The University City Science Center is trying to fend off efforts from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to take control of undeveloped property on Market Street between 38th and 39th Street.
The Science Center is a non-profit that is home to numerous Philadelphia technology and pharma companies, including startup incubator DreamIt Ventures.
Currently, the property in question is a parking lot, and the UCSC blames the economic meltdown for the lack of development. “The RDA, seemingly oblivious to the global financial collapse, is in violation of its agreement with the Science Center and should be blocked from declaring the Science Center in default,” said a press release [PDF link] on June 1st.
Despite the lack of movement on the lot, the Science Center has been widening and improving the sidewalks in front of its buildings. And, according to PlanPhilly, the UCSC is working with neighborhood groups to get an elevator in the 40th Street El stop.
The UCSC refused further comment when contact by Technically Philly; we’d like to know if the legal battle with the RDA has any effect on the future development of the Center.
A hearing is set for June 16.
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