- Yesterday saw the ceremonial groundbreaking of a hotel at 12th & Arch—the Hilton branded, $60 million Home2Suites—which would form an integral step forward in the city’s mission to increase rooms to accommodate the patrons of the Convention Center and better compete with the exhibition spaces of other Northeastern cities, namely Boston and New York.
- Plan Philly says that deputy mayor for economic development Alan Greenberger cheered on plans to construct a 3-story, 38-unit townhouse development in Old City, at Front & Willow Streets. The former site of a rail depot, developer David Perlman’s planned development may be obliged to perform a preliminary archaeological sweep of the parcel though.
- The Inquirer reports that Norris Square residents are protesting what they perceive to be the spot zoning associated with Councilwoman Sonia Quinones-Sanchez’s attempt to stymie the realization of a residential development on the former site of St. Boniface’s; the fact that the Councilwoman lives only a block or so away from the parcel has of course not been ignored within the debate.
- According to NewsWorks, District Attorney Seth Williams has turned over the Buck Hosiery fire case to a grand jury, which will decide if the delinquent property hours will be slapped with charges from the city, who repeatedly reached out to the Brooklyn-based property owners to no avail. The delinquent owners, for their part, are reportedly reading themselves for a legal showdown, tapping the top talent of Michael Schwarz for their defense.
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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