Documentation from the Printed Record: "Information for Owners and Residents: University Redevelopment Area"
This twelve-page booklet, from Francis J. Lammer, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia, was published in the first months of 1960 “to answer questions about the plans for construction of a School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.” (UPF 8.5 News Bureau, Box S25, FF 12)
“The University Redevelopment Area, generally bounded by Market, 40th, 32nd and the Schuylkill River, was approved by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission as a redevelopment area in 1948. Within this area is a block recently designated for institutional use and is the site for The Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Pennsylvania.
“The proposed School is the fourth of a series of improvement programs in the University area in which the Redevelopment Authority has played a part. The others have been Dietrich Hall, home of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, the Physical Sciences building (later renamed David Rittenhouse Laboratories) and the Women’s Residence Halls, now under construction.
“The School of Communications will be located within the rectangle bounded by 36th, Locust, 37th and Walnut Streets. Plans for improving this block will get underway in the summer of 1960. Recently, property owners met with University and Redevelopment Authority officials, at which time the plans for the area were outlined by Francis J. Lammer, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority.
“City Council conducted its hearing on the Authority’s plan and proposal on December 1, 1959 and gave its approval on December 17, 1959. The ordinance was signed by the Mayor on December 24, 1959.
“All properties are expected to be vacated by May 1960.”
The booklet lists the street addresses of the 30 properties (2.24 acres total) to be acquired:
- Walnut Street — 3600-04 (west side 36th Street), 3606, 3608, 3610, 3612, 3614, 3616 (east side McAlpin), and 3618-26 (west side McAlpin)
- Locust Street — 3609, 3611, 3613, 3615-17, 3619-21 (east side McAlpin), 3623-25-27-29 (west side McAlpin), and 3631-33
- South 36th Street — 206 (adjacent to the south side of Hillel
- East side, South McAlpin Street — 205, 207, 209, 211, 213, 215, and rear property 211-13
- West side, South McAlpin Street — 204-10, 212, 214, 216, and 218