If a sleek online presence indicates the organization and strength of a civic group, than the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA) is stepping up its game. In conjunction with the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, which brings hundreds in and out of the shops along the corridor, BABA launched its first official website last month.
Stores on Baltimore Ave.
The site, babawestphilly.org, includes your standard information and business directory in a new format. While this certainly isn’t groundbreaking news, it means that the Baltimore Avenue business corridor is concentrating on increasing its presence in the neighborhood and online. In case you didn’t know, the corridor stretches from 40th to 52nd St., plus a block each way off the avenue.
Looking west from 50th Street
“We thought it would help get our visibility more out there,” said Vince Whittacre,…
If you’re out in West Philly and looking for some quality morning hash browns, Cedar Park Cafe at 49th & Baltimore has reopened.
The cafe welcomed eaters back through its doors on August 15th. It was forced to close early last winter after a Christmas Eve fire at Elena’s Soul caused damage to its neighbors on both sides. The fire eventually forced the demolition of Elena’s, sadly. Gary’s Nails, the business on the other side of Elena’s, also plans to reopen, but its owners are still working out insurance issues. Earlier this year, community members hosted fundraisers to support the damaged businesses.
It’s great to see this cafe has reopened. Open for less than a year before the fire, it had just started establishing itself as the prime breakfast destination for locals. Saturday mornings it was…
Last October, we wrote about the Baltimore Avenue transformation in West Philly and wondered how far its effects would crawl on either side of the growing corridor. We cited a trash-logged and abandoned construction site at 4809 Chester Ave. in Squirrel Hill as an example of a property that would benefit from the good vibes drifting a few block south. According to Google images, the building existed in its laissez-boarded up shape since at least 2009.
Looks perhaps a tiny bit better
While we watched trash pile up on this lot and weeds grow unabated over the year, we continued to wonder about the fate of this building, which is very much out of character with the rest of the Victorian-style homes on the block. As it were, the building was hilariously put on…
This spring we brought you news of a string of three rehabs along the 5100 block of Chester Avenue. As of late, 5020 Chester Ave., the middle three of those homes, was completed and a few homes down at 5030 Chester Ave., demo work has begun.
Progress on the three
This winter, we initially wondered whether this block in the Kingsessing neighborhood might attract a developer with its proximity to the Baltimore Ave. commercial corridor and the 13 trolley running outside its front doors right into University and Center City. While the renovations seem to be getting on, perhaps now is the time for the two homes across the street that intersect with Divinity & Chester to be transformed from worn to welcoming. 5130 Chester was last acquired for $32K in December, 2012, by the same individual who purchased…
While it’s still only a proposal, a proprietor for a potential lawn care business has apparently appeared quickly for the 51st & Baltimore corner we wrote about last month. Greensgrow Farms might occupy a long-time vacant lot and rehab a long-time bruised building across the street that looks like it could have been a foe of the Broad Street Bullies.
And that’s just the kind of development Cedar Park Neighbors are looking for: locally-owned, something the community expressed an interest in having, and a type of business not yet found along the commercial corridor. Hat-trick.
“That to me,” said David Hinchner, CPN director of development impact, “would be something that meets some of the key overarching principles of development in the neighborhood.”
We also discussed those principles in a post about the recently published
One of the things Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) Director of Development Impact David Hirchner realized after the group’s 2010 discussion about the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor was the group would benefit from a set of guiding principles to further steer development in that area.
When the Phila2035 meetings to collect community input and asses various commercial and zoning launched last year, it was the perfect opportunity for CPN to supplement the larger City-run effort (the University City/Southwest Plan has since been adopted) with their own local flavor.
We wrote about the CPN survey last summer when members were collecting community input. The results were published last month. CPN received about 500 responses, in the form of 450 online and the rest through handwritten copies that were mailed out with CPN’s yearly newsletter, which is mailed out to all households…