East Park Discovery Center Receives Conceptual Approval

 

A bird's-eye view of the planned Discovery Center of the East Park Reservoir, to be constructed within the earthen berm of its West Basin. | DIGSAU Architecture

A bird’s-eye view of the planned Discovery Center of the East Park Reservoir, to be constructed within the earthen berm of its West Basin | Rendering: DIGSAU Architecture

  • PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey shares the designs of The Discovery Center planned for Strawberry Mansion’s East Park Reservoir that yesterday earned the Planning Commission’s conceptual approval. DIGSAU’s Jules Dingle described his firm’s vision of a one-story building nestled into the West Basin’s earthen berm, that, with a protruding tower to enclose the facility’s rock-climbing wall, will emphasize the visitor’s “ascent to water.”
  • City Council will consider Kenyatta Johnson’s measure to extend indefinitely the 10-year cap in property tax increase protections enjoyed under the City’s Longterm Owner Occupants Program (LOOP), reports Pat Loeb for CBS. “Community activism helped transform the whole landscape, the whole streetscape,” says East Passyunk resident Sue Patrone. “The irony is we worked hard to welcome the change and now we have to go to bat and speak for how we need to be able to stay there.”
  • Take a look at the newly released renderings for the 206-room Cambria Hotel & Suites coming to the northeast corner of Broad & Locust. Yet Naked Philly is a little confused, as the images only show the parking lot there being replaced, and not the two-story corner building that was, until last summer, the home to the Italian seafood restaurant Varalli.
  • NewsWorks checks in with Jumpstart Germantown, the property development mentorship and loan program started last year by Ken Weinstein and his Philly Office Retail. A year in, the incubator has seen 75 participants in its mentoring sessions.
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