9th Street Business Improvement District Defeated—Barely


A potential customer samples fruit at a produce stand in the Italian Market | Photo: David Swift Photography, via Plan Philly

A potential customer samples fruit at a produce stand in the Italian Market. | Photo: David Swift Photography, via Plan Philly

  • The proposed 9th Street Business Improvement District for the Italian Market area was defeated this week as the final polling of affected property owners revealed that 33.86%—a mere half percent more than was necessary—were against the idea. Plan Philly’s Jake Blumgart reports that much of the long established business owners saw little reason to add to their expenses. “Right now [9th Street] is the cleanest I’ve ever seen it. We don’t need this,” said storeowner Mario Girardo.
  • The Passyunk Post updates its readers on developer Tony Rufo’s plan to reuse two buildings of the Brush Factory (and construct one 3-story building) at 12th & Jackson Streets, a project for which he received Zoning Board approval a full two years ago for. Demolition permits are indeed being pulled for parts of the eventual 151-unit apartment complex, but a meeting of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association was held earlier this week to express the community’s concern over the state of extended inaction; the property has not been well maintained and has had numerous incidents of breaks-ins and dumping reported to 311.
  • Naked Philly relates KJO Architecture’s renderings for seven triplexes and eleven homes on the 3300 block of Tulip Street. “This project will quadruple the number of units on the block, so these developers are clearly quite bullish on this section of Port Richmond,” the blog concludes.
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  1. BID’s like this one are sprouting up over phila for one reason and one reason only… power, or the lack there of. These BID’s are essentially defunct “civic associations” that under the new Zoning Code (where most developments are now done BY RIGHT) no longer have any power. Its a desperate and sad attempt for these people to grab power from a system that stripped them of it. There is a reason the new code abolished civic association power, because it did nothing but stand in the way of development, now those same developers were the first to vote this down. A MANDATORY tax will never pass here and only 34% said no because the group running the opposition vote got only enough as needed, truth the actual opposition was OVER half, the majority of property owners objected.

    Furthermore, only the COMMERCIAL properties were required to pay the tax with zero coming from residential properties which makes zero sense since the residential properties will benefit just as much as if not more than the commercial ones, it makes even less sense when you consider that the residential properties out number the commercial ones 25 to 1 in the proposed district yet only the commercial ones would have carried 100% of the burden/tax. This bill will never pass.

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