1100 Wharton (Municipal Complex) Update


There is another opportunity for neighborhood residents to share their perspectives on the redevelopment of the municipal buildings on Reed Street between 11th Street and 12th Street.

Planning since 2012
Since 2012, PSCA has been engaged with City Officials to imagine a reuse of the City owned property across from Columbus Square. The land is currently occupied by the firehouse, a 38 space public surface lot with six additional car share spaces, and an historic (1913) building that serves as a municipal Fleet Maintenance facility.  In 2015, the Planning Commission released the South District Plan that reflected a community supported vision for mixed use development at the site. That plan relocates the firehouse from 12th Street to 11th Street, preserves the historic building, adds residential units to the neighborhood, provides new leasable commercial space, enhances pedestrian connections, and maintains access to public parking.

Developments since Fall, 2018
Last fall, the City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) asking developers, with strong track records of building mixed-use developments, to submit proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of the site.  PIDC, on behalf of the City, presented at the PSCA November General Meeting. PSCA collected comments at that meeting and in the following weeks. Issues like ensuring some number of affordable units and the possibility of space leasable by the school district to address crowding issues at Jackson were surfaced thanks to advocacy from many neighbors. The RFP was amended to reflect these neighborhood desires. Due to the outpouring of neighbor outreach, Councilmember Squilla asked that PSCA representatives serve on the selection committee.

Next Steps
The next step in the process will be to select a Development Team to enter a negotiations phase. During the negotiations phase, the City will negotiate with the developer and the Development Team will come to the community to present in detail their concept for the site. Ultimately Councilmember Squilla will have to introduce an Ordinance authorizing the sale of the site. We anticipate that he would not do that in the absence of broad community support for the redevelopment.

The City received two proposals for mixed-use (residential and commercial) buildings summarized below. Non-disclosure agreements preclude the release of financial information and the names of development teams. However, we can say that the issues which neighbors care about the most are the greatest distinctions between each of the proposals.

Let the PSCA Board (municipalcomplex@passyunk.org), Councilmember Squilla (Mark.Squilla@phila.gov), and Mayor Kenney  (James.Kenney@phila.gov) know which proposal you’d like to see advance and what specific concerns you have. Your feedback resulted in PSCA being included in the RFP Selection Committee, a rarity in city land sale processes, so let’s keep sharing our views with our elected officials.

Public Engagement Opportunity Timeline
2035 Plan Development Numerous meeting 2012-2015
RFP Release Meeting November 2018
Developer Selection Summer 2019
Site Specific Proposal Meetings Fall 2019
Site Sale Council Ordinance Fall 2019/Winter 2020

The 2019 Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour will take place on Saturday, November 10th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm!

The annual PSCA Home Tour is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood and is one of PSCA’s most successful and important fundraisers. The tour provides a chance to see how your neighbors have made their houses homes, to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet some new friends.

Tickets are $20* in advance (*There is a small convenience fee if you purchase online) or the day of the tour at the tour start location TBA. Please note that you will not receive an actual ticket for this event. Your name will be added to our attendee list. All proceeds benefit the programs of Passyunk Square Civic Association.

Day of tickets may be purchased for $25.

We are still looking for a couple of homes to make the tour very special! If you would be interested in opening your home please email us at hometour@passyunk.org.

 Join us Tonight – October 1st
South Philadelphia Older Adult Center

1430 E. Passyunk Avenue

PSCA General Meetings are typically the First Tuesday of every month 6:30pm at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center and are preceded by the PSA-3 3rd District Police Meeting.

Childcare will be provided with Manny the Nanny

This month’s topics and speakers: 
1) General Updates from our committees, leadership and the 3rd Police District PSA-3
2) PSCA Home Tour – October 19, 2019
2) Chelsea Jackson from Interfaith Philadelphia, a new South Philadelphia initiative
3) Nicole Bañales of Juntos 
4) Representatives from HAIS Pennsylvania

Please note:

The 11th Street safety project will not be on our October agenda. Based on ongoing neighbor feedback, work and modifications on 11th (including adding back some parking spaces) will be continuing through October. Neighbors are welcome to continue to leave feedback via this google form, and we will pass on any comments to the city. More information about this project is available here as well.

The process with the potential sale and development of 1100 Wharton continues. We encourage neighbors to continue to review and comment on the information we released in June and the timeline for future community meetings and input. If you have questions for PSCA or want special notification of future meetings, please feel free to email us at municipalcomplex@passyunk.org. We’ll be announcing any future meetings (likely later this fall) in this newsletter, on our website, and on facebook/twitter and instagram.

**We remind neighbors that we welcome families to our meetings. We expect and will insist that adults attending conduct themselves accordingly.**

Full Newsletter for October here Newsletter archive available here: http://www.passyunksquare.org/about/newsletters/

Minutes from our past general meetings are available on our website www.passyunk.org/about/general-meeting-minutes

Park renovations will begin on Monday, Sept. 23rd. To ensure everyone’s safety and for legal liability reasons, the entire park will be fenced off during construction. Fencing will be put around the perimeter of the park on Monday and the park will be closed during renovation. There will be heavy equipment moving in and out of the park during the process. The only way into and out of the Recreation Center will be through the main entrance on the corner of Wharton and 12th street. Programming in the center will continue but the playground, field, dog park, tot lot and patio will be closed. Except for a construction entrance in the middle of Wharton which needs to be kept open, street parking should not be affected.

During the renovation period, visit our sister parks; Capitolo which has a recently renovated playground, or Gold Star Park; both within walking distance from Columbus Square. While this may be a short-term inconvenience, in the long run the community will have a beautiful space to enjoy for years to come.
Details on the renovations are available at: https://mycolumbussquare.org/renovation

Updates on the renovations will be delivered on Columbus Square’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mycolumbusquare.) Please check here for any important information on renovation activities or visit the Recreation Center office at the corner of 12th and Wharton.

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