Transforming The Schuylkill

 

If you're not a fan of the changing lights of the South Street Bridge's towers, perhaps you can try them again from up close | Photo: Bradley Maule

The recently opened Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and renovated South Street Bridge makes the connection | Photo: Bradley Maule

  • The Center City District is preparing to reignite long-standing dreams of connecting Center City with University City, forming one contiguous and dynamic downtown. Plan Philly covered yesterday’s Central Philadelphia Development Corporation (CPDC) Membership Meeting at the Union League, where various public and private representatives considered the still unrealized hopes for the Schuylkill’s opposing shores during the past quarter-century, and what is being done to make them a reality in coming years. Among other projects, PMC Property Group’s Jonathan Stavin announced his firm’s plans for 2400 Market Street: “300 apartments, a 150-key hotel, 200,000 square feet of office space, 120,000 square feet of design center (already there, but being relocated and compressed onto two floors), an unspecified number of parking spaces, and first floor retail promenade.” 
  • The SS United States Conservancy, the group spearheading the preservation campaign of the largest ocean-liner ever built in the country, shares an “encouraging development”, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. A preliminary agreement with an undisclosed party provides for another three months of routine docking and maintenance costs (about $150,000), as well as stated interest in the ship’s redevelopment, presumably as a mix of retail, food, and hotel offerings.
  • Naked Philly says work has begun on South Kensington’s Liberty Square–Blackstone Development’s emulation of the decidedly successful Piazza at Schmidt’s. Although ambitions have been tempered with community input, the blog is nonetheless content to see an entire city block (bounded by Thompson Street, North American Street, Stiles Street, and Germantown Avenue) transformed into 191 units, retail, and artist studios.
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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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