Latest Conceptual Design For St Rita’s Parcel Well Received

 

A 62-unit senior living facility has been proposed for the lot adjacent to the St. Rita's of Cascia Center on South Broad Street. | Rendering: Cecil Baker

A 62-unit senior living facility has been proposed for the lot adjacent to the St. Rita’s of Cascia Center on South Broad Street. | Rendering: Cecil Baker + Partners

  • PlanPhilly’s Jon Geeting reviews Catholic Health Care Services’ preliminary proposal for 62 senior-housing units on a 16,000-square-foot lot next to St. Rita of Cascia near South Broad Street & Washington Avenue. Zoned RSA-5 for single-family residential, the proposal would eventually require variances for height, use, and the number of units, yet that process won’t begin in earnest until CHCS can ensure the community’s support for the concept. “The ground floor would house the [moved] Cascia Center, and there would be five stories of residential overhead. … Each floor would have a lounge area overlooking a new courtyard between the new building and the church. Residents would access the building through a private entrance at the end of the courtyard.”
  • In a section of North Chinatown, developer Craig Grossman is teaming up with the Mural Arts Program to fill the development donut hole that he has rebranded as the Spring Arts District. NewsWorks reports that six walls of properties owned by his Arts + Crafts Holdings will soon act as concrete canvases for a revolving set of temporary murals, whose yearly frequency allows the Jane Golden’s organization to return to its nascent days of experimentation.
  • Having resolved several problems that led to delays in the renovation of Cianfrani Park at 8th & Fitzwater this spring, contractors are set to begin work on the replacement of mimosa trees with calipers, new benches and walkways, and the installation of a sculpture garden, reports the Passyunk Post.
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