The Fairmount Park Conservancy is pleased to announce that the Parkside Edge portion of the Centennial Commons project has gone out to bid! We hope to award the contract in the next five weeks and break ground towards the end of April with a special event in mid-May. Construction is expected to last approximately six months. Our project will bring traffic calming, stormwater management, new lighting, plantings and seating to this edge of West Fairmount Park, along Parkside Avenue from 41st Street to just past West Memorial Hall Drive.
This is the first project in which the Conservancy has attempted a hyper-local focus on hiring. In partnership with our amazing construction management firm, Scungio & Borst, we have been reaching out to individuals and contractors in Parkside. We have had successful outreach to community residents – we signed 12 individuals up for pre-qualification exams with the carpenters and laborer unions. In terms of bringing on contractors, we will be giving priority for eligible contractors based in the surrounding community. The Conservancy’s goal is to go beyond the standard 12 – 14% city requirement for minority participation.
We will be communication with the neighborhood as we move closer to construction. We will provide updates in the Parkside Journal, on the Centennial Parkside CDC website (centennialparkside.org/), our website (myphillypark.org ) and we will flyer residents with information regarding construction, impacts on parking and estimated opening dates.