Last March, we told you about plans for a new Wendy's at 5901 Ridge Ave., which was previously home to the historic Bunting House. Built around 1880 and originally occupied by philanthropist doctor Ross Richardson Bunting, the building was demolished in 2012, along with several adjacent properties. When neighbors learned about the possibility of a Wendy's arriving here, they responded with loud opposition, particularly to the project's drive-through element. The proposal led to the creation of a Roxborough Residents Against Wendy's Facebook group, which has over 650 likes.
According to the Manayunk-Roxborough Patch, the developers of this project, Nicolas DiGiulio and Khara Cartagena, were struggling to get financing lined up for the project. Because of these problems, they asked the community for
A reader gave us the heads up last week that cranes were delivering modules to the corner of Ridge & Lauriston, for the construction of several new homes. We made our way up there earlier today and found some brand new buildings on this site, where once there was a home with a cracked foundation and some vacant land.
In the past
According to the signage on the site as well as the permits, four new homes are being built here. But staring at it with our eyeballs, we see five homes. Anyone know what gives?
As you can see, the homes are three stories, and each have a garage. Interestingly, only the second and third floors were done modular, with the first floor (and ostensibly the basements) done on site. We would imagine that it just made more sense to do things that way, but we've never seen single family homes like this with cement-poured first floors.
A reader was wondering about the ongoing construction taking place at 6225 Ridge Ave., a property that was once home to a car dealership. That business went away years ago, though, and the site has sat dormant ever since. Earlier this year, though, construction got underway here in earnest, replacing a long-slung one-story building with a two-story structure with some large windows.
Earlier this year, we told you about plans for Kingsley Court, a suburban-style 32 home development that would replace the blighted Ivy Ridge Assisted Living facility at 5627 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. The project had a formal groundbreaking in February, and when we went by the site a couple of weeks ago we saw that demolition appeared to be complete.
In the past
In the future
We'll be sure to check on this project again in the months to come, and look forward to mocking the architecture in person, rather than just on the rendering.