12 Single-Family Homes Set for Manayunk Ave.

Councilman's office says homes on Manayunk Avenue and Shurs Lane are permitted by right.

Developers have secured city permits to build 12 single-family homes in a currently vacant and hilly stretch above at Manayunk Avenue and below at Shurs Lane, the Office of City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. said.

Harman Deutsch Architecture received permission from the Department of Licenses and Inspections to divide two properties into 14 separate lots, according to an Oct. 2 permit. They will be located at the currently vacant 231 Shurs Lane and 4000 Manayunk Ave.

Joshua Cohen, special adviser to Councilman Jones, said he learned of the project, which he said is permitted by right, when researching a residential complaint about trees at what he thought-to-be a vacant property.

"They are combining lots to erect 12 single family homes with pilot houses, roof decks and interior parking stalls," he said.

Patch reached out to architect Rustin Ohler, the name listed on the permit, for comment on the project in September. Originally, the architectural firm agreed to an interview about the properties. However, it never secured permission from the owner—listed as Manayunk Ave Limited with a Richboro, PA, address—and Patch did not receive a response.

Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association President Andrew Bantly shared the news with residents at the group's September meeting. Because the project is permitted by right, he said, the ownership was not required to meet with the community.

Located below Manayunk Avenue, the space on Shurs Lane seems as if only unit can fit in. This forces the majority of the project to Manayunk Avenue, where parking is already restricted on that side of the road.

Renee_C October 15, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Wow, I never knew that.
Debbie Thomas October 15, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I was reading the new zoning code this weekend. From what I got out of it, it makes it much easier for a developer to sidestep all of the above that Sam mentioned. In other words it doesn't matter if people and organizations object, they'll build it anyway.
Roni October 15, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Sorry, we didn't sign up for any of this... my family has been in Manayunk since the 30's. This is before every single row home was filled with more college kids than should be living in them... with 4 cars per house. How about this... leave your car at your parents house and don't store them on the street and take your public transportation! So before you assume people wanted this chaos remember... this was a community... not a college campus!!! We tried to fight the developers over and over... but since this area is the tax base of the city, there is no way quality of life is taken into consideration. Every space in this neighborhood is being developed. What ever happened to Green Space?
jaycc February 23, 2013 at 09:58 PM
What does this do to the row homes on Manayunk Avenue ? Are there zoning rules for the height of these buildings ? looking at the slope how are they going to build 11 3000 sq foot houses on this space ? is the house by the bridge being torn down ?
Bill Smith October 03, 2013 at 02:14 PM
That job site is a disaster. One of our neighbors who have lived on Manayunk Ave. believe the ground is fuel contaminated from people dumping trash and discarded oil from neighborhood residents doing their own oil changes. No ground water samples tested. Non union site with illegal workers. The foreman knocks on neighbors doors to have them move cars for their worktrucks. Totally ridiculous. City doesn't care and unions are busy fighting the Prestronk Bros.


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