Recently reported by Passyunk Post, Pennsport may have some new community members moving in. Although you won’t get to meet your new neighbors just yet! At 6th and Federal, what was once an old PECO Substation has the community buzzing at the talk of 11 new apartments to occupy this building. This location has sat empty for what feels like forever, while talk for changes have been heard over the last couple years . Talk hasn’t got them that far.
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A zoning use change was updated last week which has approved the building for 11 new apartments. Interior demolition permits had been approved last year. Although no construction permits have been approved yet. So please don’t hold your breath hoping to see a bulldozer. Dickinson Square West Civic Association has been actively involved in following the progress of this development. You can also join the community and voice your opinions and concerns at their general membership meeting, Tuesday, October 15th at 7 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Church (410 Wharton Street). We look forward to following this new development and hope to see some construction permits sooner than later.
Triangle Park in better days. Courtesy Naked Philly.
Bella Vista’s Triangle Park, at the intersection of 6th and Christian Streets and Passyunk Avenue, is a small, beautiful plot of green in a neighborhood boasting several small, beautiful plots of green. It, however, also sits satisfyingly right in the middle of the neighborhood, surrounded by beautiful houses, cafés, and other small business.
Oh, and it’s privately owned.
That’s why the owner fenced it in earlier this summer, in an “attempt to signal its availability”, despite its half-decade of cheerful local use, much to the displeasure of the neighborhood–a neighborhood which has been working to acquire the parcel so it can stay a park ever and anon…
The overgrown site. Courtesy Naked Philly
But wait, there’s more! According to this Naked Philly piece, the parcel was a gas station before the community covered it with greenery. And gas station sites tend to have nasty underground surprises, particularly for verdanture atop. Environmental sampling and (likely) remediation has to be done before the property can be conveyed, which has to happen before the fencing can come down–remediation which would also destroy the landscaping already in place.
This past weekend, Philadelphia experienced warm temperatures throughout the region. Just in time to get get the kids out and about, Seger Park playground in Washington Square West opened on Friday!
Drew, my 8 year old daughter, loved all the new equipment added to the playground during our visit over the weekend. Take a stroll over soon to see for yourself all the great improvements made to this community space.
The playground renovations were made possible by The City of Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter, Councilman Frank DiCicco, Councilman Mark Squilla, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Sentaor Larry Farnese and Representative Babette Josephs.
While Phase One is finished, the Friends of Seger Park are still raising funds to complete Phase 2 of the project, the Sprayground. The Sprayground is an area where the children of Center City would be able to cool off in a safe, fun place during hot Philadelphia summers. The current water feature is broken, and the cost to repair it is prohibitive. The new sprayground will provide an essential play area and its innovative design will serve as the visual icon for the park. The Friends of Seger Park have already raised $50,000 complete the project, but still have $200,000 to go. To donate to these efforts, click here.
Live Love Philly will be announcing details on a City ribbon-cutting ceremony at Seger when they are revealed.