Photo of Friends Central via Find the Best
Friends Central School, one of the area’s distinguished Quaker K-12 institutions, has changed the name of its Wood Building–named for former Head of School Thomas Wood–to the Main Building, which it was called before. The change is the result of a revelation that two former students allege the late Dr. Wood behaved inappropriately in the 1980s. The school is taking those allegations seriously enough to not only change the building’s name immediately, but to alert the alumni community via a broadly circulated letter that urges anyone with similar experiences to contact the current Head of School.
Below, the full text of the letter that was sent to alumni:
One of University Realty's existing properties at 3337 Spring Garden Street. Photo courtesy University Realty.
A few years ago, Todd Potter says he realized there was a big void in the Philadelphia real estate market. Students looking to live off-campus had two options, he said. There was university-sponsored housing or local landlords renting out the same old properties. Four years later, his University Realty is expanding further into Powelton Village at about a 100% occupancy rate.
After opening for a short preview during Philly Tech Week in April, 3rd Ward has finally announced its class schedule. We’re still waiting with bated breath for the promised millinery class, but the courses already on the calendar look pretty intriguing.
An interior shot of the Marketplace Design Center by MikeWebkist via Flickr.
We’ve heard from multiple sources that developer Bart Blatstein is trying to finance the purchase of the Marketplace Design Center, best known as the sprawling interior design center at 24th and Market that has 40 showrooms in more than 350,000 square feet. In actuality, the property for sale also includes an attached six-story building on 23rd Street, whose tenants include the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Human Resources office and the nonprofit MANNA.
In total, the buildings represent more than 470,000 square feet of space. Reports of the price tag have ranged from $40 to $50 million.
Photo: Laura Kicey
Sometime in 2014 (the developers are shooting for late summer), 150 or more Philadelphia area teachers will start making their homes in what was a 170,000-square-foot, late-19th-century eyesore at Front and Oxford.