Oct. 6: What’s up this week? CDR looks at Market St.; Out and about in PA; civil forfeiture panel

Mixed-use development, 27th and Girard
Mixed-use development, 27th and Girard

There are a couple of hot projects coming before Civic Design Review Tuesday (Oct. 7, 1 pm, Room 18-029, One Parkway Building,1515 Arch Street). National Real Estate Development and BLT Architects are presenting an infill project over an entire city block on Market Street. The project would include a 2-story structure with a pedestrian-oriented promenade at ground floor that connects with a 20-story stucture; 92,000 SF of retail space on the first and second floors of both structures; 366 apartments, lobby and amenities totaling 245,200 SF … for more, gaze upon this PDF 


Next up, MM Partners & ADCO and American Development Co. and architects JKR Partners will present the concept for 10 single-family townhouses and one 5 story mixed-use building, including 68 apartment units and 5 ground floor stores for 911-941 N. 27th Street and 2620-2638 W. Girard Avenue.


The people have spoken and when it comes to outdoors quality of life issues for Pennsylvanians we want three points emphasized: maintain existing parks and recreation areas; protect wildlife and fish habitats and restore damaged watersheds, rivers and streams. We are talking about this because every five years, states are required to produce a new statewide recreation plan to remain eligible to receive federal Land and Water Conservation funds. The plan guides outdoor recreation programs, policies and projects. The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources would like to hear what you think about the draft recommendations contained in the plan. Please join representatives from DCNR for a public open house hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Tuesday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the PHS Town Hall , 100 North 20th Street, first floor.


Our colleague, Isaiah Thompson, is part of a five-preson panel today on civil forfeiture, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, the Toll Public Interest Center, and the American Constitution Society. The other panel members are Darpana Sheth, an attorney with Institute for Justice and a major author of the class-action lawsuit against the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office; well-known professor and civil rights attorney David Rudovsky; ACLU Legal Fellow Scott Kelly, who has been studying cash forfeitures; and Penn Legal Clinic Director Professor Louis Rulli, who has lead the effort in Philadelphia to represent individuals facing forfeiture, especially the loss of their homes, in Philadelphia. The event is from 4:30-6:15 p.m. today, October 6, at Silverman 240A on the Penn campus. All are invited.


On Thursday, Oct. 9, Eileen Divringi, Community Development Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, will present the primary conclusions of “Small Legacy Cities, Equity, and a Changing Economy,” a report completed by a group of graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of City and Regional Planning in spring 2014. The students were tasked with evaluating the extent to which economic revitalization strategies in Wilmington, DE, Lancaster, PA, and Bethlehem, PA had led to equitable outcomes for low- and moderate-income residents. The meeting will be held from 9 -10:30 am, DVRPC Conference Center, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th floor. RSVP to Jane Meconi, Public Involvement Manager jmeconi@dvrpc.org or 215-238-2871.

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