If you’re a Graduate Hospital resident go ahead and skip this part because you lived it last night. For the rest of you read on: A water main break at 21st and Bainbridge dramatically flooded the surrounding blocks for hours on Sunday night, and left adjacent neighborhoods with low water pressure. Action News reports that a 48-inch water transmission main, which serves much of Center City, ruptured, prompting the evacuation of four blocks. This morning the water has receded, revealing major damage to 21st Street (see Naked Philly’s photos) and there is no word when water will be on for immediate neighbors. This morning a gas line also ruptured because of the water main break, complicating clean-up efforts. Between 20th and 22nd streets South, Bainbridge and Fitzwater streets are closed and the eastbound Route 40 bus is running on a detour.
Now that Church of the Assumption has a new owner, is the legal battle over the permits to demolish the church moot? PlanPhilly’s Alan Jaffe reports why the answer to that question isn’t clear, and for now it looks like the court battle will continue.
The Lower Northeast District Plan’s areas of emphasis are coming into focus. PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reports that the draft plan will recommend concentrating density and development around the Frankford Transportation Center and Castor Avenue, and building on the reuse of industrial properties at the “Frankford Gateway.” Learn more about the draft Lower Northeast District Plan at a public open house on August 7 at Globe Dye Works (4500 Worth St.).
Plans are moving forward for Holy Family University to turn the former Liddonfield public housing site into athletic, residential, and academic facilities for the university and for a developer to build affordable housing for seniors. The Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia Housing Authority approved the development deal for the Upper Holmesburg site on Friday.
Frankford Historical Society has kept an eye on unpermitted work at the historic Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery, and now the Historical Commission has called on L&I to issue the owners violations, reports the Frankford Gazette. The owners of the cemetery failed to obtain work permits for significant site clearance.
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