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Transforming the former oil refinery into the ‘Bellwether District’

Preparations are set to begin this month for construction at the former PES refinery shut down three years ago after an explosion and fire.

  • Dubbed the Bellwether District by Hilco Redevelopment Partners, the multibillion-dollar project will comprise a 250-acre life sciences campus and a 750-acre industrial logistics area, Axios reports.

Hazardous waste storage at the South Philly site is still being dismantled, WHYY’s PlanPhilly reported, but could be cleared by end of year.

A rendering of the Bellwether District Credit: Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Iconic Philly bakery making bright green rolls, because Eagles

It’s that time of year: Eagles green will be strewn all over tailgates, bars, and homes to cheer Philadelphia’s top-seeded playoff run.

  • So what about the food? The color will be there too, thanks to a pair of family-run local businesses with a combined history of more than 150 years.

Dietz & Watson’s free “Bird Dogs” promo is so popular, Nick Kariuki reports, that Cacia’s Bakery is offering the green buns direct to customers, too.

Cacia’s Bakery is making thousands of green rolls for the ‘Bird Dog’ giveaway from Dietz & Watson Credit: Dietz & Watson

RECAP: What else happened?

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Nothing on the public sked for Mayor Kenney, who this week pushed back on naysayers as he outlined priorities for his final year in office, declaring, “I love being mayor.”


?️ Red Rum Theater, Philly’s first dedicated murder mystery venue, opens next week in the Curtis Center with a Golden Girls-themed show. Tickets start at $35. (8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17)

? The Citizen is hosting public “job interviews” with each mayoral candidate, and the next free Fitler Club event features Derek Green in the hot seat. (6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17)

? Ellen Yin’s new High Street Hoagies launches at the University of Pennsylvania with a giant hoagie cutting plus free sandwiches, donuts, and swag. (4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19)