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June 20, 2013
By Robert Brehm A Philadelphia building collapses, people are killed, and the public demands reforms to prevent future tragedies. We have seen this sequence of events before. There are lessons to be learned, but not new ones. Engineers already know the inherent dangers of demolition and the reasons for such failures. The questions have been asked 100 times and answered 101 times. But the public outcry winds down, political will diminishes, and contractors complain that they are overregulated.
NEWS
June 28, 1990 | By Cynthia Henry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents determined to save Ardmore Junior High from ruins have vowed to fight on despite a Commonwealth Court decision upholding the demolition. Attorney Alan Candor, representing four Lower Merion residents, said Tuesday that he would file an appeal of the June 18 ruling by today's deadline. Meanwhile, the school district is trying to move ahead with the demolition, which now may cost more than the $1.5 million budgeted last year. A panel of three judges rejected the Lower Merion residents' contention that the state Department of Education and the school district had denied them a hearing in the case and had ignored historic preservation laws in authorizing the demolition last year.
NEWS
April 10, 1988 | By Leslie Florio, Special to The Inquirer
An uninsured plumbing business destroyed in a Darby Borough fire has been condemned by the Darby Borough Council, and will be demolished at taxpayer expense. The blaze destroyed the Janess Supply Co. Inc. building at New Walnut Street and Chester Pike last Sunday. Also damaged were the Darby Shoe Store at 888 Main St. and an 18-unit apartment building at 896 Main St. On Wednesday, the council voted unanimously to declare the shoe store and the plumbing buildings unsafe and a danger to residents.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | Staff Report
Philadelphia police were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
NEWS
April 12, 1989 | By Carol D. Leonnig, Special to The Inquirer
The Burlington County prosecutor has subpoenaed Willingboro School District records as the latest step in its investigation of the demolition of a vacant school building and the use of maintenance workers for the job. The roof of the former Alternate School collapsed March 13 on a team of workers, killing one and injuring five others. School board members were told Monday night about the subpoena, which requests minutes and videotaped recordings of all meetings when the board discussed the building's sale, removal or demolition.
NEWS
August 19, 1994 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
The demolition crew, hired by the city at a cost of $710,000, is primed and ready for the massive demolition of the historic and abandoned Mayfair House in Mount Airy on Monday. But yesterday the owner, Arnav Industries of New York City, went before Common Pleas Judge Russell Nigro seeking an order to block the impending demolition. Nigro delayed a decision and called both sides to his chambers for a meeting today. Carl Primavera, who represents Arnav, said his client was close to an agreement with a new developer and that the 14-story, 244-unit building at Lincoln Drive and Johnson Street could become housing for senior citizens.
NEWS
December 1, 1992 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
A City Council committee hearing is scheduled tonight on a Philadelphia Housing Authority proposal to raze eight dilapidated high-rises at the Raymond Rosen Apartments in North Philadelphia and replace them with townhouses. PHA needs Council's approval to demolish the high-rises and replace them with 814 townhouses that would be built or rehabilitated on or near the site at 23rd and Diamond streets. The agency has applied to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for $60 million to fund the project.
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | By Lisa Moorhead, Special to The Inquirer
A Victorian home on East Ridley Avenue came tumbling down this week, and if a few Ridley Park residents are correct, the uproar over the demolition has just begun. Council member Jack Petrie announced at a council meeting Tuesday night that 201 E. Ridley Ave. was about 80 percent demolished. A Zoning Hearing Board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 tonight to debate the development of the site, Petrie said. The subject of the demolition sparked disapproval from council member William Pilson, liaison to the borough Historical Commission, and two residents.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | By Rob Wingate, Special to The Inquirer
Newtown Township supervisors have approved a plan that would allow the demolition of the Dunwoody Home on West Chester Pike, which has provided care to the elderly since 1924. But the 4-0 vote Monday was overshadowed by complaints that Dunwoody's trustees have failed to communicate their plans to relatives of current residents - many of whom must now find other accommodations. Dunwoody plans to house 10 of the 40 current residents of the home in a proposed medical facility and relocate the others to different institutions.
