The streets in Fairhill are lined with shopping centers that have been around for more than 30 years, but another is on the way.
Plaza Americana II is “coming soon”, as the sign reads. This shopping center will stand as the sister shopping center to Plaza Americana I that is located across the street at the corner of Lehigh Avenue and Somerset Avenue.
The empty lot that is the future site of Plaza Americana II doesn’t look too special now, but with time, this shopping center will bring economic and social benefits to the neighborhood.
With more variety and more excitement in the area, there is potential for less crime and more distraction for residents. There will also be opportunity for employment for those in the area. Residents already take advantage of the grocery stores, bank services, fast food places and liquor stores in place now and are extremely enthused about the new center opening.
Despite the fact that there are a lot of positive reactions to the new construction, some residents of the neighborhood were a bit hesitant when the project was first announced, especially because Congreso, an organization that provides health, education and job training services, is located right across the street.
Residents have been assured by city officials that interference will be kept at a minimum and that the benefits will outweigh any foreseen problems. All there is left to do is welcome Plaza Americana II into the neighborhood.
By Monica Sellecchia and Amanda DiPaolo, Group 19, Fairhill