Philadelphia City Council's special committee on demolition practices tried to focus Thursday on cooperation among city agencies, but its chairman expressed "frustration" with what he called limited cooperation from the Nutter administration.
Among 10 departments the committee wanted to hear from, only four were permitted to appear. One of the no-shows was the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the lead agency granting permits to take down buildings in the city.
"This is a point of frustration but not a point that will deter us from accomplishing the best possible safety methods" for demolitions, said the chairman, Curtis Jones Jr.
Privately, Jones said, the administration attributed its reticence to a grand jury investigation into the June 5 building collapse at 22d and Market Streets that killed six people and wounded 13 more.