Kimmel Center To Raise $100 Million By Various Naming Opportunities


Photo: Colin Kerrigan, for The Inquirer

Photo: Colin Kerrigan, for The Inquirer

  • The leaders of the KimmelCenter for the Performing Arts are scouring through the thirteen-year-old concert hall’s spaces, staff positions, and concert series to determine which of those assets would attract corporate sponsors willing to buy naming rights. That’s at least the current strategy to fundraise “well north of $100 million,” Kimmel president Anne Ewers tells The Inquirer. The money will reportedly go towards endowment, renovations of public spaces, and the creation of an operating surplus by which to allow greater creative risk taking in programming.
  • Members of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, weary of the prospect of having ‘holes punched’ throughout their Historic District, are resisting the proposed demolition and lot subdivision of a historic—albeit decrepit—1910 Colonial Revival at 415 West Moreland Avenue. All agree that developer Sam Blake is well within his legal rights to demolish one of the 2,000 contributing properties of the Historic District, but many fear the precedent that the project might engender. NewsWorks says that preservationists are hoping that the Chestnut Hill Civic Association can broker a compromise to save the structure.
  • Philly Living reports that the developers of the $800 million waterfront RenaissancePlaza apartment-and-retail complex at Columbus & Callowhill have been granted approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment to build an aboveground parking structure, in consideration of the site’s construction challenges. The developers have thus far been receptive of the community’s demands for the 1,358-unit, 4-building complex, including calls “to improve the façade, improve the streetscapes around the site, use sustainable methods (the developers are seeking LEED Gold status), and to build all the public open space in the first phase.”
  • At-Large Councilman Jim Kenney would like to see the process of rezoning all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods expedited, reports Plan Philly. In response to an inquiry on how much this would take, City Planning CommissionerGary Jastrzab is estimating that $3.3 million ought to do it within three years.“Councilman Kenney said he wanted to get the request quickly so Council could put the additional resources into the budget. The letter was sent before the budget deadline, but the request so far hasn’t been granted.”
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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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