The City of Philadelphia has accepted a commercial development plan
named Orinoka Mills Civic House in Kensington. The former textile mill
is set to become a mixed used residential office, and commercial
development. The hope is that this new mill will begin to stir future
development as part of the North Of Lehigh Plan. The development calls
for 50 low to moderate income, one and two bedroom apartments, office
spaces for the North Kensington Community Development Corporation, and
ground retail. Some future plans also include new uses for the
surrounding land and to build new homes in the empty spaces between the
existing ones. The area has great transit access and a high rate of
ownership. Another goal from this plan is to improve the local economy
of the neighborhood. There is a good base of business in the area to
work from but not a whole lot of variety. Another part of the plan is to
provide more knowledge and information to qualified homeowners about
how to upkeep and stay in their homes, demolish dangerous homes in the
area, and to better enforce zoning violations. Some neighborhoods need a
good development plan to begin the transition into improving
neighborhood morale, overall quality of life, and to get new people and
business into the neighborhood. It will take some time and a lot of work
from the NKCDC but this could be a step in the right direction.
Author:Consuela Franks Phone: 215-870-6834 Dated: July 21st 2014 Views: 2,493 About Consuela: ...
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