January 24, 1988 |
Neighbors of the planned Franklin Mills mall expressed distrust of the mall's developers at a meeting Wednesday night, but narrowly voted their support for zoning variances for an amusement center, roads and parking in the complex at Woodhaven and Knights Roads. Some of the neighbors, led by Democratic 66th Ward leader Frank Dillon, pledged to oppose the roadway and parking variances at a hearing scheduled Wednesday before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Tim Hindert, vice president for planning of the development company, Western Development Corp.
February 25, 1988 |
The trip included a six-hour weather delay at the airport, meals of stir- fried shrimp and blackened catfish and a tour of the Mormon Tabernacle. But in between all of that during the weekend of Feb. 12 to 14, three members of the Franklin Mills Advisory Council also got a close look at a family entertainment complex in Salt Lake City, whose owners next want to build in the Northeast. They checked out the batting cages and the video games, the skating rink and the bowling alley.
May 5, 1988 |
Denouncing a recent meeting at which residents endorsed a proposed amusement center at Franklin Mills mall, members of the Millbrook Civic Association decided Tuesday to oppose a city use certificate for the center. About three dozen people signed up to ride a bus May 17 to a Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing on the certificate. "Look what Queen Village did to the Interstate 95 on-off ramps," said member Bill Novak, referring to the project delays caused by community objections in that neighborhood.
June 26, 1988 |
The chief neighborhood opponent of the amusement center proposed for the Franklin Mills mall in the Far Northeast has elected not to appeal a Zoning Board of Adjustment decision granting a use permit for the center. Neil Mittelman, attorney for the Millbrook Civic Association, said last week that the group decided to let the zoning decision stand because he and the officers believed an appeal was unlikely to succeed. The deadline for filing the appeal in Common Pleas Court was Friday.
May 26, 1988 |
The Zoning Board of Adjustment decided an issue that has sharply split the Far Northeast community Tuesday by approving a use certificate for an entertainment center in the proposed Franklin Mills mall. In a 4-0 vote, with one abstention by a member who did not attend the May 17 public hearing on the proposal, the board approved the certificate, which is necessary for the center to be built under city zoning laws. The approval came with the provision that no liquor be sold at the center.
June 2, 1995 |
The long wait is over for youngsters in the Nicetown-Tioga section who have been patiently looking forward to the opening of a new amusement center on Germantown Avenue near Broad Street. Playarama Family Entertainment Center - aimed at children ages 2 to 12 - has been open since late last month. The opening was a victory for owner Manuel Guss of Marlton, N.J., who battled city bureaucracies and City Council opposition while building neighborhood support since April 1994. Featuring amusement and arcade-style kids games such as those at Discovery Zone and Chuck E. Cheese, the center will hold a grand opening 11 a.m. June 13. By then it will employ 20 people.
March 3, 1988 |
What started as a monthly meeting of the Walton Park Civic Association last week turned into yet another forum for debate on an amusement center and electronic-games arcade proposed for Franklin Mills mall. The "no" side won, hands down, during the meeting Feb. 25 at the Eighth Police District station, said Joseph D. McColgan, president of the civic association. "I got beat up pretty well," said McColgan, a supporter of the amusement center that Western Development Corp. of Washington would like to be the centerpiece of the mall it is building at Woodhaven and Knights Roads.
May 9, 1995 |
The screams of summer fun-lovers will soon fill Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. For now, the amusement center is quiet but for the movement of workers, such as this welder at his post yesterday, who are making the place ready for the season.
July 31, 1996 |
Go-carts that soon will buzz around a track in Montgomeryville have some residents up in arms. The township Board of Supervisors decided Monday to allow the owners of the Garden Golf & Sports amusement center near Horsham Road and Route 309 to add a 10-car go-cart track to their entertainment menu. The center has a driving range, batting cage, mini-golf course and arcade. "It was a total disgrace as far as I'm concerned," said Nathan Heier of the decision. He and about 100 other residents of the Orchards housing development, which abuts the amusement center property, voiced their opinions against the project at the meeting, which went on until 2 a.m. The 27-acre property is owned by the Heckler family, farmers who still grow corn on a portion of the land.
January 14, 1988 |
Developers of the Franklin Mills mall in the Far Northeast agreed Tuesday to postpone a hearing on 48 proposed zoning variances after two groups of neighbors raised questions about a large amusement center planned for the mall. Members of the Franklin Mills Advisory Council, who represent eight area civic and athletic associations, told officials of Western Development Corp. of Washington at a meeting Monday night that they liked plans for the center but wanted safeguards against deterioration.