Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Nov. 27

Brief news items from around the River Wards com­munit­ies. 

26th Po­lice Dis­trict re­sponds to Fishtown Rec. Cen­ter in­cid­ents

Fishtown’s In­ter­state Draft­house, 1235 E. Palmer St., which is next to the Fishtown Re­cre­ation Cen­ter play­ground, pos­ted a video from se­cur­ity cam­er­as out­side the bar shortly after mid­night on Nov. 17 which shows a few young-look­ing men in hooded sweat­shirts throw­ing items in­to the win­dows of the bar, as well as par­ti­cip­at­ing in an al­ter­ca­tion with bar pat­rons on the side­walk out­side the bar, dur­ing which one man was pushed in­to the side of a car parked on the street. 

Com­menters on the mes­sage board dis­cussed last week their con­cerns that young people who hang out at the Rec. Cen­ter late at night cause trouble in that part of the neigh­bor­hood. Some sug­ges­ted gat­ing and clos­ing the Rec. Cen­ter each night. 

The 26th Dis­trict pos­ted the fol­low­ing mes­sage on the for­um:

“The 26th Dis­trict is well aware of the situ­ation and has been in­vest­ig­at­ing it since we dis­covered it on Monday. All of the main play­ers have been iden­ti­fied. Con­tact has been made with both them and their par­ents. All have been ad­vised that any fur­ther be­ha­vi­or that dis­rupts the qual­ity of life and pub­lic or­der of this great neigh­bor­hood will not be tol­er­ated.

In ref­er­ence to the Rec. Cen­ter, the 26th Dis­trict Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer has reached out to the De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation and re­ques­ted that the light­ing be in­creased and as also re­ques­ted that the Rec. Cen­ter be closed and gated at 10 p.m. each even­ing.

We will also in­crease our patrols of the Rec. and the sur­round­ing area. Sgt. Bul­lick and his Tac­tic­al Team will mon­it­or the park when as­signed to night work and all Su­per­visors from the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift have been for­war­ded the sur­veil­lance video and ad­vised to handle the situ­ation.”

Some res­id­ents in the neigh­bor­hood are also as­sem­bling a “Rec Ad­vis­ory Com­mit­tee” (RAC) to dis­cuss how to help im­prove the Fishtown Rec. Cen­ter. There will be a pub­lic meet­ing about the RAC in early Janu­ary. To get in­volved, email ••

Colum­bus and Cal­lowhill res­id­ences to in­clude pub­lic re­tail and com­mer­cial space

Ac­cord­ing to Plan­Philly, Wa­ter­front Renais­sance As­so­ci­ates’ plan to build a four-tour, res­id­en­tial mixed-use de­vel­op­ment won Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­prov­al last week.

The de­vel­op­ment, at Colum­bus Boulevard and Cal­lowhill Street, will be built in four stages, one for each tower. It will con­tain 1,350 rent­al apart­ments.

For the nearby pub­lic, however, most likely those in North­ern Liber­ties and Fishtown, the de­vel­op­ment will of­fer: two pub­lic gyms, res­taur­ants and re­tail space, and per­haps a gro­cery store. 

Called “Renais­sance Plaza,” it will also con­tain an acre of pub­lic green space that could be used for oth­er pub­lic events. A pub­lic walk will run from Front Street through the de­vel­op­ment, Plan­Philly said. The de­veloper also in­tends to make im­prove­ments to Front Street from the pro­ject to Spring Garden Street and the El stop. 

The Delaware River Wa­ter­front Cor­por­a­tion re­ques­ted sev­er­al changes to the product last year, which were im­ple­men­ted — the height of the four tours shrunk, the num­ber of units shrunk, and there is an en­closed park­ing gar­age rather than a sur­face park­ing lot. 

The de­veloper hopes to start con­struc­tion in about a year. ••

East De­tect­ives seeks help identi­fy­ing shoot­er in Port Rich­mond

At 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, on the 2300 block of E. Som­ser­set St. in far west Port Rich­mond, a 16-year-old male was walk­ing along with two oth­ers when a dark-colored SUV ap­proached them from be­hind. An un­known male ex­ited the rear driver side armed with a hand­gun. 

The 16-year-old was shot in his shoulder/neck, and was trans­por­ted to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al where he was lis­ted in stable con­di­tion. For more in­form­a­tion and to view the sur­veil­lance video, vis­it­sy­F2U. 

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about the in­cid­ent or sus­pects is asked to call East De­tect­ives at 215-685-9962, or 215-686-3243. •• 

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