Ground Broken On Reuse Of Old Spring Garden School


"The historic building at 845 N. 12th St. has been vacant for four decades," reports Maiken Scott. | Photo: Maiken Scott, for NewsWorks

“The historic building at 845 N. 12th St. has been vacant for four decades,” reports Maiken Scott. | Photo: Maiken Scott, for NewsWorks

  • The Philadelphia Housing Authority has ceremoniously broken ground on the $13 million reuse of the shuttered Spring Garden School—for decades a drug market and graffitied eyesore to proud North Philadelphians. Over the next 14 months the four-story brick building will be gutted and transformed into 37 subsidized apartments for aging veterans, reports NewsWorks’ Maiken Scott. Tom Hameline, CEO of Help USA, the nonprofit teaming up with PHA on the project, spoke to the importance of “making sure that people not only get in housing, but they are able to benefit from the housing, remain stably housed, and move on with their lives.”
  • The 52,000-square-foot Revolutions at Penn Treaty entertainment complex has opened on Canal Street, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. General Manager Joe Dziemianzuk explains that the new Fishtown location, with its collaboration with a Burger & Beer Joint and the flair bar, will serve as the Juniper, Florida-based Frank Entertainment Company’s prototypical model moving forward in its national expansion. An adjacent 14-screen theater complex—also from Frank Entertainment—will soon allow movie-goers to “dine and recline” in this up-and-coming Penn Treaty Village entertainment district.
  • With a noticeable uptick in the blocking of public walkways at several Center City construction locations, CBS Philly talks with Mayor Kenney, who as a Councilman took special offense to the often needless usurpation of public space. “Contractors in the city of Philadelphia do not have the right to take public space because it’s convenient to them,” says Kenney. “They don’t have the right to make people walk in the street because they want to park their construction vehicles or take the sidewalk with a cyclone fence.” And when the demolition of a building actually does necessitate the closing of a sidewalk, the contractors, he says, need to be up front with how much time they need—and then stick to that timeline.
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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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