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Manayunk Council Talks Include Construction Projects

Flooding and post office closing were both on the agenda.

Chairs lined up to the back door at the Manayunk Neighborhood Council meeting Sept. 7 at the office.

Kevin Smith, president of the council led the meeting with a call to order while people continued to trickle in.

Highlights of the meeting included:

• The performing art center for the Recreation Department is still on track

• Upcoming events were discussed, including the movie in the park, “Shrek” on Sept. 15 at at 7:30 p.m. with no rain date set yet

• History in the park is set for Sept. 17 with the bookstore featuring author Thom Nickels on the discussion panel

• The Eco Arts fest will be held Sept. 24 and 25

• Meet your neighbors at the Fall Festival at Pretzel Park on Oct. 15

The impact flooding recently had on area businesses was also discussed.

“This is the largest downfall since Hurricane Phil in 1999. It was measured 12-feet deep by Boathouse Row,” Smith said.

The Manayunk Post office was also on the agenda. It is set to close due to lack of funding and there is a petition in the lobby of the MDC to keep it open.

Developer Andy Thomas and partner Bill O’ Brian showcased the 17-home project at the corner of Silverwood and Leverington streets. These are single family homes with parking in the rear and entrances on Leverington and Krams. The price range was estimated around $500,000 and one resident was concerned.

“How do you justify a cost of half a million?” he said.

“The neighbors will not complain,” replied O’Brian.

The artists rendering looks like the typical three story stucco style home surrounded by landscaping at 35 feet tall with slight slopes in groups of three, due to the grade of the hill. The pair needs a variance because the buildings were deemed industrial.

In other news, the old Recreation Center is officially gone. They are building a giant hall and excavation is set to begin.

The appeal was won for the Venice 1 project at Leverington Street so project plans can finally get underway for construction.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Manayunk Development Corporation.

Editor's Note: The original article contained incorrect information regarding Yunk's, at the corner of Main Street and Shurs Avenue.

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