They will take out the trees on the 13th Street side “and put some that are more appropriate,” Sherman said. The roots are beginning to push up the sidewalk.
The goal is to get everything done in time for the car show on July 26.