January 29, 2016 |
Hillary Clinton took a break from Iowa on Wednesday evening to attend a fund-raiser at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The Democratic presidential hopeful arrived shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the headquarters of the financial firm Franklin Square Capital Partners. Roughly 200 people streamed into the recently built office. Entire families were among the crowd, which included Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife, political consultant Dawn Chavous, and the city's acting fire commissioner, Derrick Sawyer.
January 21, 2016 |
The groups that would like to develop the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport include a real estate group funded by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), a local Philadelphia refinery, and the politically connected but unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works, Liberty Energy Trust. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns the land and plans to lease it, on Tuesday eliminated one of the seven original proposals. Six groups will now be asked to submit financial and development plans.
January 12, 2016
Yards Brewing Co. sells enough beer - 42,000 barrels last year - that it is running out of space at the 40,000-square-foot plant it opened in 2007 on Delaware Avenue, a few blocks north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The brewery - Yards' third since president Tom Kehoe opened the original tiny plant in Manayunk 22 years ago - is crowded with 22 shining 200-barrel fermenter tanks; cold storage; a loading dock; a research lab; a tasting room/restaurant, which opens at noon daily; and offices, all in the riverside neighborhood near the SugarHouse Casino.
January 1, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Pancita lamb tacos 2. Lamb meatballs with Moroccan stew and runner beans 3. Classic tomato pie For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Barbacoa South Philly (1703 S. 11th St.) 2. Lacroix at the Rittenhouse (210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.) 3. Mercer Cafe (Tacconelli's Pizza)
December 3, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority scheduled public briefings next week to talk about how developing about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia, will affect the port and present economic development opportunities. The meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 at the Philadelphia Sheet Metal Workers Hall, at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. The state agency has received seven responses, called "request for qualifications," from firms interested in developing all or part of the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River.
December 2, 2015 |
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has a new name: Philly Shipyard Inc. Shareholders of the region's only commercial shipyard, meeting Monday in Oslo, Norway, where parent company Aker ASA is located, approved the name change, effective immediately. "Our new name is simple yet distinctive, and better defines who we are and where we are going," said Steinar Nerbovik, shipyard president and CEO. "As a standalone Philadelphia-based company, we continue our focus on building safe and quality ships that support the nation's commerce.
November 19, 2015
RECENTLY, I joined a group of business leaders and bipartisan elected officials - including U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, U.S. Reps. Bob Brady and Pat Meehan, state Sen. John Rafferty, state Rep. Bill Keller and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to announce funding for a new study to explore extending the Broad Street Line subway into the Navy Yard, a growing employment hub in Philadelphia. When was the last time so many Democrats and Republicans joined forces to support any project? The Navy Yard employs more than 11,000 at more than 140 firms, and PIDC has aggressive expansion plans in the coming decades.
November 6, 2015 |
On the banks of the Delaware on Wednesday, Gov. Wolf said his priorities for the Port of Philadelphia are investing in its aging infrastructure, creating jobs, and keeping Pennsylvania economically competitive. The governor said one of his goals is to develop the 196 acres at the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport, the first major maritime expansion in Philadelphia in 50 years. In recent months, more than a dozen port operators, energy firms, and private investors have expressed interest in developing all, or part, of the empty land south of the Walt Whitman Bridge.
October 10, 2015 |
Adaptimmune, an Oxford, U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company, has moved its U.S. operations from the University City Science Center and will relocate to a new facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the company said Friday. The 47,400-square-foot building being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Synterra Partners will accommodate a manufacturing plant and Adaptimmune's U.S. headquarters, according to the company, which focuses on cancer therapies. The new facility, which will enable Adaptimmune to increase its staff by 110, is scheduled to be completed in late 2016, chief executive James Noble said in the release.
September 24, 2015 |
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard announced Tuesday that it will sell its ship-owning investments in four product tankers to a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., based in Findlay, Ohio. The contract value of each vessel is $150 million, Aker said. The ships, which are used to transport petroleum products and crude oil, will be delivered between now and third quarter 2016. Aker said it expects a pre-tax gain of about $10 million per ship. Aker is building the vessels in a joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corp.