Mayor Kenney is convening a task force of more than two dozen developers, preservationists, city officials, and academics to devise ways of protecting Philadelphia’s historic character as rapidly encroaching development threatens its oldest buildings.

The group will forge strategies for cataloging the city’s historic assets and will devise incentives to encourage buildings’ reuse, while promoting the upsides of preservation to developers and residents, according to a news release on the task force’s formation, scheduled to be announced Thursday at City Hall.


  • Harris Steinberg, Task Force Chair (Drexel University)
  • Leo Addimando, Building Industry Associatio
  • Peter Angelides, Financial Analyst
  • Oscar Beisert, Preservationist
  • Duane Bumb, Commerce Department
  • Cathy Califano, Department of Planning & Development
  • Carl Dress, Historic Preservation Committee, AIA Philadelphia
  • Mike Fink, Department of Licenses & Inspections
  • Patrick Grossi, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
  • Julia Gutstadt, Urban Land Institute
  • Nan Gutterman, Historic Preservation Architect
  • Dominique Hawkins, Preservation Architect-Planner
  • David Hollenberg, University Architect at Penn
  • Lou Iatarola, Community Representative
  • Bob Jaeger, Partners for Sacred Places
  • Roland Kassis, Developer
  • Cory Kegerise, PA Historical & Museum Commission
  • Melissa Long, Division of Housing and Community Development
  • Randy Mason, Historic Preservation Academic
  • Shawn McCaney, William Penn Foundation
  • Matt McClure, Land Use Attorney
  • Doug Mooney, Archaeologist
  • Justino Navarro, Community Representative
  • Apurna Palatino, Department of Parks & Recreation
  • Laura Spina, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
  • Mark Squilla, City Council
  • Bob Thomas, Philadelphia Historical Commission
  • Seri Worden, National Trust for Historic Preservation

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