Fall Lighting Expected For North Broad Light Masts

 

Rendering of North Broad Street, lit by a series of 41 light masts from Spring Garden Street to Glenwood Avenue | Courtesy of Streets Department

Rendering of North Broad Street, lit by a series of 41 light masts from Spring Garden Street to Glenwood Avenue | Courtesy of Streets Department

  • Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke held a press conference yesterday outside North Broad Street’s Congregation Rodeph Shalom to provide an update on steps the City is taking to return that street to what Nutter called “its former glory as a main thoroughfare for our great city.” Such revitalization is obviously centered on city officials successfully incentivizing lynchpin projects like the Divine Lorraine, but the $8.7 million North Broad Streetscape initiative discussed yesterday will go a long way in lighting the way. This fall—four years after being announced—41 55-feet tall light towers will illuminate the 2.5-mile stretch of North Broad Street from the School District building to Glenwood Avenue. Intermittent landscaping work will likewise be undertaken along the corridor.
  • The Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to send a proposed mixed-use in Old City to the full body for consideration, reports Plan Philly. The 10-story, 116-unit apartment complex at 218 Arch Street with ground level retail set to wrap around the corner of Arch Street and Little Boy’s Court is now a parking lot, a fact that has actually led to some disagreement over the extent of the commission’s authority here. Regardless, many disapprove of the proposal’s height, even though it is in keeping with a pervious developer’s agreement limiting any project there to 108½ feet in height and 6.45 in floor area ratio (FAR).
  • In an effort to make the most of the papal visit, City and World Meeting of Families organizers have rebranded the “traffic box,” the green zone (between South and 38th Streets, Girard Avenue and the Delaware River) to be closed to cars throughout the weekend, says NewsWorks. The so-called Francis Festival Grounds will have several billboard-sized video screens interspersed throughout, allowing residents and visitors alike a chance to take in the historic event.
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