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    • Bob Kaufman, Ken Weinstein, and Josh Romalis talk at an open house earlier this week. (Photo by Erica Hawthorne)

Philly Office Retail opens new offices in Mt. Airy

Philly Office Retail, a Germantown-based real estate company, is growing its operations. On Monday, it officially opened a new office, which is located at 6825 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. Though…

    • Preservation plan may be amended for Green Woods Charter School

Preservation plan may be amended for Green Woods Charter School

The owner of an early-century Chestnut Hill mansion is looking to amend its conservation easements, which permanently protect the property from development, in order to make way for a school. In…

    • After much delay, the Venice Island revamp project may move forward this week. (Holly Otterbein of PlanPhilly/for NewsWorks)

PWD to put Venice Island project out to bid this week

The Philadelphia Water Department says a project to remake the Venice Island Recreation Center in Manayunk, which will cost $45 million, has reached a milestone. Spokeswoman More »

    • Jane Golden, founder of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, says project will be vehicle for economic and community development

Mural Arts Program launches public art project in Manayunk

The Mural Arts Program has chosen Manayunk as a "public arts district," where a large amount of works, which could include murals, light and sound More »

    • The Manayunk Canal dredging project is scheduled to be complete by late 2012.

Dredging plans for Manayunk Canal move forward

If nature had its way, the Manayunk Canal would eventually turn into wetlands. To keep that from happening, the city's Department of Parks Recreation will begin dredging the waterway in 2012.…

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Fresh Grocer closing on Chelten; Save-A-Lot opening amid many concerns

Sometime in the next couple weeks, Fresh Grocer on Chelten Avenue and Pulaski Street will shut its doors. The store's spokesperson, Carlie Stross, declined to say what would become of the…

    • The towpath improvement project is scheduled to begin mid-year and will take up to four months to complete. (Megan Pinto)

Manayunk Towpath rehabilitation to begin this summer

Bikers, joggers and walkers, take note: Parts of the Manayunk Towpath will be closed periodically this summer. The city's Department of Parks & Recreation is More »

    • Green Woods Charter considers move to Chestnut Hill

Green Woods Charter considers move to Chestnut Hill

The School Reform Commission (SRC) delayed a vote this week that would allow Green Woods Charter School to expand. According to Barry Sunshine, a Green Woods board member, the school must…

    • Center in the Park. (Patrick Cobbs/for NewsWorks)

New grant will help seniors get wired on coffee and Internet

If your Granny from the Northwest doesn’t know how to check email, she could soon. Center in the Park, a Germantown-based senior center, has won a $50,000 grant from the city’s…

    • Plans are in the works to add a playground to Inn Yard Park on Ridge Avenue in East Falls. (Megan Pinto)

Playground plans swing into full gear at Inn Yard Park

This week, two mothers announced that they've secured more than $100,000 from Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.'s office in order to build a playground at Inn More »

    • Matt Wysong, N.W. Philly's community planner, talks with the East Falls Community Council about an educational land use plan

Taking a "proactive" approach to land use plans in East Falls

The East Falls community has embarked on a year-long land use plan with Philadelphia University, Drexel University and the William Penn Charter School. At a meeting on Monday, the East Falls…

    • The blue-line draft expands where market and community-supported farms can operate (Michelle Goodwin/For NewsWorks/File photo)

How the blue-line zoning code draft affects N.W. Philly

Last week, the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC) released its blue-line draft of the city's new zoning code, which details the most recent changes to the More »

    • The Fox Gun Factory across the street from Stenton Mansion is being demolished by the city. (Matt Satullo/for Newsworks)

Historic warehouse near Stenton Mansion finally comes down

An eyesore across the street from one of the oldest historic homes in Philadelphia will soon be nothing but dust. Neighbors say the hulking warehouse at 18th and Courtland streets in…

    • The Transit Village as it would look from the corner of Chew Avenue and East Washington Lane. (Image by Piatt Associates)

Mayor to announce additional funding for Mt. Airy Transit Village

A proposed "transit village" alongside the Washington Lane Regional Rail station just got one step closer to fruition. The mixed-use, mixed-income development headed by Mt. Airy, USA has won a $100,000…

    • PWD gets earful at Council hearing

PWD gets earful at Council hearing

On Tuesday, City Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities heard from the public about the Philadelphia Water Department's new stormwater runoff fees paid by independent business owners and other non-residential…

    • nterim Executive Director Karen Forbes and Board President John Howard at the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough

Schuylkill Center protections not strong enough for some

Eleanor Smith Morris, the daughter of the woman who gave the Schuylkill Center most of its land, is joining a small group of conservationists opposed More »

    • Turn out was good at last night's WMAN zoning meeting. (Holly Otterbein/for NewsWorks)

Mt. Airy Arts Garage gets WMAN zoning endorsement

(Revised edition: Corrections made to a street name and neighborhood area) Last night's West Mt. Airy Neighbors' Zoning Committee meeting was no sleeper. It featured a good old-fashioned neighborhood brawl, a…

    • Maura McCarthy, executive director of the FOW, and Kevin Groves, volunteer coordinator, look at a map of the Wissahickon

Wissahickon Valley Park improvement projects under way

This week, the city's Department of Parks Recreation began repairing a gully along the Wissahickon Creek, in hopes of curbing stormwater runoff, erosion and the death of several trees. It's one…

    • The Hunting Park West industrial area. (Image from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission)

Roxborough and Hunting Park West industrial zones, they are a-changing

In a January city Planning Commission meeting, John Grady, the senior vice president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation made a claim that might stun some: Philly, he said, is not…

    • Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno wants to build a literary arts center in Mt. Airy.

Knight Arts Challenge's shortlist includes plan for literary arts center in NW Philly

Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno's plan to open a literary arts center in Mt. Airy, though itself a rosy idea, sprouted from unspeakable tragedy. In 2003, Bonanno's daughter, Leidy, a 21-year-old, ...  …

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