May 1, 2012 |
On the 1200 block of North Orianna Street, a narrow, almost alleylike road that juts off from Girard Avenue on the edge of Northern Liberties, the walls facing a grassy plot of land have been brightly painted with colorful flowers, butterflies, and stars. The grass is mostly clear of litter, the plantings around the trees are well-maintained, and the air smells sweet and floral. The spot is oddly quiet. Girard Avenue is just a few steps away, but the sound of traffic is faint, even in daylight.
November 18, 2011 |
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.
April 5, 1987 |
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.
January 22, 1992 |
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.
May 7, 1992 |
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.
January 20, 1988 |
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.
November 15, 1987 |
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.
January 21, 1988 |
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.
December 11, 1986 |
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.
August 15, 1989 |
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.