We first visited the 10th & Cross intersection in early 2012, and showed you 1526 S. 10th St., a one-story building that once housed a corner business. Remember, it was a pickup location for neighborhood paperboys at one point and a corner store before that. But that was decades ago. In recent years, it looked like it was was used as an apartment. When we visited, the building had a tarp on the roof and plans for an addition.
A few years ago
For whatever reason, the project took a couple of years to get off the ground. We checked back at the end of 2013, and framing was finally taking place. When we passed by earlier this week, we discovered a project that looks to be finished, at least on the outside. There's no question it's an improvement- the front doors at the corner would be appropriate at King's Landing.
A few months before the fire, we wrote about developers' plans to demolish the warehouse and build six new garage-front homes here. The Passyunk Square Civic Association supported the project. But when we passed by last week, the burned-out facade of the warehouse was still standing. The developers got their zoning permits over the summer, and we'd wager that construction will get underway sometime soon. As you can see, the new homes, from FUSA Designs, will have some colorful bay windows.
Capitolo Playground in Passyunk Square, is one of our favorite neighborhood parks in town, even though it was built atop a former cemetery. Now, the completion of a new mural on the playground building is a testament to one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the city. It's also one of two beautification projects planned in the neighborhood right now, with plans for another mural at 10th & Washington this winter. The mural features a collection of diverse faces, young and old, as though you were simply walking down the street in this neighborhood. That the faces have been painted on the wall, larger than life, might remind us to the simple beauty of anyone's face, the marvel that we’re even here to begin with.
Do you lie sleeplessly in bed at night, just wishing you owned a chunk of Washington Avenue? Do you fantasize about being catalyst that unplugs the dam and sets off the chain reaction that redevelops all of Washington Avenue with a mix of residential and commercial uses? Do you just think about owning a property next to a car wash and around the corner from Nam Phuong?
The property has eighty feet of frontage on Washington Avenue, and measures over 10,000 sqft. Unlike many parcels on Washington Avenue, it's zoned commercial and not industrial, which permits a mix of commercial and residential by right. The sellers it seems, have mocked up a potential plan for the parcel, and included it with the listing.
Columbus Square is a wonderful South Philly park that serves a multitude of purposes. It's got a ball field, a soccer field, a dog park, a playground, a rec center, a spray field, a rose garden, and tons of neighborhood space along the outside of the park. But soon, it seems, this park which sits between 12th & 13th, Wharton & Reed Streets, should be getting a dose of reinvestment.
Entrance at 12th & Reed
Greenery at 13th & Reed
Last year, the Community Design Collaborative worked with stakeholders in the neighborhood to put together a conceptual design for a remodeled Columbus Square Park. If the entire plan were to be enacted, the park would see some significant changes, including the reduction of the size of the sports fields, the demolition of the "roundhouse" structure in the first photo above, an expansion of the dog park, and the creation of a new community lawn area on Reed Street. The plan includes some additional recommendations, highlighted below: