Preservation Alliance Calls Out Toll Bros’. Obscurantism; Toll Bros. Call Out Alliance’s Obstructionism

 

“The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) decided yesterday to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about their plans for Jewelers Row.” | Photo Jake Blumgart, for Plan Philly

“The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) decided yesterday to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about their plans for Jewelers Row.” | Photo Jake Blumgart, for Plan Philly

  • Plan Philly’s Jake Blumgart recounts the point of the devolution of yesterday afternoon’s Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting concerning whether or not Toll Bros provided express public notice of its demolition plans for the buildings along Sansom Street, i.e. the said row of Jewelers Row. Hal Schirmer, lawyer for the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, cobbled together enough witnesses ready to testify to that effect as to persuade the board to quit the  issue until next week’s (October 5th) meeting. This upset lawyer Toll Brothers lawyer Carl Primavera, who dismissed the proceedings as “absolutely obstructionist activity,” and “a ridiculous amount of squabbling and pettifoggery.”
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s South Asian galleries will reopen this Sunday after a two-year-long, $2.7 million reinstallation process, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Kenneth Hilario. The first reworking of 7,300-square-feet of second-floor space in decades, it “demonstrates,” says museum director and CEO Timothy Rub, “that a collection like ours is, in effect, a renewable resource that, when presented in new ways, can always yield new meanings, offering visitors a variety of ever-changing and interlinked experiences that illuminate key aspects of South Asian culture.” Renovations included new lighting, flooring and casework, as well as the installation of three interactive digital kiosks.
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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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  1. Here’s a photo essay of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground at Penn Treaty Park:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/31272185@N08/albums/72157671096526563

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