The City is selling two large long-time vacant overgrown lots just about underneath I-95 at Front and Wildey Streets through Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC). The deadline to submit an RFP is February 8.
The two lots, 1049-69 N. Front St. and 1101-19 N. Front St. total just shy of 63K sqft are immediately across the street from Tip Top Playground. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the lots were turned over to the City in 1974. In years past, one was a leather tannery and the other a cotton factory, with other various uses at both sites over the years.
1049-69 Front St
In Northern Liberties, there was a 112 percent increase of the 20- to 29-years-old population, between 2000 and 2010, according to the RFP, and it’s continuing, with the Northern…
Jerry’s Bar, one of Northern Liberties’ decades old dives, closed its doors for good last year. A Foobooz post from February 2011 makes the place seem like some kind of mythic riverwards watering hole steeped in stale smoke and cheap beer.
A look to the past
A year ago
The new owners of the Jerry’s Bar at 129-31 Laurel St. (updated name forthcoming) appeared before members of the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association (NLNA) zoning committee in September seeking approval for plans to expand the bar to the second floor and add outdoor seating to the business. At the meeting, a few neighbors expressed a lack of enthusiasm for and anxiety about the outdoor arrangement, prompting the committee to ask the owners to reappear after they had an opportunity to speak with neighbors to attempt to alleviate concerns, according to zoning chair Larry Freedman. Before that happened, the developers…
Something we’ve started to notice when we research abandoned, deteriorating properties, or sites where years old zoning notices hang beaten and weathered, is that there tend to be property tax issues. Similar to the owners of this overgrown Brewerytown lot that we told you about last week, the owners of 1101-1103 Frankford Avenue have accumulated a hefty sum of unpaid property taxes, according to the BRT. Owners 1101 Frankford LLC acquired the property for $595K in 2004 and made payments until 2008. In just four years, they’ve piled up $79,833.35 in delinquent taxes.
This civil court case, which lists 1101 Frankford LLC as one of the defendants, gives us the idea that the story of this property is complex indeed. There are at least three other lawsuits that the owners of this property are involved in, which sheds a…