Redevelopment Authority To Request Proposals For Germantown Y Reuse

 

Germantown YWCA and the Pastorius Monument viewed from Vernon Park| Photo: Bradley Maule

  • Philly Voice checks in on the Pennsylvania Railroad Refrigerated Warehouse at 8 East Oregon Avenue in South Philly, said to constitute “the last major surviving monument to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s great transportation empire.” Since April the 330,000-square-foot Utilitarian Deco style building has served as U-Haul’s Riverview Store, where it rents out vehicles and other equipment, and, come next year, 1,000 climate-controlled storage units. “U-Haul is reusing an iconic South Philly building to make sure less carbon emissions are being put into the air all while keeping this city’s great history alive,” said Dominic Catalano, president of U-Haul Company of South Philadelphia.
  • The Delaware River City Corporation presented a media tour last week of Lardner’s Point Park in Tacony, which in 2012 it transformed back into a “living shoreline” that, though serving as an active public amenity on the Delaware, offers more resilience in the face of storms than the hardened and impermeable shorelines that one so often finds in these parts. Using Lardner’s Point as a working model, Pew is looking to drive interest in the restoration concept as the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers mulls over the nationwide extension of permits to include such waterfront projects.
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