|4th Street / Fabric Row Street Lighting Celebrated
Dozens of business people and neighbors gathered with city officials on a brisk Monday night to throw the ceremonial switch on the new lights on 4th Street.
Councilman Mark Squilla, Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton, Commerce Director Harold Epps, Philadelphia Director of Planning & Development Anne Fadullon, Police Lt. Michael Goodson, and many representatives from partnering City departments and the project construction team joined SSHD Board Chair Elena Brennan, Executive Director Michael Harris, and SSHD Board members to celebrate the successful culmination of a long desired project that has tranformed the appearance of Fabric Row. The Commerce and Streets Departments cited the impressive speed at which the project went from proposal to completion. Construction began on November 8th, the first lights were energized on January 8th, and the project wrapped up in early February.
The project delivered 38 new LED pedestrian lights and 12 overhead streetlights on 4th Street from Lombard to Christian Street. In addition, 13 new trees were planted, sidewalks and curbs were repaired and new decorative crosswalks were installed at South & Bainbridge Street intersections. A companion project is concluding that will result in 130 South Street pedestrian lights being re-lamped with new white LED lights between Front and 11th Streets by the end of this month.
Press coverage from three TV stations were present as well as numerous print media.
Aerial footage was provided by Liberty Drones. After the ceremony, the Hungry Pigeon provided refreshments for those that attended.