September 15, 2016 |
Rebutting claims that they deceived a local developer by falsely assuring him he could build on a vast piece of Archdiocese of Philadelphia-owned land, Marple Township officials said in a court filing that they made no such guarantees. Responding to Jenkintown developer Bruce Goodman's 269-page lawsuit, township attorney Hugh A. Donaghue said in a Delaware County Court filing of preliminary objections Friday that Marple authorities never took any official action that could have allowed Goodman to believe he had the green light to build a sprawling development on the land.
September 1, 2016 |
Having lost the right to build on a 213-acre tract owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a Jenkintown developer filed a lawsuit Monday against Marple Township, accusing its commissioners of robbing him of more than $7 million by suddenly opposing his plan after privately supporting it for months. The complaint from Bruce Goodman, acting as Cardinal Crossing Realty Associates L.P., comes nearly two months after his $47 million deal to build on the church land - the size of 163 football fields - crumbled in the eleventh hour as he failed to win township approval.
August 23, 2016 |
ARCHBISHOP Charles J. Chaput has decided to close three worship locations in the region, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. Worshippers learned during weekend services that the St. John of the Cross Church building in Roslyn (Queen of Peace Parish), the Mater Dolorosa Church building in Frankford (Holy Innocents Parish), and the St. Cecilia Church building in Coatesville (Our Lady of the Rosary Parish) will no longer serve as Roman Catholic churches as of Sept.
July 21, 2016 |
It's a $47 million dilemma, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia could be a long way from an answer. For two years, the archdiocese watched developer Bruce Goodman scramble to work out a deal to build on 213 church-owned acres in Delaware County, to which he won the rights in 2014 with a $47 million bid. His plan, however, faced colossal pushback, first from residents opposed to clearing forest for hundreds of homes and big-box stores. Marple Township commissioners then denied his request for zoning changes, calling his development too dense.
July 7, 2016 |
Now that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has pulled out of a deal to sell a 213-acre tract in the heart of a heavily developed area of Delaware County, a group of local residents wants the county to buy the land for preservation. Organizers of a group called Save Marple Greenspace plan to attend the Delaware County Council meeting Wednesday morning to present their proposal to have a bond issue on the November ballot. "We're asking for a $100 million bond," said Ken Hemphill, an organizer with the group.
July 4, 2016 |
The email from Msgr. Daniel Kutys to the Delaware County man last year minced few words. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was in "critical condition on the financial front," Kutys wrote. It was still smarting from an $80 million shortfall in an investment fund for parishes - and needed to sell the 213 acres of church-owned land behind Cardinal O'Hara High School for $47 million. It would not change course, despite opposition from residents who feared losing one of the last, sprawling swaths of undeveloped land in their midst.
July 3, 2016 |
After two years of negotiations, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Friday that it was pulling out of a deal to sell for commercial and residential development 213 acres in Delaware County. In a statement, the archdiocese said the largely undeveloped Marple Township tract - the size of 163 football fields - would go back onto the market. "Our intention is still to sell the property," spokesman Ken Gavin confirmed in an email. The collapse of the deal with developer Bruce Goodman was an unexpected turn for one of the more coveted parcels in a county where development space is at a premium.
June 17, 2016 |
Lay teachers have ratified a new labor agreement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ensuring that 17 Catholic high schools will open on time in September. Members of Local 1776 of the Association of Catholic Teachers voted Tuesday to accept the one-year deal, which offers salary increases of $1,100 for the contract year starting Sept. 1. The deal addresses rising medical costs by introducing a pharmacy benefit manager to get better rates on prescription medications, said Rita C. Schwartz, president of Local 1776.
June 13, 2016 |
Already heartbroken that the city's first black Catholic church, St. Peter Claver, may soon be for sale, former parishioners were dismayed when a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia mispronounced the name of the historic icon during a court hearing last week. "Oh, it's a dagger in the heart to hear that ," said advocate Faye Anderson after Nina Stryker, an attorney for the archdiocese, pronounced "Claver" as rhyming with cadaver instead of with flavor . The gaffe was interpreted as a sign of insensitivity by the archdiocese toward black Catholics fighting to avert what they see as the irretrievable loss of their mother church at 12th and Lombard Streets and a vital cultural symbol.