- It looks like Ensemble Real Estate’s strategy for getting approval from the planning commission to build a residential tower on the waterfront may take a bit of tweaking. Considering that its height is double that of the 100 feet established in the Central Delaware Master Plan, Ensemble apparently thought that they could entice the commission by donating the rest of Pier 40 to the city to be set aside as additional green space within that plan. But as it turns out, no one wants it; it is structurally unsound and any alterations would be cost prohibitive.
- The Frankford Gazette shares the first three designs of artist Cesar Viveros’ suite of murals—“Imagining Frankford”—that explore the history, culture and atmosphere of that Northeast neighborhood.
- According to the Chestnut Hill Local, plans for an improved athletic field at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy have been approved by the CHCA’s Development Review Board, despite concerns that the selected contractor was anti-union.
- Naked Philly reports that the music shop “The Marvelous,” now located on South 40th Street, will move over to Baltimore Avenue—near 50th Street. It’s a positive sign for the westward extension of the avenue past 48th Street says Lou Mancinelli.
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.