- With so much of Bart Blatstein’s plans for a casino-resort complex on North Broad uncertain, the developer has announced ambitious amendments to his vision. Atop the 80,000 square feet of roof space will rest “village reminiscent of old Europe.” And what’s a traditional old world town without a sky-bridge and an all-weather retractable glass roof thrown in for good measure? “I’m very serious about this,” stresses Blatstein. “I want this to be a jewel for the city.”
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary have contributed a combined $400,000 to Queen Village’s George W. Nebinger School, in the hope that it will provide “a national and international exemplar for rainwater control.” The grants will allow Nebinger to construct “a large rain garden, permeable play surfaces, and stormwater planters.” Surrounding blocks will also get additional trees to help reusing rainwater.
- The 1906 Lafayette building at 5th & Chestnut will open in September as the Monaco Hotel, whose 180,000 square feet will provide room for: 268 rooms, a ballroom, and meeting space. The Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni offers a photo tour of the space.
- The building covered by the iconic Dr. J mural near Ridge & Spring Garden is up for sale ($319K), reports Curbed Philly. Mural Arts Program director Jane Golden says that while she will attempt to dissuade the next owner from covering the painting, she is prepared to ask the original artist, the LA based Kent Twitchell, to return to Philly, if need be, and redo it at another location.
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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