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July 13, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
On a sunny Saturday morning in June, a four-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot home in Radnor was facing a death sentence. The house was no more than 65 years old, but by the following Tuesday, it would be coming down to make way for something bigger and better, or at least more current. Its demise, though, would not be in vain. Enter Kevin Tobin, the man behind Pre-Demolition Sales. Owners call him in ahead of the wrecking ball - sometimes at the last minute - and he inventories everything from roof tiles to flooring, HVAC systems, wainscoting, shrubs, and patios, scrawling prices in marker on the soon-to-be-razed walls.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORMANDY BEACH, N.J. - It's not hard to see why they call Sandy the "Wicked Witch of the East" here in northern Ocean County. Cedar-shingled A-frame homes blown and washed from their foundations do look a lot like they crash-landed from the sky onto sand-covered streets. But not for much longer, as a walking tour led by state Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin made clear Wednesday. These homes - an enduring symbol of Sandy's wrath, much like the marooned roller coaster in the ocean - are being systematically torn down.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chairman of the state House Urban Affairs Committee said Tuesday that he expected the legislature to move to strengthen safety requirements for city demolition projects. "I don't see it as an issue in rural areas, but where you have larger cities where there's a tremendous amount of people, you need to take precautions, and the people that are taking down those type of buildings need to be professionals," said State Rep. Mario M. Scavello (R., Monroe), a former mayor of Mount Pocono.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
DOES ENGINE 46, the empty, eye-catching firehouse that lords over a chunk of South Philly, have a date with a wrecking ball? That's been the buzz around Pennsport since reports first surfaced in the spring that a demolition permit had been tacked to a window of the 119-year-old building, which sits at Reed and Water streets. The news website PlanPhilly reported last month that Cedar Realty Trust, the New York-based company that owns the firehouse and the nearby Riverview movie theater, had indeed filed for a demolition permit in January and February.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - For one family, it was three generations of Shore home that had to come tumbling down after Sandy. For another, it was their first house, the children's handprints newly pressed into concrete. But their different situations led to the same place on the obstacle-laden post-Sandy road: demolition. "It's a goner," said preschool teacher Janet Shepler, 44, whose home at Wellington and Dudley Avenues now has only a backyard slide, a patio, and a low brick wall that once had heralded the brand-new neighborhood of Ventnor Heights.
NEWS
July 4, 2013
Mayor Nutter's newest excuse for suppressing public information related to the fatal Market Street building collapse is that a grand jury is investigating the disaster. But the investigation doesn't change the public nature of the records involved. Experts in the field say they were public records before the collapse - and they're public records now. Nutter is blowing a chance to keep his word that his government would be transparent. State law even allows him to grant access to records that fall into a gray area if they illuminate public policy.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
UNDER A law that went into effect in May, licenses for the contractor and the permit expediter involved in the deadly June 5 Center City building collapse could have been revoked, City Councilman Jim Kenney said yesterday. The law, which Kenney and Councilman Bobby Henon cosponsored, created several criteria in which the Department of Licenses and Inspection can suspend or revoke a license, including if a contractor provides inaccurate cost estimates of construction on permit applications.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Recent roof failures have accelerated the planned demolition of the Broad Street Armory, a process attracting heightened scrutiny in the wake of the Market Street building collapse that killed six people. The Armory site's developer and attorney say they are taking extra precautions in tearing down the four-story, dilapidated brick building, built in 1886. It could come down as early as next week, and neighbors have raised concerns about containing a demolition in the heart of South Broad Street.
NEWS
June 27, 2013
Mayor Nutter campaigned on a promise of government transparency, convincing voters that he was the guy with nothing to hide. But in the aftermath of the deadly collapse of a four-story building at 22d and Market Streets, he has denied access to public documents that may help us understand the tragedy and prevent a recurrence. The city, for example, is sitting on Sean Benschop's successful five-page application to do city-financed demolition work. Benschop is the excavator operator who was charged with manslaughter in connection with the June 5 collapse.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demolition at the site of a fatal building collapse at 22d and Market Streets resumed Monday, with officers from the police Crime Scene Unit on hand in case pertinent evidence was discovered. Workers began by removing debris from the lot that once housed a Salvation Army thrift store, flattened this month when an unsupported wall from a demolition site next door toppled. Six people were killed and 14 injured. Work also was poised to begin next door, where the owner, Richard Basciano, was negotiating to hire a separate demolition outfit.
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