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State Tax Credits Help Finance Shoppes at Wissinoming

State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., today announced the award of $7 million in state tax credits to aid construction of a new $29 million shopping center at Harbison Avenue and Tulip Street.

Known as Shoppes at Wissinoming, the 110,000-square-foot project will include a Shoprite Supermarket as the anchor tenant, plus space for retail stores and restaurants.


“This is great news for our area,” Dawkins said. “I am committed to providing the 179th District with the resources it needs to support healthy food options and family-sustaining jobs. Shoprite will bring fresh food and produce to our area, which we have been lacking for a long time. The project and new businesses will also create hundreds of jobs, and help move our community forward.”

Shoppes at Wissinoming is expected to support 250 full-time jobs during 18 months of construction and create 300 permanent, full-time jobs once completed and fully occupied. Shoprite is expected to employ more than 200 full- and part-time workers who will be offered benefits, job training and career advancement opportunities.

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Shopping Center Controversary at Frankford Civic

No zoning cases were on the schedule for the Frankford Civic Association meeting on November 7th so the entire meeting was used in discussion of two proposed shopping centers in the area.

Mark Hankin, President of the Hankin Management Company made a presentation on their proposed Shopping Center at the Arsenal.  The shopping center would total 500,000 square feet.  Site preparations has been underway for some time with opening of the initial stage scheduled for late Summer of 2015.  The entrance will be Tacony Street North of Bridge Street.

The last part of the meeting was used to discuss the Shoppes at Wissinoming, another proposed shopping center in the area to be located at Tulip St. and Aramingo Avenue.  Allegations made are that the site is too small for the size of the development, it would create too much traffic for an already congested neighborhood and there are environmental issues.

The 30 residents at the meeting were very interested in the issues raised but noted that the Wissinoming developer was not present to respond to those issues.

Residents interested in hearing both sides of this issue are invited to attend the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee meeting on November 14th at 2nd Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street at 7PM.  Both developers have been invited and say they will attend.

Also at the meeting:

  • Police bike patrols are active on the streets close to Frankford Avenue.
  • A license for a club at 4721 Oxford Avenue was denied by L&I.  This location has been opening without a license off and on for several months.

The next Frankford Civic Association meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.



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Frankford NAC Says Yes to New Church for Frankford

By: Doug Bryant, NAC President

Our zoning meeting was held at Second Baptist Church on October 10, 2013. The first property to be considered was 5020-5028 Leiper St. Mr. Mike Dilmore, the owner of the property and Pastor John Kennedy, were requesting a variance to renovate two detached storage buildings into one, to form the main church sanctuary of the Shepherd House Ministries. Community concerns raised centered on issues of parking and the exact nature of services to be offered. The Pastor explained that there would be off street parking for upwards of forty vehicles and that only worship services with no type of separate, standalone outreach programs were planned. With no further questions raised a vote was called and the variance was granted.

The second property listed for consideration was 5458 Tacony St aka 2251 Fraley St. Ms. Cheryl Gaston, Esquire represented Mr. George Martinos the owner with a through presentation. But a series of questions surrounding past code violations, current usage of the property, length of time that activity had been taken place and notification of surrounding neighbors could not be addressed to the board’s satisfaction. The variance request was not granted and instead a continuance was issued.   With no other properties listed the meeting was adjourned.

November 25th we, along with the Wissinoming Civic Association, had a joint zoning meeting at Wissinoming Presbyterian Church. The developer Carl Freedman of F C Development Group gave a second presentation on the progress of the Shoppes of Wissinoming. This development will be located at Tulip St. and Aramingo Ave. ShopRite will be the anchor supermarket of the development. He is in the process of obtaining  an Urgent Care Facility, Shoppes at Wissinoming - RCO Presentation-1restaurants and merchants who are interested in upgrading their businesses.

The existing buildings will be crushed on site and recycled. Green Technology is planned to be a major part of this development. Storm water management and Hi Tech Green Roof Technologies are some of the examples of such. He is talking with Septa to bring in a bus stop. A retaining wall and fence will be constructed to stop access to railroad traffic. Plenty of security cameras will be implemented with a direct link to local authorities.

This  construction will create 200 to 350 union jobs and after construction will create 400 to 500 long term jobs. Completion of this development is planned for the Spring of 2015.