Bellevue Bulletin 08/16/2019
Welcome back and Happy Friday! Here’s what we’ve got for you this week:
If you haven’t yet heard, there was an intense hostage situation at Broad Street and Erie on Wednesday evening, resulting in six Philadelphia police officers being rushed to Temple University hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and Police Commissioner Richard Ross reportedly talked the suspect into surrender a little after midnight. The episode reportedly started, according to WHYY, when narcotics officers attempted to serve a warrant. A shooter or shooters then began firing from inside a Nicetown rowhome and taking hostages. Two police officers became trapped inside with the shooter, according to officials. Across the street from the scene, a daycare was on lockdown with more than 50 children inside, who were all safely evacuated around 7:30 PM. Temple’s Health Sciences campus was put under a two-hour lockdown starting at 5 p.m., with university officials instructing people to stay silent, still and away from windows. To read the full story, click here.
A few months ago we reported that Philadelphia had chosen a vendor for its new voting machines – but the contract is now in jeopardy. City Solicitor Marcel Pratt notified the board of elections that the vendor, Election Systems & Software, had violated the city code by failing to disclose the use of lobbyists, and specifically the lobbyists’ campaign contributions – including the two city commissioners who selected the system. The board of elections will meet on Thursday to decide whether or not the city will move forward with the contract. This situation puts the city at risk of failing to comply with Governor Wolf’s order that all counties replace their voting machines by 2020, as restarting the process would mean the city could not have new systems in place for even November’s municipal election.
Last but not least, exciting things are happening for Bellevue, as a few of our projects have received RAPC funding! Here’s a breakdown of what they are:
At Cobbs Creek Commons, The Williams Group acquired funding to renovate and redo the electrical supply business at Cobbs Creek Commons, to create room for additional commercial tenants, as well as eventually add 40 residential units in the 37,500 SF building. For WURD Radio, LLC., WURD Radio received funding for Tenant Improvements/Fit-out of the Station, and office space. There is also a plan to make a capital improvement to WURD Radio’s Infrastructure through repairing two AM tower antennas! And finally, a five-story multifamily building project will be underway at the Village at Haverford Square, with 72-units above a 20,000 square foot service market, 40 units within 10 quadruplex townhomes, and a 10,000 square foot office. The market space plans to provide fresh food options for the community, along with a community garden. WURD Radio and Lomax Companies are the two tenants who will occupy the office space.
That’s all for this week! Tune in every day @PhillyAdvocates for more.