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Passyunk Ave. revitalization corp. restarts activities with three initiatives

When: Tuesday, March 29th at 11:00 AM

The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation–PARC (formerly known as Citizens Alliance for Better Neighborhoods) is pleased to announce the resumption of its neighborhood sidewalk cleaning program. Following a competitive bid process, a cleaning contract was awarded to ABM Janitorial Services. ABM will be responsible for managing the cleaning crews, hiring all personnel and running the day-to-day operation of the cleaning services.

A primary focus of cleaning activities will be East Passyunk Avenue, from Federal Street to Broad Street, the location of the majority of the real estate that PARC owns and leases for commercial and residential uses. This commercial corridor will be cleaned six days a week, twice per day.

In addition, a surrounding residential area, bounded by Ninth Street (east), Snyder Avenue (south), South Broad Street (west), and Federal Street (north), will be cleaned two times a week.  A map of the service area is attached.

PARC has also launched a Greening Initiative for East Passyunk Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods. To kick-start the initiative, 17 trees will be planted on the avenue with a concentration of trees planned for the fountain located at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street. PARC has also committed to match up to $2,500 each for the four surrounding community groups and civic associations who are in the process of raising or who have raised funds targeted toward neighborhood greening activities for a total $20,000 investment by PARC toward “greening” the neighborhood. The community groups include the Passyunk Square Civic Association, East Passyunk Business Improvement District, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association and the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association.

PARC is also in the final stages of completing the renovation of 1737 East Passyunk Avenue. The building contains one ground-floor retail space and apartments on the second and third floors. The building is completely leased with the first tenants moving in on April 1.

Background: In December 2009, Commonwealth Judge Dan Pelligrini appointed Paul R. Levy as Interim Conservator of the former Citizens Alliance to make recommendations about its future. On September 10, 2010, Judge Pelligrini approved a new name, Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC), and a new, more- focused mission for the organization concentrated primarily on the service area on the attached map. On January 17, 2011, after a two-month search process, Sam Sherman was selected and started work as the new Executive Director for the organization.

PARC will continue to manage its existing inventory of mixed-use properties, primarily along Passyunk Avenue, with the goal of maintaining a balanced mix of retail tenants who provide services and amenities for the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as to customers from across the region. PARC will also work collaboratively with the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, as well as with the adjacent neighborhood civic associations.

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