NEWS
September 13, 1987 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
Plans to demolish one of Narberth's 18th-century buildings have left preservationists in the borough feeling helpless. "There doesn't seem to be an awful lot we can do legally," said David Brawer, president of the Narberth Preservation Committee, which was formed to raise the community's consciousness about the historic value of some of the borough's older buildings. Brawer was bemoaning the impending demolition of a rundown old house at 1226 Montgomery Ave. that dates back to 1725.
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NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Demolition began Friday morning on a historic apartment building seriously damaged in a fire this year - and, city officials said, more of the building will be preserved than originally planned. The four-story building at 2122 Locust St., known as the Charles F. Gummey House, was built in 1899 and features an imposing brick facade with bay windows and an elaborately carved stone door surround. City officials said in a news release that residents of the building's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood had been upset by the initial demolition plan, which called for only the building's facade to be preserved.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Alfred Lubrano, STAFF WRITERS
A section of concrete floor on the third level of a factory being demolished in Center City collapsed Thursday morning, toppling a lamppost and a tree onto the roof of a school bus that had just dropped off students at the National Constitution Center. No injuries were reported in the 9 a.m. incident on the 400 block of Race Street. What caused the 12-inch concrete floor, which measured 8 feet by 15 feet, to tumble was not immediately known. For some, the incident echoed the 2013 collapse of a building being demolished at 22nd and Market Streets in which six people in an adjoining Salvation Army thrift store were killed and 13 were injured.
SPORTS
March 10, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Columnist
No new reports have surfaced yet about which side of the NovaCare Complex Howie Roseman is working from these days. It was big news last year around this time when Chip Kelly took control of the Eagles' football operations - at least we all thought he did - and Roseman's nameplate was removed from the office that was in the same wing as Kelly and Ed Marynowitz, the coach's handpicked decision-making assistant. Regardless of Roseman's office location, he obviously has risen and returned as the man in charge of putting together the roster.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Most of the Center City apartment building ravaged by a four-alarm fire last month will be demolished, but its façade will be saved, City Hall announced Thursday. The Department of Licenses and Inspections said the owner of the four-story building at 2122 Locust Street that was destroyed by the Jan. 19 blaze had been instructed to apply for demolition permits. However, the structure's façade will remain standing, officials said. The brick building, constructed in 1899 at the corner of Locust and Van Pelt Streets, was originally known as the Charles F. Gummey House and designed by the architectural firm Baker & Dallett, the city said.
NEWS
January 17, 2016
PHILADELPHIA POLICE were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | Staff Report
Philadelphia police were looking Friday for a man who, posing as a Department of Licenses and Inspections employee, has been telling residents in North Philadelphia that the city was going to demolish their homes. The incidents occurred Jan. 8 and Wednesday on the 2500 block of North Colorado Street, the 2400 block of West Cumberland Street, and the 2400 block of West Sergeant Street, the Mayor's Office of Communications said in a statement. The man wore a reflective vest and yellow hard hat, but presented no identification.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
With a rumble of its engine, a big yellow backhoe Tuesday crashed its hydraulic arm through a wall of Evesham Township's long-vacant Kmart store, a first step in the demolition - and rehabilitation - of a shopping center the township has long called an eyesore. "It's been a continual process to get where we are today," Mayor Randy Brown told residents and officials gathered at the Tri-Towne Plaza minutes before the backhoe sprang to life in Burlington County's largest municipality. "We've worked longer on this than any other project in Evesham," Brown said.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Al Lubrano, STAFF WRITERS
The Inspector General's Office found that the Department of Licenses and Inspections failed to follow proper demolition guidelines in nearly 80 percent of cases reviewed over a nine-month period, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit was launched in response to an Inquirer story, published on Oct. 25, that reported that same rate of mishandled inspections. The Inquirer story was based on the paper's own review of L&I records. The Inspector General's report concluded that "the most significant finding of the audit is that in 57 of 100 permits, inspectors improperly passed at least one inspection that should have been waived or failed.
NEWS
November 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Mayor Nutter's request that his inspector general investigate allegations that the Department of Licenses and Inspections isn't properly monitoring demolition sites is unsettling considering how long he took to make that decision. In the 28 months since a wall crashed into the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market Streets, leaving six people dead and 13 others injured, it has been as obvious as a wrecking ball that L&I is steeped in dysfunction. It's hard to understand why Nutter waited until he has only about two months left in office to put his toughest investigator on this case.
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