Rivage reimagined, new owners for Olympia, redevelopment on Chestnut Street, Mayfair playground rebuilt, Foxwoods denied

East Falls saw two competing proposals for the redevelopment of the Rivage site on Wednesday night. Amy Z. Quinn reports for NewsWorks/PlanPhilly on the ecologically sensitive design by Philadelphia’s Onion Flats LLC, and a more traditional mixed-use design proposed by FCP-East Village PA. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority controls the site and will appoint the developer.

The Independence Seaport Museum has chosen four finalists as possible future owners of the USS Olympia, NewsWorks reports. The Olympia, a cruiser surviving from the Spanish-American war, requires restoration work the museum can’t afford to undertake.

Naked Philly wonders what’s going on at 1122-24 Chestnut Street, and recounts the site’s ownership history, recalling plans from 2006 that never went anywhere. (Remember the boom years?) Could the bank-owned building finally be seeing a little work? I suspect parapet repairs and an inspection to secure the building’s vacant condition. Here’s hoping the buildings will see better days soon.

After being torn down three years ago, Mayfair Memorial Playground was rebuilt through community fundraising and volunteer sweat equity, reports NEast Philly/Philadelphia Neighborhoods.

Foxwoods appeal to the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court was denied. Yesterday the court upheld the Gaming Control Board’s decision to revoke the gaming license for Foxwoods in South Philly, Daily News reports. Foxwoods investors have 30 days to file another appeal, this time to PA Supreme Court.

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