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April 5, 1987 | By Ellen Dean Wilson, Special to The Inquirer
The Downingtown Zoning Hearing Board has approved a zoning variance which will permit additional units in the John Edge Parke House, an apartment building at 320 E. Lancaster Ave. The board voted 2-0 Thursday to allow Thomas Parke, a Florida college student who owns the property, to increase the number of units in the building from three to four. Lois and Thomas Edge Parke, parents of the owner, said that their son, who was absent from the meeting, planned to redesign the interior of the building but not add to the exterior.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON - Builders have found a way to make money in a decrepit home market: apartments. Permit requests to build apartments jumped to a three-year high last month. In 12 months, they've surged 63 percent. Blame the housing bust, which left many people without the means, the credit or the stomach to buy. More people need apartments. The demand has driven up monthly rents. And apartment-home builders are rushing to cash in. That said, the overall home market remains depressed.
NEWS
January 22, 1992 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death in the outside stairwell of a Runnemede apartment building early yesterday, authorities said. The woman had been stabbed numerous times in the front and back of her body and had suffered numerous blows to her head, according to Edward F. Borden Jr., the Camden County prosecutor. Borden said investigators believed that the woman was killed elsewhere and that her body was dumped in the stairwell perhaps an hour or more before she was found.
NEWS
May 7, 1992 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's easy to find the abandoned three-story apartment building at 102 Chester Pike in Collingdale. Not only is it the tallest structure in the borough, according to local officials, it's also the biggest eyesore, with its boarded-up windows, rusty fire escape and weed-choked grounds. What isn't so easy to find is its owner, identified as Catherine Bollinger of Lansdowne. Borough Council President William E. McGowan said Monday night that the borough had made repeated efforts to contact the woman through the mail but registered letters sent to her Lansdowne address kept coming back unopened.
NEWS
January 20, 1988 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joy Brooks and the tenants of the 2601 Pennsylvania Ave. apartment building say they have waited a long time for their building's heating, fire and building code violations to be corrected. Yesterday,, a Philadelphia judge made the wait worthwhile. Common Pleas Court Judge Samuel M. Lehrer issued a permanent injunction requiring 2601 Parkway Associates - Melvin Hoch and Alan M. Pullman - to provide a "continuous supply of adequate heat" to the Fairmount apartment building.
NEWS
November 15, 1987 | By Katherine Scobey, Special to The Inquirer
A developer who wants to build a 12-unit deluxe apartment building in a commercial district in Newtown Township is finding the going rough with the township Zoning Hearing Board. At a meeting Thursday night, the board listened to arguments for the application and then retired to a closed session. After the session, the attorneys for the board and the developer held discussions outside the hearing room. When everyone had reassembled, Vincent B. Mancini, attorney for developer Raymond Acciavatti and his wife, of Newtown Township, asked the board to grant a continuance because he had "certain things I would like to discuss with my clients.
NEWS
January 21, 1988 | By Diane M. Fiske, Special to The Inquirer
The Bridgeport Zoning Board approved plans for an eight-unit loft-style apartment building at Fourth and Mill Streets at the site of the former Daub Hardware Warehouse. The unanimous vote was taken Tuesday night after the board had delayed the proposal a month until adequate parking for tenants of the proposed complex was guaranteed. The board decided not to ask the developers, GLT Inc., to reduce the eight apartments to six slightly larger ones. Last month the board had asked the developers to consider the change.
NEWS
December 11, 1986 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
The owner and builder of an apartment house in Ridley Park is seeking a variance and a special exception from the setback requirements for a building that he has already constructed. The applicant, Robert D'Agostino, built a six-unit apartment building at 106 Chester Pike, Ridley Park, and needs to meet the borough's setback requirements or to be granted a variance before he is allowed occupancy of the building. D'Agostino said that his engineers measured the front-yard setback from the title line, and that the calculations showed that he had a 28.3-foot setback, which met the borough requirement that it be at least 25 feet.
NEWS
August 15, 1989 | By Carol D. Leonnig, Special to The Inquirer
The Jewish Federation of South Jersey won approval last night for a six- story apartment building for senior citizens that it plans to place in a primarily residential section of Cherry Hill. The Cherry Hill Township Council approved by a vote of 5-1 a zoning change that will allow the building to reach 60 feet - 15 feet higher than the institutional zoning allows - on a 17-acre site at Springdale and Kresson Roads. Residents near the property lashed out at the plan, calling it a dramatic change for the worse that would bring more mid-rise and high-rise buildings to their community.
NEWS
July 19, 1988 | By Ginny Wiegand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fifteen residents were displaced and an apartment was destroyed yesterday in a three-alarm fire at a West Philadelphia building. Because of heavy smoke in the hallways, six people had to be rescued by aerial and window ladders from the four-story brick University House apartment building in the 800 block of South 47th Street, according to Deputy Fire Chief Frank Scipione. There were no injuries. "Our major concern was the potential for the fire to spread, and we had occupants hanging out the windows screaming," Scipione said.
