In the wake of last week’s fatal building collapse, Mayor Nutter announced Friday that demolition projects will have to meet new requirements, NewsWorks notes. Going forward there will be greater oversight by the Department of Licenses and Inspections through initial and periodic inspections and a review of contractor qualifications and compliance. Also contractors must work with an engineer and L&I to create a site safety plan, and L&I must be notified when work begins and demolition permits will expire after 45 days if there is no activity. The Daily News offers a handy bullet list of the changes.
Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and Project HOME are collaborating on a 9-story affordable housing apartment building on the 800 block of Arch Street. The Inquirer’s Jennifer Lin details the project and explains this unusual partnership of CDCs, brought together by location and the demand for affordable housing among two different populations: elderly Chinatown residents and homeless individuals in search of permanent housing. The project has been awarded affordable housing tax credits and fundraised privately, and the partners need to raise about $1.5 million more.
Does Philadelphia really need another 9/11 Memorial? Inquirer columnist Karen Heller unfolds the strange tale of an attempted rush job to put a memorial at Franklin Square, in addition to the one on Schuylkill Banks dedicated last year.
Hillary Jay will be the new director of the Center for Architecture, reports Hidden City Daily. Jay is the force behind DesignPhiladelphia, which she began in 2005 and which will now be housed at the Center for Architecture.
Photographer Zoe Strauss plans to give the city’s school closings her documentarian treatment, the Public School Notebook reports. Through the Philadelphia School Closings Photo Collective, as she’s dubbed the project, Strauss will document Bok Technical High School and has put out a call photographers to pick a school themselves to photograph. So far 10 others have been chosen. Strauss said “This is about the importance of archiving the spaces before they go.”
Note to readers: Make sure to book plane tickets with the Philadelphia Orchestra when possible. Generocity reports that after being marooned on the tarmac, a string quartet broke out sheet music and serenaded passengers. Watch video of their performance on the Orchestra’s YouTube page.