- Eyes on the Street has the latest renderings for Ensemble Investments’ planned development at Piers 34-35, at 735 South Columbus Boulevard. Today, Ensemble’s representatives will present the plans to the Planning Commission for final approval, which may very well amount to a test of will for the PCPC, as the designs—like those approved for another Ensemble project near the Ben Franklin bridge—forsake much of the basic tenants of the Central Delaware Waterfront Master Plan, such as low ground-level retail opportunities and a maximum height limit of 100 feet.
- After two years with a reduced workforce, jobs are returning to South Philadelphia’s Aker Shipyard, says the Inquirer. The Norwegian-owned company has clinched a $180 million deal with Jacksonville-based operator Crowley Tankers L.L.C. for two ships.
- The city released yesterday the planned road closures for Labor Day weekend’s “Budweiser Made in America” two-day music festival, featuring Jay-Z and Pearl Jam. For the first time on the Parkway, two rings of fences (8 feet high) will be put up around the venue area—concealing the visuals and confusing the acoustics for all those unwilling to pay.
- Frankford residents are fighting a proposal to open a corner store at 4691 Hamilton Street, claiming that the neighborhood is already over-saturated with such stores, as well the potential for litter.
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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