January 17: Comcast tower subsidies | Navy Yard Marriott now open | New red light cameras | St. Rita’s school demolition | Pa. residents at risk, living near ammonia

Happy Friday, Eyes on the Street!

PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey takes a look at the public subsidies that will help fund the $1.2 billion Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. At $40 million, the subsidies aren’t record breaking but they are still a significant amount of public money. Brey looks at where those funds will come from. 

The new Courtyard Marriott South at The Navy Yard held a quiet opening, welcoming a few dozen people to happy hour cocktails early this month. The $34 million hotel offers 172 rooms and is expected to be a “game-changer” for The Navy Yard.  

The city will get two new red-light cameras Monday at the intersection of Stenton and Ogontz avenues. Like the city’s other red-light cameras, these will take photos of vehicles that illegal drive through red lights, and $100 tickets will be issued accordingly. 

The former St. Rita’s school at Broad and Ellsworth is being demolished to make way for the proposed Cascia Center, a nondenominational peacemaking and conflict resolution center. 

One in every eight Pennsylvanians, or 1.5 million people, lives close enough to large amounts of ammonia to be at risk in a chemical accident, NewsWorks reports. An analysis of federal records shows that 122 Pennsylvania facilities store at least five tons of ammonia at any given point. 

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