PHA Inks Deal For Grocery Store For Remade Sharswood

 

By spring 2018, the vacant lot at Ridge Avenue & Jefferson Street will be home to a Save-A-Lot grocery store, which, along with the headquarters of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, will serve as central point of a remade Sharswood section of North Philadelphia. | Photo: Ashley Hahn, for PlanPhilly

By spring 2018, the vacant lot at Ridge Avenue & Jefferson Street will be home to a Save-A-Lot grocery store, which, along with the headquarters of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, will serve as central point of a remade Sharswood section of North Philadelphia. | Photo: Ashley Hahn, for PlanPhilly

  • The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced last week the latest addition to its $500 million, multi-phase, decade-long remaking of North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood, reports NewsWorks’ Aaron Moselle. The discount grocery store chain Save-A-Lot will construct a $4.5 million building on a vacant 4.5-acre parcel at Ridge & Jefferson, rising in tandem with the PHA’s headquarters planned for just across the intersection.
  • At Billy Penn, Dayna Henninger considers the extended identity crisis of eastern Point Breeze, home to numerous RCOs, some of which are questionably disparate in outlook and goals while others even overlap. “Over the past decade, battles among them have been the source of much drama. Multiple meetings have ended in shouting matches, protest marches have been staged, and court cases threatened.” A vote last month of the Newbold Neighborhood Association to drop the objectionable “Newbold” from its name, will do much to facilitate collaboration, says Henninger.
  • Construction fencing and a demolition permit surround what was once the Astor Theater (1940) on the 700 block of Girard Avenue at Franklin Street, reports Naked Philly. The two-tiered structure has apparently sat vacant long enough to allow trees to grow from inside its Girard Avenue entrance.
  • The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, will begin work this week on replacing the steps from Market Street to Penn’s Landing with a multi-modal concrete ramp and stair system, which CBS Philly says should be accessible by late November.
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