July 16, 1992 |
A longstanding Riverton Borough eyesore - a vacant, crumbling house in the middle of the business district - was demolished Monday morning, much to the joy of the neighbors. Larry Gerlock, owner of Gerlock Construction Co. in Cinnaminson, said his excavator easily knocked down the three-story house at 604 Broad St. because the fire-ravaged building was "so ready to come down. " Called a "house of horrors" even by its owner, Robert Stelling, it was abandoned for 15 years and became a haven for animals, juveniles and vagrants.
March 13, 1988 |
The New Garden supervisors expect to receive a report tomorrow concerning complaints about a partly constructed house that neighbors have labeled an eyesore. At last week's meeting of the supervisors, 10 residents presented a petition of complaint requesting that action be taken against George Shell, a Hockessin, Del., man who began construction of the house nearly two years ago but never finished it. Shell reportedly built only the center segment of a three-section house. The petition asked board members to take action forcing Shell to either complete the house or tear it down.
February 19, 1987 |
The Plymouth Township Zoning Hearing Board has unanimously denied a request by a warehouse-plumbing business for outdoor storage of pipes at an industrial building at 1850 Gravers Rd. At their meeting Monday night, board members agreed with residents who said approval of the request, by Ferguson Enterprises Inc., would create an eyesore for the adjoining residential neighborhood. Representatives of the company said that it planned to occupy 16,000 of the building's 50,317 square feet but that to do so, it would have to store large pipes outside the building.
September 3, 1988
Driving across the Ben Franklin Bridge and seeing the city's skyline arrayed before you makes a marvelous introduction to Philadelphia - a promise of urban excitement after an enervating journey through South Jersey's commercial sprawl. As new projects spring up along the waterfront, billboards disappear and Vine Street goes post-modern with sweeping ramps and new landscaping, that impression is bound to get even better. But let's face it, there is one eyesore at the very entrance to the city that acts as an immediate depressant, and nobody to date has done anything about it. That's because Isamu Noguchi's Bolt of Lightning . . . A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin falls into the untouchable realm of art. The 102-foot-high statue, for all the genius, money and good will that went in to its creation, looks like a crumpled piece of metal - less a salute to the great inventor than to the city's oversupply of litter.
January 14, 2005 |
Mike Campbell is a true Eagles fan - goes to the game every Sunday. Winning a Super Bowl would be sweet, but what he really coveted was something, well, more moving - the ultimate tailgating vehicle. "For 20 years, we've been standing out in the cold, which we don't really mind," Mike said. "You learn how to dress as an Eagles fan. But we always wanted to take the next step. " Mike, 45, a union painter from Drexel Hill, had searched for years for just the right vehicle to convert into the Taj Mahal of tailgating.
April 24, 1998 |
For 10 weeks, the once-popular restaurant Under the Blue Moon has been boarded up with plywood, an out-of-place but defiantly not out-of-mind eyesore in the midst of thriving Chestnut Hill. Well, it's time to breathe easy all you aesthetes, Chamber of Commerce types and residents who did not particularly care for this symbol of controversy on the main street of your beloved neighborhood: The boards have finally come down. They came down yesterday in the rain at the say-so of Richard Snowden of Bowman Properties, after the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the variances he sought to renovate and enlarge his building at Germantown and Abington Avenues.
November 12, 1989 |
Victoria Place was supposed to offer the ultimate in Bucks County condominium living - tall, turreted Victorian-style buildings clustered around brick courtyards that featured iron gate entrances and elaborate shrubbery. A swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging trail and clubhouse were all part of the plan for this private community on York Road in Jamison, Warwick Township. It was, as advertisements proclaimed, "destined to be a legend in its own time," ushering in "a sophisticated new lifestyle . . . above the rolling hillsides of Bucks County.
March 22, 1996
Until last week, when it landed in the middle of a Democratic primary fight, the wretched, eight-story eyesore at 210 N. 13th St., was just another piece of the blight that lamentably surrounds Philadelphia's brave, new Convention Center. It was once a printing house. But for years now, the building has been a dangerous derelict - its lower windows sealed with raw plywood, its upper windows blowing out now and then, raining glass on passersby. The building is owned by a partnership that includes Rep. Tom Foglietta, Democratic congressman from the First District.
May 15, 1988 |
A house that had been considered an eyesore by residents is due for a face lift after two additions to the structure were approved by the Lower Moreland Zoning Hearing Board. During its meeting Wednesday night, the board voted, 2-0, to approve plans by Gail and Bruce Blum to build an addition to their house in the 500 block of Pinney Road. The hearing had been continued from last month to allow the Blums to submit updated plans. Board member Ronald Simpson did not vote because he did not attend the April hearing.
April 15, 1993
If the city suffers actively from abuses committed against its property and public spaces, it suffers a more passive aggression, too: The assault by untended property itself. It suffers when buildings are neglected or boarded up, as are prime Center City properties held by speculator Sam Rappaport. And it suffers daily from its towering eyesore - One Meridian Plaza, the still-closed skyscraper next to City Hall. As we've said before, the fire that ravaged One Meridian's upper stories was put out the day they launched the ground war in Operation Desert Storm, which provides something of a contrast in the Overcoming Obstacles Dept.