Headlines: “Momentous” Day As Committee Edges The Gallery Closer

Plus: Wi-Fi for Boathouse Row, Tweeting potholes and more!


Rendering via PREIT

Go ahead and double- or triple-circle June 18 on your calendar, especially if you have any interest in the major renovations planned by PREIT and Macerich at The Gallery (Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia). Why? The Daily News reports that the package of legislation was passed by a City Council committee yesterday and full City Council vote is expected in two weeks.  Here is what the committee approved:

  • $55 million tax break (TIF) for the developers
  • At least a $12/hr minimum wage for employees of the developers and their subcontractors (Ex. security, janitorial and maintenance workers)
    • Note: This is not a requirement for retail workers
  • City residents would get the first opportunities for employment at the mall
  • The right for kiosk vendors displaced by construction to relocate within the completed mall

Though he wouldn’t go as far as to say they’ve crossed the finish line, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger didn’t pull any punches when talking about the approval by the committee: “This is one of the quietest, most momentous days in Philadelphia real estate history.”

Hey, Philly! Let’s Steal This Idea:

Potholes in Panama City are literally tweeting their existence to the Ministry of Public Works. CityLab has more:

That’s why the TV show Telemetro Reporta has launched the project The Tweeting Pothole (El Hueco Twittero), installing motion-sensitive devices (link in Spanish) in the craters that mar Panama City’s streets. When a car runs over one of them, a tweet is sent automatically to the account of the Ministry of Public Works, according to the site.

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