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September 18, 1997 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
House-hunters have been peppering the municipal office here for months with calls asking when the townhouses off Route 3 will be built. Now the bulldozers finally are rolling, and a construction boom is under way at the eastern gateway to Chester County. Orleans Builders, based in Bensalem, Bucks County, has taken deposits from 17 buyers since launching sales Aug. 16 at its 103-unit Willistown Chase project on the south side of the highway, also known as West Chester Pike, said sales representative Connie S. Weber.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2009 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Montgomery County man has received an eight-year federal prison sentence for defrauding 39 friends, family members and others of more than $5 million in a Ponzi scheme involving construction projects in the Bahamas and Costa Rica. Edward Ronald Schnable Jr. of Souderton pounced on vulnerable moments in the lives of his victims, including a widow, a retiree with a lump-sum pension, and people with medical problems looking for secure income, according to victims' testimony Thursday at Schnable's sentencing hearing.
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October 24, 2004 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
At $8.6 billion, it is the largest public-works project in New Jersey history: the building and renovation of hundreds of schools across the state. But the money is quickly being committed to specific projects, and after next year it will likely be tapped out. New construction projects for school districts will be stalled unless billions more dollars are found. Gov. McGreevey recently alarmed urban districts when he suggested they would have to come up with some of the new money.
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June 12, 2000 | By Adam L. Cataldo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The school board has approved three questions that will be voted on in a fall bond referendum that could cost taxpayers between $9 million and $18 million for construction projects. Board members unanimously approved Questions 1 and 3, while Question 2 was approved by a 7-2 vote during Thursday night's four-hour school board meeting. Board members Brett Harrison and Christine Schultz voted against Question 2. "I think we had a great discussion, and I feel a sense of progress," said School Board President Pat Haines.
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June 4, 1997 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A coalition of 18 Gloucester County school districts today will announce that it is suing the State of New Jersey, contending that the state has failed to provide adequate funding for capital-improvement projects. Led by Washington Township, the largest district in the county, the coalition will address the issue at a news conference this morning in front of the township's high school, which is undergoing a major expansion. For the last five years, the total amount of state payments on local debt service - the mortgage payments on bond issues for building construction and renovations - has been frozen at $69 million, according to the state Department of Education.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By Mary Tebeau
The Dec. 21 attack on the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting construction site, which police have attributed to union violence, illuminates the grip of fear that the Philadelphia-area union building trades have inflicted on local development for years. Bullying is not tolerated in our children's schools and should not be tolerated in the construction industry. In Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of construction employees elect not to join a union, and all construction companies have an opportunity to compete for projects through open bidding.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Parents and students in New Jersey's poorest school districts must hope that a recent appellate court ruling has delivered the momentum needed to jump-start long-delayed school construction projects. While the state has dragged its feet for several years, the districts have been waiting far too long for antiquated buildings to be repaired or replaced. A state appeals court handed the districts a major victory with its recent order that the state must quickly adopt the rules that will determine when the districts can manage their own state-funded construction projects.
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July 2, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Norristown Area School District officials say an ongoing state-level legal battle over wages for public construction projects likely will raise the cost of high-tech improvements and delay work on much-needed electrical work and computer access for district students. Plans to lay computer cables and rewire obsolete school electrical systems - some of which date to early this century - are among nearly $1 billion in government construction projects statewide now on hold until the legal dispute is resolved.
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May 31, 2002 | Daily News wire services
700 union trade workers rally at N.J. Statehouse About 700 union trade workers demonstrated outside the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton yesterday in support of a bill that would help union contractors compete with non-union companies for government construction projects. The bill, under review by the state Senate Labor Committee, is a priority for unions since the state is about to spend billions on school construction, said state AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.
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September 17, 1986 | By Walter F. Roche Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
A state Health Department official told legislators yesterday that her department could take over the review of health care construction projects now performed by federally funded regional planning units. Testifying before the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, Deputy Health Secretary Jennifer Riseon said the Health Department was preparing to streamline the review process and make other administrative changes that would allow the state to handle the entire review function.
