• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Questioning Blatstein's casino dreams | multi-floor retail for Atlantic | against Lit Bros roof sign | 21st and Bainbridge reopens | keeping winter rec programs

  • The Atlantic Building, at Broad and Spruce streets, could soon feature 7 floors of retail space.


Tonight Bart Blatstein will unveil renderings of his plans for a “world-class resort and casino complex” at the old Inquirer/Daily News building, and already there’s a coalition of groups on North Broad uncomfortable with the development, reports the Daily News. The still-unnamed groups that comprise the unnamed coalition are questioning the site’s ability to handle the demands of a casino/resort complex, though they are not anti-casino per se.

The Post Brothers’ adaptation of the Atlantic Building at Broad and Spruce will include 200 apartments above 7 floors of retail space, reports Hidden City Daily. The developers think multi-floor retail could work in Philly, and are marketing the commercial spaces to national tenants like department stores, big-box retail.

The Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee unanimously recommended denying permission for Brickstone Realty to install large rooftop signage atop the historic Lit Brothers building, reports PlanPhilly’s JoAnn Greco. The Commission already granted conceptual approval for the signage, pending approval of a “media mesh” sample panel installed on the roof (which is still up now), and could affirm that decision at its meeting in early November.

The intersection at 21st and Bainbridge finally reopened Tuesday afternoon, reports NewsWorks. Since a major water main broke in late July, turning the intersection into a giant pit, crews repaired the utility, and finally fixed the road.

The city and school district have reached an agreement to keep wintertime recreational activities going using school facilities, reports the Daily News. The location, hours, and staffing for some programs will be changed, resulting in a savings of $1.8 million for the district.

 

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