Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Barnes Update

The Philadelphia Inquirer's City Hall blog reports that "Philadelphia's lease with the Barnes Foundation calls for the transfer by May of the site currently occupied by the city's juvenile detention facility ... on the Ben Franklin Parkway. But city officials said Monday that the property won't be vacated until late summer." A spokesman for the mayor says "the delay is not likely to inspire the Barnes Foundation to break its 99-year lease -- which it would have the option of doing -- because the new $100 million museum is still in the design phase and not ready for construction."