DAG Dispatch

By Lachelle Weathers, DAG Fellow

Start the week off with a wrap up of Philadelphia area news, public proposals, and happenings in the world of design, architecture, and planning. Follow us @designadvocacy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and subscribe to our email list to keep up with DAG Dispatch. Articles are shared to spark dialogue and keep our members informed, and do not represent DAG’s endorsement of an idea or project.

A bleak plaza across from City Hall will soon be getting a facelift. An $8.7 million makeover! The redesign, also known as “Penn Center Transit Gateway,” will create a redefined public space at the City Hall transit concourse with new lightning, seating areas, and vegetation.


New legislation approved on Thursday prevents mixed-use developments and new construction from passing 38 feet along Girard Avenue, between 2nd and Broad Streets. This ruling holds developers accountable for respecting the conventional height of a three-story rowhouse typically found around the city. 


Unlisted Philadelphia recognizes another building in the city not yet listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places...New Bethlehem Baptist Church. This Romanesque Revival church was built in 1892 and designed by architect T. Frank Miller for the original congregation West Hope Presbyterian Church.


This past Thursday, City Council voted to pass a legislation preventing Philadelphia landlords from using tenants’ eviction records against them. Councilmember Kendra Brooks said, “Just like the job application process, every person has the right to be fairly evaluated when applying for rental housing.” This new legislation gives potential renters in the city a fresh start!


The project designed for the former CVS on the corner of Broad and Girard has undergone some more development. Permits were requested for 2 floors of commercial space but plans may have changed. The project now includes 201 residential units and a commercial space only resting at the ground floor while including more greenery.


According to Rising Real Estate, the intersection of Frankford Avenue, York Street, and Trenton Avenue is at the beginning of a massive transformation. As of right now, this particular intersection has been closed as a traffic roundabout is being installed. This new 16-unit mixed-use project will address the safety concerns of pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobile drivers.