Permits have been filed for the demolition of a two-story, 1,200-square-foot rowhouse at 1522 South Taylor Street in Point Breeze, South Philadelphia. The vacant single-family dwelling, clad in brown brick and located on a mid-block site between Tasker Street and Dickinson Street, has stood abandoned for around ten years. The property, owned by Fredrick Welcome, will be demolished as part of the City of Philadelphia Demolition Program. Thomas Curran is the contractor. The cost of work is listed at $11,300.
The demolition will leave a gap between two adjacent rowhouses, one of which recently replaced another prewar townhouse similar to the one about to be demolished. The filing documents call for stucco to be applied on the to-be-exposed walls of both structures, as well as to seed the lot to prevent erosion.
The site is located in a transitional area that may arguably be described as part of Grays Ferry rather than Point Breeze. Nearby the property is the Wharton Square Playground that includes two basketball courts and a playground. Two blocks to the south and two blocks to the west is the Vare Recreation Center at 2600 Morris Street, which features a large field, a public pool, and a playground.
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