November 12, 2012 |
Drexel University's entrepreneurial president has set his sights on the possibility of building over and developing part of the Schuylkill Rail Yards, long ogled by visionaries for its expansive prospects yet largely untouched because of the potential infrastructure problems it poses. President John A. Fry is embarking on a university-funded million-dollar-plus feasibility study with Amtrak and SEPTA to determine options. Could 30th Street Station and its West Philadelphia community be connected to the Art Museum and Center City via an elevated platform built atop the rail yards?
September 19, 2012 |
When the governor of New Jersey visits a small town, it's a big deal. When he is also a signatory to the U.S. Constitution, it's historic. The Cherry Hill actor Christian Johnson's portrayal of the Garden State's first chief executive, William Livingston, charmed an audience Saturday at the Indian King Tavern Museum in Haddonfield. The performer, 74, and the governor (who lived from 1723 to 1790) were on familiar turf. Johnson is a longtime booster of the Indian King, and Livingston worked and took refuge there during the British occupation of Trenton.
February 20, 2012
Do you think the city's feasibility study makes a compelling case for selling the Philadelphia Gas Works?
February 19, 2012 |
Mayor Nutter last week launched a process to explore the sale of city-owned Philadelphia Gas Works. Already some commentators are beginning to count up the millions the city will earn. Not so fast. Though a feasibility study by Lazard Freres & Co. L.L.C. said the city could net up to $496 million by selling PGW, buyers are likely to offer a price that would yield a smaller payday, analysts say. The Lazard study assumes that in the best case a strategic buyer - probably another natural gas utility - would be able to reduce nonfuel operating costs 28 percent through synergies, such as combining administrative functions like customer service and gas procurement, and improving collections.
April 17, 2009 |
Montgomery County allotted $15,833 yesterday to study whether adding tolls on Route 422 would generate enough money to improve the highway and extend the R6 Norristown commuter rail line to Reading. At a meeting, the county commissioners approved the expense as the county's share of a $625,000 feasibility study recommended in February by county planner Leo D. Bagley. Berks and Chester Counties would pay a share of the study cost. The Tri-County Chamber of Commerce has allotted $2,500 and the CEO Council for Growth of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce $12,500.
July 24, 2008 |
The Patriots Path, a walking trail that would connect three Chester County Revolutionary War sites, is one step closer to actualization. On July 15, the three affected townships, Tredyffrin, Malvern, and East Whiteland, began the approval process to hire a consultant to undertake a multi-municipal trail study for the Eastern Great Valley. The Patriots Path, if completed, would link Valley Forge National Historic Park with the Paoli Memorial Grounds and Paoli Massacre site in Malvern and end at the site of Battle of the Clouds Park in East Whiteland Township.
July 21, 2006 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. announced two significant contracts awarded to its Philadelphia-area divisions yesterday: a $1.7 million agreement to develop a maple-seed-size spy plane for the government and a $150 million Navy training pact that Lockheed will share with 12 partner firms. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed's Cherry Hill-based Advanced Technology Laboratories a $1.7 million, 10-month contract to assess the feasibility of a remote-controlled "nano air vehicle.
December 9, 2005 |
Coatesville has hired a Montgomery County firm to conduct a feasibility study of a proposed 2,500-seat, indoor bicycle racetrack, officials announced yesterday. Recreation is a pillar of the city's $700 million revitalization effort and City Manager E. Jean Krack said a bike track would have appeal because there is widespread interest in cycling in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The study, which will take six months, will determine a number of factors, including how the project would be funded, where the track would be built, and who would run it. Krack said the track - known as a velodrome - would be considered along with proposals for a nine-hole golf course, a bowling alley and a hockey rink.
November 18, 2005 |
Faced with declining enrollment, officials at St. Katharine Drexel Elementary School are trying to figure out a way to keep the only remaining Catholic school in Chester open. The parish has begun a study to determine whether it is feasible to continue operating the school, which has 172 students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. And parents have been warned that tuition might have to jump from $2,156 to $4,800 next year to keep the school going and cover deficits. Although Widener University has mentioned St. Katharine as a possible site for a proposed charter school, officials at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said such talk was premature.
August 15, 2005 |
"WHATEVER made you write an article on getting the Olympics in 2016?" It seemed like an odd question from a woman I had never met. She identified herself as Danielle Cohn from the Philadelphia Sports Congress. She called after reading my opinion piece in the Daily News on July 11. "I don't know," I said. "After New York lost out on its bid to get the 2012 Olympics, I thought a city in the United States would probably get it in 2016 and why not Philadelphia?" "So no one from the committee contacted?"