Monday, April 30, 2012
Development corporation and arts group hold silent auction.
A joint project by two Roxborough groups seeks to cement art as synonymous with Ridge Avenue. The Roxborough Development Corporation and the Manayunk-Roxborough Arts Center will host a benefit on Thursday for local art. "The RDC/MRAC silent auction is not just a silent auction, but a celebration of our neighborhood's interest in promoting the arts in Roxborough," said Bernard Guet, executive director of RDC. "A special thanks to our members, friends and volunteers who have donated items for our first joint fundraiser with the MRAC." On May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. the RDC will host the auction at its 6111 Ridge Ave. location. The RDC said approximately 400 people are anticipated to attend. Often, the group displays local work at its Ridge …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
City Planning Commission will evaluate creation of Kingsley Court, houses.
If Tuesday's hearing goes well, a plan to build 32 twin homes in Roxborough will get closer to fruition. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will evaluate Stephen Goldner's plan to build 32 homes at the abandoned Ivy Ridge Assisted Living at 5627 Ridge Ave. A major development for Roxborough, the plan would create a cul-de-sac, the new city street Kingsley Court, on the 3.2 acres. Goldner originally presented the proposal to the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association in January. Following questions, he met with neighbors from adjacent properties and also the Roxborough Development Corporation. Neighbors and the RDC said it went well. However, Civic President Andrew Bantly has continually stated the group wants Goldner to receive …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Projected opening date set for fall, end of year.
The steps are in place and it may just be formalities before a new gym replaces a massive vacant storefront on Ridge Avenue. With a property sale completed and backing from the Roxborough Development Corporation, Planet Fitness moves closer to opening a 24-hour gym in Roxborough. "We've had very cooperative meetings. They want to do something good for the commercial corridor, and we're behind it," RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said Monday. On Thursday, Central Roxborough Civic Association President Ed Hothman said the company worked well with the RDC to answer neighborhood concerns. He said he was happy to defer to Guet's opinion, as the civic backs the plan. Talking Points Planet Fitness introduced a plan in December to takeover the…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Preservation Alliance presents month-long Roxborough workshops.
In connection with a recent grant bestowed on the Roxborough Development Corporation, the Preservation Alliance kicks off a month of free homeowner workshops. Starting Wednesday at the RDC office, 6111 Ridge Ave., the regional historic preservation group offers four weekly sessions on various home repair subjects. Each workshop is free but requires advanced registration. The classes include info on: Each sessions starts at 6:30 p.m., and the program runs through April 25. Roxborough is one of two city neighborhoods (Logan being the other) to host the April workshops. The local one is more hands on, with the Logan session a lecture. "Don't miss this great opportunity to meet the conservation staff of the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation…
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Preservation Alliance, through Roxborough Development Corporations, awards $30,000 for historical updates.
To residents, the area around Lyceum Avenue and Green Lane is more than city block—it's a neighborhood. Through cleanups, regular potluck dinners, and simple communication, homeowners now boast of a rebirth for the Roxborough neighborhood. Going along with the increased neighborhood pride and the unique historical architecture, the Roxborough Development Corporation helped secure a $30,000 grant from the Preservation Alliance to help renovate homes on Lyceum Avenue. Residents say that's just another step in the continued Central Roxborough revitalization. "To me, it's very exciting to be involved in the grant," said Dr. Bill Pezzello of Lyceum Physical Medicine. "It's not just this grant that's great, but to have a vision about the …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Sidewalks closed on portion of Ridge Avenue.
The weather on Monday accommodated construction efforts in Roxborough, as sidewalk and street rehabs continued on Ridge Avenue. With temperatures in the 70s, crew closed off sidewalk portions just past the U.S. Post Office on Ridge Avenue through Krams Street. On the road itself, parking is restricted through Green Lane. Construction cones signify traffic lanes, but do not close any portion of Ridge Avenue. The road is part of the ongoing streetscape project that impacts the Roxborough business corridor. It should continue all week as crews dismantle and replace sidewalks and curbs. For detailed information on the closures, consult this story.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Roxborough Development Corporation gives breakdown of construction work.
If you spent a few minutes on Ridge Avenue recently, you would readily spot construction activity. Crews continue work on the Roxborough streetscape project, which kicks in to high gear starting March 19. Roxborough Development Corporation Operations Manager James Calamia said Thursday "the work will really start to be more intense. They'll be breaking things up a lot." Earlier in March, crews began "light work," which prepped the street for the heavy lifting. Parking meters were removed, and cones were set along the street to block off parking. On Monday, "Workers will saw, cutting pavement and the curbs," according to a letter contractor Ka Long Chan sent to businesses. As of Thursday, the below info is the up-to-date schedule. For the…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Margie Walsh and Jennie Tis crafted the winning slogan combo.
Incorporating the natural, neighborhood and familial elements that makeup the neighborhood, the Roxborough Development Corporation unveiled a new slogan Tuesday. Combining two residents' submission, the RDC decided on this—"Roxborough: Family, Community and Nature Since 1690." JoAnn Desper, who chairs the RDC Promotions Committee, helped implement the contest to better brand Roxborough. "We ended up not even being able to choose just one. We chose two winners and combined their sentiments to bring you the best of Roxborough," she said. RDC Executive Director Bernard Guet said the contest stemmed from talks of better getting the Roxborough name out there. Resident Paul Selbst originated the contest. "Roxborough is not ever mentioned or …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The corporation made the official move Monday.
On Monday, the Roxborough Development Corporation said goodbye to it's old home and hello to a new one. The RDC, that was located at 6148 Ridge Avenue, moved down the block to the vacant building at 6111 Ridge. The phone number will be the same, the development corporation stated. The Foodery, that already has two locations in Philadelphia, will be moving into the old RDC home and may open as early as February or March, but nothing is definite, James Calamia, operations manager for the development corporation said. The spot on the same block is only a temporary spot, Calamia said, adding that the corporation is hoping to find a local building that needs to be rehabbed. "It's what we did with this building," he said. According to its …