July 23, 1987 |
Camden County may be liable for at least $250,000 - about $150,000 more than initially suggested - in misappropriated community development funds, according to government officials familiar with a federal audit of the Community Development Department. Investigators from the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uncovered the additional irregularities during the closing days of their two-month review of the department, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified.
September 17, 1989 |
A pilot program of the Bucks County Housing Development Corp. will offer moderate-income, first-time home buyers the chance to own homes in Bristol Borough with a reduced-rate mortgage and a partial interest-free loan, officials announced Thursday. The program, a joint effort of the development corporation and Continental Bank, will allow two families meeting income and other requirements to buy $92,400 houses being built on the southwest corner of Bath and Mifflin Streets. The two semidetached houses, which should be completed by mid- October, each have three bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms and wall-to-wall carpeting.
October 29, 1986 |
Camden County may have to repay a federal grant program about $116,000 because of what officials say was inadequate record-keeping by the Greater Camden Development Corp., a nonprofit group that received almost $1.3 million in federal funds. County officials appealed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday to approve the expenditures made by the development corporation from 1983 to 1985, thereby sparing the county from having to repay the federal Community Development Block Grant for the expenses.
September 14, 1988 |
There is a weapon aimed at Center City. It goes by various cryptic abbreviations: the DMC, the SSD, the BDA. Designed not at the Pentagon but in Philadelphia, it was unveiled yesterday in a key meeting of Center City building owners and managers. It will cost a fair amount of money. If it gets funding, and if it works, the weapon may wipe out some key components and indigenous traits of Center City - dirty streets, graffiti, poor lighting, shoddy sidewalk maintenance, ugly landscaping and lousy marketing.
June 4, 2002 |
Looking to buy a house? Can't afford a Society Hill townhouse or a Chestnut Hill estate? Lots of other viable options exist within the city. And that's exactly what the Central Philadelphia Development Corp. wants to press into the consciousness of homebuyers. Hoping to bring the success of a prosperous Center City to other neighborhoods in Philadelphia, the development corporation has targeted six neighborhoods to promote as places you'd love to hang your hat. "We looked for neighborhoods where there were people who were actively interested in seeing the neighborhood improve," said Paul R. Levy, executive director of the Center City District, which manages the development corporation.
May 30, 2007 |
A grassy patch under the Roosevelt Expressway is being converted to a 50-space parking lot, and leaders in East Falls are hailing the change as a key to this emerging community's future. Looking across the landscaped lot that is flanked by North Ferry Road, South Ferry Road, Ridge Avenue and Kelly Drive, Gina Snyder, executive director of East Falls Development Corp., said, "This is something people have been waiting for for years. " The East Falls gateway, which runs along Ridge Avenue from Allegheny Avenue to School House Lane, has grown in recent years to include numerous shops and restaurants, including the landmark Johnny Ma?anas Mexican grill at Ridge and Midvale Avenues.
September 22, 1988 |
When commuters step off the SEPTA train in Conshohocken, they step onto the platform of a graffiti-marred brick shell that once was a prosperous suburban passenger station. The Greater Conshohocken Economic Development Corp., developer Donald Pulver and the Southeastern PennsylvaniaTransportation Authority want to transform the building into a bustling business stop. A safe, clean ticket station and waiting area to serve customers would suit SEPTA, said Jeff Ordway, SEPTA director of real estate.
September 18, 1987 |
A spokesman for Gov. Casey said yesterday that the governor believed there was nothing improper about William Keisling, Casey's chief of staff, negotiating a $250,000 severance agreement with his private employer before he started his state job. "The governor was aware of the severance agreement and sees nothing wrong with it," said John Taylor, a deputy press secretary. Keisling, who served as president of the Harristown Development Corp., a nonprofit corporation that builds and manages major redevelopment projects for the City of Harrisburg, disclosed Wednesday that he had signed a severance agreement with the corporation in January, just before he took his job with Casey.
May 7, 2013 |
For jewelry artisan Sarah Lewis, this month is a time for celebration. Celebration, yes. Easy breathing, no. She opened her boutique in Fishtown, Philadelphia's latest neighborhood-on-a-comeback, on May 6, 2011. Experts say five years in business is needed before survival can be declared for small start-ups. Lewis's smile gave way to a slightly pained expression when she was asked last week about her total investment to bring Adorn Boutique to life at 1314 Frankford Ave. There's a mortgage, and the cost of transforming the former welding shop into an inviting retail outpost.
June 13, 1987 |
Housing Director Julia O. Robinson told City Council yesterday that the city would spend $23 million - more than half its total housing budget - in North Philadelphia on housing rehabilitation and other housing-related services in the coming fiscal year. Robinson's comments came as she presented Council with her final Community Development Block Grant budget as the city's head of housing. The spending plan assumes new block grant revenues from the federal government of about $52 million beginning July 1, the same amount as this year.