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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

St. Rita’s Cascia Center receives approval from the Civic Design Review

Earlier in November we shared with you updated renderings for the St. Rita’s Cascia Center proposed for Broad and Ellsworth. The renderings featured scaled down building height from what was presented over the summer, but still showed a vast improvement from the original plans presented back in 2014.

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The “peacemaking” facility, which will have senior housing on the upper levels, passed through the Civic Design Review earlier this week, only receiving negative comments on the development’s lack of windows.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Updated Cascia Center renderings feature scaled-down building height

Over the summer the plans for a Cascia Center at Broad and Ellsworth returned in a big way. Plans presented back in 2014 were for a single-story facility that would give St. Rita’s church additional space as a “peacemaking” facility. When plans reemerged after receiving criticism for not using the location’s potential, things changed in a big way.

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Since the summertime, the plans have been scaled back slightly. Instead of the height being about the same as that of the church, the mixed-use building is now proposed at five-stories.

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

From barren blacktop to colorful play space: Taggart School unveils transformed schoolyard

This year a number of South Philly schools have been planning some much-needed improvements to their playgrounds and outdoor spaces. The Taggart School in Whitman is one of the now-completed schoolyard transformations.

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Photos provided by the Trust for Public Land.

At the beginning of the month, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the completed renovation, and in the coming week, the schoolyard at 400 W. Porter St. will be open for the public to utilize.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista 

Fleisher Art Memorial plans to build new studio and gallery space

Fleisher Art Memorial, located at 719 Catharine St., is planning some big changes. Their currently location next to the newly-renovated Palumbo Park is currently a valuable community resource, but the organization is hoping to expand even further.

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Atkin Olshin Schade Architects rendering, via Philly.com

Currently Fleisher is speaking with developers to build a facility for art studios, galleries and office space of up to 16,000 sq. ft. on an approximately half-acre site south of the current location.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

‘Dragon Green’ Southwark schoolyard design wins Community Design Collaborative award

Southwark Elementary is in the process of raising money for a schoolyard redesign to create an expansive “Dragon Green” for students to play and learn. There’s also plans to transform the school from just an educational facility into a multi-use “community school.”

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At the end of October, the Community Design Collaborative awarded the Community Design Award to the Southwark “Dragon Green” schoolyard design for its “intimate collection of elements.”

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

A look at first draft designs for Childs Elementary schoolyard improvments

Childs, Girard School and Kirkbride School are three South Philly schools that will be seeing some playground improvements. The Big Sandbox, Knight Foundation, TBS and students from the University of Colorado and Iowa State University put together this program to allow these schools and others around the city to receive assistance in reinventing their outdoor play and learning spaces.

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All of the schools have been seeking feedback through surveys, but more recently, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary hosted an information session to present the first draft designs for the schoolyard improvements at G.W. Childs.

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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

Civic Design Review votes in support of Lincoln Square

The mixed-use development from the Alterra Group being planned for Broad and Washington received support from the Civic Design Review earlier this week, but not without a few critiques.

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The Lincoln Square project is expected to include nine-stories and 322 apartments, with a mix of retail tenants on the ground floor, and even a grocery store being planned for the historic train shed.

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