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NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Mike Newall, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
The old Shirt Corner fell to pieces Thursday in Old City, sending pedestrians scurrying and jangling nerves in a city where a building collapse last summer killed six people. No one was injured when the empty store collapsed at Third and Market Streets, spilling bricks and debris into the road and sending up a huge cloud of gray dust. Workers were demolishing a building two doors east, which caused debris to land on a middle structure and fall onto the building on the corner, which then fell down, according to Mark Christof, superintendent of general contractor Constructure Management, who spoke at the scene.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
Mayor Nutter and Licenses and Inspection Commissioner Carlton Williams are to announce new proposed demolition standards and controls for the city. The move comes two days after six people were killed and 14 others injured when a Center City thrift store collapsed during the botched demolition of a building next door. The mayor, Williams and other city officials are to outline the proposed standards and controls at a 2 p.m. news conference at City Hall.
NEWS
May 14, 1988 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden's city-operated demolition program has not been insured since February, and it has no insurance policy to pay for the demolition accident that damaged a South Camden cabinet shop Wednesday, city officials said yesterday. But the city's risk manager, Bill Murray, said that while Cigna Corp. canceled demolition coverage from the city's $1.6 million premium, it may pay for at least some of the damage. He said Cigna was sending a representative to assess the damage to the cabinet shop.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THE PHILADELPHIA Historical Commission is considering a rule change that critics say would make it easier to demolish historic buildings. The rule change would remove a requirement for owners to show they made an "attempt" to sell a property to receive a "financial hardship" to justify the demolition. On Wednesday, Ben Leech, director of advocacy for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, sent out an "advocacy alert" calling on recipients to sign an online petition asking the commission to delay making any rule changes immediately.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2000 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Dust off the bulldozers and the wrecking ball. Wayne Spilove, who wants to build a 12-story self-parking garage with storefronts on Sansom Street near 16th, got a judge's go-ahead yesterday to begin tearing down 10 unoccupied buildings he owns on the block to make way for the project. But don't start your engines quite yet. Within hours of Common Pleas Judge Gerald Levin's ruling, Spilove's attorney, Carl S. Primavera, got a call from Mayor Street and agreed to postpone demolition until cost estimates come in for alternative plans that would keep the original facades.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2012 | Stephan Salisbury
No decision on demolition of cathedral buildings The Philadelphia Historical Commission failed to reach a decision Friday on whether to allow the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral to demolish two historic buildings in the 3800 block of Chestnut Street and erect a 25-story apartment tower on the site. The cathedral, around the corner on 38th Street, is seeking to tear down its own parish houses, designed over a century ago by noted church architect Charles Burns, who also designed the cathedral.
NEWS
February 23, 1992 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
A group of Mount Holly residents has filed an appeal in court against a Planning Board decision allowing the demolition of the 19th-century Newbold House on Madison Avenue. Moorestown lawyer Alfred Faxon, hired by the group last week, filed the appeal in Superior Court on Tuesday. Faxon said the appeal contends that the Planning Board adopted the resolution allowing the demolition of the building by its owner, Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, "without sufficient findings.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Controller Alan Butkovitz called in authorities to deal with a hazardous building in North Philadelphia on Saturday after neighbors complained that they had not been able to get action on their own. After Butkovitz's intercession - he called 911 and gave dispatchers his city title, he said - the Fire and Police Departments responded and called in the Department of Licenses and Inspections to knock down what remained of the vacant two-story brick...
NEWS
November 23, 1991 | By Ralph Vigoda, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for the demolition of Ardmore Junior High in Lower Merion, affirming two Commonwealth Court orders that approved the Lower Merion School District's decision to tear it down. School board solicitor Charles Potash yesterday called the 6-1 decision, issued without opinion, "a complete legal victory. The school district can proceed unfettered to tear down the building. " Outgoing board President J. Roger Williams, who lost his bid for re- election this month, said, "I'm pleased that our position prevailed.
NEWS
April 30, 1992 | By Michael A. Renshaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources will shut down a Langhorne Borough demolition contractor if he continues to operate without state permits for dumping and burning, a DER official said. Ronsin, an industrial demolition and recycling business that operates on a nine-acre property at 550 N. Pine St., became the focus of concern earlier this month after a fire. A firefighter was injured in the April 4 blaze, which started in a pile of demolition debris. Vernon Jacobs, borough fire marshal, appealed to the Borough Council April 8 for state intervention to determine what chemicals and materials were being stored on the property and whether they were hazardous to the community.
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