Doubling Down In Brewerytown


“2940 Thompson St. was a vacant industrial building that was converted into creative work space.” | Philadelphia Business Journal

  • MM Partners will significantly expand their presence in Brewerytown, says the Philadelphia Business Journal, investing $60 million throughout the neighborhood in the course of the next two years. The development firm, which has concentrated its efforts in this area since the 2008 financial collapse ($45 million has already been dished out in redevelopment), says its tight geographic focus allows it to better protect and augment its inventory, by encouraging supplementary retail on West Girard Avenue, and financing community events and mural painting. “We decided that we really should go all in here,” explains co-founder David Waxman.

  • Center City is just hours away from the start of work on the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, says The Inquirer. From 2AM to 5PM, 50 trucks will make 8 trips each to the 1800 block of Arch (closed to traffic) in order to pour some 15 million pounds of concrete for the skyscraper’s foundation mat. “Foster & Partners of London is the architect for a ‘vertical stacked campus’ that seeks to replicate suburban-style offices in a high-rise. Thornton Tomasetti, one of the world’s leading firms for developing skyscrapers, designed the structural engineering for the new tower from its Philadelphia office.”

  • Next City considers the growing appeal of cohousing developments in the United States, as developer Ken Weinstein converts “Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church and its adjacent school building into 19 or 20 market-rate apartments and giving [the four-year-old Wissahickon Village Cohousing organization] the opportunity to sell units to the group’s members if they commit to buying at least seven of the apartments.”

  • In its newly released “Safer Street Philadelphia” report, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia lays out “the case for the next Philadelphia mayor and City Council to invest in things like protected bike lanes and a Vision Zero policy, both of which were also called for in [its] Better Mobility 2015 draft.” For the Coalition’s blog post on Monday’s report, click HERE.

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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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