Keystone National Bank Design Debated

Keystone Bank Restoration Update

Current plans for the restoration of the former Keystone Bank building's Chestnut Street facade have proven contentious. Architect JKR Partners has proposed a two-story glass box to replace the current Valu-Plus storefront. Some feel the new design is an exciting contemporary intervention and a necessary component of the building's successful rehabilitation, while others contend that it is an incompatible distraction and a lost opportunity for an historically accurate reconstruction of one of the city's most significant buildings. What do you think? Read more about the project here and share your thoughts with us by emailing .

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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