Restoration Project Planned for Vernon Park

Image via Google Street VIew

Image via Google Street View

Well, we can see why Councilwoman Cindy Bass might feel adamant about preserving the YWCA on Germantown Ave for future use as a potential community center: steps away from the historic structure is Vernon Park, a green space slated to see several enhancements this March, according to NewsWorks’ Queen Muse:

Some of the key changes to the park include landscape and pathway improvements, new children’s playground equipment, the addition of adult fitness equipment and restoration of the park’s monuments and statues.

The Vernon Park project, due to rack up a cost in the $1 million dollar ball park, is scheduled to have a groundbreaking ceremony on February 24th. However, Muse writes that official construction in certain sections of the park won’t happen until March.

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Brand New Queen Lane Apartments Will Have Wednesday Groundbreaking

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The demolished Queen Lane Apartments building via Google Street View.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has announced that it will break ground on the new Queen Lane Apartments development in Germantown on December 17th.

Expected to reach completion before this time next year, the project will consist of 55 apartment units with “a mix of low-rise flats, walkups, and townhouses.”

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[UPDATE] Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Found Alive


Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is alive.

The 22-year-old Germantown woman — whose weekend kidnapping was caught on camera — was found in Maryland earlier this evening. A suspect, Delvin Barnes, was taken into custody.

“I’m taking my baby home,” said Keisha Gaither, Carlesha’s mom, at a 7 p.m. news conference.
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Search Continues for Germantown Kidnapping Victim

[Update, 1:30 p.m.] 6 ABC is reporting that the ATM card of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has been used in Maryland.

The station also reports that the reward in the Germantown kidnapping is now up to $42,000, with $25,000 from the FBI and $2,000 from the Citizens Crime Commission in addition to the previously reported $10,000 from the City of Philadelphia and $5,000 from the Fraternal Order of Police.

[Update 11 a.m.] Philadelphia Police announce: “John McNesby, President of the Fraternal Order of Police – Lodge 5, has announced an additional $5,000 reward for ARREST in the abduction case.”

Making the money contingent on an arrest means that anybody who helps find Freeland-Gaither — hopefully alive and safe — will see cash money for their efforts almost immediately. The original $10,000 reward is dependent on a conviction in the case, meaning that cash might not be paid out for months or years.

[Original] Police are still searching for Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, who was kidnapped Sunday night on the 100 block of West Coulter Street in Germantown.
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Morning Headlines: SRC to Sell 11 Schools for $2 Million Net

"Germantown HS Philly" by Smallbones - Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Germantown HS Philly by Smallbones via Wikimedia Commons.

The School Reform Commission approving the sale of 11 Philadelphia schools is big news this morning, punctuated with some pretty big numbers. The Daily News’s Solomon Leach has details on how the sales will break down.

The two biggest parcels are each going for $6.8 million. Germantown High, Carroll High, Fulton Elementary, Walter Smith Elementary and Abigail Vare Elementary are all going to the Concordia Group. Two of the elementary schools – Vare and Smith – are slated to become residential buildings.

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Reminder: PHA to Demolish Germantown High-Rise on Saturday

301 Queen Lane, as seen on Google Maps. It will be imploded on Saturday.

301 Queen Lane, as seen on Google Maps. It will be imploded on Saturday.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is scheduled to implode a 16-story high-rise in Germantown on Saturday morning.

NBC 10 reports: “Police will also be shutting down streets around the high-rise while the implosion is taking place. The demolition is scheduled to take place at 7:15 a.m. rain or shine.”

The high-rise will be replaced with a new public housing project — a “a 55-unit development that will include a mix of low-rise flats, walkups and townhouses.” All the units will be rentals.

On the Market: A Charming Live/Work Home in Germantown

70 E Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

70 E Coulter St, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

Last October we put the spotlight on five houses ideal for those who work from home. Even better, they were vintage homes with a charm all their own, and came in styles ranging from studio to carriage house. This Germantown property, which has since gotten a $50k price cut,  is one of them.

A carriage house built in 1869, the home is a mix of history and convenience (and isn’t too shabby looking). Inside, the first floor features 9-foot ceilings and cement floors, and is a 1,500-square-foot work space with office, guest room, laundry, and storage. There’s also a wood stove and bathroom.

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