City's tallest residential

project given the OK

The 900-foot Bridgeman's View will be the tallest residential building in Philadelphia and the third-tallest structure in the city when completed in Northern Liberties.

The project was given the go-ahead this week when financing was completed with steel contractor Marc F. Stein and a New Jersey-based investor team. Construction will begin in the fall and take about 42 months.

The building will be on Delaware Avenue and offer dramatic views of the river and the city skyline to those living in its 600 residential units.

It will include a first-floor galleria with retail space and a boutique hotel. The name is a tribute to Ironworkers Local Union 401, which helped build the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, developers said.

Group fighting abuse

sets annual get-together

Women Against Abuse will hold its ninth annual get-together and benefit featuring presentations by experts, along with poetry readings and music at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 22 S. 22nd St.

Presenters will include Capt. Sonia Velasquez, of the police special-victims unit; Carole Johnson, director of Women Organized Against Rape; and Alison Stein, director of the Younger Women's Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations.

SEPTA board approves

contract extension for GM

SEPTA general manager Faye Moore received a one-year contract extension through February 2008, from the transit agency's board of directors yesterday.

Moore has led SEPTA through several financial crises since February 2002 and faces another this spring.

Cops on the lookout

for doughnut-shop bandit

Police are looking for the ski-masked robber who tried to hold up the Dunkin' Donuts at 11th and Chestnut streets as the store was closing at 8 p.m. on Jan. 4.

The thief had a bag over one hand, simulating that he had a gun, police said. He chased an employee into a back room, then took his mask off and tried to pull a computer from the counter, believing it contained cash. When that failed, he fled.

The store was equipped with video surveillance that clearly captured the man without the mask on. Anyone with information is asked to call 215-686-3093.

Staff and wire reports