Blatstein Plans A “European Village” Above North Broad

 

David Maialetti | philly.com

  • 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.
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