October 14, 2015 |
Developer Scott Mazo is doubling down on the office market at University City's western edge as he moves forward with a second building near the bustling district's far end. This week, Mazo said, demolition will begin at 41st and Market Streets, at the site of a Pep Boys store, on his planned 3.0 University Place project. Groundbreaking for the $70 million office building could come in the spring. The 190,000-square-foot, five-story structure will boast state-of-the-art eco-friendly features such as a skin of photoreactive glass, in hopes of luring tech-savvy tenants to its location, where University City's cluster of high-end offices meets its lower-income neighborhoods.
October 8, 2015 |
JUAN CAJAS, a worker who helped demolish a building next to a Center City Salvation Army thrift store, testified yesterday that he and another man were ordered to remove the bricks of the towering wall between the two buildings - at night. They did so for three nights before the deadly collapse on the morning of June 5, 2013, said Cajas, speaking through a Spanish interpreter. And they did so on the orders of Griffin Campbell, the general contractor on the job, he said. The wall of the Hoagie City building being demolished was three stories high at the time of the collapse.
October 4, 2015 |
Farewell, Department of Making + Doing October is the last chance to take classes at West Philadelphia's Department of Making + Doing. The two-year-old makerspace will close at the end of the month. Though the organization's programming and attendance have increased, it is unable to meet rising rent on its Market Street building, program director Michael Darfler said. The four partner businesses - NextFab, the Hacktory, Public Workshop, and Science Center - will continue to operate independently.
October 2, 2015 |
A KEY WITNESS in the Market Street building-collapse trial - whom the defense is expected to hammer today - testified yesterday that he was not the person in charge of how a four-story building was to be demolished. Plato Marinakos Jr., a Center City architect, said that although he recommended demolition contractor Griffin Campbell for the job, then monitored the demolition work next to a Salvation Army thrift store, it was Campbell who was responsible for deciding how the four-story building was to be taken down.
October 2, 2015 |
"ON JUNE 5, 2013, a bright, beautiful Wednesday morning, the unthinkable happened in the middle of Center City Philadelphia," a prosecutor said yesterday at the start of the high-profile Market Street building-collapse trial. A three-story wall that "loomed over a small, one-story" Salvation Army thrift shop "crushed the Salvation Army building and everyone inside," Jennifer Selber, chief of the District Attorney's homicide unit, said as she stood before a Common Pleas jury. Six people were killed and 13 injured, including a woman who was buried under the rubble and had to have her legs amputated.
October 1, 2015 |
THE HIGH-PROFILE criminal trial of a demolition contractor charged with six counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the June 2013 Market Street building collapse will begin this afternoon with opening statements. A jury of 12 people and three alternates was selected yesterday to hear the expected four-week trial of Griffin Campbell, 51. One or two more alternates are to be chosen this morning. Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson indicated that the trial would begin at 1:30 p.m. today in a third-floor courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center.
September 30, 2015 |
It towered over its neighbors, but in 123 years, nothing so distinguished the four-story brick building at 2136-38 Market St. as the way it came down. It is 10:41 a.m. on June 5, 2013, and the sunny, late-spring morning is ruptured by the roar of falling masonry and an enveloping cloud of dust. The adjacent single-story Salvation Army thrift store, which has anchored the corner at 22d Street since 1948, disappears under debris, killing six people and seriously injuring 13. The collapse was one of the most significant events in the city's modern history, and on Tuesday, a judge and lawyers will begin selecting 12 Philadelphians who will decide whether Griffin Campbell, a 51-year-old Hunting Park demolition contractor, should be held criminally liable for what happened.
September 28, 2015 |
Whether by train, bus, or foot, thousands of pilgrims made the last stage of their journeys into Philadelphia on Saturday in high spirits - but not nearly in the numbers predicted by transit officials. From across the region, the biggest surprise was how little transportation chaos seemed to have resulted from the pope's visit, at least in the morning. The evening departure was another story, with long lines outside Jefferson, 30th Street, and University City Regional Rail stations even before the papal appearance and concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ended.
September 27, 2015 |
DOWNTOWN PHILLY was a ghost town yesterday afternoon - a Holy Ghost town to be more precise. Police and pilgrims appeared to outnumber cars in and around City Hall and the Pennsylvania Convention Center as security measures tightened in anticipation of Pope Francis' arrival today for the World Meeting of Families. It seemed workers who normally fill up office buildings and surface parking lots had stayed home or possibly taken trains, though cars were scarce at many of the area's suburban stations.
September 26, 2015 |
Michael Puggi, a native son of Ninth and McKean in South Philly, took a trip late Monday to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The area was primped for Pope Francis, who will celebrate a private Mass on Saturday morning at the cathedral while Puggi slings some papal T-shirts at Broad and Walnut. But before the pilgrims converged, Puggi marveled at the beauty of his city. The Knotted Grotto was lit with prayers, handwritten on strips of white paper. A woman approached, said she was from Mexico, and gave the 40-year-old union laborer a green bracelet.