Philadelphia planning commissioners and Fishtown residents seemingly have similar, mostly fond feelings about Core Realty's proposed development for the former Ajax Metal Works and dry ice building.
They like the plan to bring new use to these old, vacant buildings across from SugarHouse Casino - Fishtown residents voted 86 to 25 in favor of the proposal earlier this month - but do have concerns about parking and billboards.
The plans for the Ajax building include a 3,000-person music venue, a bowling alley, a restaurant and a working distillery with tasting room, said 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.
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