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 surface parking lot in Old City is getting a makeover! Developers are proposing a 7-story building that will house 66 residential units and a ground floor commercial space. Not much else has been reported on the project but zoning permits were issued earlier last week!


“Thanks to U. S. Representative Dwight Evans, the $715 billion INVEST in America Act includes $4 million for the newly launched Mantua Traffic Safety Project.” Residents feel that the intersection of 34th Street and Haverford Avenue has been somewhat of a raceway and caused many accidents. These funds will help with repairs as well as restoring safety in the neighborhood.


This past Friday SEPTA closed all of its trolley tunnels for a seventeen day cleaning and maintenance spree that has been long overdue. SEPTA crews are working around the clock to ensure tighty repairs and a smooth transition to reopening on Monday July 26th at 5 a.m.


Seven and a half months after the city canceled plans to sell the old historic Family Court building to Peebles Corporation for conversion into a luxury hotel, they decided to start a new search for a developer to revamp the building on the Parkway. Although there are no specific plans for this project, the city feels that all proposals must include an expansion of the Free Library of Philadelphia in the adjacent lot to the building. This project could become a great development along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway!

More developers are embracing transit-oriented projects, which is great for residents and connections throughout the city. Because of this, more developments have been popping up around Broad Street. Here’s another to report! At 3030 North Broad Street, the developer is planning to replace a 3-story structure and two vacant lots with a 6-story building including 30 residential units, and ground floor commercial space.