- Councilman Mark Squilla has “resurrected” his predecessor Frank DiCicco’s defeated bill that would allow for the wall wrapping of the Electric Factory building at 7th & Callowhill—this time marking 20% of the expected advertising revenue for neighborhood schools. Many of the same groups, like Scenic Philadelphia, will likely fight this new plan.
- Last year, Manton Street Park in Pennsport was given a reprieve when the developer that purchased the city-held lots agreed to return half the parcels to the community after an article appeared in the Daily News. Now, that paper reports the “pocket park” is set to receive the largest ($20,000) of several “Growing the Neighborhood” grants across the city.
- A one-story warehouse on the 1400 block of North Howard Street in South Kensington will be demolished in the spring, says the Philly Real Estate Blog, to make way for a 52-townhouse development that will seek to “emulate a traditional style” by reserving its corner properties for commercial space.
- The Manayunk Brew Pub will host a community planning input meeting for the proposed Ivy Ridge Trail (linking the Manayunk Bridge with the Ivy Ridge regional rail station) at 7PM on Monday, November 19.
- Only about 70-75% of claims have been made to the Water Department after a water main broke at 21st & Bainbridge back in August. After claims reach half a million dollars (which is close), state law dictates that courts can decide who gets what.
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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