October 20, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
October 19, 2014 |
Population: 7,782 (2014). Median income: $91,179 (2014). Area: 9.26 square miles. Settlements in the last three months: 5. Homes for sale: 13. Days on market: 121. Median sale price: $550,000. Housing stock: Primarily single-family on large lots; some built in the 18th or 19th century, most built in the last 30 years. School district: West Chester Area. SOURCES: Thornbury Township; Zillow.com; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Market Report
October 16, 2014 |
In counties across the Philadelphia region, officials are casting a watchful eye on the Ebola outbreak that has already claimed one life in Texas. Representatives from Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties, as well as two South Jersey counties, said Tuesday that they were keeping in close contact with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and area hospitals. "A contagious virus is only a plane ride away," Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle told reporters after the first meeting of a county task force on Ebola and infectious diseases.
October 5, 2014 |
To improve safety for pedestrians between 30th Street Station and the nearby medical complex in West Philadelphia, planners will get $75,000 for a new study announced Friday by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As part of $1.2 million in grants in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties, the city's Commerce Department will use the money to focus on improving six intersections and transit options in University City. The grants of federal and state funds were part of the planning commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative, which seeks to coordinate local transportation improvements with land-use planning.
October 4, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
September 5, 2014 |
Who cut the cheese in Philadelphia's suburbs? Peco Energy Co. is still sniffing out the source of the distinctive rotten-egg odor that prompted more than a thousand customers to report natural-gas leaks on Saturday and early Sunday, mostly in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. No leaks were discovered in the utility's gas distribution system, said Peco spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez. There were no risks to safety or health, she said. The calls created a big headache for Peco, which typically gets about 8,000 gas-leak complaints a year, said Engel Menendez.
August 18, 2014 |
Community improvement projects across the region have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its low- and moderate-income maps in the middle of the grant process. The update, which happened in June, took some local officials by surprise and has them scrambling to find money for such projects as a pedestrian bridge at a Hatboro-Horsham school and improvements to the Ambler Community Center. Montgomery County had already selected the projects to fund when HUD updated the maps.
August 15, 2014 |
Chester City Council unanimously approved controversial expansion plans Wednesday for a trash incinerator along the city's waterfront that would allow the operator to accept waste shipped by train from New York. Council members told a packed audience that they understood concerns about the trash-to-steam plant's presence in Chester but could not deny the facility's right to operate. Covanta plans to construct two buildings, which the company said will allow it to accept trash in updated and safer containers.
August 2, 2014
ISSUE | SHOOTING Fantasy scenario for saving lives There is nothing in President Obama's gun-control proposals that would have prevented the Delaware County psychiatrist from applying for a gun permit and receiving it ("Armed doctor saved lives," July 29). On the other hand, if it is true, as commentator John R. Lott Jr. asserts, that there was nothing that would have prevented the hospital shooter from acquiring a gun, maybe that is because people like Lott keep foisting a guns-for-everyone mythology on us and blocking even the smallest reforms.
July 26, 2014 |
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.