September 8, 1994 |
Demolition on the landmark Sears warehouse complex was at a standstill yesterday as authorities searched for the cause of Tuesday's four-alarm fire and whether scorched parts of the structure were still safe. Firefighters continued to hose down the eighth and ninth floors of the building's old merchandise warehouse from pumper trucks on Roosevelt Boulevard and at the back of the warehouse. Mercer Wrecking Recycling Corp. is demolishing the complex of interconnected warehouses for Richard I. Rubin & Co., which has announced plans for a 40-acre shopping center on the site.
August 6, 1989 |
The Lower Merion School District has awarded contracts for demolishing the Ardmore Junior High School, but the building will not be razed until the state's acting secretary of education rules on an appeal by residents opposing the demolition. The board, meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, awarded about $1.5 million in contracts, the largest portion of it - $1.2 million - to P. Agnes Inc. of Philadelphia as general contractor in the demolition and reconstruction of the school's gymnasium.
May 4, 1994 |
City Council President John Street is seeking a delay in proposed plans to demolish abandoned houses in a North Philadelphia neighborhood plagued by large-scale drug trafficking, an aide to Street said yesterday. Street wants city housing agencies, the Department of Licenses and Inspection and neighborhood residents in the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia to formulate a long-term plan for the troubled area, said the aide, Darrell Clarke. However, L&I Commissioner Bennett Levin, who announced the demolition plans, said Street's office hadn't contacted him. Levin also refused to confirm whether he had signed a demolition order yesterday for the houses, as he said he had planned.
January 10, 1991 |
The city Historical Commission voted yesterday to allow the University of Pennsylvania to demolish Smith Hall, an 1892 laboratory building that its advocates say is a landmark in the histories of science and education. The commission voted by 8-1 - with two commissioners who have Penn connections abstaining - to allow the razing of the building, which is on the east side of 34th Street between Walnut and Spruce Streets. The commission's approval requires that the university possess all necessary funding and regulatory approvals for the building that will replace Smith Hall before the demolition can proceed.
November 16, 1989 |
Collingdale officials have agreed that a vacant apartment building at Pine Street and Pusey Avenue should be demolished. At its meeting Monday, the Borough Council unanimously endorsed a suggestion by Councilman William E. McGowan that the owner of the property, the Warren Bollinger estate, be notified that the building should be torn down. The eight-unit building was inspected by borough engineer John P. Damon, who called it "structurally unsafe, hazardous and a public nuisance," borough manager Stephen J. Beckson said.
March 8, 1987 |
Two petitions have been presented to the East Fallowfield Township Board of Supervisors protesting the proposed demolition of the Mortonville Bridge on Strasburg Road. The narrow bridge, built in 1826, has deteriorating stone walls. The bridge is on a state road and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The state Department of Transportation wants to demolish the bridge and replace it, according to Supervisor Emil Meyer. The township's Historical Commission wants to reconstruct the bridge, keeping its original form.
October 14, 2006 |
"The cabin is saved!" Ted Pollard, president of the Radnor Historical Society, was excited yesterday after Eastern University readily agree to postpone Monday's scheduled demolition of the historic log cabin on its St. Davids campus. "We're still all in shock!" Until the meeting between university president David Black and Pollard and other supporters of historical preservation, the outlook didn't look good for what a 1925 architectural book said was likely the most "elaborate log building in this country.
May 5, 2000 |
Paul DuSold's portrait studio is in the demolition zone. He and about 30 other painters, sculptors and photographers are in line to lose their rented space in a former factory on 12th Street if the city goes ahead with Mayor Street's stadium plan. Well over 100 properties - many vacant, but others developed as businesses, studios or condos - would be leveled to line out a playing field for the Phillies. And DuSold, whose paintings hang in Pennsylvania Hospital, the Union League and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, would miss his fifth-floor studio on 12th Street near Wood.
April 18, 1990 |
Cherry Hill Township has threatened to tear down the unfinished condominiums of the Hamlets development if the builder or the mortgage holder does not make the construction area safe by Friday. Earlier this month, the township building inspector cited the financially troubled InterDevelCo for construction violations because the open structures created a safety hazard. Since then, neither the firm nor Howard Savings Bank has made any move to correct the situation. "There is imminent danger to the public, and we don't know when these problems are going to be addressed," said chief inspector Anthony Saccomanno.
June 20, 1988 |
When the South Jersey Port Corp. opened bids for the demolition of its rusting old shipways on the Delaware River in Camden last year, the news seemed too good to be true. The agency's consulting engineers had estimated that dismantling the 10- acre site, former home of the defunct New York Shipbuilding Corp., would cost $2.6 million. But the low bidder came in at only $494,316, $1.5 million less than the next-lowest one and less than one-fifth of the estimate from S.T. Hudson Engineers of Camden.