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BUSINESS
May 17, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The investors backing East Market, a proposed $500 million redevelopment of Market, Ludlow, and Chestnut Streets between 11th and 12th Streets in Center City, have sketched out the first stage of development: two floors of stores topped by 322 apartments rising to 17 stories. "We're going to create this great place that connects all these neighborhoods - the Convention Center and the hotels to Midtown Village, and City Hall and the office towers to the historic district," said Daniel Killinger, who heads the development arm of Washington-based National Real Estate Advisors, East Market's union-backed lead investor.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you hide a 35-story building? That was the task given Stantec Architecture Inc. when commissioned to design a new residential tower on the site of the historic Lit Brothers store. The hope was that the $102 million proposed tower would hardly be visible from Market Street and certainly would not detract from the Renaissance Revival facade that remains of the Lit Brothers store. The Philadelphia Historic Commission will assess Stantec's efforts Tuesday when the plan for the proposed Mellon Independence Center Tower is reviewed by the commission's architectural committee.
NEWS
April 19, 2012
Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections issued three citations Wednesday against a building in the 700 block of Market Street owned by Yechiel, Nahman, and Michael Lichtenstein, who also owned the Kensington building that burned last week, killing two firefighters. An L&I spokeswoman said the fire had prompted a review of all Lichtenstein properties, leading to the new citations on Market Street, which included operating a multifamily dwelling without a housing-inspection license, failure to keep fire-alarm testing records and certificates on site, and improper maintenance of the facade.
NEWS
May 5, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Market Street between 16th and 17th Streets will be closed between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today for a Philadelphia Soul Football practice session. Traffic will be allowed to cross Market Street at 16th and 17th streets, but police say motorists should expect backups and delays in the area.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The XXX-rated films are gone, along with the customers who trolled the Forum Theater on Market Street seeking public arousal. As videos and the Internet killed porn theaters, the Forum was among the last to die, but it finally closed Nov. 30, giving Philadelphia the opportunity - for the first time in decades - to develop this key link between the city's east and west sides. Richard Basciano, the man behind the proposal to revive the area with new apartments and street-level commercial space, is best known as the king of Times Square porn.
FOOD
June 27, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
BUSINESS
April 23, 1992 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Marjorie O. Rendell, wife of Mayor Rendell, was appointed yesterday to the board of the Market Street East Improvement Association, the private-sector group overseeing redevelopment of Market Street east of City Hall. "I think it is an important part of the effort to improve the Center City area," Marjorie Rendell said. "And that is something we really need now more than ever, because of our hope that we will have conventions and tourists visiting that part of the city. " Rendell, a bankruptcy lawyer who is known as Midge, said the Market East board was the first major civic commitment she has made since her husband became mayor earlier this year.
NEWS
October 17, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A JUDGE yesterday rejected the Salvation Army's attempt to shield five employees from being questioned by lawyers who are suing the nonprofit over last year's fatal Market Street building collapse. Common Pleas Judge Mark Bernstein ruled that the Salvation Army cannot invoke Fifth Amendment privilege for the five and ordered that they be produced for depositions between Oct. 21 and Dec. 1. The decision was praised by attorneys for the victims and relatives of those who were killed or injured when part of a building being demolished fell on top of a Salvation Army store at 22nd and Market streets, June 5, 2013.
NEWS
January 29, 2013
The owner of the Forum Theater obtained a permit Thursday to demolish the Market Street property, according to records from the city Department of Licenses and Inspections. Richard Basciano said he wants to knock the property down as soon as possible as part of a plan to redevelop the 2100 and 2200 blocks of Market Street, where he owns multiple parcels. The Forum, believed to be Center City's last porn theater, for decades inhibited development because other businesses did not want to locate near it. After the demolition, the Forum will be a parking lot. - Miriam Hill
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | JOAN FAIRMAN KANES / Inquirer Suburban Staff
The old Sears, Roebuck & Co. store on Market Street in Millbourne is coming down, slowly. Plans have been under way for years to tear down the abandoned department store, which occupies about a third of the tiny borough's land.
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