Following up on a story we posted last week, the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral won approval Friday to demolish two historic buildings on Chestnut Street in order to build a 25-story apartment tower. The dean of the cathedral and others contend that the plan will create funding for crucial renovations to the cathedral.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
At a lengthy hearing of the city Historical Commission, the cathedral and its private development partner agreed to conditions imposed by the commission that seek to insure that a portion of development profits flow into repair and renovation of the historic cathedral's bell tower.
"We are committed to preserving the church itself," the Rev. Judith Sullivan, cathedral dean, told the commission. "We are all about preservation."