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July 4, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fire broke out at a commercial building in Downingtown on Monday during the borough's Good Neighbor Day celebration. A firefighter near Kerr Park spotted smoke coming from the building at 10 Wallace Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., Downingtown fire officials said. Significant damage was reported from the two-alarm fire at the one-story brick building. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester County Fire Marshal's office.   Contact Inquirer staff writer Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com  
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July 5, 2011
Fire broke out at a commercial building Monday in Downingtown during the borough's Good Neighbor Day celebration. A firefighter near Kerr Park spotted smoke coming from the building at 10 Wallace Ave. shortly after 2 p.m., Downingtown fire officials said. Significant damage was reported from the two-alarm fire at the one-story brick building. State police and the Chester County Fire Marshal's Office were investigating the cause. - Susan Snyder
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze at a commercial building in Pennsauken on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The firefighters, whose identities were not released, were taken to Cooper University Hospital, a Camden County dispatcher said. The blaze at 825 Hylton Rd. was reported at 1:10 p.m. and was put under control half an hour later. The dispatcher said roofing material had caught fire. The cause was under investigation. Pennsauken Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo said there was fire and smoke coming from the roof of the building, approximately 100-by-250-foot, when crews arrived.
NEWS
October 4, 2011 | Staff Report
A late night fire destroyed a commercial building in Gloucester Township, Camden County, but no one was injured. Police say they received a call at 10:52 p.m. Monday about a fire at the Wicked Designs building on the 1200 block of Old Black Horse Pike in the Blackwood section. The company designs and makes graphics and signs for corporate programs, including wraps for vehicles and banners. Units from Chews Landing, Blackwood, Glendora, Runnemede, Hi-Nella and Lindenwold Fire Companies responded, as did crews from the Gloucester Township Emergency Medical Service, Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the one-story building, with all sides ablaze.
NEWS
February 6, 1986 | By Ruth Tallmadge, Special to The Inquirer
The Easttown Planning Commission has approved a lot-averaging plan for 21 acres on Berkeley Road. The design for 15 lots was approved by a 4-1 vote, with George Willman voting no. The development, owned by Henry Belber 2d and O. John Fuchs Jr., has met with neighborhood opposition over several months of public meetings. On Monday night, when developers told the Easttown supervisors they were willing to change their plans to gain township approval for lot-averaging, the supervisors voted unanimously to place the matter on the planning commission's agenda for the next day. One neighbor, Donald Clarke, continued to raise questions at Tuesday's meeting of the commission, mostly about water levels.
NEWS
January 24, 1993 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joanna Rhodes called it a "victory for the community" when she prevented a business from opening next door to her home on South Barber Avenue. And now, other commercial sites in residential neighborhoods that want to expand or change uses will be scrutinized more closely, local zoning officials say. The idea is to protect the aesthetics of the city's neighborhoods. "They will be handled on a case-by-case basis," said Jack Paterson, chairman of the zoning board. About 30 feet separates Rhodes' house in the 200 block of South Barber Avenue from a small, green, one-story commercial building.
NEWS
March 22, 1987 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
The Uwchlan Township Planning Commission has agreed that the supervisors should consider allowing neighboring East Caln Township to annex less than half an acre of Uwchlan. The annexation would accommodate a proposed commercial building that otherwise would be located partly in Uwchlan. The land in question is part of a six-acre parcel located on the south side of Route 113, just west of the Keystone Credit Union building. Owner Fred Shubert of Downingtown has proposed building 25 townhouses and 11,000 square feet of commercial condominiums on the property.
NEWS
January 8, 1987 | By Bridgett M. Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Horsham Township Planning Commission has approved the preliminary plans of developers William Merino and Phillip Guidi for a subdivision of single- family houses off Welsh Road, adjacent to the Squire Estates. At Tuesday night's commission meeting, Robert Blue, representing the developers, outlined their plans for a subdivision of lots ranging from 35,000 square feet to 58,000 square feet. Plans call for custom houses covering 3,000 square feet each. They would go for a base price of more than $200,000.
NEWS
February 7, 1992 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
The historic Victory Building has just gotten one step closer to destruction. After weeks of postponing a decision, the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review yesterday gave the go-ahead to real estate magnate Sam Rappaport to tear down the architectural treasure at 10th and Chestnut streets. The demolition permit had been denied months ago by the city's Historical Commission. All four of the six board members who attended the hearing voted to grant Rappaport the permit, according to the board secretary.
NEWS
October 29, 1987 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
Ignoring pleas from member Ruth Buescher, the Whitemarsh Township Planning Commission has recommended that the Zoning Hearing Board approve a rearyard variance for a commercial building at 444 Bethlehem Pike. The owner, Michael J. Lepore, wants to build a two-story addition to his existing three-story Victorian building, but zoning laws stipulate that no commercial structures may come within 100 feet of a residential zone. Lepore's addition would come within 48 feet of a residential zone, thus he needs a variance for 52 feet.
