Anybody Want to Open a New Halfway House in Frankford

This tip from Lisa came in yesterday afternoon.  There is a lot of property for sale in Frankford and I didn’t pay much attention till I saw the possible uses for the building.  Is this the best idea Unity Street.  You be the judge.  It’s been two years since the Town Hall meeting on this very subject but we still seem to be no closer to a legislative approach to controlling this problem.

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Check out this property I found on HomeFinder.com! Thought you would like to take note of thislisting. It is listed as IDEAL for a HALFWAY HOUSE.


Home for sale: 1363 Unity St., Philadelphia, PA 19124
$139,900
Beds: 11 Baths: 6 Full, 4 Half
Single Family Home
Newly renovated, 11 single rooms, several baths and kitchens. Ideal as a rooming or halfway house. Currently rooms…

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  • amre

    You know this venture is not legal. with a price tag like that & only $516.00 in taxes. We will get our Zoning Officer on this one.

  • Tim Wisniewski

    I just spoke to the realtor and explained Frankford’s situation to him. He will be removing the part about rooming/halfway houses as soon as he gets back to the office.

    He said he was just putting up what the owner requested. I got the owner’s information (Rich Young, 215.533.3890) and left a message for him asking me to call him back.

  • amre

    Thanks Tim

  • Lorraine

    11 bedrooms? Who was living at this property prior to it being put up for sale? Was it being used as a rooming house? Anyone know?

  • Roy

    Tim, did you ever hear back from the owner? What did he say? I looked up that number on the internet and it led me to a roofing concrete construction company located on vankirk street.

  • NCA President Emeritus

    Here is a nice home (in Frankford).

    It is Zoned Residential with many possibilities to be converted for many commercial uses. A Drug Rehab, prisoner re-entry or some other non-profit would be a perfect fit.

    Don’t worry about the price as our tax dollars will pay for it, and the Civic will approve it.

    5030 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (Northwood)

    $374,900  5 beds, 3 baths, 5418 sq ft

    “You’ve finally arrived. Now you can live and work from home. With over 5,400s.f. of living space and 3 attached office with separate entrance and bathroom. This large traditional home can provide its new owner with the best of both worlds. Spacious living with a comfortable work environment. Great for the downsizing lawyer, or practicing doctor thats looking to personalize services to this prosperous commmunity. Center entrance w/ large study, regal dining room with attached all season sunroom, Butlers pantry with 2 separate kitchens, full basement with sep systems, 2 car garage with additional on property parking, large spacious bedrooms with high ceilings. Ample attic storage space with additional rooms on the 2nd floor. The entire compound is surrounded by privacy hedges shielding you from the outside world still while in the comforts of inner city living. This property is minutes from I95 and unbeatable taxes to comparable homes outside city limits.

    House Features for 5030 Oxford Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Property Type
    Detached
    Floor Plan
    Center Hall, FlooredAttic, 3+Story
    Lot Description
    Corner Lot, Irregular Lot
    Kitchen
    2ndKitchen, EatInKitchen, KitCookTop, ElecCooking
    Laundry
    MainFlrLndry
    Flooring
    Wood
    Garage/Parking
    2-CarGarage, Detached, 2-CarParking, 3+CarParking, Drvwy/Off Str
    Yard/Ground
    RearYard, FrontYard, SideYard(s), Patio
    Amenities
    100-150AmpEl, SecuritySys, Skylight(s)
    Fireplace
    BrickFirePl, DinRoomFireP, FamRoomFireP
    Cooling
    Central A/C
    Heating
    Gas, Natural Gas, Radiator
    Pool
    NoPool
    Listing courtesy of Brian Wilson of Coldwell Banker Preferred-Old City

    http://www.movoto.com/pa/5030-oxford-ave-philadelphia/441_5872971.htm

  • Lorraine

    Let’s not forget about the Frankford Y. It was going to be turned into a recreation center for recovering drug addicts but that deal went South (money problems, I believe). However I understand Tony Payton may be announcing new plans for the Frankford Y. Gee, I wonder what new and innovative ideas Mr. Payton will come up with. And naturally these plans will be presented to the Northwood Civic Association.