Paesano's in Northern Liberties is on the move—only a small relocation, just next door, acutally. The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association approved plans to move the sandwich shop two doors down to a newly constructed building at 148-50 W Girard Ave., a project we first told you about over two years ago.
It was a simple and smooth proposal for the NLNA, according to Larry Freedman, zoning chair. The move will give Paesano's more space—it's basically only standup now, with a few tables out front—with room for 26 seats, and a chance to add to the menu.
A block from the El at Front Street, this section of Girard Avenue is poised for changes, as yellow zoning notices have appeared on multiple vacant corners of late, and plans for Liberty Square begin to move forward. Original plans for Liberty Square were for 247 units, an ambitious number greater than the 191 ultimately approved by the ZBA. Workers broke ground on the site just north of 2nd & Girard in December. Meanwhile, there's been no action thus far on the nearby SoKo Lofts, plans for 300-plus units at 2nd & American.
And just one block away, either way you turn down Front, you've got new building taking place, not to mention various projects underway along the first few blocks of East Girard, like at Marlborough, where a vacant lot that used to be bordered by a fence plastered with roses is become a mixed-use building. In the river wards, development is continuing to find its place. And sandwiches are continuing to be enjoyed, to boot.