November 10, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust is putting open space on a pedestal in University City. Literally. The developer unveils Monday its Cira Green plaza, a 1.25-acre, publicly accessible expanse of grass and paved walkways atop a 95-foot-high parking structure just west of the Schuylkill. Its opening marks the latest chapter in Brandywine's bid to remake a huge swath of central Philadelphia around 30th Street Station - an area bordering the campus of Drexel University up to the riverbanks opposite the Philadelphia Museum of Art - as the once-suburban company solidifies its urban presence.
November 5, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust chief executive Jerry Sweeney says that there are no immediate plans to redevelop the multi-level garage in Center City's Market East area the company purchased earlier this year, and that it may add levels of parking to the structure. Brandywine is completing engineering studies to see whether additional decks can be added to the five existing levels of parking in the structure at 618-34 Market St., between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Sweeney said in an interview.
October 23, 2015 |
Pearl Properties has revamped its design for the residential high-rise it plans at the site of Center City's Boyd Theatre after collaborating with neighbors who had criticized the developer's previous proposal. The new plan by locally based architect Cecil Baker calls for a 32-story tower of mostly glass and aluminum that would rise above a base of off-white painted metal and limestone incorporating the historic theater's facade. The design was released as part of Pearl's application for work at the 1910 Chestnut St. site to the Philadelphia Historical Commission's Architectural Committee, which will consider the new proposal on Tuesday.
October 17, 2015 |
Resmark Land and Housing of Los Angeles has become an equity partner in the redevelopment of South Philadelphia's Mount Sinai Hospital site into 95 townhomes, it said on Friday. The division of the Resmark Cos., a private equity firm, has formed a joint venture on the project with the Bethesda, Maryland-based Concordia Group and Philadelphia's D3 Developers. Sales at the project, called Southwark on Reed, will begin later this year, with first occupancies expected in spring. Resmark said last year that it was joining the Mignatti Cos. to develop housing for the Waterside mixed-use project on the banks of the Delaware River in Bensalem Township.
August 5, 2015 |
Camden officials on Monday took Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on a tour of the city's Whitman Park and Centerville neighborhoods, where revitalization plans are finalists for $30 million in federal grants. After the tour, however, Menendez warned during an afternoon news conference that proposed federal budget cuts could undermine the ability to infuse Camden with the resources needed for a comprehensive plan that would improve housing, schools, and recreational fields, and employ more residents.
July 26, 2015 |
On its face, the offer from the city Redevelopment Authority reported by The Inquirer on Thursday made no sense: The agency would pay the owner of two houses on Master Street $11,000, when one year before, the man had paid more than double that amount - and spent $75,000 on renovations. Turns out that what the owner didn't disclose is that the city then inspected the interior of the properties and made a second offer, for $100,000. Glenn Mancini, whose houses at 2020 and 2022 Master are being obtained by eminent domain, acknowledged Thursday that the Redevelopment Authority made the sweeter offer on July 7, but that since it came by phone and e-mail - and not by certified letter - he did not consider it official.
June 25, 2015 |
IS CAMDEN a hopeless case? Britt Starghill didn't think so. As pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Britt wasn't only concerned with the souls of his parishioners, but also with the soul of the impoverished city around him. He was founder of the Nehemiah Project, a community development corporation devoted to fighting the blight afflicting the Gateway section of the city. He adopted the Whittier School, with the aim of seeing to it that its students got the best education to ensure their success in the world beyond the classroom.
June 11, 2015 |
OVER OBJECTIONS from a handful of residents of North Philadelphia's Sharswood section, a City Council committee yesterday gave preliminary approval to what is being called the biggest redevelopment project in the history of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Even before the rules committee gave its blessing to PHA to raze most of the Norman Blumberg Apartments and acquire through eminent domain 1,330 mostly blighted surrounding properties, the wheels were in motion on the project.
April 24, 2015 |
HOW MUCH WOULD you pay for the plastic and paper bags used by grocery stores and other retailers? A penny? Maybe for your thoughts, but City Councilman Mark Squilla thinks you should pay five cents for each bag. A bill he introduced yesterday calls for the tax as a way to discourage littering while helping to fund the city's anti-littering campaign. Two cents from each nickel collected would go to the city and could generate as much as $150,000 a month, said Squilla, a Democrat who represents the 1st District, which includes parts of South Philadelphia, Center City and Port Richmond.
March 28, 2015 |
Five days after Christmas, Tommy Joshua received an e-mail from a Philadelphia Housing Authority official that threatened to bulldoze the preceding three years of his life. The agency would be testing soil on land it owned in Sharswood, a neighborhood defined by its two 18-story project towers and the expanse of vacant land that surrounds them. Joshua put on his boots. With a dozen neighbors Jan. 6, he walked five blocks to prevent the PHA from digging into its own property at 24th and Bolton Streets, once an eyesore and now something promising, named North Philly Peace Park.