February 10, 2012 |
Imagine you're in charge of an old postindustrial city with little open land and a perennially anemic economy. Then a vast district you never knew existed is discovered. It's like a scene from an experimental Czech novel: Pass through a secret door and there's a ghost street grid, handsome buildings from a grand era just out of reach, empty warehouses as big as tankers, and ships as grand as castles. Most of all, a broad waterfront, as close to the sea as your city is likely to get. If your city is Philadelphia, and quite a bit more real than surreal, you've merely walked down South Broad Street, under I-95, and into the Navy Yard.
February 2, 2013 |
The city Friday will present an update to its master plan for the former Philadelphia Navy Base that would extend commercial development south to the waterfront and create an urban campus on the Delaware River. Mayor Nutter and Robert A.M. Stern, architect of the detailed plan, will present artist renderings for the 1,200-acre former military base where 66,000 workers built and overhauled warships during World War II. The city is also celebrating a milestone: 130 companies and 10,000 employees now work at the Navy Yard.
June 10, 2011 |
Deirdre Connelly, the North American president of GlaxoSmithKline, helped break ground and plant trees Thursday as the global pharmaceutical giant put down a new corporate footprint in Philadelphia at the Navy Yard. But once the new building rises from the dirt, Connelly said, she won't have a big corner office with a window of nearby mothballed Navy ships, Lincoln Financial Field, or the Delaware River. "We have a lot of history in the city of Philadelphia that dates to 1830," she told the assembled corporate executives and city leaders, including Mayor Nutter, before moving on to the future and how the company would operate in its new space.
September 21, 1993 |
When the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy docked last week at the Navy Yard for refurbishing, it was the best kind of news for some 5,300 metal workers who will have jobs for at least the next 14 months, the estimated time needed to complete the overhaul. The 1,500-member crew, who need a home away from home during the facelift, is expected to be a shot in the arm for the local hotel industry - as in 531,250 room nights.
April 15, 1989 |
Two more ships will be repaired at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, a move that its advocates say will allow it to remain the most cost-efficient and busiest of the Navy's eight ship repair facilities. H. Lawrence Garrett III, undersecretary of the Navy, yesterday disclosed the decision by the Navy's Scheduling Committee in a letter to Rep. Thomas Foglietta, D-Philadelphia, in whose district the Navy Yard is located. This summer, the Navy Yard will begin major repair work on the USS Spruance, a destroyer that was heavily damaged on Jan. 25 when it struck a coral reef in the Caribbean during maneuvers.
February 9, 2011 |
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. will move 1,300 jobs from the company's Center City location to a new airy, glass-walled building at the Navy Yard designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, the company and the city announced Tuesday. The news seems to put to rest rumors that have swirled for years that Glaxo would leave the city altogether. The company signed a 151/2-year lease at the Navy Yard and said the move would save it $26 million yearly in real estate costs. Employees will begin moving to the Navy Yard at the end of next year, and Glaxo officials said the company would retain all 1,300 jobs.
October 23, 2010 |
A British company that specializes in home-energy overhauls will locate its U.S. operations in Philadelphia, the latest green company to sign up for the Navy Yard Clean Energy Campus. Mark Group, which calls itself the United Kingdom's largest installer of domestic energy-saving solutions, announced Friday that it would open its American headquarters at the former Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The company, based in Leicester, England, employs 1,400 people. It said it expected to hire more than 300 people in the next three years as it establishes U.S. operations to sell and install home energy-efficiency systems, including weatherization improvements and renewable-power options.
September 10, 2012
A memorial service for Eagles great Steve Van Buren is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, 1201 East Constitution Ave. (the corner of 12th and Constitution), the Navy Yard, Building 649, Philadelphia, 19112. Mr. Van Buren died on Aug. 23 of pneumonia. The service is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Van Buren's name can be made to St. Patrick's Community Outreach Inc., Attn: Deacon Eugene Champion, St. Patrick's Church, 277 S. 4th Street, Memphis, TN, 38126.
March 21, 1990 |
Defense Secretary Richard Cheney says he has not made up his mind about the future of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, which his staff has targeted as a prospect for budget cuts. Cheney gave his assurances to members of the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey congressional delegations at a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting. Many of the 19 senators and representatives hold key committee or leadership assignments that could be used to block any Bush administration effort to shut the yard.
September 30, 1987 |
The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard appears to have lost a high-tech computer weaponry overhaul aboard at least one destroyer, posing a threat to the jobs of at least 1,000 workers, according to one estimate. It was feared that a Navy decision to channel work next year on the USS Turner to a private shipyard also could cost the Navy Yard a similar contract later on the destroyer USS Kidd, said Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce spokesman Rob Wunderling. Wunderling said no decision has been made on the Kidd, but "logically, if the Turner (doesn't come to Philadelphia)