A surface parking lot near Passyunk Avenue could soon disappear, provided developers get ZBA approval to build two homes on the northeast corner of 12th & Tasker. From what we can tell looking at public record, physician William Zaccone purchased the lots a few years ago, perhaps to use as parking for his medical practice down the street. We're unsure as to whether the project is coming from the doctor himself or from a developer that's buying his lots.
Looking toward Passyunk Ave.
It appears as though the project went before the Passyunk Square Civic Association back in April, but it got punted because the developers didn't have drawings to show the community. It was continued at the ZBA in April, though it's scheduled to go back soon. Will it be continued again, or will it get approval and move forward?
Remember two summers back when we wondered about the vacant lot on the northeast corner of 9th & Wharton, across the street from Pat's? At the time, we gave you a little history lesson, explaining that the lot was formerly home to St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, which closed in the 1970s and was demolished some time in the 1980s. At some point, a mini golf course appeared here, but it's been gone for decades. Today, some halfway decent murals barely draw attention away from the fact that a big vacant lot is across the street from one of Philadelphia's most popular eating establishments. Hilariously, the lot has been owned since the mid-1990s by Anna Olivieri, a relative of the owners of Pat's.
The vacant lot
Aside from the photo looking super dark due to the rain, you may also notice something new on the site. A 'For Sale' sign! Looking next door at the blighted vacant building that's owned by the same person, we saw a similar sign.
In Passyunk Square, developers continue to envision worthy investments. Last month, members of the Passyunk Square Civic Association heard a proposal to build three single-family homes near 7th & Wharton.
Developers presented plans to build the homes at 738-44 Wharton St., which would replace an out-of-use one-story garage and former plumber's office. The parcel was purchased in December by Broad Bay Investors for $215K. This is an interesting example of infill development along a block that has a variety of two and three story row homes, some of which date back a century and some of which are only about a decade old. So we wonder whether the designs will reflect the traditional brick fabric or if the architects will use a more contemporary approach we've been seeing in other neighborhoods.