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June 2, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
Following on his winter promise that the Schools Development Authority would ratchet up its workload, Gov. Christie pledged Thursday that more school construction money was on the way and more groundbreakings were in the offing. Reaction was tempered with caution. Would the reality be anywhere near as rosy as the governor seemed to suggest? Christie announced that an additional $455 million was being made available to schools statewide, part of a grant program for so-called regular operating districts.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
This story has been updated. GAIL BRUNSON loves her South Philly neighborhood - the good, the bad and the in-between. She's lived on the same block of Ellsworth Street near 15th all her life. Brunson, 62, remembers when the crack epidemic hit and her neighborhood began to wither away. She was one of a few who stuck it out, but problems continued as squatters and drug users took over vacant homes. Those once-vacant lots are now dotted with two- and three-story brick homes, thanks to a 10-year real-estate tax abatement established in 1999 that provides for property-tax exemptions on new residential construction.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Given the number of flatbeds, pickup trucks, and fuel tankers rumbling around Merion Golf Club these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking a skyscraper was being constructed nearby. The commotion, however, is the result of another tall task: transforming the venerable Main Line institution - one so steeped in tradition that it doesn't allow members to use electronic devices at the club - into a site ready to host the 2013 U.S. Open and the 25,000 spectators expected to attend each day. The weeklong championship celebration doesn't begin until June 10, and the players don't start competing until June 13. But construction has been underway for months, club neighbors and township officials say, and activity has picked up as festivities draw closer.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille lost his right leg in battle in Vietnam, but it was the scars he's received as an advocate for the new Family Court building that were highlighted at a ceremony at the construction site yesterday. "This is a reality because of you, sir," Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty said to Castille. "The hard work and scars our chief justice bears [occurred] so everyone can seek justice in this building. " Castille, Dougherty and other area officials were on hand for a "topping out" ceremony of the building on Arch Street near 15th.
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
March 21, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two construction executives conspired to force their employees to pay kickbacks to keep their jobs at a Fort Dix reconstruction project and then also conspired to falsify wage records, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Camden on Tuesday. Leonard Santos, 66, of Yardley, owner of Sands Mechanical Inc. in Bristol, and Alex Rabinovich, 57, of Richboro, the company's general manager, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Meanwhile, federal investigators combed through Sands' offices, according to Santos' attorney, Joel D. Rosen of West Windsor, N.J. "No [kickback]
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - State school officials say they will begin construction on a dozen new schools this year, after virtually no building in the three years since Gov. Christie took office. Yet many dilapidated schools await emergency repairs to flood-damaged hallways, broken windows, and collapsing walls, school advocates said at a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. A rusted staircase collapsing at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden is just one of many examples, said advocate Mo Kinberg. Lawmakers criticized the Schools Development Authority (SDA)
BUSINESS
February 25, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cold, wind-driven rain: It was a typical February workday in the Philadelphia region, a tough day to stand outside, with tools, and on ladders. In the gray morning, union carpenter Rob Whartnaby, of Chichester, rode to his job as foreman and superintendent on a project to build 144 pie-shaped single rooms and bathrooms for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of a $250 million update. But Whartnaby and his crew weren't braving the near-freezing weather at the hospital's walled grounds north of Wilmington.
NEWS
February 24, 2013 | By Kathy Lally, Washington Post
SOCHI, Russia - The frenzy of construction for the Winter Games enveloping this city has local people feeling as if the Greek gods of old were flinging one Olympian thunderbolt after another at them as they helplessly endure. President Vladimir V. Putin wants to turn Sochi, a threadbare resort on the Black Sea, into a polished Russian jewel, an up-to-the-minute, year-round, snow-and-sun resort drawing tourists long after next year's Olympics have moved on. Construction roars along 24 hours a day, leaving some residents dazed in this city of 345,000.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elevators for two PATCO train stations have been delayed by construction problems and the discovery of the remnants of an abandoned, century-old subway station during excavation work. The elevators were supposed to be ready for use by the end of 2012 at PATCO's Ninth-10th and Locust Street subway station in Center City and the elevated Ferry Avenue station in Camden. But the $5 million project has been slowed by permitting delays, supplier problems, utility conflicts, and, most important, the discovery of the old station under the Ninth and Locust site.
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