Skate park and streetscape funding, Chelten Plaza at ZBA, preservation and planning awards. Challah.

Philly’s highly-anticipated street-style skate park, Franklin’s Paine, got a cool $1 million capital funding commitment from the Department of Parks and Recreation. “From LOVE, comes Paine” they say, and here’s hoping that Paine Park will is as beloved as LOVE Park among skaters. The project is expected to begin construction in spring 2012. [via Philebrity]

Ridge Avenue in Roxborough is getting a $2.2 million upgrade that includes new sidewalks, 80 new street trees, planters, and a pocket park, Newsworks reports.

The debate over a Dollar Tree at Chelten Plaza continued yesterday at a Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing. No vote yet, but Amy Z. Quinn was there for Newsworks/PlanPhilly, and will continue to follow the story closely. Amy explains the controversy here.

Several projects in Philly earned statewide awards recently. The Race Street Pier and the Master Plan for the Central Delaware were recognized with awards from 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. A handful of projects were given Preservation PA awards as well, including the conservation of the Old Mortality sculpture at Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Smith Memorial Playhouse in Fairmount Park, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science received a sustainability award for retrofitting and restoring its original steam heat system.

Last night marked the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The Inquirer has a piece on Roling’s Bakery in Elkins Park, and the holiday rituals people have developed around their challahShana Tova.


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