Drexel Expands Poplar Health Center

 

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The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center at 850 North 11th Street | Photo: Halkin Mason Photography

  • The Philadelphia Business Journal’s John George fills us in on Drexel University’s newly expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center. The $9 million adds a two-story wing to the facility, providing space for a fitness center, various therapy rooms, and nutritional support services. Local firm EwingCole designed a glass atrium to connect the addition to the original building, which also received some attention.
  • “The word is out about this neighborhood,” said Spruce Hill Community Association zoning chair Barry Grossbach on Tuesday night. That’s why he commended Post Brothers’ Matt Pestronk for coming out to their annual member meeting to discuss his firm’s intentions for the 550 units it has acquired throughout the neighborhood in recent years. As West Philly Local notes, this was not a zoning meeting. Pestronk had no sales pitch. He was just checking in, fielding questions. Alleviating fears of displacement, he spoke of his desire to find “gentler” uses for his inventory than student housing.
  • CBS Philly looks at the Old City District’s recent cleaning up and fencing in of two contiguous lots running south from the 200 block of Market Street. Executive Director Joeb Itzkowitz says his organization is hoping to have a master plan for further beautification efforts in Old City by New Year’s.
  • The Inquirer reports that ESM Productions, the firm hired by the World Meeting of Families to produce its conference and the papal visit, is being sued by the subtractor that it tapped to erect a campground for pilgrims in East Fairmount Park to be called “Francis Fields.” Endless Summer Productions LLC wants $117,000 to recoup planning and staffing costs incurred during the ten days it was under contract prior to the campground idea being nixed, for “lack of interest,” on September 10.

 

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