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Gov. Wolf Attends Groundbreaking, Announces $3.5 Million in State Funding for Reading Viaduct Trail Project in Philadelphia

first_img Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Representative Mike O’Brien and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney today for a ground-breaking ceremony to announce a $3.5 million state grant for the first phase of the transformation of the former elevated Reading Railroad Viaduct into a public amenity and park.“This transformational project will create a new community space and trail in a neighborhood completely lacking public amenities and green space,” Governor Wolf said. “Additionally, this investment will support the expansion of both the Callowhill and Chinatown neighborhoods, and promote growth in an underdeveloped area near Center City.”The first phase of the project will redevelop both the 1300-block of Noble Street and the elevated portion of the viaduct that runs from 13th and Noble Street to Callowhill Street.“This project continues William Penn’s vision of urban green space while being mindful of Philadelphia’s industrial past,” Rep. O’Brien said.The Viaduct was built at the end of the 19th century to transport passengers to the northern and western suburbs. It was rendered obsolete through the completion of the Center City commuter tunnel, and carried its last train in 1984. The portion south of Vine Street was demolished to accommodate the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Though the pedestrian bridge that links the renovated Reading Headhouse to the 1993 portion of the Convention Center was the first creative repurposing of the historic asset, the remaining portion north of Vine Street has inspired many design ideas, but has remained a blighted eyesore over the last three decades. The success of New York City’s High Line, however, prompted renewed interest in Philadelphia’s elevated tracks both as a public park and as a catalyst for redevelopment of the surrounding neighborhood.Beginning in 2010, with support from the William Penn Foundation and the Poor Richard’s Charitable Trusts, the Center City District began working in partnership with the community-based Reading Viaduct Project, the City’s Commerce Department, and the Department of Parks & Recreation to evaluate the options for the abandoned Reading Railroad Viaduct that runs north in two segments: to the 800 block of Fairmount to the east, known as the Main Branch; and from Vine Street to 13th and Noble Streets to the west, known as the SEPTA Spur. The Main Branch is approximately 4/5 of a mile while the Spur is 1/5 of a mile.“The progress made on Viaduct Rail Park to date has required great cooperation between the City, Commonwealth, Center City District and a number of other partners,” said Mayor Kenney. ” I look forward to seeing that collaboration continue as the Viaduct Rail Park comes to life, adding more green spaces for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”The $3.5 million state grant will be allocated toward Phase 1 of the project, allowing CCD to finally break ground. Other financial support has been provided by the City of Philadelphia, the William Penn Foundation, the Knight Foundation and a large number of individual and business donors.“This partnership with the commonwealth will have a catalytic impact, creating both temporary and permanent jobs,” said Paul Levy, President of the Center City District. “In addition to providing a beautiful public space for residents, the Viaduct Rail Park will also stimulate commercial and housing investment in the area immediately north of downtown Philadelphia.”The $10 million project that will be complete in early 2018.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Attends Groundbreaking, Announces $3.5 Million in State Funding for Reading Viaduct Trail Project in Philadelphiacenter_img October 31, 2016last_img read more

Joan Urban, 92, Brookville

first_imgJoan Urban, age 92, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born January 28, 1926 n Whitewater Township, Franklin County, Indiana she was one of four children born to the late William & Bessie (Stout) Lackey. She was a graduate of the former Springfield High School. On August 10, 1944 she was united in marriage to Gordon Hyde Urban, and he preceded her in death on March 5, 1999.A homemaker and farmer’s wife, Joan’s life was centered on her family and her deep faith. She enjoyed singing and music, sharing her talents for many years volunteering at the Brookville Healthcare Center.Survivors include three children, Wade (Connie) Urban of Connersville, Indiana; Beth (Doug) Price of Batesville, Indiana, and Charles Verne Urban of Brookville, Indiana; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Gordon, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Neunswander; and two brothers Arvin Lackey and Robert Lackey.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday May 17, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Michael McCullough will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will then follow in College Corner Cemetery in College Corner, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to Restoration Ministries. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Urban family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Young pilot sets off on historic journey

first_imgIrving was born in Jamaica and grew up in Miami. He said he saw little chance for success until he met a Jamaican-American pilot at his parents’ Christian bookstore. Irving will make stops in Cleveland and Farmingdale, N.Y., before passing into Canada, then crossing the Atlantic, through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. A 23-year-old aerospace student who built his plane from more than $300,000 in donated parts took off Friday from Opa-locka, Fla., hoping to become the youngest person and first black pilot to fly around the globe alone. Barrington Irving plans to arrive back at his Opa-locka starting point April 30 in his single-engine Lancair Columbia 400. He had planned to fly last year, but a lack of funding delayed his $1 million project. He still needs about $20,000, but that didn’t stop him from setting out. “I want this completed before the year is over so kids can see that someone who started off with nothing set a goal and completed it,” he said just before takeoff. “Even with the challenges, everything is starting to fall in place. It’s just my time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Softball to Play BYU in NCAA Tournament

first_imgDrake is making its third-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2008. The Bulldogs dominated in the MVC regular season with a 24-1 overall record and then defeated Valparaiso and Southern Illinois to win the MVC Tournament title. Drake and BYU have previously played twice with the Cougars winning both games. Print Friendly Version Fresh off its sweep of the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament, the Drake University softball team will play Brigham Young Thursday at 5 p.m. in the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. 2018 DI Softball Bracket (64) Regionals In the Eugene Regional, Drake (43-10) and BYU (35-20) are joined by Albany (30-24) and the No. 1 overall team in the tournament, Oregon (47-7). Story Linkslast_img read more

New Home Purchase Apps Jump 8 in October

first_imgNew Home Purchase Apps Jump 8% in October Mortgage applications for the purchase of new homes climbed in October, pointing to a likely pickup in sales, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).MBA released on Thursday its Builder Applications Survey for October, revealing an 8 percent monthly pickup in new home purchase applications after a flat September. The increase doesn’t factor in seasonal adjustments.Mike Fratantoni, chief economist for the group, noted that the biggest increase came in applications for higher-priced homes.”The continued improvement in the job market and still low mortgage rates are supporting the upper levels of the purchase market, while the tight credit environment continues to constrain sales at the entry level,” Fratantoni said.Based on October’s application data, MBA estimates new single-family home sales for the month ran at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 461,000 units, reflecting a month-over-month increase of 8.5 percent. Unadjusted, the group estimates there were 36,000 new homes sold last month, up 12.5 percent.For September, MBA estimated new homes sold at a pace of 425,000 units compared to the Census Bureau’s estimate of 467,000 units. The government’s first look at October sales—and revised estimate of September’s sales rate—is due to come out November 26.By product type, MBA reported conventional loans made up 68.2 percent of total loan applications for new homes. Applications for mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Agency (FHA) composed 16.2 percent, followed by applications for loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs at 14.2 percent.The average loan size for new homes last month was $300,289, MBA reported, up from $298,274 in September. November 13, 2014 545 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Census Bureau Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association New Home Sales 2014-11-13 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more