August 11, 2013 |
THERE'S NO shortage of folks who want to profess their love for South Philly's historic Engine 46 firehouse. But the number of business owners who want to breathe new life into the 119-year-old property - and save it from an undignified death at the hands of a wrecking ball - is underwhelming. As in, uh, zero . "Despite people's desires and efforts, we haven't had a single valid identifiable offer," said Jim Moylan, the president of the Pennsport Civic Association. "Most of the [suggestions]
September 13, 1987 |
A proposal to install an elevator in the Sharon Hill Borough firehouse has been rejected by the borough council because estimates were far above the $45,000 set aside for the project. At a council meeting Thursday night, council member Ralph S. Brower Jr. said that the borough's engineer H. Gilroy Damon estimated that the project would cost $78,500 - $33,500 more than originally allocated from a state grant that was intended for building improvements. The council rejected the proposal by a 6-0 vote with council member Dominic Corvaia absent.
February 3, 1991 |
Angrily trading tales of brushes with death in burning buildings, the protesters marched yesterday to halt the proposed closing of Engine No. 27 in their North Philadelphia neighborhood. "Save our firehouse! Save our children!" bellowed a woman in a worn black wool coat as she paced in front of the red brick fire station at 19th and Oxford Streets. A few steps away, Viola Merriman watched as about 40 of her neighbors clutched makeshift placards and circulated petitions. "This area is a constant fire hazard," said Merriman, shaking her head.
July 17, 2013 |
Alarmed by a demolition notice posted on a distinctive 19th- century firehouse in South Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association representatives have arranged to meet with the owner in the hope of saving the building. Very little is known about the company's plans for the quirky, gabled Engine 46 building on Reed Street, wedged between I-95 and the Riverview Plaza movie theater complex. Cedar Realty Trust, the developer that owns both the firehouse and theater complex, has refused to respond to inquiries from city officials or reporters.
September 21, 1989 |
Nottingham Fire Company's new neighbors haven't even moved in yet, but already the firefighters think they're great. This is just a hunch but maybe it was the $20,000 they gave the fire company. Nottingham's soon-to-be neighbors are Pitcairn Properties Inc., which is building a $40 million office complex on Street Road near the firehouse. At a Board of Supervisors meeting Monday night, a Pitcairn executive presented the fire company with a check for $20,000 toward the expansion of its firehouse.
September 29, 2013 |
NUMEROUS Philly firefighters were in the unusual position yesterday of having to douse furious flames at their own building. An ambulance inexplicably caught fire inside the headquarters for Ladder 2, at 4th and Arch streets, shortly after 11:30 a.m., filling the Old City firehouse with a blanket of black smoke. "It's not something that you see often," said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Two medics called for help after trying unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which appeared to have started in the engine, with an extinguisher, Ayers said.
July 23, 2010
Mayor Nutter's recent announcement about "rolling closures" of fire companies in Philadelphia is dangerous and ill-conceived ("Nutter cuts city budget by $47 million," July 15). His decision to close fire-suppression companies on a daily and regular basis is tantamount to playing Russian roulette with the lives and property of the citizens of Philadelphia. It also jeopardizes the lives of emergency responders. Does he even know the difference between an engine company and a ladder company, and what their capabilities and duties are?
February 15, 1986 |
For Gary Margerum and the rest of the Falls Township volunteer firefighters who sleep in sweat suits in the unheated, dimly lit firehouse, the area's growing prosperity has its problems. There was a big new development, a bit of gentrification, a new census. And, before anyone knew it, the firehouse-renovation project was ineligible for federal funds and halted in midconstruction. The cutoff has left the firehouse without electric lights or showers as well as heat. It has left state Sen. Craig Lewis (D., Bucks)
September 17, 1989 |
The new Morton firehouse and municipal garage will be ready for use by Oct. 1, but some work still remains to be done on the $320,000 project. Mayor Gerald Connolly gave that news to the Morton Borough Council at Wednesday's council meeting. The project, which has taken almost two years to complete, was supposed to be finished in June, but was plagued by delays. Connolly and several Borough Council members had blamed contractor George Green of G.P. Green Builders Inc. for not putting enough workers on the job, and for delaying other contractors by not completing work on the building's foundation on time.
October 15, 1989 |
Finally, eight months after building contracts were awarded, work on Morton's new firehouse and municipal garage was virtually complete, and the Fire Department was eager to move in. It looked as if Morton borough engineer H. Gilroy Damon was going to have some good news to report about the $320,000 project to the Borough Council at its meeting Wednesday. Then along came the problem of the doors - three large doors that are supposed to open when the firetrucks and municipal trucks need to get in or out. "The doors are bolted down, and the subcontractor says that he wasn't informed about the need for an emergency system on the doors that would stop them if they hit an obstruction, so he still has to order the part.