autumn

We'd imagine many of you recall the controversy that was set off last winter when a developer purchased the vacant lot on the corner of 9th & Bainbridge, and proposed a new home that would cover "Autumn," a beloved mural. In the end, the developer built the home, and the mural is now lost.

So you can imagine what came into our minds the other day when we were in the neighborhood and spotted zoning notices at 10th & Bainbridge, on the site of another David Guinn mural.

The mural
Closer look

Upon closer inspection, the zoning notices are alerting to community to plans to legalize the parking lot on the site, rather than build a new home to cover up the mural. Bella Vistans rejoice, "Winter: Crystal Snowscape" is here to stay!

We've covered the new construction that's covering David Guinn’s mural “Autumn” at 9th and Bainbridge Sts. over the past few months, most recently peeking at the mural through the now framed structure just a couple of weeks ago. The other day, we noticed a new zoning application notice on the vacant lot immediately to the east of the construction site.

The vacant lot
The construction next door

The current owners, MCG Investments, purchased this lot, which measures 15'x77', back in December for $253,500. According to the zoning application, the developers hope to build a three story home with a roof deck and a garage. We couldn't, in good faith, tell you whether this garage will front Bainbridge St. or Schell St., as the lot sits at the intersection of the two.

While the development of the building next door inflamed local passion and created a movement to prevent the construction and save the mural, we suspect that this project will inspire considerably less opposition. It's simply a boring new building that's replacing a lot that's long been been vacant and unused.

David Guinn's beloved mural "Autumn" at 9th and Bainbridge Sts. has been the subject of considerable debate, concern, and outcry in recent months, as a developer has proposed the construction of a town home on the vacant lot the mural faces. Many neighbors love having the mural as a part of their daily streetscape, while others don't think that the mural's presence should interfere with development. This saga has been chronicled by the Inquirer, Plan Philly, Newsworks, and others in recent months.

The developer has gotten approval for the variance and work is underway. In the past week, we've seen a hold dug and footers are now visible. We imagine a foundation will be poured in short order, and framing should begin soon after that.