August 31, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Once, Blue Bell was known for "Realtors and gas stations," says Keller Williams Real Estate agent Gary Segal. The gas stations are largely gone now from this section of Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, replaced "by a lot of banks," Segal says. But just about every area brokerage - his included - has a Blue Bell office. Skippack Pike (Route 73) is "Real Estate Row," says Weichert Realtors' Diane Williams, who is based in its Blue Bell office.
July 17, 2015 |
Three proposals submitted to the Gloucester County Improvement Authority this week have raised the prospect that new development at the RiverWinds complex in West Deptford is on the horizon. Presenting familiar ideas - for housing, shops, offices, and a hotel and conference center - the three developers laid out their competing visions for about 60 acres of available land. The projects would help complete the 1,100-acre redevelopment, whose origins predate 2000. "The fact that there are three of them is promising," Mayor Denice DiCarlo told township and authority officials Wednesday morning during the unveiling of the proposals, solicited in late May. "I couldn't be more excited.
March 27, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The $126 million project to test whether this struggling city can have a multifaceted corporate meeting and convention business to compete with other Northeastern cities was showcased Wednesday. With a projected early August opening, the new Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's Casino Hotel in the city's Marina District is still a work in progress, rows of steel beams on concrete throughout, with a crew of about 200 per shift working to complete it. Once finished, the conference center will add 100,000 square feet of meeting space spanning two floors, and two ballrooms, each measuring 50,000 square feet, making it the largest conference center hotel in the Northeast between Boston and Baltimore.
March 1, 2015 |
OXON HILL, Md. - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been raising money and drawing buzz as the perceived favorite of the Republican establishment for the 2016 presidential nomination. But to many conservative activists who gathered this week near Washington, Bush was - another Bush. And that wasn't a good thing. "I'm not voting for another Bush," said Mallory Rascher, 29, a courthouse worker from Virginia, who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference. "I respect both the Bushes, but it's time for someone else to run the country," said Rich Julason, a retiree from Glen Mills, Pa. Hours before Bush's appearance at the conference Friday, talk radio host Laura Ingraham drew a parallel between Bush and a Democratic political dynasty: "Why don't we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary [Clinton]
February 28, 2015 |
OXON HILL, Md. - Gov. Christie played up his pugnacious side as he appealed to a conference of conservative activists Thursday, pushing back against the idea that his presidential chances were faltering in the face of early momentum by rivals. Pledging to wage a "hard, fighting" campaign if he runs, the New Jersey governor drew a contrast with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been seen as a threat to Christie's ability to win the support of establishment Republicans. "If elites in Washington make backroom deals where they decide who the president is going to be," then Bush is "definitely the front-runner," Christie said at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in this Washington suburb.
September 14, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With a group of meeting planners in tow and a clear blue sky as a backdrop, Caesars Entertainment Inc. executives showed off progress Friday on the company's $125.8 million Harrah's Resort Waterfront Conference Center, which is designed to draw business travelers to a city that is losing four, maybe five, casinos this year. The steel frame of the project, supported by $45 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and $24.1 million in tax breaks that can be earned over 20 years, is just weeks away from completion.
September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In 2010, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million for helping expose the widespread tax-evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth. The dizzyingly abrupt turnabout in Birkenfeld's life leaves him with the largest government whistle-blower award ever to an individual, said Stephen M. Kohn, one of Birkenfeld's attorneys and executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
April 12, 2009 |
It's been a nasty, hateful and, at times, personal fight, one that seemed destined to go on forever. But last week, momentum swung sharply toward those striving to build a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge National Historical Park. Key tactical concessions and legal victories, building upon favorable government votes, have moved the American Revolution Center closer to being constructed at the Lower Providence site where its supporters want it to go. "When you get a court order in your favor, the momentum shifts," said Paul Decker, head of the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau and a studied observer of the drama.
April 9, 2009 |
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a controversial museum on private land inside Valley Forge Park - a big blow to the project's opponents. The existence of a federal suit held out the prospect of a years-long delay in building the proposed American Revolution Center, which would make it hard for the organizers to raise money and sustain interest. But in a decision released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
April 7, 2009 |
Depending on your point of view, the structure was going to be a scholar's dormitory that would enhance historical understanding of Valley Forge - or a hotel that would speed the commercialization of a treasured national park. Either way, its construction is now in serious doubt. The head of the American Revolution Center, a controversial museum complex planned for 78 acres of private land inside the park, yesterday announced a voluntary 15-year moratorium on building a particularly contentious piece of the project, the conference center.