Happy Wednesday, Streeters. Here’s what caught our eye this morning:
City Council must pass a budget by June 30 so important legislation could begin moving out of committee today, posits Heard in the Hall. Among the big pieces that could move: The budget, a bill to set the property tax rate at 1.3204 and a $15,000 homestead exemption, and the proposed liquor-by-the-drink tax to support schools. But that’s only if Council aims to stay on schedule.
Even after Germantown High closes this month, the Route 23 bus will still announce it as a stop. NewsWorks explains why, and how SEPTA’s automated bus and trolley announcements are updated.
Businesses are still trying to rebuild after April’s terrible fire in Queen Village. Hidden City Daily checks in on Moon and Arrow/Territory Hard Goods, which share an L-shaped former fabric store that wraps around the badly damaged or destroyed buildings, as they work through a labyrinth of damaged goods/insurance/ L&I, and work to get their businesses back up to speed in a temporary space.
The massive Canal Street North entertainment complex in Fishtown is closer to reality, the Inquirer reports. Developer Michael Samschick’s Core Realty has reached an agreement with PennDOT to use a parking lot under I-95 to serve Canal Street North, helping Core reach its required 500 parking spaces to serve the complex.
A Port Richmond property near the Aramingo exit off I-95 could become a halfway house, the Inquirer reports. Ex-councilman Frank DiCicco helped rezone the property at 2121 Wheatsheaf Lane and is now working (for free) for the brothers who own the property to rezone it industrial which would permit a halfway house, a use that is in serious consideration.
Is Council President Darrell Clarke is holding 50 city-owned properties back from being sold? Philadelinquency asks why, maps the properties, but gets no response.