One of the things Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) Director of Development Impact David Hirchner realized after the group's 2010 discussion about the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor was the group would benefit from a set of guiding principles to further steer development in that area.
We have more news to share about the 5000 block of Baltimore Avenue in the Cedar Park neighborhood in West Philadelphia. A few weeks ago, a small public meeting was held at Seeds Gallery at 5011 Baltimore Ave. by its owner, Sabda Tedla, and local developer Ryan Spak, about their idea to create a garden center on the grass lot at the southeastern corner of 51st & Baltimore, owned by the Spak Group.
In West Philadelphia, as the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor has strengthened, it has continued to crawl west block by block. The relocation of the Mariposa Coop to 48th & Baltimore in the spring of 2011 marks one of the more prominent landmarks in the corridor's westward crawl from Clark Park to Cedar Park.
Out in Cedar Park, on the 5000 block of Baltimore Ave., plans for new businesses keep coming, adding to an already diverse neighborhood neighborhood that in recent months has seen new businesses open and old ones burn, literally.
Sometime early next year, Babylon Bistro should open at 5021-23 Baltimore Ave., properties we wrote about last year when they went up for sale. This fusion restaurant from the folks at Aksum will offer breakfast all the time like Eggs Vita: 2 poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked salmon and guacamole, as well as speciality sandwiches and classic American and International dishes. After months of litigation because the seller tried to back out of an agreement of sale, Saba Tedla, who also opened Seeds Gallery at on this block last summer, acquired the buildings in January for $283K.
“Someone has to take the plunge, essentially,” said owner Saba Tedla
The announcement of a new small business in Cedar Park at 49th & Catherine is providing some positive news for a neighborhood that suffered the loss of three businesses when a Christmas Eve fire that ignited first at Elena’s Soul across the street ultimately toppled its neighbors on each side.
One of the seeds on the budding Baltimore Ave. commercial corridor suffered a tragic end on the afternoon of Christmas Eve when Elena’s Soul burnt down just shy of 50th and Baltimore in West Philadelphia.
As Philadelphia continues its transition into the 21st century, its Phila2035 initiative is taking shape in neighborhoods throughout the city. There have been meetings to generate community input, which will be used to inform eighteen different District Plans. Some of those visions have been adopted, like Lower South and West Park, or are underway, like in the Lower Northeast and Central districts.
Slated to kick off in the fall, the University/Southwest District Plan will seek to address the major planning issues in the neighborhoods captured in that district. To do their part, members of Cedar Park Neighbors announced a survey designed to collect input from local residents about the area that stretches north to Larchwood Avenue south to Kingsessing Ave., east to 46th Street, and west to 52nd Street.