Darrell Clarke’s revenue plan, Venice Island eyesore, Church moves partly due to parking woes, transition at the Navy Yard, SEPTA’s flat budget

What’s on Council President Darrell Clarke’s 2012 agenda? Revenue Generation. The Naked City reports that Clarke’s plans include: parking space leases to car-shares, public asset sales, ad-sales for spots on municipal properties, street furniture program (funded by ads), more concession stands in parks and plazas, and special “Development Districts.” Under the latter, the Redevelopment Authority could transfer blighted properties to developers at deeply discounted sale prices.

On Venice Island in Manayunk, the former Carmella’s/Arroyo Grill/Mrs. Paul’s building is a crumbling vacant mess.PlanPhilly’s Amy Z. Quinn for NewsWorks looks at the state of the property, owned by former mayor Bill Green and developer Dan Neducsin, and what’s ahead. Plans to redevelop the site into condos are stalled out as legal disputes between Neducsin and the Manayunk Neighborhood Council play out. So as half of Venice Island is under construction to mitigate flooding, the Carmella’s property sits willfully neglected.

Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at S. 23rd and Fitzwater, put its buildings up for sale late last year, in part because a lack of dedicated parking was affecting attendance, reports the Daily News. The congregation got two speedy offers, and are in contract with a developer to convert the building into office space. The congregation is relocating to N. 16th and W. Wingohocking.

The Navy Yard’s mid-century Mustin housing is coming down, and will be replaced by warehouses and ship terminals. NewsWorks talked about the Navy Yard’s transition with Bob Gorgone, a one-time Navy Yard worker who now works with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation to attract new businesses to the Navy Yard. “This is the happening place right now,” he said.

SEPTA’s proposed 2013 capital budget is virtually unchanged from 2012, reports Anthony Campisi on PlanPhilly. Major items include: Bus purchases and overhauls, and early work on the City Hall station reconstruction project.


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