Nine acres of junk yards and vacant lots will be transformed into 85,000-square-feet of retail

A large swath of land comprised of mostly junk yards is poised to become a large mixed-use, retail shopping center in the Fairhill neighborhood of North Philly. Dubbed Plaza Allegheny, construction on the nine-acre site at 400 West Allegheny Avenue will begin at tomorrow’s groundbreaking ceremony, the Mayor Jim Kenney’s office announced today in a press release.

The $16 million Plaza Allegheny will be a 85,000-square-foot retail shopping center and bring 140 jobs to the neighborhood, which at one point was a bustling manufacturing area and home to a predominantly Latino community. As factories began to shut down, the Fairhill turned into a string of vacant lots and junk yards.

According to a retail brochure for Plaza Allegheny, the center is expected to deliver in April 2016. The following retailers are currently on board: Save a Lot, Advance Auto Parts, Little Caeser’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Subway.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on March 1 at 3100 N. 2nd Street.

Plaza Allegheny Groundbreaking