Property on North Delaware Avenue has been a hot commodity and one of the biggest projects on the horizon is the proposed Canal Street North project. The project’s proposal features a complex with bowling alley, a bar and grill and a 3,000-seat concert venue to be operated by Live Nation. The concert venue has become a concern for local residents.
“The neighbors who live in that area, including myself, do not like the idea of having a 3,000 person venue right there when there’s only 500 parking spaces that will be zoned for it,” said Matt Hurchick, a resident of Allen Street.
Hurchick and immediate neighbors appear to be in the minority on this issue. The Fishtown Neighbors Association voted in favor of the complex in September, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment has been in the process of scheduling a special hearing to discuss zoning relief of the site. The proposed location is the now-vacant Ajax Metal Works building and an abandoned dry ice factory.
Michael Samschick, president of Core Realty and developer for the project, said the complex would be the first phase of the proposed Penn Treaty Village which includes the development of warehouses adjacent to Penn Treaty Park and SugarHouse Casino into apartments and additional commercial properties.