March 2, 2014 |
MIDDLETOWN TWP. A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and - most recently - a legal battle among the developers. But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
November 28, 2012 |
Philadelphia-based Tastykake , owned by Flowers Foods , is helping fill the void left by Twinkie maker Hostess Brands Inc. 's bankruptcy liquidation. From exile in suburban Boston, Broomall native David Weinstein tells me he got a happy surprise Sunday when he found fresh Tastykake Krimpets on the shelves formerly occupied by durable Hostess lines at the Shaw's grocery in Stoughton, Mass. "Many of us who live in New England love the idea of having access to Tastykakes in the supermarkets," he said.
December 21, 2011 |
Pennsylvania's General Assembly has voted to borrow $1.67 billion more to fund prisons, roads, railroads, bridges, and other public projects. The deal includes $270 million for "redevelopment assistance" for private developers' projects, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). The senators and reps voted without knowing exactly which projects the people's money will subsidize, since the projects are not listed in the bill. "The Governor's Office decides" which of hundreds of previously approved but as yet unfunded projects will get this money, Greg Jordan , aide to bill sponsor Sen. Jacob Corman (R., Centre)
April 16, 2011 |
A plan to redevelop the abandoned Franklin Mint property in western Delaware County was put on hold this week after developers agreed to downsize their proposal. Mark Dambly, president of Pennrose Properties and part of the development team, agreed to adjust plans for the mixed-use development on the 173-acre site to address residents' main concern: that the development, which was to have 1,253 houses, a 225-room hotel, and more than a million square feet of shops and offices, is too big. "We're willing, certainly, to make some concessions," Dambly said in an interview Friday.
April 14, 2011 |
The former Franklin Mint, the coins and collectibles manufacturer, sits like a hulking hull of concrete above what remains a bucolic stretch of Route 1 in Middletown Township, Delaware County. Surrounded by 173 acres, it is part of a parcel zoned to permit a large office complex and a couple of houses to be built there. Instead, a partnership of four development companies has spent the past six years trying to persuade skeptical residents to try something radically different.
January 26, 2011 |
An estimated 500 people turned out Tuesday night to hear plans to develop the former Franklin Mint property, a mostly dormant site that sits on a chunk of prime real estate along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Developers want to transform 173 acres along the busy corridor into a walkable town center with 1,253 residences, a 225-room hotel, and more than a million square feet of shops and offices. Their plan also includes traffic mitigation and preservation of 70 acres of open space.
January 25, 2011 |
Developers are taking a second crack at building on the Franklin Mint site, the former home of a coin-and-collectible company that occupies more than 150 acres of prime, undeveloped real estate along Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. But the plan, which would create a town center with retail, housing, and a hotel with as many as 225 rooms, has drawn sharp criticism from residents who worry the development is too dense and could congest traffic in the area. The Middletown Township Council will hold a public hearing on the plan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Penncrest High School.
January 24, 2011 |
THE PLAN, in the eyes of the development team, is to "transform the former Franklin Mint site into a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable community" that will "create a sense of place" for Middletown Township. Going by the tone of the hate mail circulating in the town of 16,000 residents, you'd think the proposal was for a Ground Zero mosque in the center of Delaware County. Civil dialogue appears to be breaking down in Middletown leading up to tomorrow's public hearing, when the developers - Pennrose Properties, the McKee Group, Wolfson Verrichia and the Dewey Cos. - will outline their plan to build homes, offices, retail space and a hotel on 173 acres along Baltimore Pike formerly occupied by the Franklin Mint.
September 21, 2010 |
John B. Fleming, 94, a printing firm executive and Veterans of Foreign Wars official, died of heart failure Thursday, Sept. 16, at his home in Springfield, Delaware County. From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Fleming was the manager of quality control graphics for the Franklin Mint, a memorabilia maker in Delaware County. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Fleming graduated from a mechanical arts curriculum at West Philadelphia High School in 1932 and earned a bachelor's in economics in 1936 at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.
May 12, 2010
GSI Commerce Inc., King of Prussia, said Wednesday it acquired VendorNet, a Boynton Beach, Fla., provider of software to manage e-commerce supply-chain solutions, such as inventory management. VendorNet's clients include the Franklin Mint, Neiman Marcus, David's Bridal, Spiegel, Nine West and Lands' End. The purchase price was not disclosed, but privately held VendorNet has 32 employees, a GSI Commerce spokeswoman said. GSI operates websites for retailers, manufacturers and other companies.