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    • The twin homes at 145-147 Sumac St. are described as rare examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Historic recognition won't save Roxborough house from demolition

Roxborough house that has had a demolition notice on the front door for more than a month was recommended for historic designation earlier this month. The Philadelphia Historical Commission's…

    • The twin homes are described as extraordinary examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Multi-pronged battle ahead for group of neighbors trying to save historic Wissahickon house

Neighbors are fervently trying to save a distinctive 1880s twin house in Roxborough from demolition, but they are waging difficult battles on several fronts. A demolition permit is posted on the…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • This is how 5101 Rochelle Ave. looked in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Former blighted Rochelle Ave. property on road to recovery

A Philadelphia court has denied a petition from the Wissahickon Interested Citizen's Association to appoint a conservator for what had been a rundown former pizza shop building in Roxborough.  Common Pleas…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • The effort to create the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay was sparked by the community's involvement surrounding the Bunting House demolition issue. (NewsWorks, file art)

Rare neighborhood-development overlay proposed for Roxborough

Legislation that would make Central Roxborough just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character will be introduced in City Council on Dec. 2. While not as…

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on this strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle. (NewsWorks, file art)

Councilman Jones under 'bizarre' eminent-domain fire in Germany Hill development lawsuit

A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on a strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle over how much the city may have to pay for…

    • Amy Carolla owns Balance Chestnut Hill. She opened her business in Aug. 2008 / Brad Larrison for Newsworks

Independent gyms in Northwest Philly adapt to competition from big-box fitness chains

As physical workouts become a regular part of our lives, gym chains have become a regular part of our neighborhood landscapes. Big-gym franchises are nearly as ubiquitous as fast-food restaurants —…

    • Green Woods Charter School, shown here while still under construction in August, will welcome students starting Tuesday morning. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Green Woods Charter School opens $13.5 million Roxborough location

What had been a brownfield site in Roxborough will begin its new life as a campus devoted to environmental education this week. The ribbon-cutting for the Green Woods Charter School is…

    • Weinstein development projects

Local developer Ken Weinstein discusses plans for NW Philadelphia in 2014

The coming year is going to be busy time for development in Germantown and Mt. Airy if Ken Weinstein has anything to do with it — and he often does. Weinstein…

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Look Up! Roxborough’s remarkable country church

It took 23 years and two architects to complete one of the region’s great High Victorian Gothic buildings.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • Allison Building

Allison Building project and parklet to enhance Roxborough's Ridge corridor

A century-old building at the heart of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor will be preserved and renovated next year, and a new adjacent parklet will add some green to the neighborhood.…

    • Former Roxborough pizza joint rife with problems faces demolition

Former Roxborough pizza joint rife with problems faces L&I action

The lettering of the Mia's Pizza sign has been slowly peeling off the side of the building at Rochelle Avenue and Sumac Street for years. The lettering of the Mia’s Pizza…

    • The site of the former Bunting House could soon be a Wendy's fast-food restaurant. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Battle (on)lines drawn in Roxborough Wendy's proposal

The prospect of a Wendy's restaurant at the site of the former Bunting House in Roxborough is again riling tensions regarding the Ridge Avenue site. City officials confirmed to NewsWorks that…

    • Standing on his Roxborough deck, Shane Brody points to the radio antennas that have him hearing voices. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough's antenna farm has some neighbors hearing 'creepy' (but safe) voices

At their home on Harmon Road in Roxborough, Shane and Jocelyn Brody hear voices through the pipes in the basement. In their backyard, Mexican melodies emanate from their neighbor's metal fence.…

    • The new Green Woods Charter School facility, with radio antennae as a backdrop. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Green Woods Charter School, a Roxborough 'landmark' in the making, on track for Jan. opening

They ran into a little more rock in Roxborough than they anticipated, but construction of the new Green Woods Charter School is proceeding on budget, on time and going "wonderfully," according…

    • Kingsley Court

Developer: Asbestos, city permitting process delay Kingsley Court project

An old environmental hazard and a current environment of caution have delayed the razing and redevelopment of one of Roxborough's most infamous properties. Another 800 feet of asbestos material has been…

    • The Levering School, 6000 Ridge Avenue.

Schools threatened with closing reflect a timeline of historic architecture

This report is a product of William Penn Foundation funded reporting partnership between Plan Philly and the Notebook. Since the Philadelphia School District announced in November the possible closings of…

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