Temple proposes new Boathouse Row facility

    Temple University wants to build a new rowing facility on Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row.

    The school is seeking permission to build at 23,000-square-foot boathouse and dock on the Schuylkill River that would be home to its roughly 100 rowers.

    Temple and other groups had used the city-owned East Park Canoe House but inspectors shuttered the building in 2008 over structural concerns. The university has been setting up tents for shelter since the canoe house was closed.


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    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Temple’s proposal would contribute $1.5 million toward restoration of its former home. The city has estimated it would cost up to $5 million to repair the canoe house.

    The parks department has scheduled a Jan. 16 hearing on the proposal.

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