The Morning Roundup, Oct. 3

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Good morning.

Today we introduce a new daily feature that will bring you up to date on breaking news developments related to planning and development issues that are being reported in Philadelphia.

Mark McDonald of the Daily News gets things started with his report on a status/update meeting between Logan Square residents and councilman Darrell Clarke concerning the proposed $3.5 billion River City development project that would essentially cap the viaduct between Suburban Station and 30th Street Station with high rises (see rendering above). McDonald says the City Planning Commission is even lending a hand. For more reaction check out Phillyblog.

In other news:

The Inquirer’s Jeff Shields reports that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has ordered proposed casino operators SugarHouse and Foxwoods to pay their $50 million licensing fees within 10 days, despite delays in permitting that have stalled the start of any construction. The PGCB also changed its stance on public comment during hearings after repeated attempts to open the floor by Hallwatch and  Casino Free Philadelphia. See related story by Chris Brennan of the Daily News.  

Finally, Metro’s Brian McCrone reports that a group fighting to keep the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, called for Philadelphia to stop “getting ahead of itself” by placing signs on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway that point out the future site of the art collection.

You can reach Matt Golas at mgolas@pobox.upenn.edu

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