June 28, 2015 |
Outfitted with high ceilings, circles of furniture, and stacks of appliances and construction material, Habitat for Humanity's newest store was already a bustling place moments after Friday's grand opening. In the words of Corinne O'Connell, associate executive director of Habitat Philadelphia, the 17,000-square-foot store, housed in a nondescript, one-story building on Washington Avenue, is "Five Below meets Home Depot. " "We have everything but the clothes you wear and the mattress you sleep on," she said.
June 24, 2015 |
Tutor Perini Corp.'s Philadelphia office has been awarded a $239 million contract to build a Center City hotel that will be split between two Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide brands. In a release Monday, the Los Angeles-based construction company said the 51-story hotel tower, which will house W- and Element-branded hotels, should be largely completed by the end of March 2018. email@example.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
June 23, 2015 |
Given the Philadelphia Parking Authority's apparently ample time for gratuitous enforcement, ride-share crackdowns, and reality television, Jim Kenney's impulse to find more for the agency to do is understandable. The Democratic mayoral nominee, who recently suggested that the authority's ruthless army of meter monitors be mobilized to enforce construction codes and more, isn't the first to wonder whether its shock-and-awe strategy could be applied to matters more pressing than, well, parking.
June 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia is in the middle of its biggest hotel-building binge since the late 1990s, as developers rush to accommodate an expected burst of business travelers, tourists, and conventioneers. Eight hotel projects now in the planning stage or under construction in and around Center City would bump up the number of rooms by more than 2,000, or almost 20 percent, from current levels - the sharpest increase since the surge that surrounded the Republican National Convention in 2000. The new hotels range from a Four Seasons atop the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center, which when completed will be one of the country's tallest buildings, to boutique projects such as the planned transformation of a historic court building just off Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a Kimpton Hotel.
June 21, 2015 |
Little things mean a lot, especially to a real estate agent who is trying to sell one listing among many. Two things that may seem little but are really not so trifling when it comes to selling a house: keeping it neat for appointments, and washing the windows. "The marketplace is monopolized by first-time buyers as well as empty-nesters," said Mark Wade, who sells houses in Center City for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. "Both sets of buyers have one thing in common," Wade said.
June 21, 2015 |
The Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council, which two years ago vacated its headquarters in Center City as part of a settlement of a dispute with the city over its policy toward gay people, announced Friday that it opposes discrimination based on sexual orientation. The policy change means gays can serve as scoutmasters, be scouts, or work for Cradle of Liberty, which represents 15,000 scouts in Delaware and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia. Jim Papada, Cradle of Liberty board president, said in a statement that the move was "the right thing to do" and that the group valued diversity.
June 19, 2015 |
Bryn & Dane's expands Not too long ago, a guy named Bryn was sharing a room with a guy named Dane. Bryn worked late into the night on his idea for a healthy fast-food restaurant. Dane just wanted a good night's sleep. They're brothers; Bryn is now 30 and Dane is 14. Four years ago, Bryn Davis opened a small smoothie shop that morphed into a well-trafficked cafe in Horsham, a catering arm, and a stand inside the Ambler YMCA. Menu is based on wraps, salads, and smoothies.
June 18, 2015 |
To cope with the unprecedented crowds anticipated for Pope Francis' visit in September, SEPTA plans to double its rail and subway capacity, limit train stops, and carry only Regional Rail passengers who purchased special passes in advance. Officials of SEPTA, Amtrak, PATCO, and other agencies joined Mayor Nutter at City Hall on Tuesday to outline transportation plans for the papal visit and the World Meeting of Families. As many as two million people are expected to jam the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to see the pope at a Saturday festival and again at a Sunday Mass on Sept.
June 15, 2015 |
At last count, there were a zillion Internet sites catering to apartment dwellers, of which Apartment List's is neither the greatest nor the least. All these sites conduct surveys. Most are silly, and so forgettable that I cannot even offer you an example. I'm not going to forget the latest survey at Apartmentlist.com, however, because of how Philadelphia appears to be perceived by renters here: 18,000 were surveyed nationally; a local number was not provided. The bottom line: Renters gave Philadelphia a C-minus for city satisfaction, ranking it 80th of 100 cities surveyed.
June 14, 2015 |
Despite community opposition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission on Friday approved portions of a developer's plans to reinvent a string of Center City properties, including what remains of the former Boyd Theater. The 7-3 vote gave Pearl Properties partial permission to move forward with transforming a chunk of the 1900 block of Chestnut Street. The vote did not address developer Jim Pearlstein's desire to build a 341-foot-tall apartment tower on what had been the 1920s-era movie palace.