Charter School Eyes Shuttered Abigail Vare Building

 

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Abigail Vare | Photo: Google Maps, via Passyunk Post

  • Councilman Bobby Henon is once again attempting to modify Philadelphia’s billboard regulations, says Plan Philly, with the reintroduction of a bill meant to limit the number and brightness of digital signage, increase municipal dues, as well as improve future decisions with the creation of a city-wide inventory. It seems both the billboard industry and its detractors are pleased with the measure, which is hoped to form a long term policy after the expiration of a temporary settlement agreement this summer.
  • Joseph N. DiStefano speaks with developer-turned-financier William Procida, who tells The Inquirer financial columnist that work will likely begin this month on the reuse of the Thaddeus Stevens/Mural Arts building. Procida has likewise reached a deal with Eric Blumenfeld to invest some $31.5 million into the substantial renovations needed for the Divine Lorraine. Help from PA taxpayers is also forthcoming for that North Broad Street project, he says.

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