Top 5 stories to watch in Northwest Philly this week
Here’s a look at what’s to come on NewsWorks this week:
1. Camelot Education, a for-profit company, is interested in leasing the former home of Germantown High School, which closed in June as part of the Philadelphia School District’s right-sizing efforts. The Texas-based company will need the community to get on board first. To that end, Camelot officials will meet with residents, local lawmakers and district officials on Wednesday to discuss their vision for the four-story property.
2. Additional funding for the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District was recently approved by state lawmakers, but it’s still unclear what schools will have, come September, in terms of staffers and otherwise. We’ll take a look at what the forecast may be for elementary schools in Mt. Airy and how they’re preparing for the start of the upcoming school year.
3. Two summers ago, Food For All Market owner Amy Kunkle was in a bad place. She had lost thousands as a result of an ill-informed Groupon deal and was ready to call it quits. Her Mt. Airy neighbors, however, would have none of it and bailed her out. A year and a half later, though, Kunkle is now closing for good.
4. Neighbors Park in the Wissahickon section of the city is no longer an eyesore thanks to a hefty investment out of Councilman Curtis Jones’ office. Updates include a resurfaced basketball court and new playground equipment. Residents celebrated the makeover on Saturday. Check back this week for that report.
5. As part of the City Planning Commission’s Philadelphia 2035 effort, residents are invited to discuss the future of Central Roxborough on Monday night. “Shaping the Future of Central Roxborough” will focus on preserving the area’s historic core while also allowing for new development.
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