August 23, 2012 |
A LONG-BREWING battle between City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and a Mantua community group is headed to federal court. The Mantua Community Planners Inc. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Blackwell and the city claiming $420,000 in lost property after they were shut out of a second-floor office inside a recreation center last year - and decades of records were tossed without notice. In the suit, the group alleges Blackwell is trying to silence them while backing the Mantua Community Improvement Committee as the leader among Mantua organizations.
August 22, 2012 |
The law firm Cozen O'Connor grew up in the Philadelphia Stock Exchange building at 1900 Market St., where its lawyers have slowly replaced over the last 31 years the bright-jacketed options traders who used to dominate both the basement trading floor (now owned by Nasdaq) and the upstairs office suites. Last month, the firm, which has grown to 173 "shareholder" partners, 376 additional lawyers, and 620 support staff, announced it will move to rebuilt space at One Liberty Place when its lease expires in three years.
August 15, 2012 |
THE OWNERS of the historic Uptown Theater in North Philadelphia are inching ever closer toward their fundraising goal for restoring the landmark building and just got a shot in the arm from a $30,000 preservation grant. The Uptown Entertainment and Development Corp. is expected to announce the grant at a noon news conference Wednesday in front of the 83-year-old theater on Broad Street near Dauphin. The $30,000 grant from the 1772 Foundation, a national nonprofit that aids historical preservation, will go toward the the Uptown 5 Million campaign to raise $5 million to complete renovation plans for the building, including its auditorium.
July 19, 2012 |
It was one of those stunning twists of irony at the Philadelphia Unemployment Compensation Service Center on Monday afternoon, when the center's 75 state employees were called into a room and told that, effective Aug. 15, they'd be out of work. As the state often does when there are mass layoffs, it sent a team of experts to help the about-to-be jobless learn how to apply for unemployment benefits. Except that everyone in the room already knew — after all, it's their job to answer the phones and to process claims.
July 7, 2012
It's easy to imagine Philadelphia's business district accommodating another tower the size of Comcast. After all, the region's entire transit system funnels downtown, making the city's core accessible to thousands of commuters. Now, try to visualize the same amount of office space — 1.2 million square feet — in the neighborhood tucked below the South Street Bridge, a tight enclave of rowhouses and corner pubs once known as the Devil's Pocket. Assuming America's health-care industry keeps growing at its current rapid clip, the area around the Pocket could soon see a development with even more square footage than the Comcast Center.
July 2, 2012 |
What a great day it was at Dmg Ctrl Ltd., a tech company in Old City. Cofounder Jason Allum pulled the tap on a new mini-kegerator, a little dorm-size fridge perfectly designed to hold one keg of beer that had been installed that afternoon. Mostly foam, sadly. "We have to work on that," Allum said, a frothy plastic cup of Yards IPA in hand to toast a 5 p.m. finish to Monday's workday. Housed on an upper floor of a former factory on North Third Street, Dmg Ctrl Ltd., with its seven employees, is one of 21 tech companies in the neighborhood, enough to constitute a cluster in Old City.
June 21, 2012 |
The most populous town in the wealthiest county in Pennsylvania — Tredyffrin Township — stretches from the last five stops on the Paoli Local, north across U.S. 202, to Valley Forge. It's home to shady ridges lined with brick-fronted homes, to big companies whose bosses live nearby — Ametek, AmerisourceBergen, TE Connectivity, Triumph Group — and to roughly as much office space as both of Center City's Liberty Place towers, with the Comcast Center thrown in. Yet most of its office inventory, built in the 1980s or earlier, is "in danger of becoming outdated," warns a report by the Chester County township's Business Development Advisory Council.
June 20, 2012 |
Commercial-real-estate pros have been reduced to playing "musical chairs" as tenants enjoy their pick of nicer, cheaper offices instead of having to build or lease new space, analyst John W. Guinee writes in a report to clients of brokerage Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Almost the only places in America where office demand and rents are rising are three hopping "media, entertainment and technology" centers: Silicon Valley; New York City's Midtown South...
June 13, 2012 |
Members of Teamsters Local 628 rallied outside the offices of The Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com Tuesday protesting the layoffs of 20 building-services employees and 12 security guards as of July 1. In a statement sent to all employees, Interstate General Media L.L.C., publisher and chief executive Robert J. Hall said the layoffs are connected to the company's relocation later this month from 400 N. Broad St., which it sold last year,...
February 26, 2012 |
Armed with a new doctorate from Cornell ; designs for 3-D printers that make colorful parts from paper, plaster, and plastic; and connections from his academic and consulting career, engineer- tinkerer-businessman Evan Malone returned to Philadelphia in 2008, opened NextFab Studio , and began marketing the for-profit lab full of digital workshop machines to the students, professors, and would-be entrepreneurs of the city's brainiest neighborhood....