- On his real estate blog, Philadelphia Heights, Gabriel Gottlieb dwells on the soon-to-be Waterview Grande luxury apartments on Delaware Avenue & Brown Street. The project will convert two 80-year-old former storage facilities into 192 apartment units, with 50,000 square feet of retail space along Delaware Avenue. Gottlieb suspects that Waterview Grande might prove a game-changer for the waterfront, thanks to the growing collection of high-rise condos in the area (not to mention the erasing of blight inherent from these projects).
- State Senator Shirley M. Kitchen (D-Philadelphia) isn’t too keen on California-based Prime Healthcare Services’ purchase of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, seeing as the firm is reportedly under federal investigation for “aggressive Medicare reimbursement requests” and other discrepancies. A company spokesperson denies these claims, while pointing to Prime’s commitment to improving the Roxborough medical center, including some $12 million already committed to the building.
- The Inquirer reports, “fewer than 20 percent of households in large sections of North and West Philadelphia are connected” to high speed Internet service, compared to the national average of two-thirds of households. Even with Comcast offering a heavily discounted internet package since September, more ground has been made in Chicago than right here in Comcast’s backyard; the article suggests that the Philadelphia School District might have something to do with that.
- Naked Philly looks at the Philadelphia Zoo’s plan to increase accessibility with the construction of a $24 million, 683-space garage, to be completed by next spring. “Additional phases that include office space or retail at this site are possible, though we have not confirmed whether they will happen concurrently with the garage, at some point farther in the future, or not at all.”
About the author
Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.
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