September 23, 2015 |
GRIFFIN CAMPBELL, the demolition contractor charged with six counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the June 2013 Market Street building collapse that killed six people and injured others, rejected a plea deal yesterday and said he will take his case to trial. "I reject the offer," Campbell, 51, confirmed to Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson. Campbell's trial is scheduled to begin next Tuesday with jury selection in a third-floor courtroom of the Criminal Justice Center.
September 17, 2015 |
More pieces were put in place yesterday toward transforming Center City's old Gallery mall into the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia, with the Planning Commission's approval of the installation of nine large digital advertising signs. The signs, similar to those that light up New York's Times Square, will adorn the front of the Market Street shopping center between 11th and 8th streets. None can be more than 90 feet above the sidewalk nor more than 1,600 square feet in area. The project's developers, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and the Macerich Co., asked for approval to install the signs as part of its $325 million renovation of the mall, which is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
September 17, 2015 |
The University City Science Center campus is getting a new name - uCity Square - that its leaders hope captures better the inclusive urban vibe they are seeking to cultivate at the West Philadelphia site. Though the science center itself will continue as a business incubator and research hub under its current name, the campus on which it operates is being rebranded as part of its $1 billion expansion in partnership with developer Wexford Science & Technology, officials announced Tuesday.
September 11, 2015 |
POPE FRANCIS' impending visit has most Philadelphians on edge, none more so than the people whose back yards are playing host to His Holiness. The Logan Square Neighborhood Association hosted an informational session last night in the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, the church on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 26. Despite the gloomy weather, about 60 residents of the Center City neighborhood - bounded by Spring Garden Street on the north, Market Street on the south, the Schuylkill River on the west and Broad Street on the East - came to hear Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and officials from the World Meeting of Families, the police and the Secret Service perform the unenviable job of fielding concerns about how the papal visit will disrupt their lives.
September 10, 2015 |
Alterra Property Group and Stockton Real Estate Advisors have purchased the 1760 Market Street office building in Center City from an affiliate of Swiss pension-fund advisor AFIAA. The joint venture closed on the 14-story building on Sept. 3, Alterra managing partner Leo Addimando said. Addimando declined to disclose the purchase price. The AFIAA affiliate paid $19.3 million for the 137,000 square-foot building in February, 2006, according to city records. Altera and Stockton will invest in a cosmetic upgrade of the building, which will remain in use as an office property, Addimando said.
September 3, 2015 |
The east end of the ragged Gallery at Market East will close Oct. 2, executives confirmed Tuesday, commencing a massive two-year renovation that will push thousands of commuters outside. Executives of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), the codeveloper with California-based Macerich Co., formally notified SEPTA and PATCO officials of the shutdown date in a hand-delivered letter. Signs will be posted to redirect rail commuters, who for decades have used the central corridor of the three-block mall as a comfortable indoor shortcut.
August 20, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH ain't going to be taking a deal. Not if yesterday's theatrics were any indication. The 11-term Philadelphia congressman defiantly and repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, speaking out of turn in a packed courtroom, then lashing out at prosecutors when a media scrum pinned him against the glass door of the federal courthouse on Market Street. Fattah, 58, made his initial appearance in court yesterday to plead not guilty to a slew of charges - including bribery, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and four types of fraud - contained in last month's 29-count grand jury indictment.
August 11, 2015 |
IN A PERIOD of about 24 hours in Philadelphia this weekend, 10 people were shot - three of whom, including a 16-year-old boy, died from their wounds - and three others were stabbed, only one of whom survived, police said. According to police,the following incidents occurred: * 2:46 a.m. Saturday on Redner Street near 30th, in Brewerytown: A 31-year-old man was shot in his abdomen and leg and taken by a civilian vehicle to Temple University Hospital, where he remained in stable condition.
July 31, 2015 |
FORMER JANE DOES from Andrea Constand's civil suit against Bill Cosby filed a motion in federal court yesterday supporting the release of the full transcripts of depositions in the case. Beth Ferrier, a former model from Denver who first told her story to the Daily News in 2005, and Rebecca Neal of Las Vegas filed the motion yesterday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. "The Jane Doe Witnesses merely seek to clarify that they have no objection to [Constand's] attempt to unseal [Cosby's]
July 26, 2015 |
The deadly June 5, 2013, Salvation Army thrift store collapse gave rise to commissions, reports, lawsuits, a criminal grand jury probe, tens of thousands of pages of documents, and an ongoing debate about why only two people have been criminally charged in the deaths of six and injuries to 13. On Friday, a Philadelphia judge decided what the Sept. 29 murder trial of demolition contractor Griffin Campbell will not be: a public airing of the failures of city government and officials. "The mayor's, the chief of staff's public statements - what effect do they have . . . that's relevant to the state of mind of your client?"