June 26, 2015 |
As the sky darkened ominously, Sean McMahon was playing video games on Tuesday afternoon. Then the power flickered, and what followed was a frightening real-life drama. "It became black as night," the 26-year-old said. He looked out the window of his mother's home in Concord Township, Delaware County, and saw the slow collapse of a 150-foot tree onto her detached garage. On Wednesday afternoon, McMahon and his brother Chris, 35 - along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of others on both sides of the Delaware River - were surveying the damage from the fast-moving but potent cluster of thunderstorms that cut power to about a half-million people, from Chester County through Philadelphia all the way to the Jersey Shore.
June 25, 2015 |
Joe Watkins - then-Gov. Tom Corbett's pick to oversee the Chester Upland schools, which the state said lacked the ability to address their financial disarray - said Tuesday that he is resigning to take a job with a new social-media company. Watkins, who has been the district's chief recovery officer for 21/2 years, will leave Tuesday. He will become executive vice president for external affairs for ElectedFace, a website that aims to connect people to government officials in every political district in America.
June 6, 2015 |
A Philadelphia City Council committee approved a bill Thursday to allow the city to pay $90 million for the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The measure is expected to come up for a full City Council vote later this month. The city-owned Philadelphia airport appraised the property at $75 million in 2013. The current owners, affiliates of Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., appraised the site, which has two office buildings, at $101 million.
June 5, 2015 |
Our outsize investments of time, energy, and money in athletes and arenas tempt us to regard sports as more than just games. Politicians are no exception, forever buying and selling the idea that stadiums aren't only a means of providing entertainment and reaping profits, but the linchpins of the economic revivals that have so far eluded any number of American cities. In fact, study after study has failed to attribute any significant economic impact to sports facilities. Chester is one of many towns relearning that lesson, in this case at the feet of PPL Park, a professional soccer stadium surrounded by the same economic wasteland that greeted its arrival five years ago this month.
June 4, 2015 |
Delaware County officials and a state representative disagree about a key piece of state legislation that may play a crucial role in a lawsuit filed by the county. On Tuesday, county officials publicly announced a $41.4 million lawsuit against 19 telecommunication carriers, alleging that the providers violated state law by undercharging customers - particularly medium-size to large businesses - for the number of phone lines they operate. The under-billings are significant, the county alleges, because 911 fees - charged to customers as $1 per month on every line they operate - are not collected and remitted to fund the county's emergency services.
May 28, 2015 |
Philadelphia wants to buy the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. An ordinance was introduced in City Council on Thursday, paving the way for the city-owned airport to purchase the complex, which has two office buildings that were once the corporate headquarters of Scott Paper Co. The former Scott Plaza site is owned by a joint venture of affiliates of New York-based private equity firm Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., a commercial real estate development and management company.
May 24, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Weichert Realtors agent Barbara Mastronardo calls Concord Township "one hot little real estate market. " Based on what? The Garnet Valley School District, for starters - this Delaware County community is part of it. Bethel Township, for another. It, too, is part of the Garnet Valley district, but with more expensive and larger houses - the first-quarter median price was $434,500, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report, versus $350,000 for Concord Township.
May 22, 2015 |
At stake were nominations for the mayor's office in the nation's fifth-largest city and three vacancies on the state Supreme Court - the first time in more than 300 years that so many high court seats were available. Voters, evidently, were unimpressed. In Philadelphia, 70 percent of registered Democrats chose not to cast ballots in the mayoral primary Tuesday. In the city's four neighboring counties, more than 85 percent of those eligible failed to vote, according to county records.
May 21, 2015 |
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland ousted Chester Mayor John Linder on Tuesday night in one of the region's most heated primary battles. With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Kirkland had outpolled his Democratic rival by better than 2-1, ensuring that the Delaware County city will have a new leader next year. Kirkland will face former Mayor Wendell Butler, a Republican, in November's election. Linder's relationship with the five-member City Council had grown contentious in recent months, leading the Democratic Party to instead back Kirkland, a 12-term state representative.
May 19, 2015 |
More sales but lower prices characterized the suburban real estate market in 2015's first quarter, as the Philadelphia region continued to extricate itself from the housing downturn. An analysis by economist Kevin Gillen of data provided by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors showed that the typical suburban house sold fell in value by 1.8 percent in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter. Yet Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, also noted that while the average home price declined by only 0.3 percent in the city quarter to quarter, in the suburbs the average price fell 2.3 percent.