January 29, 2015 |
The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district. The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will relocate to 401 Market St., steps from Independence Mall. Mayor Nutter will announce the nonprofit's move, which will bring more than 200 jobs to the city, at a news conference Wednesday. The society's primary mission is to engage more people with the Bible.
April 15, 2015 |
A $19.6 million project to transform a century-old building at the gritty 69th Street terminal complex into a sleek, modern structure that will be greener and more passenger-friendly was officially begun Monday. "This is going to be a model for how we will be able to make old buildings sustainable," said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.), one of several politicians at Monday's groundbreaking ceremony. Actual construction work began last fall. Meehan predicted that the upgrades to West Terminal would draw more passengers and bolster the local economy.
August 21, 2013 |
A woman who lost her legs after being buried for nearly 13 hours in the Market Street building collapse filed a lawsuit Monday alleging widespread negligence in the catastrophic June 5 accident. Mariya Plekan, a 52-year-old immigrant from Ukraine, was shopping in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets when a wall being demolished in the building next door fell onto the store's roof. Plekan suffered devastating injuries "that led to the removal of her entire lower body," the suit says.
May 9, 2015 |
Bank of New York Mellon is reducing its presence in its namesake Market Street building by 80 percent, amid staff cuts and a general trend among office tenants to take up less space. The New York-based bank will vacate in September 184,000 square feet that it uses at the BNY Mellon Center at 1735 Market St., said David Weinberg, chief operating officer of Equity Commonwealth, the building's owner. The bank signed an 11-year renewal prior to March 31 for its remaining 48,000 square feet in the building, Weinberg said in a call Thursday with analysts.
May 26, 2015 |
Here's how the man behind the planned revamp of the Gallery sees the massive retail, residential, and office complex being built just a couple of Center City blocks away: It's the "co-opertition. " That would be the amalgamation of cooperation and competition - not a term taught in business school, but one created by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust chief executive Joseph F. Coradino to explain the symbiotic relationship between two future shopping-center rivals on Market Street.
April 13, 2015 |
It was a year ago last Thursday that Gary Ginsberg stood on Market Street and watched his life go up in flames. All those suits in Crayola colors, all that polyester, all those luminous shirts and wonderfully fat-knotted ties, all that imitation gator skin, just disappearing in the fire. All that family history. Gone. Suit Corner was burning. It had been a cruel stretch. A month earlier, Gary's mother, Linda, had passed. Weeks later, Gary was measuring a customer when across the street his Uncle Marvin's store, Shirt Corner, sold and under demolition, collapsed.
July 6, 2015 |
We know plenty of facts about the renovation of Philadelphia's dysfunctional Gallery. We know the cost ($325 million). We know what the city and state are coughing up to help the developers realize the transformation ($148.5 million). We even know that the old pushcart vendors have been guaranteed spots in the reconfigured mall. And yet we know almost nothing about the architecture. Through months of discussion about the city's financial contribution to the project, Philadelphians were shown only a single hazy rendering of what the Gallery's new Market Street facade would look like after the big white whale of a mall goes under the knife and reemerges as the "Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.
March 9, 2015 |
As the Inquirer's architecture critic, I often receive e-mails seeking information about this or that structure. No building has prompted more inquiries over the years than a mysterious Market Street relic that resembles a cresting ocean wave. For many years, I also wondered what the peculiar, blank-faced behemoth at 1020 Market St. was used for. Because it has no windows, I thought it might have started life as a movie theater. It wasn't until 2013, when the building made the Preservation Alliance's endangered properties list, that I discovered its impressive pedigree.
March 20, 2014 |
In a sweeping $500 million-plus project aimed at finally upgrading Philadelphia's worn downtown retail district and spreading Center City's apartment revival east of Broad Street, a development group says it plans to demolish a modest block of stores on Market Street between 11th and 12th - and eventually level or renovate the rest of the block down to Chestnut Street - in favor of a new retail/residential complex. Developers of the complex, to be called East Market, are two Philadelphia concerns, backed by Washington and New York firms.
April 3, 2013 |
ONE MIGHT think Joseph C. Byrd would be flying high right about now, given that he was one of 48 SEPTA employees who won a $172.7 million Powerball jackpot last April. Think again. Byrd, 44, of West Philadelphia, allegedly ran amok at SEPTA's Market Street headquarters Feb. 18, shouting obscenities, leading cops on a foot chase into Market Street traffic and telling SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III, "I'm going to f------ shoot you in the face," according to an arrest affidavit obtained Monday by the Daily News . The bizarre episode concluded with four or five SEPTA cops taking Byrd into custody and involuntarily committing him to a mental-health facility, the affidavit said.