Still Waiting On East Falls’ Ridge Flats

 

Initial 2011 rendering of Ridge Flats complex by Onion Flats

Initial 2011 rendering of Ridge Flats complex by Onion Flats

  • Despite being a month away from having finalized plans and detailed renderings, David Grasso of Grasso Holdings stopped by the East Falls Community Council zoning meeting last month to explain why Ridge Flats, a project he had secured Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority approval for back in 2011, remains unbuilt: PennDOT. Now, what was once a 130 luxury unit apartment complex at the prominent yet vacant Rivage site at 4300 Ridge Avenue has been retooled by Onion Flats to have 200 units—in order to justify the alterations demanded by the state transportation agency. The six-story building will be constructed “around a center green and is structured like steps rising away from the park,” reports The Roxborough Review, “giving common or private terraces facing Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River on each floor.”
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