By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A lot of old Philadelphia manufacturing sites have been converted to residential use but, in West Philadelphia, the site of a torn-down row house has been turned into a factory– of sorts. A local non-profit is making dirt there.READ MORE: Amazon Looking To Hire 3,900 Workers Throughout Delaware Valley Ahead Of Holiday Rush
The forlorn little lot sat derelict, between a used car dealer and the remaining row houses in the 4300 block of Market Street, until the University City District targeted it for reclamation.READ MORE: Colin Powell's Death From COVID-19 Highlights Risks Millions Of Americans Still Face
What to do with it, though, was a puzzle. It had been paved over, so a garden wouldn’t work. But the District’s policy director says University City did have a need the lot could serve.
“We have a lot of people in the neighborhood who are really interested in composting their kitchen waste, especially people in apartments, say, who can’t have a back yard compost bin.”MORE NEWS: Man Killed, 16-Year-Old Student Shot In Head Near Lincoln High School, Philadelphia Police Say
That, combined with the abundant dead leaves the District cleans up every fall, makes soil, when properly composted, so the District purchased two large tubs– each can hold 3,000 pounds– and dubbed the lot, “The Dirt Factory.” The grand opening is this afternoon and the first load of dirt should be ready within a month.