Tiny, meandering Canal Street feels like a place that time forgot. But that is about to change thanks to developer Michael Samschick’s recently announced big plans for Canal Street North, off Delaware Avenue near SugarHouse.
Samschick’s has extensive holdings along several blocks of Delaware Avenue and he engaged Interface Studio to develop plans for Canal Street North, which were presented to the Planning Commission on Tuesday, as PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reported. Samschick intends to convert the vacant Ajax Metal Company’s factory and an adjacent ice house into a blockbuster entertainment complex featuring an 18-lane bowling alley, a Live Nation concert venue the size of the Tower Theater, a “country and western” bar (Toby Keith redux perchance?), and a distillery (reportedly for Philadelphia Distilling). And that’s only the beginning.
Ashley writes and edits Eyes on the Street. She has a special interest in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. Ashley holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign.
Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home.
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