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January 24, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 25, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 5, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 26, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 26, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 1995 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 9, 1995 | For The Inquirer / MARK STEIN
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.
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July 31, 1996 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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January 14, 1988 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 31, 2015
ARMED with a look of fierce determination and concentration, and an increasingly empty baggie that was, at one point, weighted down with quarters, 6-year-old Jude Snyder was resolute. He was going to win a prize Tuesday night at Morey's Pier in Wildwood. The object of his game of choice - to land a 25-cent piece on a glass cake plate - proved a little too difficult for the tyke, as it seemingly did for everyone - young and old alike - who tried their luck and skill at the game on this sea-breeze-cooled evening.
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November 16, 2012 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are 28 hotels in Mount Laurel, but only one Funplex, that nearly inescapable - for South Jersey parents - cluster of rides and arcades on Route 38 where youngsters since 1997 have blown out birthday candles, steered go-carts, swooped down water slides, chased one another with "laser" guns, and dropped miniature cranes onto maddeningly elusive toys, all to a backdrop of pulsing lights and music. So what might the township get if Funplex added a hotel to its merry mayhem? The answer, says Funplex's president: a standard hotel.
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July 31, 1996 | By Ty Tagami, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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June 2, 1995 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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May 9, 1995 | For The Inquirer / MARK STEIN
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.
NEWS
January 23, 1994 | By Lisa E. Anderson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
What didn't fly in Plymouth Township might just be the answer to a prayer in Upper Dublin. Township and Montgomery County officials plan to consider an amusement complex as a potential land use for the Fort Washington Office Center, a concept suggested to the township by Family Outdoor Amusement Corp. of Yardley. "We had left it that we were interested in exploring it with them," said company president Bruce M. Stachenfeld. "We're trying to get a site in the area. " Family Outdoor Amusement approached Plymouth Township in February with a similar plan, but it was denied by the township Zoning Hearing Board after seven months of paperwork and hearings.
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October 3, 1993 | By Lisa E. Anderson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The township's zoning hearing board has unanimously denied a developer's application to build a family entertainment center near the Blue Route. Family Outdoor Amusement Corp. of Yardley needed a special exception from the board because the site is in a flood plain. The rejection of the application Wednesday night marked the end of a saga that had consumed the zoning board for the last three months. According to Board President Dominic Pagnotti, safety was the board's main reason for denying the application.
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September 19, 1993 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Craig Dear, a professional golfer who has been putting away for years on the greens, was having a little trouble getting the ball up the artificial- turf-covered incline of the 12th hole of his new miniature golf course. "We may have to soften some of these holes," Dear muttered as he watched the ball smack the brick sides of the incline and roll back down to his feet. Dear was testing the course with his business partner, Don Cardea, after opening the latest addition to the Somerton Springs Golf Campus in Sewell over the Labor Day weekend.
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June 13, 1993 | By Louis Hau, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Things were bustling Friday afternoon at Metro Marketplace at the corner of Route 130 and Cooper Street in Edgewater Park. But the din of activity at the indoor market and food court was coming not from crowds of customers but from stunned business owners who were loading their wares onto vans and pickup trucks after being told that same morning that the market was shutting down for good. Metro Marketplace opened its doors last August and housed about 250 businesses at its peak, according to manager Sean Richards, who said he was instructed Thursday by one of the business partners to close the facility the next day. Richards declined to comment further on the closing, saying only that some tenants had failed to pay their rent promptly.
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February 28, 1993 | By Terri Sanginiti, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Crystal City started out as a sparkling dream that swiftly dimmed, but Patricia Messina isn't ready to give up on it. Messina, an energetic, talkative, New Age entrepreneur with red spiked hair, saw opportunity in an empty drugstore in Lindenwold Plaza, a nearly vacant strip center at Blackwood-Clementon and Laurel Roads. She envisioned an indoor market that she would manage, filling the vacant 20,000-square-foot store with a few dozen independent vendors. She would call it Crystal City.
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