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Apartment Building Catches Bad Looks from Roxborough Residents

New look from The Ridge apartments draws residents' ire.

Whether legal or not, Roxborough residents say the facade from a 7900 Ridge Avenue apartment complex is distasteful and the lit sign too bright.

The Ridge apartments at 7949 Ridge Ave. recently renovated its front building by painting it bright green and installing an illuminated sign. Neighbors have complained to the city councilman's office and Patch, hoping a change can occur.

"I live close by, and it's quite an eyesore. The lime green paint looks very tacky. They need to work on the side of the building, which still looks like a total dump," Michelle Riggins said on the Roxborough-Manayunk Patch Facebook page.

In Roxborough and Manayunk, the Galman Group owns several properties, including Donna Court (631 DuPont St.), DuPont Towers (6100 Henry Ave.), and the Ridge View Apartments (6725 Ridge Ave.).

Formerly the Cheswick Square Apartments, the Galman Group recently renovated and rebranded the complex at 7949 Ridge Ave. as The Ridge.

In May, the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the sign erection, according to city permits. The Upper Roxborough Civic Association supported that application, said Joshua Cohen, special adviser to Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

On Monday, Cohen said neighbors raised issues with the sign and how bright it is.

"One resident says it's so bright she can read by the light," he said.

Following a request from a reader, Patch posted a general question about the building to our Facebook page, which generated nearly 20 comments—all negative.

"They did a great job of catching people's attention. Unfortunately, I almost rear ended someone staring at those seizure inducing lights," Chalee Supplee said.

Another reader, Lori Rotzell McGrorty, said: "I was hoping it was a base coat and that they were waiting for the 'real' paint to be delivered."

Patch reached out to the Galman Group but did not receive comment from Vice President Jeff Slipakoff before publication.

In his conversation with the company, Cohen said the way the sign is lit doesn't allow for a dimmer—it's on or off. He hopes to continue conversations, however, and get them to alter it. Cohen also said he would look into the specific law and see if the Ridge is legally lit.

"If they're not willing to make dimmer, and if in violation, then we'll ask L & I to look into it," Cohen said.

As for the building's color—though neighbors may disagree with the choice—no legal recourse exists to change it.

PB October 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
That building is an eyesore! What were they thinking? I feel sorry for people across the street.
marnita October 24, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Why !
Jo Ann Desper October 24, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Yuck! I know people have different tastes, but that green is awful! All I can think is that they got the paint for free. As for the lights, I agree that they're much too bright. I have a business next door and the lights from the apartment building must be dimmed.
narmas October 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Even my four year old is disgusted the new facade, which speaks volumes. Living in fairly close proximity to "The Ridge," I am sure my property value will reflect this architectural abomination once I go to sale. Thanks, Galman!
K. Watson October 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Dear Galman, Are you attention seeking? We did get to lose one of the seekers on ther lower end of Ridge with his BRIGHT LIGHTS and advertising of cars Please re paint your building. And the lights ....... obnoxious !!!
Mary October 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
My daughter just told me to read this article as I have been complaining about the color of the building every time I go by. What a hideous color. Does not fit in with the area. Please repaint that building.
Thomas McGlaughlin October 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
This facade would look garish in South Beach. On the upper Ridge, among the graceful, well built, well maintained homes, this is some crackpot designer's idea of what, exactly? Galman should get his money back and re-do. Tom McGlaughlin
Barbara H October 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The Landscaping is gorgeous! The paint and lights, Hideous!!!! What were they thinking is right! What an eyesore!
John Doe October 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
This whole renovation is a post-modern disaster, but it is 100% better than what was there before. It was a stale complex, then a group comes in to try to improve it and everyone complains. Roxborough is a dead neighborhood, let people change things to try to make it better.
margaret seda October 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
its just paint. i don't get what the big deal is.
Anne October 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It reminds me of something out of a Dr. Seuss book.
Bob turino,Pres. URCA October 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Upper Rox. Civic was unopposed to a sign replacement only that was what the permit was for.I spoke to the party concerned and we will have dimmers installed on the wall units and the sign.We hope this will be satisfactory for the neighbors . We' should have the dimmers installed in 2 wks.We would like to thank the Galman Group,and Josh Cohen from Councilman Jones office. Bob Turino, Pres. URCA
rich October 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Dr Seuss is cool !
Jim Michini October 26, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I've checked paint stores and they don't sell anything like that, I searched for the color and is only really available for warning signs, penndot tow trucks, seems a industrial high visibility paint made to stand out to warn people, It isn't cheap costs like 2-3X more then ordinary paint colors
Jim Michini October 26, 2012 at 03:46 AM
The lights installed are H.I.D and cannot be dimmed, like the company said in a statement, they'd have to change new lights to Halogen lights to be able to dim them which I have 2 industrial 2000 watt watt lights I'll be glad to donate.
Mackey Sasser October 26, 2012 at 04:03 AM
It is stuff like this that makes you realize why so many houses are for sale in the neighborhood.
shannon 19127 October 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Bingo. Could not agree more.
shannon 19127 October 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Give me a break, people. It's nice to see a change on stale old Ridge Avenue. Also, as someone who walks along that street after dark sometimes, I have to say I feel safer walking past a brightly lit, well-cared-for building. Ridge is an artery filled with businesses, not a sleepy residential cul-de-sac. There's nothing wrong with something colorful and a little crazy. Take a deep breath and start worrying about something that really matters.
pam October 27, 2012 at 12:42 AM
On Thursday evening Fox 29 interviewed neighbors of the Ridge Apartment complex, explaining what the problem is , the clip can be found on their website. Apparently the bright lights and colors shine directly into people homes, creating a problem. Also a school crossing guard was interviewed stating that it causes some traffic tieups and hazards in an already congested traffic route. Frankly it's just plain ugly and doesnt belong in this neighborhood. And dont let some cosmetic changes fool you, most of them are only on the street side.
Mackey Sasser October 27, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Hey Shannon 19127, how close do you live to this eyesore? Yea, it's nice to walk by, feel safe, and laugh at but try living next door to it.
shannon 19127 October 27, 2012 at 04:18 AM
"try living next door to it" I don't know what you're trying to say here. This statement is so general I can't even figure out what you're mad about. It doesn't appeal to your personal taste? In every neighborhood, there are differences of opinion among people as to what makes buildings more or less attractive. For instance, I find the overgrown yards, some with trash in them, and badly-maintained houses within a block or two of that apartment building to be eyesores.
rich October 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM
love it

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