Monday, April 29, 2013
The Roxborough Development Corporation will host an exhibition of student art throughout the month of May.
The Roxborough Development Corporation will host a student art show for the entire month of May at its office located at 6111 Ridge Ave. Artwork from local students will be on display as part of the Development Corporation's continued partnership with the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. The ROXART Gallery will host a special show for the student work on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. The artwork will be on display for the public to look at for the whole month of May during Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone who gives a donation to support the show will also receive a Roxborough magnet.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
RDC hosts public meeting on avenue improvements.
Preserving the historical character of Roxborough at large and Lyceum Avenue in particular proved a significant issue throughout 2012. While some properties met the bulldozer, other property owners capitalized on preservation grants to better their home. The Roxborough Development Corporation continues its plans to preserve the character of Lyceum Avenue with a meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. In 2012, the RDC secured a grant for Lyceum Avenue homeowners (living from Ridge to Pechin streets) interested in historic preservation. Additionally, the Preservation Alliance hosted homeowner workshops. A third initiative of that project were plans for street improvements on street, all the way to Manayunk Avenue. Architect Ian Smith is tasked to …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Roxborough's new craft beer bottle shop set to open in 2012.
Neon signs advertising Troegs and Victory beer peek over brown paper covering the redesign of Roxborough's newest (and long-awaited) business—The Foodery bottle shop should open before year's end. Jack Lee, one of the owners, confirmed Tuesday that the Ridge Avenue location will open Dec. 27. This occurs about a year after plans were announced to bring the craft beer store to Roxborough. The Foodery currently has locations in Northern Liberies and Old City. The location, 6148 Ridge Ave., formely housed the Roxborough Development Corporation, which sold the property and moved down the Ridge. The interior has been completely remodeled and doesn't look much like the former office. Refrigerators line the walls, carrying 800 different types of …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Roxborough Development Corporation doesn't protest demolition.
Two longstanding Lyceum Avenue homes are on the path to demolition, following a trend impacting some Central Roxborough properties. Michael Cooley, a representative from property owner Villanova-based Provco Group, said no timetable exists but 480 and 482 Lyceum Ave. will be demolished, after the company deemed them unable to rehab. Although some residents oppose the move, the Roxborough Development Corporation doesn't feel these homes are worth the fight that it put up for other buildings. "What is important, number one, is to save all the significant buildings in Roxborough. The second thing is that we support and encourage development. That's how our neighborhood can grow," RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said. "What we have to …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
UPS Store hosts grand opening Monday.
With cake, apple cider, and a good omen in toe, Roxborough's newest shop hosted a grand opening on Monday. The UPS Store cut the yellow ribbon just at noon Oct. 22 at 6024 Ridge Ave. As Roxborough Development Corporation Executive Director Bernard Guet snipped the scissors, a welcoming bell rang out from the Roxborough Baptist Church—in what attendees hoped is a good luck charm. Open seven days a week, the small business and shipping center is located at the Roxborough Commons facility. Read our previous business profile here. View photos from grand opening in the attached gallery.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Roxborough Development Corporation host free art event Oct. 6-7.
Continuing an influx of art to Ridge Avenue, the Roxborough Development Corporation hosts a regional touring art studio next weekend. On Oct. 6 and 7, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), brings internationally renowned artists to the Roxborough Development Corporation's office for a free gallery. "The RDC envisions a neighborhood that warmly embraces the eclectic spirit of our local artists," RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said in a news release. "Through the creation of our RoxArt Gallery, visitors can experience the visual art scene in our small village atmosphere". Guet credited event sponsor, East River Bank, and the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center for aiding the RDC in promoting art on and along Ridge Avenue. The event runs …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Giovannone Construction, Inc. and local attorney disagree about conditions for 5901 Ridge Ave. demolition reprieve.
Developers conditionally agreed to delay demolition on a historical Roxborough Victorian home if neighbors drop their legal challenge, according to a spokesperson. However, an attorney for residents—who filed an appeal Wednesday—said that aspect was not communicated with him. Frank Keel, spokesperson for Giovannone Construction, Inc., said the company agreed to a "30-day cooling-off period" on the proposed demolition of the Bunting House at 5901 Ridge Ave. and will work with "community officials to come up with a solution that can save the building and provide for a first-class, sustainable redevelopment of the entire site." Hal Schirmer, retained attorney for four civic associations, learned of the delay Wednesday, but, he said, without …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
5901 Ridge Ave. is approved for a Thursday date with the wrecking ball.
Although official word to delay demolishing a historical Victorian house did not happen Tuesday, two local officials remain optimistic about the future for 5901 Ridge Ave. Giovannone Construction, Inc. owns the Bunting House and had secured city approval to demolish the property. However, neighborhood backlash led to a meeting Monday night with the company and members from the Central Roxborough Civic Association, Councilman Curtis Jones' office, Roxborough Development Corporation and the Manayunk Neighborhood Council. RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet and Joshua Cohen, special aide to Councilman Jones, were hopeful that developers would announce a 30-day demolition delay. However, Frank Keel, spokesperson for the Giovannone Construction…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Preservation Alliance and Roxborough Development Corporation present more training sessions.
Owning an historic home comes with both charm and chores to preserve the challenging character antiquity provides. Roxborough's homeowners will get an opportunity to learn some tips on how to keep those homes looking new. The Roxborough Development Corporation partners with the Preservation Alliance to offer free homeowner workshops this fall, geared toward historic properties. "We are glad to welcome back the Historic Preservation Workshops to Roxborough after a successful first series last April," Executive Director Bernard Guet said. "Because of such a large turnout we outgrew our space and Roxborough Memorial Hospital has allowed us to use the Wolcoff Auditorium for the September-October series." In the spring, the Preservation …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
National Trust Main Street Center bestows distinction on Roxborough Development Corporation.
A national historic preservation organization certified Ridge Avenue in Roxborough as a bona fide main street. The National Trust Main Street Center bestowed the distinction on the Roxborough Development Corporation for meeting the 10 standards the group establishes. "Through the dedication of our members and a strong network of volunteers we continue to reinvigorate Ridge Avenue so that it once again functions as a true focus to a broad range of community life and activities," RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said in a news release. Roxborough joined 760 new neighborhoods nationwide that completed the accreditation process by MainStreet.org, a program under the wing of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Accredited Main …