Another Kind Of School Reform Commission

 

Pepon Osorio discusses his "reForm" installation at Tyler School of Art | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

Pepon Osorio discusses his “reForm” installation at Tyler School of Art | Photo: Kimberly Paynter, for NewsWorks

  • Developer Bill Vessal previews his reuse plans for the First African Baptist Church at 16th & Christian Streets in Graduate Hospital, which he and business partners purchased in December for $2.05 million after its historic designation derailed pastor Rev. Terrence Griffith’s slightly more lucrative plan to sell the 1906 building to a developer wishing to demolish it. “We are going to preserve most of the fabric of the church. It’s interior and exterior,” Vessal tells the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni. “The church has such an incredible history. We love the location and property.” It will likely be converted into professional offices.
  • At month’s end Melissa Alam will close The Hive, the Old City coworking space that she opened in fall 2014 for women entrepreneurs, says Technical.ly Philly.
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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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