Retail Strip at 45th & Walnut will help move commercial activity westward

University City Review: Retail Strip at 45th & Walnut will help move commercial activity westward

For the last six months, University City residents have offered conjectures over what will become of the site currently under construction at 45th and Walnut Streets.

Perhaps it will contain a nail salon? Another coffee shop? Or what about a dry- cleaner?

While what particular stores will fill the strip still remains in the hand of its future tenants, the project’s owner, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agent, Jamshidi Faraidoon, explained that it will contain five single floor retail stores when completed over a telephone interview. The strip’s completion date, Faraidoon continued, "is weather dependent."

"It may open in January," said Faraidoon, though its construction may take until April to complete.

For some business owners and residents along 45th Street, the strip’s addition, even though its entrances will face Walnut and not 45th, is nonetheless a welcome addition to a burgeoning commercial corridor.

After all, 45th Street bustles with activity as pedestrians walk from the Halal shop to the 2nd Mile Thrift Store, to the UC Review and Weekly Press headquarters, to the Ethiopian Restaurant Abyssinia on 45th and Locust to even the Green Mile 2 across the Street. There’s even a rumor that the former bank building on the Southeast Corner of 45th and Walnut may be converted to a restaurant/bakery.

About the author

Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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