1314 North 16th Street in May.
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority demolished a rowhome in May that was slated to be the site of "building funeral," planned by a Ph.D student Patrick Grossi, enrolled at Temple University's History Department.
The structure at 1314 N. 16th St.,the last intact rowhome on that block, was acquired by the PRA for site preperation related to a 39-unit affordable housing project called Ingersoll Commons, planned by nonprofit developer Community Ventures. Grossi had contacted Community Ventures about using the structure for his project, which seeks to eulogize a structure through an informational "funeral," placing the building in the larger context of a neighborhood's history.
Apparently, the PRA didn't get that message.
"We had a green light on Friday from Community Ventures, and on Monday the building came down," said Grossi. "My boss was at the house as [the RDA] was demoing, trying to talk the bulldozer down. I was in their offices trying to do what I could, but it came down."
Grossi, who said the PRA was "helpful" despite the miscommunication, thought that the recent Center City building collapse might have made the agency skittish about interrupting demolition processes. He's in the process of searching for another building to memorialize.
Ingersoll Commons, which recieved $2.5 million from the city for construction and will include a public park, has been planned for years. Community Ventures finally released an RFP for the project in June of this year.
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