Ensemble Real Estate’s proposal at 735 South Columbus Blvd., is 80 feet taller than the 100-foot Master Plan limit suggested as a standard. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the amended plan with an expanded public walkway to the riverfront and larger space for ground-level retail. In response to questions from Richard Wolk, a member of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group, it was reported the walkway will be the length of the building – about 240 feet and the walkway is 11 feet, six inches wide, except where building columns narrow it to eight feet, six inches.
Core Realty presents plan to re-use the former Ajax Metal Works building as a music venue, bowling alley and restaurant
Core Realty’s proposed development for the former Ajax Metal Works and dry ice building brings new uses to the vacant buildings. Fishtown residents voted in favor of the proposal earlier this month despite concerns about parking and billboards. The plans include a 3,000-person music venue, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a working distillery with tasting room, according to Scott Page, an urban designer with Interface Studio who presented Core’s plan. The dry ice building, located across Allen Street, would house a country-western bar and grill. The project would include a 13,000 square foot public green space near the Ajax building and 337 parking spaces, located beneath highway overpasses.
Fishtown Neighbors Association zoning chair Matt Karp said residents are “really excited about the adaptive re-use of these buildings, especially the Ajax building,” but are concerned that the parking is not adequate, and that residents will still chose to search for free spots in the neighborhood. Planning Commissioner Nancy Rogo-Trainer said despite the nearby presence of public transportation, she believes most people will drive to events at the venue. She suggested Core bring a detailed plan for overflow parking when they return seeking board approval, and suggested that businesses could use a parking validation system where patrons could park for free with a stamped ticket.