April 17: One Parkway closed through weekend | PennDOT solicits feedback | Parklets return | Kensington co-op signs lease | A peek inside Parkside

Good morning and happy Thursday, Streeters!

A broken hot water heater flooded the elevators at the City’s One Parkway building at 1515 Arch Street yesterday. Newsworks tells us the building, which houses approximately 1,000 city workers, has been closed and will remain closed through the weekend. The cost of the damage has not been estimated. 

PennDOT wants to hear from the public and is soliciting public preferences on how to spend transportation funds. The department has released an online survey at www.PAOnTrack.com. It will be available until May 30 and will help guide long-range planning.

Parklets are on their way back in West Philly. This week University City District began re-installing its parklets, which are stored for the winter. According to West Philly Local, this year’s parklets will pop up in front of Ramen Bar, Honest Tom’s Tacos and Lil’ Pop Shop, Green Line Cafe, Fu-Wah Market and Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Hibiscus Cafe. 

The Kensington Community Food Co-op signed a lease on a storefront. The exact location of the storefront will be announced at an event on May 4 at the Philadelphia Brewing Company. Generocity reports that the co-op has reached 390 members and spent months looking for the right location.

Philadelphia History Blog took a look inside one of the grand houses on the 4200 block of Parkside Avenue. The home that writer Steven Ujifusa peeked in still has its massive central staircase, second floor library overlooking the park and brass fireplace grates, but details like curved window panes and wooden mantels have been yanked. 

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