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New owner Kushner Companies announces rebranding campaign with new name Schmidt's Commons

New owner Kushner Companies announces rebranding campaign with new name Schmidt’s Commons | Photo: We Work

  • The Piazza at Schmidt’s begins a new chapter as The Schmidt’s Commons. Curbed Philly looks at Kushner Companies’ rebranding efforts for the development it purchased from Bart Blatstein in 2013. Seeking a more communicative and disciplined refocus of the Commons as the live-work-play space it was meant to be, an events coordinator has been hired for a set of summer programming that includes a salsa night, a free Philadelphia Orchestra concert, and movie nights.
  • Naked Philly reports that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has found a buyer for the Saint Peter Claver Center for Evangelization at 12th & Lombard. While it’s been on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places since the 1980s, the recent preservationist record of the Archdiocese—or the Historical Commission, for that matter—necessitates a close watch. “Dedicated in 1892 and named for a saint who fought the slave trade, it was the first Catholic church in the city specifically for African Americans and is considered a ‘mother church.’”
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