About two years ago, an asphalt lot on the Delaware, just south of Washington Avenue, was transformed into Washington Avenue Green. At the time, we drew a contrast between this park and the much costlier Race Street Pier about a mile to the north, suggesting that Washington Avenue Green proved that utilitarian public space could be created without spending big bucks. Now, some time has passed, and some more bucks are coming to this park.
Washington Avenue Green
On All Hallow’s Morning, the Mayor and his crew celebrated a groundbreaking at Pier 53 for Phase II of Washington Avenue Green. The park, to this point, has only encompassed the land on the river’s coastline. The next phase will reclaim for the public the pier that extends out into the river.
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Between Farragut & Market Streets in West Philly, onions and tomatoes will soon be joined by people relaxing. That’s where a community park is just about finished being constructed by The Enterprise Center, where it will couple with the already existing Walnut Hill Community Farm.
Park slash farm
According to the West Philly Local, new features include solar paneled lighting and various new seating configurations designed to offer a relaxing environment- as relaxing as it can get next to the El.
The addition of the park might be the first of many TEC improvements to this area. Back in December, TEC demolished a string of homes, apparently to make for Enterprise Heights, its multi-million dollar project that’s been stalled for more than a decade. Before that, in the…
A reader checked in a couple of weeks ago, and gave us the heads up about two new homes approaching completion across the street from the nearly finished Norris Point homes. 2135 E. Norris St. was previously part of a rather large vacant lot/green space, but has now been appropriated by the development dragon, devouring all the vacant land in its path. We’ve seen BMK Properties, the developers for this project, in this area before, and they’ve again teamed with KJO Architecture for these two homes.
In the past
Like two weeks ago
The home fronting Norris Street has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and about 2,000 sqft of living space. It’s already under agreement at a list price of $350K. The home fronting little Burgess Street will have 2…
A 2.6 acre plaza will double as the ceiling for five levels of underground parking at the Buerger Center for Pediatric Care now under construction at the site of the former Convention Hall on the South Campus of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in University City, on Civic Center Boulevard just south of the hospital’s main building.
The 12-story, 700K sqft LEED building will mark the second project in University City, after the Cira Centre, designed by architect Cesar Pelli. Last fall, we wondered whether it was Pelli’s vision responsible for the renderings we shared of a multi-colored, curved building. A $50M gift for the facility was announced in late June, and marked the largest charitable donation ever received by CHOP. The center will feature integrated clinical care facilities and…
The Sparks Shot Tower on the 100 block of Carpenter Street is easily the most recognizable feature of the Queen Village skyline, rising up above all of the buildings in the neighborhood for over two-hundred years. About a century ago, the land surrounding the shot tower was converted into a playground, with a wading pool that was ultimately turned into a spray pool some time later. After many decades, the spray pool area grew tired, and was in need of some TLC. But thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Shot Tower Park and others, that is just what has taken place.
According to the QVNA website, the process of rehabilitating the Shot Tower Spray Pool began in 2009 with a grant from Greenplan Philadelphia. With design work from the…
While new playground improvements are scheduled for Penn Treaty Park, the Fishtown waterfront park at Columbia and Delaware Avenue immediately north of Sugarhouse, the improvements are only part of a larger long-term redevelopment plan envisioned for the park where William Penn signed a treaty with the Lenni-Lenape Indians in the seventeenth century.
And while plans are moving forward to modernize the playground on the northern edge of the park, they will lack the kind of creativity and innovation suggested in the Penn Treaty Park Master Plan completed by Studio Bryan Hanes in 2009, in collaboration with the park’s friends group.
A few years ago, Hanes was contracted to embark on an early-action plan for a redevelopment of the park with the…