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    • A view inside the property, for which developer Ken Weinstein has an agreement in place to buy and restore. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Vacant Germantown church could soon become Waldorf School's new home

A Germantown private school and a local developer are moving forward with plans that would see a long-empty and historic Wayne Avenue church property transformed into a new elementary campus. Developer…

    • Outline of Wissahickon Charter School's new campus. (Courtesy of Mt. Airy USA)

Wissahickon Charter School awarded grant to aid construction costs

Expansion plans for the Wissahickon Charter School are getting a boost from a just-announced William Penn Foundation grant.  The school was awarded $500,000 toward the cost of constructing its new campus…

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'Never Give Up' fitness studio secured as additional tenant of former Propper Bros. building

For decades, Sam Kroungold watched the comings and goings at Manayunk's Propper Bros. furniture store from his office, from a desk perched in a mezzanine overlooking the cavernous showroom. These days,…

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Job accessibility takes center stage at community meeting for Bakers Centre ShopRite

A few weeks back, representatives of the Bakers Centre retail development, under construction at the former Tastykake site, appeared at an East Falls Community Council committee meeting to give an update…

    • Archaeologist Mary Alfson Tinsman points to slides showing historical maps of Potter’s Field at a meeting in late December.

Archaeological dig at Germantown Potter's Field site will not start before March

An archaeological dig to see if human remains lie beneath the Queen Lane Apartments site won't begin until at least March, as a months-long historic review of the 18th-century Potter's Field…

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Germantown YWCA sheriff's sale may (or may not) finally happen Tuesday

In bits and pieces, the remains of the defunct Germantown Settlement and its related entities continue to be sold off. Next up: The historic Germantown YWCA building at 5820-24 Germantown Ave.,…

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    • Monica and Jack Lee were at the new Roxborough location as a final city inspection was being conducted Wednesday. Amy Z. Quinn

Holiday treat for area beer lovers as Foodery Roxborough nears opening

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks At long last, the Foodery Roxborough could be open as soon as next week, owners tell NewsWorks. On Wednesday, Monica and Jack Lee were waiting…

    • Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox is considering whether to issue an injunction that would stop the demolition

Giovannone brothers voice their intentions for Ridge Ave. project; Bunting House demo decision due this week

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Long before the ongoing court fight over a planned demolition of the Bunting House, owners Giovannone Construction say they originally planned to keep and restore…

    • The Bunting House is located on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough. (Megan Pinto)

Court procedure questions give Bunting House a temporary reprieve

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Roxborough's embattled Bunting House is safe from the wrecking ball at least for a few more days, while a judge decides whether to issue an…

    • Giovannone family said efforts to find a new tenant for the Ridge Ave. Bunting House site had seemingly failed. (Megan Pinto)

Giovannone brothers proceed with Bunting House demo plans while opponents seek injunction

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A court showdown over the fate of Roxborough's historic Bunting House is set for tomorrow, as those trying to save it say they will seek…

    • HUD division director Monica Hawkins led an October meeting about the project.

PHA's Queen Lane Apartments plan gets city zoning-board approval

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks The Philadelphia Housing Authority's plans to replace the Queen Lane Apartments with new housing in Germantown got the go-ahead from the city zoning board on…

    •   A view of the swale looking toward Eva Street, where construction vehicles surround a deluge of water left from Sandy

Weeks after Hurricane Sandy, swelling swale lingers at Roxborough Reservoir

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A deluge of water from Hurricane Sandy proved a sudden test of the Philadelphia Water Department's ongoing storm water management project around the Upper Roxborough…

    • Peter Kelsen and developer Richard Soloff displayed renderings of the proposed Bottom Dollar Food store.

ZBA approves plans for supermarket at Chew and Washington

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Plans for a Bottom Dollar Food store on Washington Lane are moving forward with zoning board approval. As expected, the board voted Wednesday to approve…

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As Bakers Centre rises, a look toward what's next for Allegheny West and a call to develop the city's other 'food deserts'

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks As Jeff Brown's long-in-the-works ShopRite takes shape at the corner of Fox and Roberts Streets in Allegheny West, the area supermarket mogul is talking about…

    • Developer Ken Weinstein led NewsWorks on a tour of what will soon be the Lofts @ Kendrick Mill. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Taking a look inside the $400K project to refurbish Kendrick Mill

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksThe ongoing re-do of a 1919 former mill building at the corner of Germantown Avenue and Pastorious Street isn't the usual type of project for…

    • This property at 5357 Knox St. in Germantown has been the subject of 11 years of litigation

Property owner in Germantown spite-blight case skips court hearing

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Mercurial Germantown property owner Anthony Byrne is facing more than $36,000 in fines after failing to appear at the latest hearing in a years-long blight…

    • Hunting Park revitalization plan gets city's endorsement

Hunting Park revitalization plan gets city's endorsement

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A community-based plan for commercial area revitalization in Hunting Park now has the city's endorsement, as the Planning Commission voted this week to accept the…

    • Historic maps show the Potter's Field with houses and buildings fronting on the streets surrounding it.

Queen Lane Apartments demo in limbo as archaeologists, historic-preservation experts plan Potter's Field visit

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksArchaeological exploration could begin by mid-November to determine if remains of those once buried at a Germantown Potter's Field lie beneath the site of the…

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    • A view inside the property, for which developer Ken Weinstein has an agreement in place to buy and restore. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)
      A view inside the property, for which developer Ken Weinstein has an agreement in place to buy and restore. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)
    • Outline of Wissahickon Charter School's new campus. (Courtesy of Mt. Airy USA)
      Outline of Wissahickon Charter School's new campus. (Courtesy of Mt. Airy USA)
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      Wissahickon Charter School
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      Bakers Centre civic engagement
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      Queen Lane project
    • Archaeologist Mary Alfson Tinsman points to slides showing historical maps of Potter’s Field at a meeting in late December.
      Archaeologist Mary Alfson Tinsman points to slides showing historical maps of Potter’s Field at a meeting in late December.
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In partnership with NewsWorks — WHYY's new hyperlocal news site covering Northwest Philadelphia — PlanPhilly's Amy Z. Quinn will cover planning, design and development issues in Chestnut Hill, East Falls, Germantown, Manayunk, Mt. Airy, Roxborough, Stenton/Ivy Hill and West Oak Lane.

 

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