- NewsWorks talks to Ken Weinstein, a developer who aims to offer Germantown the “push” he says it needs. But Weinstein isn’t “your average real-estate mogul looking to come in and take over a neighborhood,” the article stresses. Rather, the owner of some 100-tenant units openly invites competition for the sake of Germantown. Weinstein asks: “isn’t that what everyone in Germantown wants…for their properties to go up in value?” More on the same subject HERE And for a story on another Germantown developer with considerable impact, click HERE.
- NEast Philly reports that a historic 19th century farmstead in Holme Circle at 2876-80 Welsh Road has been purchased from a financially (and legally) troubled Samuel Stokes. The new owner, John Parsons of BSI Constructors, told neighborhood residents of his eventual plan to preserve the dilapidated house—estimating that some $400,000 would be needed to bring the residence back to a functional state.
- Roxborough-Manayunk Patch looks at an appeal now being considered by the Archdiocese to consolidate the three Manayunk Catholic parishes (St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Josaphat’s, and St. Lucy’s) slated for closure by the Blue Ribbon Commission. The plan calls for selectively utilizing buildings from all the affected parishes, while selling others in the hope of creating one fiscally sound congregation.
- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is impressed by Philadelphia’s Master Plan for the Central Delaware, bestowing its highest honors to the project, reports Flying Kite. AIA praises the plan’s “strong balance between urban design and economic reality,” and its proposal for “both public and private development to transform and regenerate six miles of waterfront.”
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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