Community Meeting for St. Mary's Redevelopment
Wednesday March 23, 2016, 7:30PM
North Light Community Center
175 Green Lane
The complete St. Mary of the Assumption church property
has been up for sale for some time and now there is now an
agreement of sale (i.e. a developer has agreed to purchase
the property). This is a large property (73,000 square feet)
and stretches between Gay Street and Carson (with Conarroe
in the middle). It includes the parking lot (100 spaces),
church, school, rectory and convent.
How this property will be redeveloped will have a huge impact
on the neighborhood.
The developer is still working on their design and is not
yet ready to present a proposal. So now's the time to get
our ideas in.
There many possible scenarios, from 45 by-right houses to a
combination of townhouses and apartments with 100-150 units
or who knows what else.
- Will the buildings be kept and converted or torn down?
- How much parking will be provided?
- Will there be parking for the neighbors?
- Will there be parking for North Light?
- Will the developer build by-right, or seek a variance,
or will the Councilman sponsor a bill to City Council
to rezone the parcel?
This meeting is your chance to exchange information and get your
opinions on the record, for the developer, and our public officials.
Councilman Jones will be represented at the meeting. We are also
hoping to have the Planning Commission and church represented.
2015 Fall Festival
Saturday October 31, from 10am to 5pm.
More fun than you can shake a pumpkin at. Face painting,
vendors, music, the Farmers Market, and a great musical
lineup, spells a whole day of fun and still time for the
kiddies in the evening!
Don't miss the Zombie Thriller Dance off at
4pm. Put on your best Zombie Costume and show your
Register at EventBrite
There's nothing more fun dressing up your puppy and posting
pictures on the internet, but, yes there is something more
fun! Dress up your puppy and join in the Pretzel Park Fall
Festival Dog Parade, for fun and prizes. 11 am in Pretzel
- 10:00 -- Germantown Shout Band -New Orleans Brass Band to Get Things Started
- 11:00 -- Dog Parade
- 11:15 -- EJ Simpson -Songwriter Par Excellence
- 12:15 -- White Cheddar Boys - Old Timey Americana Banjo Delights
- 1:30 -- Max Mifflin Jazz Quartet - Jazz Like a Balm to Your Soul
- 2:40 -- Merge Dance Studio Exhibition
- 3:00 -- Wolves in White - Rock of ages
- 4:00 -- Zombie Thriller Dance Off (Register at EventBrite)
Three Men & Three Women in Black Johnny Cash Concert
Satruday August 29 6pm
Pretzel Park's First Twilight Concert of the 2015 Season
Satruday June 20 6pm
Photos From The Concert
Manayunk Development Corporation's
Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk
February 28, 2015
2014 Fall Festival--Saturday October 25
- Farmers Market 10am to 2pm
- Music All Day
- Halloween Costume Parade for the kids
- Halloween Costume Parade for the dogs
- Food Trucks
- Beautiful Weather
- Fun for All
Stay DENIED. Bunting House, at 5901 Ridge Ave, Demolished Friday 12/13/2012
The Civic's request for a stay of demolition has been denied. The
stay was requested to prevent the house from being demolished
before the appeals of the demolition permit could be heard.
The only thing standing in the way of demolition was any concern
or second thoughts, by the Giovannones, about consequences should
the civics win the appeals or consequenses of defying a
community determined to maintain and preserve it's heritage and
There were no second thoughts.
(photos of the demolition)
Frank Giovannoni wasn't kidding when he said the building
meant nothing to him and that there were buildings like it all
up and down the Ridge. Frank was responding to a direct
question by Judge Fox at the December 10 injunction
hearing. Central Roxborough Civic Association led a
coalition of civics in an attempt to get a stay of the
proposed demolition, pending appeal hearings to the Zoning
Board and L&I Board of Review.
There are, of course, not buildings, up and down the Ridge,
comparable to the Bunting House. And maybe Frank was just
expressing his frustration at the mess they have made. On
the other hand, the strings are maybe really being pulled by the
anonymous face(s) hiding behind 5901 Ridge LLC. So in the end
it doesn't really matter what Frank thinks.
On Thursday December 13 the judge entered her decision denying
the stay pending the appeals. On Friday morning, a crew from
Haines and Kibblehouse were out insuring nobody would be
changing their minds. After knocking off for the weekend,
the crew was back out to finish the knocking down on Monday.
In two days, another piece of Roxborough heritage and 132
years of history were reduced to a pile of rubble. The only
things saved were those that scavengers were able to cart
away over the weekend.
The Giovannonis, as best we know, are now planning to market
the empty lot to fast food restaurants, banks and drug store
5901 Ridge Ave memorial web site for the latest news.
After two months of meetings, Giovannone Construction declared
that they were unable to find a buyer for their lot(s) with
the Bunting House still standing. Central Roxborough Civic
Association, Manayunk Neighborhood Council, Ridge Park Civic
Association, Wissahickon Interested Citizens and
Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association have all appealed the
demolition permits issued by the city. That appeal will now
go forward. The appeal hearing will
be held Tuesday 12/4/2012, 3:30 PM in room 696 of City Hall,
In September, 2012 Giovannone Construction pulled permits for
the complete demolition of the beautiful Victorian building
at the corner of Roxborough Ave and Ridge Ave, 5901 Ridge Ave.
As of 7 am Wed September 26, Central Roxborough Civic
Association has filed appeals against the demolition permits
and for a temporary restraining order agaist the demolition.
It is reported in a
Roxborough Patch Article
that Giovannone claims the building is unsound and there only
plans are an empty lot.
Folks have put together an
where you can register your support for keeping the
Manayunk Neighborhood Council is asking people to contact Councilman
Jones and Giovannone Construction and let them know what you think.
Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.
Room 404, City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Constituent Services: Joshua.Cohen@phila.gov
Frank and Anthony Giovannone
5003 Umbria St Ste 200
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Giovannone Construction Inc.
2160 Harts Ln.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Friends Of Pretzel Park
Pretzel Park Summer First Friday Concert Series
Philadelphia University Day of Service in Pretzel Park
September 27, 2011
MNC Neighborhood Brochure
Thanks go to Darlene and Carrie from the
MNC Quality of Life Committee for a great brochure
The Manayunk Canal
Created by Manayunk Neighborhood Council through
Scribe Video Center Precious Places Program