Powelton Village Split Over Support For Proposed Drexel Housing Project



  • With brothers Matt and Mike Pestronk’s apartment conversion of Callowhill’s Goldtex building opening its doors in May, Steve Folk of The Philly Post wonders if “the era of union dominance in Philadelphia over.” The labor dispute, which Volk calls “the single-biggest union dispute this city has seen in decades,” was widely seen as an acid test on the clout of the modern Philadelphia labor movement. “We won,” says Matt Pestronk. “We’re opening. The electricity is done. We’re just drywalling and installing kitchens now. And the trades are in a bad spot. Because they started a fight they couldn’t finish.”
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  1. Isn’t the planned Drexel dorm actually nore than 20 sotries and will hosue 1200 students?

    Powelton Village needs better enforcement of existing codes; absentee landlords and students destroying the housing stock. Drexel’s incentive to buy homes and live in them for its staff is one necessary part of a solution, along with Drexel committing to house more students in housing, even if they are growing.

    Until Powelton Village boosts year-round residence (a.k.a. not students) commercial developmetn will be sparse.

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