Kenzo Renewal’s first house | Paper Box coworking opens | Big Plans at Drexel | Pier 53 park work | mail slot break-ins

Kensington Renewal has finished work on its first rehab and will hold an open house on Saturday for 921 East Westmoreland, NewsWorks reports. Jamie Moffett, the filmmaker and neighbor behind Kensington Renewal, says the goal is to put homeownership within reach for neighborhood residents and help reclaim some of Kensington’s blocks from blight.

Philebrity reports that Paper Box Studios, a new coworking space in a rehabbed 1880s factory building in Olde Kensington, has officially opened, adding to Philly’s ever-growing list of coworking options.

Expect Drexel University to expand “upward and eastward” at a rapid clip. Inga Saffron breaks down the details of Drexel’s recent master plan, by the Boston firm Goody Clancy, in her column today. Drexel intends to guarantee housing to all freshman and sophomores, stem the University’s creep into Powelton Village, activate its buildings at street level, and give a mix of uses to every building. If the strategy reminds you of Penn’s recent past, you’re right: Drexel President John Fry was a VP at Penn where he oversaw Penn’s new approach to campus expansion/consolidation.

An expanded park space is in the works at Pier 53, the pier at Washington Avenue Green along the Delaware River, reports PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates. Divers inspected the condition of pier structures between Piers 35 and 70 this week in order to learn if the existing piers can support public access. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation hopes construction can begin for a new public space at the pier next year.

If your mail slot is close to your door knob and lock, beware: thieves have breaking into houses by reaching through mail slots to unlock the door in South Philadelphia’s 3rd Police District, reports the South Philly Review.


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