The Buzz: Postgreen on Frankford | abandoned station | Walnut reopens | Council and the code

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s your Tuesday morning Buzz: Postgreen Homes on Frankfordan abandoned subway stationWalnut reopens, and more protest over City Council’s dismembering of the new zoning code.

Two new projects by Postgreen Homes will break ground on Frankford Avenue on the edge of Fishtown/Kensington in the next few months. Flying Kite reports the developments will be mixed-use buildings with ground floor commercial space and condos upstairs.

Take a peek inside the abandoned Spring Garden Station on the Broad-Ridge Spur through photographer Christian Suchecki’s lens on Hidden City Daily. The station was closed in 1991 due to low ridership and safety concerns.

The water main break that closed Walnut Street at 16th Street on December 8 has been repaired and the road reopened, reports the Inquirer. Seems like a mighty speedy repair compared to the larger breaks under 21st and Bainbridge or 3rd ad Walnut earlier this year. The 1600 block of Walnut reopened Monday afternoon.

An Inquirer editorial decries City Council’s recent maneuvers to roll back pieces of zoning reform, specifically calling out Councilwoman Blackwell’s revisions to Registered Community Organizations and Councilman O’Neill’s tightening of commercial corridor uses. “Both Blackwell’s and O’Neill’s bills are counterproductive at a time when the city is trying to shed onerous rules that cost it businesses and jobs. Their moves are particularly disturbing when you consider the large role Council played in writing the new code that they want to undermine. Council had seats on the commission that developed the code, which over four years held countless public meetings – a process that cost $2 million. It’s wrong for some Council members to ignore that exhaustive effort just so they can retain control over development in their districts. They need to instead consider the entire city’s needs, and give the code time to work before making changes.”

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