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March 22, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a sunny morning in Bellmawr, but a thunderous boom pierces the air. Then another, and another. The bangs echo for blocks. At nearby businesses, the earth shakes. Photos rattle on walls, startling sleepy residents, but the skies remain clear, because, although it sounds like a storm, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it. The small town, located where Route 42 and I-295 and other thoroughfares converge, is in the midst of construction that has sent residents complaining to their neighbors, their mayor, the New Jersey Department of Transportation - and some to lawyers.
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October 14, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The coming week could determine the fate of billions of dollars in new funding for roads, bridges, and mass transit in Pennsylvania. Republicans who control the House of Representatives have been working behind the scenes with Democratic colleagues and the Corbett administration to negotiate a transportation funding plan with enough support to finally pass the chamber. GOP House officials said they expected to reach an agreement in days, and bring it up for a full floor vote the week of Oct. 21. If they can't, the odds of reviving the bill this year or next are slim - and "the transportation issue is probably over," said Dave Thomas, legal counsel to House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson)
NEWS
October 11, 2013
TONIGHT'S official opening of Philadelphia's newest showcase certainly represents a milestone for the local theater scene, but you'll have to wait another eight months or so to pop the champagne corks. After 10 years of planning, plotting and fundraising, the FringeArts complex, at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, debuts with a Fringe Festival favorite, "The Elephant Room," a magic-based piece that runs through Oct. 20. But as monumental as the building's debut is, it is only the first stage of the $7 million project.
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July 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Protesters are back. Members of Carpenters Local 255 stood at the curb on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Tuesday where a new store for Pier 1 Imports is under construction. The problem, said three men with a sign, is that the general contractor is using workers who do not belong to a union. "Labor Dispute," read part of a banner. In red letters, the rest of the sign shouted, "Shame on Pier 1 Imports. " Occasionally the three received a honk, or support in the form of thumbs up as they stood in the 85-degree heat on the busy byway near a Wegmans.
NEWS
March 31, 2013
Another arson hit the new residential high-rise nearing completion at Temple University, a university spokesman reported Friday. The small fire was discovered about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Hall, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Ray Betzner, the spokesman. Construction crews extinguished the fire, and the scene was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A series of fires was set in the building's upper floors in February, causing $100,000 in damage.
NEWS
January 20, 2013 | By Mary Tebeau
The Dec. 21 attack on the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting construction site, which police have attributed to union violence, illuminates the grip of fear that the Philadelphia-area union building trades have inflicted on local development for years. Bullying is not tolerated in our children's schools and should not be tolerated in the construction industry. In Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80 percent of construction employees elect not to join a union, and all construction companies have an opportunity to compete for projects through open bidding.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press
U.S. manufacturing grew slightly in December, and factory hiring increased, gains suggesting that the economy entered 2013 with some momentum. Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in November from October's levels, however, as a steep drop in volatile federal projects offset another gain in home building. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity rose in December to 50.7 - up from a reading of 49.5 in November that was the lowest reading since July 2009, one month after the recession ended.
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January 3, 2013 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
For some, a boardwalk conjures up memories of summer afternoons running from beach to arcade and back again; for others, it brings to mind the chaotic nightlife chronicled in the reality show Jersey Shore . But for the summer towns that dot New Jersey's coast, boardwalks are an economic lifeline that they are rushing to rebuild before the summer season starts in just under six months. "The boardwalk will be back," vowed Seaside Heights Councilman Tony Vaz. "It has to be. We have to survive.
NEWS
December 15, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA plans to close the 3,175-foot-long bridge that carries Norristown High-Speed Line trains over the Schuylkill, the first in what could be a cascade of cutbacks caused by a lack of money, the agency said Thursday. The 101-year-old Bridgeport Viaduct will be closed next summer, when warmer temperatures cause tracks to expand and pull free of steel spikes in rotted wooden ties, SEPTA chief engineer Jeff Knueppel said. The bridge carries about 2,400 passengers a day to and from the Norristown Transportation Center.
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