- The University of Pennsylvania plans to construct a $21 million comprehensive data center on the current DuPont Marshall Research Labs at 34th & Gray’s Ferry Avenue—its first “significant expansion across the Schuylkill River,” reports the Daily Pennsylvanian. The 250,000 square foot LEED project will address concerns connected to Penn’s use of on-campus data storage.
- NewsWorks reports that Resources for Human Development has scratched its plans to bring a drug rehabilitation center for the transgendered to the Kemble Park Apartments in Olney, unwilling to address the bitter criticisms of local residents that such a program would lower their property values. Now, the center will find a home in Southwest Philly in a property currently owned by RHD.
- Next American City comments on mandatory energy benchmarking laws in American cities, which seek to reduce a given building’s energy consumption by 7-10%, as well making a metropolitan market more efficient. Philadelphia will consider such legislation later this year (it is already measuring energy use in city owned buildings with more than 100,000 square feet of space).
- The City Paper says that the Ridge Shelter will close June 30. “The city has set aside $1.2 million in part to fund replacement beds, for the shelter, the closure of which has been repeatedly delayed as the city struggles to find alternative housing for the 120 men Ridge serves.”
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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