The southeast corner of 22nd and Market was forever changed in June 2013 after a building collapsed onto the roof of the one-story Salvation Army next door, killing six people inside. As you know, a memorial park is planned for the corner where the thrift store once stood, but little has been said about the larger lot next to it, the one owned by Richard Basciano. Philadeliquency did some serious sleuthing and what they found is rather interesting–vaguely worded permits issued last week that could see the lot turned into surface parking. Surely, you jest? Sadly, we don’t:
This is probably going to depress you, but it appears that Basciano wants to convert the lots use for 2136-38 Market Street into surface parking. He’s doing it by arguing that he’s using his other properties next door for parking, so why not this one as well?
Talk about a punch in the gut.