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August 3, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
Montgomery County prosecutors are investigating what they are calling a double homicide at an apartment building Sunday night. Janice Trunk, 54, and Kevin Milton Smith, 44, were killed in a shooting at the Forest Garden Apartments in Ambler, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Monday. The county coroner's office determined after autopsies Monday that both Trunk and Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds. Their deaths were both ruled homicides. The Ambler police received a phone call reporting the shootings at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, First Assitant District Attorney Ed McCann said in a statement.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Travis Dredd is an ex-Marine, so not much scares him - except the thought of a failed balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention's climactic moment Thursday night. "Since 2004, that's been my nightmare," said Dredd, 45, deputy chief executive for the Democratic National Convention operations. "In 2004, they didn't fall right away. I have nightmares about that happening again. " As much as Dredd supports Hillary Clinton, his current gig is anything but political. Dredd is in charge, on behalf of the entire Democratic party, of making sure that everything is set up for the convention at the Wells Fargo arena.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As Center City has shined up over the last couple of decades, Broad Street became the dividing line between the increasingly upscale west side and the stubbornly scruffy east. Philadelphia's most stylish shops and restaurants tended to gravitate to the west side, close to Rittenhouse Square, even while fine 20th-century commercial buildings sat half-empty and unkempt on the east. The 1100 block of Chestnut Street was one of the worst spots, a black hole of blight. Trash swirled in the doorways of dollar stores, while the vacant upper floors became canvases for elaborate graffiti narratives . A 2013 study by the Center City District found that the dreary block had the lowest pedestrian counts of any commercial street in its survey, an extraordinary statistic considering its proximity to City Hall and the Convention Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax, Advice Columnist
Question: I live in an apartment building, and a family with four kids lives in the apartment above us. They are so loud all the time and it drives me insane! My husband and I can hear them screaming, singing, crying, jumping, and running. Sometimes it sounds like a marching band is practicing up there! We just had a baby and I find that I can't nap because of all the noise. We're not friends with them and haven't really spoken to them much, but I'm ready to leave a note on their door to tell them to quiet down!
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WE START where we always have since the deadly Market Street building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 on June 5, 2013 - with the building's Teflon-coated owner, Richard Basciano. And if there is any justice or, perhaps more likely, karma in the world, we will end with Basciano walking down a road to a hell of his own making, paved with excuses. Since an unsupported four-story wall crumbled and crushed the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store at 21st and Market, many have wanted to hear from Basciano, the property owner who had the final say on contracts and decisions, but whose clout and cash kept him insulated from accountability.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
If you lease an apartment in the offseason, you are more likely to get a deal than at peak rental time, roughly February to June. So says RentHop, the apartment search engine. Its data show Philadelphia has offseason rent deals for one-bedroom apartments of nearly 2 percent lower in January and July, and closer to 3 percent in November and December. "These are median asking rents," said Lawrence Zhou, data scientist at RentHop. "The basis for the study was to show how seasonality affects prevailing asking prices landlords are charging.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Developer Eric Blumenfeld intends to bring the Divine Lorraine back to its hospitality roots with a planned boutique hotel in part of the 124-year-old North Broad Street property that's mostly being converted into apartments. Blumenfeld is seeking an operator for a hotel, featuring 24 guest rooms, that would occupy the Divine Lorraine's less-ornate annex building, where the developer had previously planned additional apartment units, he said Wednesday. "I mean, the sign on the roof says Divine Lorraine Hotel ," Blumenfeld said in an interview during a tour of the property and his other area holdings for investors.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A woman who was severely injured after an 18-year-old college student fell on her from an eighth-floor Center City window ledge last year has sued the teen's estate, the property companies, and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. The incident left Erica Goodwin, 45, of Lansdowne, permanently disabled and unable to return to her job at the state Department of Human Services, her lawyer, Joe Tucker, said Wednesday. Goodwin was walking on 16th Street about 6 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2015, when Rebecca Kim fell from an eighth-floor window of an apartment building at 1530 Chestnut St. The building housed students enrolled at the Art Institute; Kim, a Temple University freshman, was there visiting a friend.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Jennifer Adams
Q: My girlfriend and I recently signed a lease together and moved into a brand new apartment building. We are so excited! It's not perfect, including ants everywhere and some water problems. (Our landlord asked us to text the neighbors downstairs before we used any water!) But the worst part is that the walls are so thin we can hear everything next door, from the sound of typing on a keyboard to every word they speak. No secrets here! Is this normal for new buildings? What can we put on the walls to help with the sounds?
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