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February 27, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seems the developers of a proposed 35-story tower for Market Street East were too successful in their attempt to keep the building unobtrusive. While the largely residential structure proposed for the site of the historic Lit Bros. store was tentatively approved Tuesday by the Philadelphia Historical Commission's architectural committee, the panel requested a redesign of the $102 million project. Committee members agreed with a critique by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia that the design is "inappropriately bland" for a structure that would share the block with such an architectural standout as Lit Bros.
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
February 22, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first ticket for illegal parking was slipped onto the black Nissan Altima's windshield on Feb. 10 outside Peco headquarters at 23d and Market Streets. On Valentine's Day, the car was blocking snow removal, so it was towed to 30th Street just south of Market, behind the former post office and near where university students gather along a line of popular food trucks. Snow fell, covering the car's windshield. Through the tinted windows, it was almost impossible to see inside.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE WINDOWS on the Nissan Altima were dark - dark enough, it seems, to hide the body of Nadia Malik for at least a day or two. A tip from an anonymous caller to the Marple Township Police Department led Philadelphia cops to inspect the car shortly before 10:30 a.m. yesterday on a slush-rimmed stretch of 30th Street near Market, behind the hulking IRS building. They found Malik, 22, in the front passenger seat. The mother of two from Broomall had been missing since Feb. 9. How she died is a mystery for now. She showed no visible signs of trauma and was fully clothed, said Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
It seems like Plan B for the Gallery. The Center City mall's owners have apparently been unable to land high-end department stores to anchor their reimagining of the aging shopping center on Market Street. In an earnings call Wednesday, Joseph Coradino, chief executive officer for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), said the company had ruled out "traditional fashion department store" anchors, one of two directions it was considering for the property. Rather, PREIT seems focused on what in July Coradino called "fast fashion and food.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weekends for Joseph A. Gorman were not spent sleeping in, not 50 years ago. On Saturday mornings, "he wakes up, vocalizing," before heading off to sing at Gloucester City church weddings, his son Joseph A. Jr. said. Later on Saturdays, he is playing the piano and singing at Kenny's restaurant on Market Street in Camden. "On Sunday mornings, he plays for Mass" as the volunteer organist and choir director at St. Mary's Church in Gloucester City. "That was the routine," his son said.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Ground was broken Wednesday at the site of Philadelphia's latest high-rise rental effort - a 28-story, $110 million project at 36th and Market Streets in University City. Called 3601 Market Street and due for delivery in spring 2015, the building will be constructed on a portion of the 17-acre University City Science Center campus that is now a parking lot. The 364-unit, 443,000-square-foot, mixed-use structure is a joint project of the Science Center and Southern Land Co., of Nashville.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
OLD CITY Philadelphia building officials have ordered the developer renovating Old City's Shirt Corner buildings to demolish the early 19th-century row after engineers discovered wide cracks in the walls, indicating that the structures were on the verge of collapse. The order, issued Jan. 24 by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, means the city will lose an important group of buildings that once served as warehouses and offices for Philadelphia's port, and later became a quirky retail gateway to Old City.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & NAVEED AHSAN, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
THE SIGN on the door of Tropical Heat reads: "Do Not Enter with Mask or Hoodie. If So You Are Now Trespassing. " So the guys in hoodies waited outside at closing time. They pulled a gun on Melissa Thomas and demanded her purse when she left the West Philly bar after a night of karaoke, according to police. She only made it a few steps. Cops say Thomas, 29, was fatally shot and her 34-year-old friend shot in the arm about 2:35 a.m. yesterday in the city's latest violent gunpoint robbery.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Sitting in his office in Chicago, Neil Bluhm, SugarHouse Casino's chairman, was so disturbed by the financial predictions coming from this week's hearings on a second Philadelphia casino that he flew in Wednesday evening to speak to the state Gaming Control Board himself. "I felt I had to come down and tell them that if these numbers are right, they're going to have a mess on their hands," Bluhm said after Thursday's hearing. Bluhm, a Chicago real estate investor who entered the casino industry more than 15 years ago, was referring to the projections of how much gambling revenue SugarHouse would lose if a second casino opened in Center City or South Philadelphia.
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