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August 8, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITERS
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze at a commercial building in Pennsauken on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The firefighters, whose identities were not released, were taken to Cooper University Hospital, a Camden County dispatcher said. The blaze at 825 Hylton Rd. was reported at 1:10 p.m. and was put under control half an hour later. The dispatcher said roofing material had caught fire. The cause was under investigation. Pennsauken Fire Chief Joseph Palumbo said there was fire and smoke coming from the roof of the building, approximately 100-by-250-foot, when crews arrived.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
JOE PIZZO has a problem: He wants to attend next week's three-day property auction being held by the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office. "There's a house I'm interested in bidding on," says Pizzo, who has had some success buying, rehabbing and selling properties via public auctions like the ones held monthly by the Sheriff. The glitch is, he has no money to play with - because the Sheriff's Office won't return the $30,185 that Pizzo paid them four months ago for a property of which the office later reversed the sale.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Sporadic, scattershot, and slow, efforts to improve the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn may have succeeded in sprucing up the strip a bit but haven't reversed its fortunes. "We want things to move along," says Mayor Robert Forbes, a lifelong resident of the blue-collar suburb of 4,000 people, which designated the pike as a redevelopment zone in 2002. In the years since, some building owners "haven't done anything with their properties," the mayor says. "And if they're not going to do anything, we're going to help them.
NEWS
October 4, 2011 | Staff Report
A late night fire destroyed a commercial building in Gloucester Township, Camden County, but no one was injured. Police say they received a call at 10:52 p.m. Monday about a fire at the Wicked Designs building on the 1200 block of Old Black Horse Pike in the Blackwood section. The company designs and makes graphics and signs for corporate programs, including wraps for vehicles and banners. Units from Chews Landing, Blackwood, Glendora, Runnemede, Hi-Nella and Lindenwold Fire Companies responded, as did crews from the Gloucester Township Emergency Medical Service, Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the one-story building, with all sides ablaze.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
Fire broke out at a commercial building Monday in Downingtown during the borough's Good Neighbor Day celebration. A firefighter near Kerr Park spotted smoke coming from the building at 10 Wallace Ave. shortly after 2 p.m., Downingtown fire officials said. Significant damage was reported from the two-alarm fire at the one-story brick building. State police and the Chester County Fire Marshal's Office were investigating the cause. - Susan Snyder
NEWS
July 4, 2011 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fire broke out at a commercial building in Downingtown on Monday during the borough's Good Neighbor Day celebration. A firefighter near Kerr Park spotted smoke coming from the building at 10 Wallace Avenue shortly after 2 p.m., Downingtown fire officials said. Significant damage was reported from the two-alarm fire at the one-story brick building. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Chester County Fire Marshal's office.   Contact Inquirer staff writer Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com  
NEWS
March 24, 2004 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Township Council last night was considering a major step to curb commercial development by adopting two ordinances that would amend its master plan and rezone the Route 70 corridor. The ordinances would prohibit construction of commercial buildings larger than 35,000 square feet - which would include big-box stores such as a proposed 146,267-square-foot Home Depot in the Hartford Square Shopping Center on Route 70 near Hartford Road. They would permit smaller businesses that generate less traffic, including continuing-care retirement communities, age-restricted housing, child-care centers, car washes, and fast-food restaurants.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2000 | By Nancy West, FOR THE INQUIRER
E. Crosby Willet was six years old when he first set foot in his family's stained-glass business in Philadelphia in 1935. Like any child, he wanted to "help. " A studio artisan found a job for him, rubbing excess paint off a piece of glass to let light shine through. In his enthusiasm to do a good job, he rubbed off too much, erasing an entire day's work. "I got a very thorough spanking, but I was only trying to help," Willet recalled. Despite that inauspicious beginning, Willet became the third generation to preside over Willet Stained Glass Studios, now one of the largest businesses of its kind.
BUSINESS
October 24, 1999 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After 25 years, Margot McConnel left Bryn Mawr behind. Her children were grown and gone. A lot of her friends had already moved. Even her garden she can live without. "I'm glad somebody else is taking care of it," McConnel said. She and her husband, Bruce, a partner in a Center City law firm, have gone downtown. In April they rented a $2,000-a-month, two-bedroom apartment in a slick, converted factory building with exposed brick and wraparound views of the city lights.
LIVING
July 9, 1999 | By Diane Goldsmith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Enter Adam Kamens' Old City apartment and you'll gaze up at a two-story display wall, in which his collection of glass art is arranged in a bold wooden grid. The wall, awash in sun from four skylights, is the most dramatic aspect of the conversion of a former commercial building into a ground-floor glass studio with living space above. As striking as the wall is, it's just one fresh approach in a renovation full of them. The apartment, for instance, also includes a bathroom built for easy cleaning, and a home office that, rather than being tucked away, overlooks the two-story open space.
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