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32 New Homes Break Ground Friday

Original groundbreaking scheduled for last week was postponed due to weather.

Second time is the charm.

Groundbreaking for 32 new homes on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough is scheduled for Friday, Feb 15  at 11 a.m.

The new homes, which will be located at 5627 Ridge Avenue and will be called Kingsley Court, will feature “a garage, private driveway and a backyard … [as well as] hardwood floors, recessed lighting, granite counters and stainless steel appliances,” according to a release.

Councilman Curtis Jones is expected to attend the groundbreaking, as well as executive director of the Roxborough Development Corporation Bernard Guet, president of the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association Andrew Bantly and developer Stephen Goldner.

The project was scheduled to break ground on Friday, Feb 8, but it was postponed due to weather.

susan fabrican February 16, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Oh my goodness. All that stone gone for good... Farewell Hollen Hurst...
john m February 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
All these houses that are being built around here, all look the same. Ugly...It looks like the developers are building skyscrapers & matchstick homes. Also, there are several construction projects going on around my way and according to some residents, one developer built 3 homes higher than what he was supposed to. He also has violated numerous safety codes. Another developer used a crane to lift 3 sections (modular homes) above power lines on a vacant lot. (pretty risky and dangerous). And finally, with all of the construction going on, there is no parking on this already narrow street. Trucks and construction vehicles blocking driveways and parking on residential sidewalks and taking up off street parking from residents is a real nuisance. These huge trucks also keep riding up on our pavement breaking the sidewalk that i just had repaired...some parts of Roxborough really suck now a days. The building has to STOP!!!
Debbie Thomas March 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Are you talking about those 4 homes being put up on Silverwood Street where Maggian's Auto Repair used to be? Parking is already terrible as cars can only park on the one side and there's no sidewalk just trees and those steps by Krams Avenue. Of course the homes have garages but you know that whoever moves in is going to have more than one car. I also know that there will be cars parked on those sidewalks instead of the garages, creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians who will have to walk into the street. I agree with you. The neighborhood is being overdeveloped and something has to give.
JC March 28, 2013 at 02:28 PM
That block has a fairly large cluster of trees and green (from a maps perspective); I wonder how many of those trees will remain? I'll never understand the constant need to demolish and raze both historical buildings and natural landscaping when there is a blight of rundown and/or abandoned buildings and properties across this and every other city that could instead be demo'd for redevelopment. Developers still get to develop and make money, home owners and tenants would still have new places to consider and environmentalists and historians, etc. could continue being stewards for the enrichment of Philadelphia. It's a much better win-win-win situation.
J. March 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
"Are you talking about those 4 homes being put up on Silverwood Street where Maggian's Auto Repair used to be?" I wonder what the foot measurement is from the garage to the curb? It looks like a tight squeeze driving out of that garage to the curb. ( If you want to call iit a curb on the East side of the street.) LOL.
J. April 29, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Ms. Thomas 100 percent is correct in that: "Parking is already terrible as cars can only park on the one side and there's no sidewalk just trees and those steps by Krams Avenue. Of course the homes have garages but you know that whoever moves in is going to have more than one car. I also know that there will be cars parked on those sidewalks instead of the garages, creating unsafe conditions for pedestrians who will have to walk into the street." On top of that even if the home owners and tenants have only one car. I wonder where they are going to park. I would be surprised if there aren't cars blocking their driveway. They and any visitors could park in the Andora shopping center and take Septa back to their house everyday. There is always a car parked at Baldwin street on the corner making it impossible for any car to make a right hand turn onto Baldwin street. On top of that some people have developed a brilliant and uncanny skill and are able to maneuver parking between the sidewalk poles on Silverwood street. Plus there is always a car parked partially in the intersection of Silverwood street blocking the view of traffic on Green Lane making a very dangerous condition for motorists turning onto Green Lane or driving straight ahead. Also it is not doing the young (sapling) tree any good with cars parking so close to the young tree on the sidewalk. The wood holding the tree looks very loose. I hope that young tree (Sapling) can survive the illegal parking.
RoxGuy April 29, 2013 at 04:58 PM
wtf happened to this project?
Neil April 29, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I walk by the site fairly often and have yet to notice any change. Maybe they are building the foundation of the houses further down the street so we can't see. From Ridge it doesn't look like much has happened. Would love for the patch to do a follow up.
Duke April 30, 2013 at 03:38 PM
About those 4 homes being put up on Silverwood Street where Maggian's Auto Repair used to be. This morning April 30th, 2013 and on most days I noticed that when the construction crew has large trucks in front of the site with no warning for motorist's at leverington Street that when motorists turn on to Silverwood street there are no cones, signs or barricades to warn them the street is closed due to construction and the motorists have to back out of Silverwood street to get back on Green Lane. This is where Maggian's used to be. Apparently whoever is running the construction site in front of Maggian's must not care or does not know what he or she is doing. It appears they just block the street, which would be fine but not to warn the motorists that they blocked off the street is a very poor workmanship attitude.
Alawishes J. Kornberg April 30, 2013 at 04:37 PM
About those 4 homes being put up on Silverwood Street where Maggian's Auto Repair used to be: yes: I was tricked into turning on Silverwood street from Leverington Avenue few times this month as there were no signs, cones, barricades on the corner of Silverwood street alerting motorists that there was a truck and equipment parked in front of where the the auto repair business used to be. At first I thought this must be a joke after I made the turnand looked down the street and saw no vehicles could get by the truck. I hesitated for a couple of minutes before I started to back out into the dangerous driving situation at Leverington street by whever is running that construction. The reason I hesitated was because I thought this may have an episode of the old candid camera show where Allen may have wanted to show drivers reactions when they were tricked into thinking they could drive down the 4500 Block of Silverwood Street. I waited patiently for Allen Funt to come out behind the building and say : "Smile your on Candid Camera" and the show today is about watching people's reaction when they are not warned about the truck and equipment blocking the street making people think whoever is running the construction project there has no idea what they are doing. Then I was thinking Allen Funt would present with a $25 gift certificate for a free meal at a fancy restaurant. But, sadly Allen Funt never appeared.
J. April 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM
It sounds like those 4 homes being built on Silverwood Street where Maggian's Auto Repair used to be: There was alway's an auto body repair shop there going back at least 3/4's of a century or longer. Now with this construction the trucks and equipment are parked there. There are no warning signs, barricades, cones etc to warn the drivers turning off of Leverington Avenue onto Silverwood street warning the drivers that the street is blocked. It is dangerous for vehicles and pedestrian's when vehicles have to back out of there to get back on Leverington Avenue. You would think whoever is running that project would have some consideration for the vehicles turning onto Silverwood street by posting signs to let the drivers know the street is completely blocked in front of the old Maggian's auto repair shop. So sometimes the street is blocked, sometimes it's not but motorists will never know until they turn onto Silverwood street. I wonder? Would it spoil some vast eternal construction plan if the builder had the courtesy to warn motorists with signs when he blocks the street?

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