The Frankford Civic Association met recently to discuss two shopping centers that have been proposed to be constructed in the area.
Mark Hankin (above), president of the Hankin Management Company, spoke about a proposed shopping center at the Frankford Arsenal. The shopping center would bring large and small stores and restaurants, Hankin said. It would total 500,000 square feet and is expected to create at least 250 local construction jobs. It is scheduled to open for late summer of 2015.
Once the shopping center is completed, people will be able to access it from Tacony Street, close to the southbound Bridge Street and northbound Bridge Stree/Harbison Avenue exits of Interstate 95.
The second half of the meeting heard the discussion of the problems with The Shoppes at Wissinoming, which is another proposed shopping center that is to be located at Tulip Street and Aramingo Avenue. The issues raised at the meeting were that it would be too small for the size of the development and create more traffic in an already busy neighborhood, as well as environmental issues. Individuals at the meeting raised questions but the Wissinoming developers were not present to discuss the issues.