Coda For Mayor Street’s NTI

 

“An abandoned row house is seen next to a vacant lot full of rubble in North Philadelphia this file photo. In 2001, the city launched a plan to spend $295 million to tear down 14,000 abandoned homes, renovate 2,500 buildings and clear 31,000 vacant lots.” | Photo: Dan Loh, for the Associated Press

“An abandoned row house is seen next to a vacant lot full of rubble in North Philadelphia this file photo. In 2001, the city launched a plan to spend $295 million to tear down 14,000 abandoned homes, renovate 2,500 buildings and clear 31,000 vacant lots.” | Photo: Dan Loh, for the Associated Press

  • NewsWorks reports that the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority will spend much of this month figuring out how best to divvy out the remaining $22 million of funds from the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, the once $297 million program that John Street started in 2001 to improve some of the worst blighted parts of the city. Anxious to mobilize an effective last salvo with NTI, executive director Brian Abernathy explains that the PRA will focus on allocating the funds to “shovel ready” projects such as small scale renovations to rec centers or environmental remediation for current projects.
  • In two weeks, the Planning Commission will consider Councilman Mark Squilla’s bill allowing for the rezoning of the abandoned Albion Carpet Mills in Kensington to industrial-residential (IRMX), providing developers the needed flexibility to transform the 1880s structure into the Hagert Street Lofts, set to include 44 apartment units, a fitness center and a coffee shop when complete in 2017. The development at Jasper & Hagert Streets has already received unanimous support from the East Kensington Neighbors Association, says Plan Philly.
  • If not canceled due to snow, the hopeful founders of the 9th Street Business Improvement District will meet tonight to discuss the potential of a BID that would cater to the Italian Market and surrounding areas (from 8th to 10th, Fitzwater to Federal, with an extension of Washington Avenue, from 5th to 12th). To take the preliminary conditions survey, 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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