February 12, 1992 |
City Council has asked for a 90-day stay of execution for the historic Victory Building, which could be facing the wrecking ball in a matter of weeks. Council unanimously approved a non-binding resolution introduced by Democrat Joseph Vignola aimed at saving the ornate office building at 10th and Chestnut Streets. The building's owner, investor Sam Rappaport, won a victory last week when the Board of Licenses and Inspections Review overturned the Historical Commission's denial of his application for a demolition permit.
April 2, 1987 |
The house on County Line Road in Bryn Mawr that was ordered demolished last week has been spared the bulldozer - at least for now. The lawyer for the owners has appealed the order, which was issued on March 25 by Justice Robert Burton in Haverford Township District Court. The house, a stately old dwelling at 109 County Line Rd., had fallen into disrepair. No one has lived in it since 1979. After neighbors made repeated complaints about the house and a pregnant teenager was found living there, the township took the owners, the O'Connor family of Linden Drive in Havertown, to court.
May 23, 1991 |
A symbol of faded promises began tumbling down this week. After hovering over the Boardwalk at Albany Avenue for more than a dozen years, the rusting steel girders of the proposed Dunes Hotel & Casino are finally coming down, closing a financially muddled chapter in the history of this gambling resort. As Boardwalk gawkers watch, huge cranes carry men with torches who disassemble girders at the top of the four-story framework, while a piece of heavy equipment bites chunks out of metal posts on the ground.
March 8, 2013 |
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.
April 22, 1988 |
Mayor Goode, fighting off a torrent of criticism by Logan residents and potentially embarrassing legislation in the state Senate, says he has no plans for wholesale demolition of about 1,000 Logan-area homes because of deteriorating soil conditions. In a letter to the residents and to the entire state Senate, Goode also said his administration is committed to saving those homes that pose no danger to occupants. The letter reiterated the city's intention to demolish 205 homes that are sinking into ash and cinder fill that was discovered when exploding gas pipes destroyed two homes in February 1986.
February 8, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A five-bill package intended to strengthen the city's regulation of demolition practices, impose more requirements on contractors, and demand closer supervision by city inspectors won unanimous passage in City Council on Thursday. Many of the changes - such as requiring safety plans as part of an application for any demolition permit - have already been implemented by the Nutter administration, spurred by the building collapse in June that killed six people at 22d and Market Streets.
November 19, 2004 |
Demolition is expected to begin today at the vacant G.O. Carlson steel plant in Coatesville, and local officials hope the spectacle marks a new phase in the city's revitalization effort. "I want them to know that we are right on the cusp of . . . the rebirth of the city," City Manager Paul G. Janssen Jr. said yesterday of Coatesville's 11,000 residents. The demolition is intended to make way for new housing and other amenities, part of a hoped-for transformation of the worn steel town in western Chester County into a postindustrial oasis.
June 6, 1990 |
Demolition workers Monday began tearing down the charred shell of a Tacony house where PATH Inc. once envisioned a group home for the mentally ill. The three-story house on Ditman Street had drawn neighborhood opposition since mid-1988, when PATH's intentions became public. After two years of failed protests and legal challenges by angry neighbors, the nonprofit organization was about six months from opening the home when it burned Feb. 27. The fire was ruled accidental. It began in basement electrical wires, moved up the walls of the house and gutted much of the interior.
August 3, 1986 |
The city of Beverly is prepared to spend about $23,500 to get rid of what council members call a community eyesore: the former quarters of the defunct Italian American Club at 125 Broad St. Council will consider for final passage on Aug. 24 an ordinance that appropriates $5,500 in capital funds to acquire the property. Council must first get legal title to the property, on which two Burlington men hold tax liens, before it can receive county approval to switch a Community Development Block grant of $18,000 - originally intended for road work - toward the cost of demolishing the building.
July 18, 1997 |
It was already sweltering by the time two dozen people, some with sleep in their eyes, gathered at a parking lot here to witness the demolition of Linwood Elementary. They flocked here - this group of graying graduates, adolescent students, and middle-aged school district employees - because Linwood, the Hudell Avenue brick school built in 1921, was a special place for them. "I wouldn't come down for any old demolition," said Jimmy Colson Jr., 60, who graduated from Linwood in 1951.