A reader was wondering about the ongoing construction taking place at 6225 Ridge Ave., a property that was once home to a car dealership. That business went away years ago, though, and the site has sat dormant ever since. Earlier this year, though, construction got underway here in earnest, replacing a long-slung one-story building with a two-story structure with some large windows.
But what will come to this location, which sits just a few blocks away from dozens of stores and restaurants? Looking at the L&I Map, we discovered plans for a new gym. Digging deeper, we found some additional details in a Newsworks story from earlier this year. Apparently the space will soon be occupied by Planet Fitness, and will represent the chain’s eighth location in Philadelphia. Newsworks also tells us that the developer was kind enough to meet with near neighbors and the Central Roxborough Civic Association even though the project is being done by-right and didn’t require any variances from the ZBA. Sort of refreshing, no?
We’re not surprised that the neighborhood was comfortable with this development. This property has been vacant for quite some time, and with an ever-improving commercial corridor, it was getting to be ridiculous. Hopefully, the business will be as embraced by the community as the development itself, and neighbors will have a more convenient place to work off those calories from the nearby Foodery location.