After that meeting last Wednesday called together by the Stadium District powers that be, I have some thoughts and a real concern to those who live close to Darien Street and Packer Avenue.
South Philly’s Stella Maris and Packer Park neighborhods, and in particular the Sports Complex Special Services District (SCSSD), are in the eye of this storm. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has awarded its fifth and final Category 2 license (up to 5,000 slot machines and 250 table games) to Stadium Casino, LLP, a joint venture between Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, LP and the Cordish Companies.
The news broke last week, but the announcement became official earlier this afternoon: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has awarded a Category 2 license to Stadium Casino, LLP which will permit the operation of a casino at 900 Packer Ave.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers may not be resembling championship caliber organizations this season, but the fans still fill the seats night after night at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
The overseers of “MasterChef Junior” are seeking children who will be between 8 and 13 years old by March 9, 2015 for an appearance on their vastly popular show. They will hold an open casting call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Holiday Inn Stadium, 900 Packer Ave. Visit masterchefjuniorcasting.com to apply for a chance to fraternize with Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot. Contact the South Philly Review at email@example.com....
“I feel as though it will increase the number of jobs created, but it will also increase crime.”
On behalf of my fellow community directors and alternates of the Sports Complex Special Services District — we speak out on an issue that affects all South Philadelphia families and businesses, not just those within closest proximity to the sports complex.
The four sports complex community directors have called an important meeting for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 (tomorrow night) at Stella Maris, 10th and Bigler streets, concerning the expected decision that the proposed Live! Hotel and Casino site, 10th Street and Packer Avenue, will be awarded Philadelphia second casino license.
After years of speculation and development, Lo Spiedo, Marc Vetri’s newest Italian restaurant focusing on spit-roasted meats, is finally set to open Oct. 27 at The Philadelphia Navy Yard's South Broad Street gate.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday, a male who chose to prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles matchup versus the New York Giants by tailgating in a parking lot on the 3300 block of South Seventh Street told authorities that as he was operating his motorized wheelchair, an unknown female approached him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said
“We’re a very ‘me first’ generation,” Christine M. Beady recently observed of contemporary society. “I believe we need to bring back a lasting sense of sacrifice and help people, especially younger generations, realize the world is greater than them.”
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Bounadries: Sports Complex: Packer Avenue to Geary Street, Broad to Seventh streets; Navy Yard: South of I-95. Southern Boulevard comprises 13th to Broad streets, Packer Avenue to Geary Street.
Origin of Name: After formally referring to itself as the Vet Stadium Neighborhood, residents of this area changed the name to the Stadium Complex Neighborhood after the Vet's destruction to reflect all of the arenas nearby, including Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
Brief History: It's difficult to look at the north lot of Citizens Bank Park and visualize what was there before the Vet went up: A valley nine stories deep, and home to farms, crops and shanty towns. A drive-in movie theater also was behind what are now the Geary Street homes. A bowling alley and an aquarium that doubled as a dance hall rounded out the neighborhood entertainment venues. People began moving into the neighborhood in 1951.
Famous Residents: Singer/actor Frankie Avalon, formerly of the 3200 block of South 13th Street
Major Landmarks: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way; Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave.; The Spectrum, known as America's Showplace, which is currently being demolished; Philadelphia Technology Park, 4775 League Island Blvd.; Tasty Baking Co., 3 Crescent Drive; Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; Veterans Stadium, longtime site of the Army-Navy Game, formerly at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue
Architecture: Rowhomes, mostly built in the 1950s.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Mark Squilla (D)
Ward: 26th and 39th
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Civic Groups: Sports Complex Special Services District, Stadium Community Council Inc.
Libraries: Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St., in Lower Moyamensing
Parks: FDR Park, Pattison Avenue and South Broad Street; Southern Boulevard, Broad Street near Curtin.