In Francisville, the development seems to keep on coming. From four quadplexes at 16th and Poplar, to the major 55-unit Project H.O.M.E. development at Fairmount & Ridge, to a 35-unit development around 19th and Poplar, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. And as we were checking out the progress of some of these larger developments, we spotted a row of fluorescent orange ZBA apps posted at a vacant lot at 19th & Brown.
The project seeks to create four new triplexes, each one with its own roof deck and pilot house. The lots are owned by the Loonstyns, the developers responsible for the 35 aforementioned units and various other local projects, like the one developed last year at Fairmount and Uber Streets, where Mughsots now occupies a ground-floor retail location. Loonstyn Development acquired the four properties for $440K last July, according to public…
We were rolling through the neighborhood the other day and noticed this on the front of 2459-63 Frankford Ave.
Looking at the building you’d think it was one property- but it isn’t.
Recently, a buyer purchased the 12 foot-wide section of the building seen on the right, but two additional segments of the building are owned by another party. Hopefully, the new buyer will do some restoration work and inspire the owners of the rest of the building to improve their part of the structure’s facade.
But in the meantime, love the tentacle!
Love the tentacle!
We’d imagine many of you recall the controversy that was set off last winter when a developer purchased the vacant lot on the corner of 9th & Bainbridge, and proposed a new home that would cover “Autumn,” a beloved mural. In the end, the developer built the home, and the mural is now lost.
So you can imagine what came into our minds the other day when we were in the neighborhood and spotted zoning notices at 10th & Bainbridge, on the site of another David Guinn mural.
Upon closer inspection, the zoning notices are alerting to community to plans to legalize the parking lot on the site, rather than build a new home to cover up the mural. Bella Vistans rejoice, “Winter: Crystal Snowscape” is here to stay!
To art or not to art? Such is the question Septa officials often face. Is it worth it to allocate resources for murals and more at its stations despite its precarious budget situation?
Yes, is the answer, or so say the folk at Septa, and we agree. For example, this call for artists from last month to submit qualifications to participate in the creation of a permanent sculpture to be installed at its 33rd and Dauphin Loop, across the street from Fairmount Park, which now emanates the color of old mustard.
SEPTA’s Art in Transit program is designed to incorporate art elements into renovation and construction projects for selected stations and facilities with the goal of creating more dynamic and vibrant public spaces. The program allocates up to one percent of Septa’s construction budget. In June, Septa issued a…
When the folks from University City District dedicated The Porch last November, they could hardly afford to purchase planters to decorate this new public space outside 30th Street Station.
They brainstormed and eventually purchased agricultural troughs that formerly were used to feed livestock (moo). Then they applied green technology to the troughs and retrofitted the basins and transformed them into the planters that now dot Market Street.
That’s a good idea. And there will be more on the way thanks to a recent $500K grant (they fabricated the park with $275K in capital resources) offered by the William Penn Foundation. According to UCD’s director of planning and economic development Prema Gupta, the vision for UCD is to create a park in phases that when completed, will offer the same quality amenities as the recently renovated Sisters City Park, or the…
It seems no corner of Philadelphia is safe from the blight of bandit signs, which are plastered on utility poles and chain link fences across the city. From “Cash for Diabetic Test Strips” to “Junk Cars” to “Moonbounce Rentals,” these illegal advertisements keep appearing without consequences from the authorities.
The law prohibits bandit signs with a penalty of $75 per violation, but this has been very weakly enforced by the City. As we’ve told you before, a mere eight violations were issued in 2010. So far, concerned citizens have been the best defense against the signs, including the folks who launched BanditProject.org. The site is a place where users can map and track illegal signs in an attempt to hold the posters accountable, and it recently held a contest with a prize for the person who tore down the…