May 23, 2015 |
A bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections was put on hold Thursday after push-back from the city Planning Commission and Northeast Philadelphia residents. Councilman Bobby Henon held his bill, which would have authorized City Council to spend up to $7.2 million to purchase 58 acres just south of the current facility at 8001 State Rd. near the House of Corrections in the city's prison complex. On Wednesday, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 against the proposal after impassioned speeches by residents, including Peter McDermott of Mayfair, who also spoke at Council on Thursday.
May 22, 2015 |
MAYBE IT WAS because he looked like a stunt double for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, but when Peter McDermott of Mayfair told the City Planning Commission that he "couldn't think of a worse use for a waterfront property" than putting a prison on it, the commission listened. After McDermott's passionate appeal, the commission on Tuesday voted to disapprove a bill to give the city authority to buy a 58-acre lot on the Delaware River at State Road near Bleigh Avenue in Holmesburg for up to $7.2 million.
May 21, 2015 |
About 75 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel is now at or deeper than 45 feet, and the dredging work that began in March 2010 should be completed in mid-2017, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Gov. Wolf last week released an additional $18.6 million for deepening a 103-mile stretch from Philadelphia and Camden to the Atlantic Ocean from 40 to 45 feet to accommodate larger ships. The state of Pennsylvania, as the local project partner, will contribute 35 percent of the cost of the $360 million multiyear deepening project.
May 10, 2015 |
The Delaware River pier where the KatManDu nightclub once operated is for sale. Pier 25, now the site of Cavanaugh's River Deck, has been listed by Colliers International, the brokerage said today in a statement. Bids on the 90,400-square-foot property at 417 N. Columbus Blvd., between Waterfront Square and Dave & Busters, are due on August 15, according to Colliers. The property would be well-suited for a residential complex with retail, the brokerage said. Colliers also said it was listing Downey's Restaurant, a nearly four-decade-old pub at Front and South streets.
May 6, 2015 |
A company bought a parcel beside Waterfront Square towers along the Delaware River and plans a residential development at site, the broker who handled the deal announced Monday. Michael Barmash of Colliers International said in a statement that Pier 35 1/2 - same name as the site - acquired the 2.13-acre tract from SA Group Properties on April 29. Barmash did not immediately return a phone message regarding pricing details and specifics about the buyer's plans. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
May 5, 2015 |
Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was pulled from the edge of the Delaware River near Camden Sunday afternoon. Camden County Police received a 911 call around 2:53 p.m. after the body was discovered near 28th Street and Adams Avenue by a juvenile playing in the area, authorities said. The body, not yet identified, appears to be a Hispanic male in his 40s, police said. The cause and manner of death are not known. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Mike Sutley at 856-614-8003 or the Camden County Police Department Detective Bureau at 856-757-7420.
May 2, 2015 |
Government planners fanned out along Spring Garden Street on Thursday to consider replacing its median with a bicycle pathway. Armed with clipboards and checklists, the federal, state, and local planners were taking the first step toward creating an $8 million, 2.2-mile-long "Spring Garden Greenway" that would connect to paths along the Schuylkill and the Delaware River. Thursday's assessment "will really help to lift this project and give it momentum," said Patrick Starr, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, which is seeking a $900,000 grant from the state to advance the project.
April 24, 2015 |
Residents of two Florence Township houses along the Delaware River were urged to leave, their homes declared unsafe to occupy Wednesday, after a landslide took away a large part of their backyards. The picturesque waterfront yards were steadily eroded over the last two years, apparently destabilized in part by an overflowing storm drain, according to Township Administrator Richard Brook. The backyards collapsed on Monday. Thomas Sahol, assistant administrator in the township, inspected the erosion Wednesday afternoon.
April 6, 2015 |
Two dozen members of the Riverton Yacht Club filed through the tall metal gate early Saturday morning and lumbered groggily toward the clubhouse. They could hardly hear one another's hellos over the wind's ragged breath, whitecaps slapping rocks, and plastic tarps complaining loudly, trying to break loose from the bungee cords strapping them to boats in dry dock. On either side of the pier, where the small but mighty sailing club has made its home for 150 years, the last stubborn patches of sooty snow had finally receded, leaving a crusty coating of moss crosshatched with broken tree twigs on the banks of the Delaware River.
March 31, 2015 |
The Hessians were out for blood that autumn day in 1777. They marched 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, hoping to surprise the American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River. Instead, they fell into a trap. Many of Britain's German allies passed over the abandoned earthen walls topped with pointed logs, and then cheered, thinking they'd breached the fort and were close to victory. On the other side, though, was another wall - and a deadly hail of artillery and musket fire that cut through their ranks like a scythe.