Two huge towers planned for University City will rise in the next two years. Drexel held a ceremonial groundbreaking for Lancaster Square, a 24-story residential tower at 34th and Lancaster, the Business Journal reports. And Cira Centre South will climb 47 stories at 30th and Walnut now that FMC, a specialty chemical company, has agreed to move from Market West to become the new building’s anchor tenant, PhillyDeals reports.
In Roxborough, work is progressing at Kingsley Court on Ridge Avenue. Naked Philly reports that the former Ivy Ridge Assisted Living Facility has been demolished to make way for the new 32-home development.
Next City checks in on South Philly’s Hyundai Rotem factory. Hyundai Rotem built SEPTA’s Silverliner Vs there, bringing good jobs for transit workers, and now new cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are rolling out – with similar hiccups and delays.
By November 25 Philly’s largest buildings must report their annual energy and water usage, thanks to the city’s new energy benchmarking law. Technically Philly reports that about 300 of the city’s 2000 buildings with more than 50,000 square feet of indoor space had already reported.
Philly has the slowest average 4G mobile broadband speeds of any city in America, thanks to Sprint. Quartz reports on how our average 4G LTE speeds compare to the 10 biggest cities in the nation, based on a study by OpenSignal.
Councilman Jim Kenney is trying to lure Huy Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha sauce, to Philadelphia in light of the company’s disputes with its home city of Irwindale, California. Philebrity shares Kenney’s amazing letter.