Universal Companies

(The former Royal Theater, in the 1500 block of South Street, now sports murals.  Public domain photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia)

Reuse Plan For Historic Royal Theater, On South Street, Moves Forward

The developer is proposing a new building constructed behind the original façade, with 45 apartments and 7,600 square feet of retail space. But not all neighbors are thrilled.


(credit: Devon Allen)

Company Which Runs Several Local Charter Schools Adding Nurses Instead Of Removing Them

A company running several local charter schools is reversing the trend of removing nurses from schools.


(Kenny Gamble, left, and Oshunbumi Fernandez, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Community Leaders Plan a Revitalized Kwanzaa Celebration

December 26th marks the first day of Kwanzaa, and community groups in Philadelphia are gearing up for a big celebration on Saturday.


(Audenried High School.  Credit: Harvey Finkle, Philadelphia Public School Notebook, thenotebook.org)

Rent-Free Ride Ending For Kenny Gamble’s Charter School Company

School district officials say Universal Companies will begin paying some operating costs next year at Audenried High School and Vare Middle School, after paying nothing this year.


(Legendary Philadelphia music producer Kenny Gamble announcing the grant on Monday at Audenried High School in Grays Ferry.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Kenny Gamble Spearheads Philly Neighborhood Initiative

Music producer and educator Kenny Gamble’s Universal Companies is one of 21 groups nationwide to have won a half-million-dollar federal grant to plan what are being called “Promise Neighborhoods.”


Two South Philadelphia Communities Recipient Of Grant Money

A community development corporation has received a half million dollar grant to work on planning the improvement of two South Philadelphia neighborhoods.