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Columbus Square Park Now.. and Three Years from Now.

Back in March, Passyunk Square Civic Association received a grant for design services towards Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed). The design services will be a pro-bono project from Community Design Collaborative who’s mission is ‘Strengthening Neighbors Through Design’. This non-profit has worked on several Philadelphia based projects including McCall Elementary School, SOAKITUP! and several more. At that time plans were established to renovate the park. Although the big question remained, would the playing field be part of this new plan?

Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and the Department of Parks and Rec. have met yet once again. After several discussions with designers, don’t expect the final plan anytime soon. One thing has been decided on, the playing field will stay. Woohoo! Talks of making the field smaller were mentioned, but again these plans have a long road ahead.

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(Looking through the entrance gates at 13th and Wharton)

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(Seating area outside of fenced in playing field. Some of these benches have been painted over recently.)

Some improvements are in need for Columbus Square Park because right now this park seems to be used and abused. Included in some of the initial plans are to enlarge the dog-park area and resurface with dog friendly synthetic grass. Added seating around the park as well as refurbishing the play-ground surface area eliminating the cracked tiles and making this safe for children. A water feature as well as shade veils have also been mentioned in this renovation. While these plans are still being smoothed out, the Community Design Collaborative hopes to have them complete by October.

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(…others need some lovin’)

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(Inside the playground area you can see many of these tiles lifting and splitting.)


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(Some have even caved in…)

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(Fenced in dog park area looking South. Not a very ‘paw friendly’ surface.)

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(‘The Roundhouse’, pretty run down if you ask us. Talks of a concession stand or arts center have been heard. Of course all contingent on the cost.)

Neighbors in this Passyunk Square community voiced and emailed their enforcement for these renovations. All of which felt that improving this park will keep kids out of trouble and create a better neighborhood community. Once these design plans are complete the fundraising begins which is estimated to take about one year.

So, Columbus Square Park, we look forward to seeing your new and improved green in about 3 years.

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Historic Renovation Underway in Society Hill

Live Love Philly got a sneak peak this week into a historic renovation project in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. 308 Cypress Street will for sure be the buzz of the real estate community at its completion. Being close in proximity to neighborhood gem and Live Love Philly favorite Three Bears Park  will make 308 Cypress even more of a must see for all.

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Above: 304 – 312 Cypress Street in 1957.

308 Cypress Street was originally built in 1806. Vacant for the last four years and on the verge of collapse, Old City resident Michael Tomasetti purchased the property in October 2012 promising to bring new life to the dilapadated structure.

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Above: 308 Cypress Street today. 

Tomasetti aims to keep the historical architectural integrity to the 207 year old home while adding modern and sophisticated finishes. Construction began two months ago and will be competed by the first week of March.

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Above: Construction photos. 

After fully gutting the space, steel beams were added to keep the structure supported and prevent collapse. Star bolting will be added to the structure to maintain stability.

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Above: Steel beams in the basement added for support during construction. 

308 Cypress StreetStars seen on the faces of older brick row homes in Philadelphia are not just there for decorative purposes. These stars hold in rods that go through the floorboards three joists back. By securing the front of the house to the floors so far back, it stabilizes and prevents collapse. The photo at right is an example of a star bolt and is not 308 Cypress.

When completed, the three story brick row home will have three bedrooms and two and half baths. A six feet deep addition is being added, taking the property from the current 1600 square feet to 2200 square feet. The basement will be fully finished. There are eight fireplaces in the structure and seven are being retained. One of those seven will be converted into a wine cellar with the other six fully functional.

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Above: One fireplace. 

The first and second story original hard wood floors are being reclaimed. This entails taking the board up, putting them back down and then refinishing. The third floor will be the master bedroom suite with a small deck off the rear. There will also be a hardscape patio on the first floor. Tomasetti promises that the yet to be designed kitchen will be high end European and modern. Time period windows are also one more feature that will highlight and celebrate the history to this unique property.

Live Love Philly will be following this project closely, bringing you updates on its progress and showing you the beautiful final result.

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