Beta Testing Venice Island

 

“The Venice Island Performing Art Center is near completion.” | Photo: Bernard J. Scally, for the Roxborough Review

The Venice Island Performing Art Center is near completion. | Photo: Bernard J. Scally, for the Roxborough Review

  • In order to receive some preliminary community feedback on its massive redevelopment of Venice Island, the City offered Manayunk residents a sneak peek Wednesday inside the newly built Venice Island Performing Arts Center, set to officially open to the public on October 7th. The center, the Roxborough Review tells us, aims chiefly to be “accessible, affordable, and educational.” Currently, the facility “includes a 250 seat theater, complete with lighting, catwalks; rooms for rehearsal; classrooms; a sprayground; tiered gardens, basketball and volleyball courts.” Piers jutting out into the Schuylkill are envisioned for down the road.
  • A $6 million pledge from Raymond G. Perelman has allowed Drexel University a go at augmenting its Jewish population with the construction of a Center for Jewish Life on North 34th Street by Fall 2016, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. Plans “call for a three-story, 14,000-square-foot structure featuring an event space for 100 or more people, chapel, meeting rooms, student lounges and offices for Drexel Hillel. A kosher kitchen and kosher food services are also planned.”
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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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