We've been following the story of the Greensgrow Farms expansion into West Philly for over three years, and the latest chapter might be the most exciting one yet. Initially, Greensgrow planned to move to a long vacant lot at the corner of 51st & Baltimore, even holding a community meeting to discuss the possibility. That property fell through, and about two years ago Greensgrow West opened at 4912 Baltimore Ave., a vacant lot in the middle of a vibrant retail block. There had been a building here previously which was home to Elena's Soul restaurant, but it unfortunately burned down in 2012. Last year, we told you about plans for Greengrow to move to a larger space at 5123-39 Baltimore Ave., a vacant City-owned parcel. And earlier this month, they made their move to the new location.
Sadly, they weren't open when we passed by earlier today so we couldn't get a first hand glimpse inside the new space. According to West Philly Local, the new location includes: an expanded garden center selection, a selection of local seasonal produce, CSA pickup, classroom / event space, a small office made out of shipping containers, and more. And there's a tiny house designed by Drexel Architecture coming in the next few months which should add even more personality to the place.
But perhaps you're wondering about the property at 4912 Baltimore Ave. which has been home to Greensgrow for the last two years? Developers bought that property earlier this year, paying $125K for the 2,500 sqft parcel. They're now looking to build a mixed-use building on the property, with ground-floor retail and five units above. That project goes to the ZBA this week, so we'll see what happens there.
As for the new Greensgrow, they'll have their official grand opening celebration on September 8th, during the Dollar Stroll.