March 31, 2016
FBI seeks help catching robber The FBI/Philadelphia Police Joint Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking help in identifying a man suspected of robbing at least three Center City banks in the last year. The stickups happened July 27 at the Beneficial Bank, 1600 Chestnut St.; Oct. 7 at the Republic Bank, 1601 Walnut St.; and March 18 at the Firstrust Bank, 1515 Market St. Officials said that in each robbery the bandit wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, passed a demand note to a teller, and fled on foot after getting the money.
March 31, 2016 |
Once a month, Stuart Zionch, 60, a self-described spa treatment addict, gets a facial, pedicure, or massage, often traveling from his Stroudsburg home to Philadelphia, New York, or Palm Springs. He spends thousands of dollars each year on treatments and products. "Once you start doing it, you realize how good your skin feels and looks," said Zionch, a teacher. He eventually started deep-tissue massages because of a bad back, and bimonthly pedicures after he had difficulty reaching his toes.
March 31, 2016 |
In a surprising twist, Stadium L.L.C.'s application to operate a casino hotel in South Philadelphia was sent back to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court, which said the board must take a closer look at the company's ownership structure. The Gaming Control Board's approval of Stadium's application was appealed by casino operator SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.L.P. and by Market East Associates, which had sought the license to operate a casino in Center City.
March 29, 2016 |
They told Jeff Tubbs that crossing Girard Avenue from Northern Liberties to build in Old Kensington was a crazy idea, especially in 2009, with the residential real estate market already deep in the recessionary tank. Tubbs was undeterred, and the Flats at Girard Pointe at Third Street and Germantown Avenue was built. The prices there were groundbreaking as well: $300,000 to $450,000 in an under-$100,000 area. Six years later, in fourth quarter 2015, the median sale price for the 19125 zip code encompassing that part of the city was $280,000 on sales of 129 homes, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors' HomExpert Market Report.
March 28, 2016 |
A local resident said he fell for a ticket scam involving the NCAA East Regional semifinal games Friday at the Wells Fargo Center and saw others who also were scammed. The resident, who requested anonymity, bought two tickets from a person advertising on Craigslist for the doubleheader. He said the seller met him in Center City. The man paid $500 for two tickets. The purchaser said he should have taken some precautions. He said security at the Wells Fargo Center took the phony ticket, which misspelled the word "Division" for Division I basketball, in order to investigate.
March 26, 2016 |
Environmental and geotechnical consulting firm GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. has moved its Philadelphia-area operations from Fort Washington to bigger office space in Center City. The Norwood, Mass.-headquartered company is to lease about 4,600 square feet for its 10-member regional staff at the 1515 Market Street office building, the company said Friday on its website. The move allows for anticipated future growth and boosted headcount and provides "staff an opportunity to be part of the broader business community," GZA GeoEnvironmental said.
March 25, 2016 |
We keep hearing that Philadelphia needs to eliminate its food deserts so everyone has easy access to fresh meat and produce. It's an important step in fighting poverty. But what exactly should a healthy neighborhood look like? That was the question posed by this year's Better Philadelphia Challenge, the student competition organized by the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The winning entry , by a team from the University of New Mexico, showed idyllic scenes of lush community gardens, compact urban greenhouses, and shady pocket parks, all sensitively threaded into a typical rowhouse neighborhood.
March 24, 2016 |
Web-design firm Zivtech is moving into a 9,860-square-foot space at Center City's One South Broad office building, according to PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, which represented the company in the lease negotiations. Zivtech is moving from 4,420 square feet of offices at the Philadelphia Building at 1315 Walnut St., PernaFrederick broker Dan Gummel said in a release on Tuesday. Zivtech's clients include the University of Pennsylvania, Intuit Inc. and the World Economic Forum, according to its website.
March 20, 2016 |
Three floors of state government offices were damaged Friday after a water pipe burst at the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store building in Center City, shutting down the workplaces of scores of government employees, authorities said. A pipe in the cooling tank on the sixth floor began leaking overnight, flooding the floor and damaging several floors beneath it, said Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the building's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. Hardest hit were offices of the Pennsylvania auditor general, inspector general, Department of Education, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Department of Human Resources, according to Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the Department of General Services.
March 20, 2016 |
Ear buds in, Teresa Hite sang, her voice just audible over the growling engine of the bus. Two seats back, Carl Burch, dressed for work in a T-Mobile shirt, reclined and closed his eyes. On a bench behind Burch, Zoe Tanner read Matthew 2:14 from a Bible open on her lap. Each morning they take the Route 125 bus 26 miles from Philadelphia to jobs in King of Prussia. On a good day it's an hour ride. When traffic is bad, it takes much longer. A proposed rail spur to link the city to the commercial hub of King of Prussia could help.