Happy Wednesday, Streeters. Here’s your morning Buzz:
Construction site safety took center stage at a PA House Urban Affairs Committee hearing at the Independence Seaport Museum yesterday, the Inquirer reports. About two-dozen state legislators were in attendance as they look for ways to increase site safety through tighter standards after the fatal building collapse at 22nd and Market on June 5. South Philadelphia’s Rep. Bill Keller has introduced legislation that would require commercial and multi-family construction projects to have a demolition plan prepared by an architect or engineer, and would increase license fees to help train inspectors.
Several buildings on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Chestnut Street have changed hands in recent weeks, which could lead to redevelopment on blocks struggling with high vacancy. The Business Journal reports that Brickstone Realty purchased 1122-28 Chestnut, possibly for mixed-use redevelopment. Attorney Thomas Kline recently purchased former Beneficial Savings Bank building at 1200-1202 Chestnut.
Camelot Schools, a private education company that works with at-risk students, is interested in leasing Germantown High School, NewsWorks reports. Camelot Schools works with “near-dropout” high school students to complete their education as well as kids with disciplinary and behavioral issues. Camelot is interested in leasing the recently closed Germantown High School as the School District seeks to sell the building. There will be a public meeting about the proposed temporary use on July 25 at 6pm at James Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 East Haines Street.
Last week we told you about the city’s competition for artist-designed bike racks. Passyunk Post spotted pizza-slice shaped bike racks on the western reaches of Washington Avenue outside of the soon-to-open Kermit’s Bake Shoppe.
And while we’ve got you thinking about food: This month’s Philly Mag has a fascinating profile of Michael Solomonov, the chef behind Zahav, (and partner in Federal Donuts, and Percy Street Barbeque) tracing his rising star and growing Philly food empire with Steve Cook.