January 21, 2015 |
KEMEL DAWKINS had a problem. As one of the lead contractors on the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the 1990s, he needed to find a black superintendent to oversee the toughest part of the project - renovation of the Reading Terminal train shed. Dawkins, himself African-American, needed a black man to boss the difficult operation in order to adhere to the Convention Center's strict affirmative-action program. Inspectors roamed the enormous project daily to make sure the proper ratio of women and African-American workers was on the job. Kemel Dawkins, who died Jan. 11 at the age of 91, solved the problem after a nationwide search when he and his partners selected Angelo R. Perryman, an Evergreen, Ala., native then working construction in Detroit.
January 19, 2015 |
Investors in Macerich, the California-based mall landlord that agreed in 2014 to invest $107 million in Center City's Gallery at Market East , and Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust , the mall's longtime owner, expect to learn more in the next few months about how the companies will fund improvements, boost sales, and squeeze more profits at the aging three-story mall. At a meeting with investors last fall, Art Coppola , Macerich's chairman and chief executive, sketched the Gallery owners' plans.
December 28, 2014 |
The Olney home that collapsed on Christmas Eve, injuring two people and putting nearly a dozen at risk, had been flagged twice since August as unsafe, according to officials. The city was preparing to take the owner of the home to court for not making repairs, Department of Licenses and Inspections officials said Friday. The 9:30 p.m. collapse affected both sides of a twin home at 125 and 127 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Both are rental properties, officials said. The damage was most severe at 125, where officials said the front wall collapsed and both a side and back wall bulged and fractured.
December 25, 2014 |
Developer Leo Addimando 's Alterra Property Group , which owns apartments in Center City and Manayunk, has big changes planned for the 104-unit Versailles apartments at 1530 Locust St., which it acquired and began running last week. Alterra replaces Carlyle Property Management . "That building is a jewel. It needs a facelift. We are going to be investing in capital improvements, starting sometime in 2015. It will be done slowly," Addimando told me. That means higher rents, which Philadelphia apartment-dwellers have gotten used to lately.
December 20, 2014 |
Long lines snaked through Collingswood's Local Market & Cafe on Thursday, with shoppers filling baskets with groceries and freshly made gourmet foods. With the cash registers ringing constantly and a steady flow of shoppers, it appeared that the new grocer in town was enjoying much success since opening three weeks ago in the old Woolworth building on Haddon Avenue. To the surprise of many, however, it was more of a swan song, with a 50-percent-off sale for a quick clearing of inventory.
December 19, 2014 |
A New York state man was charged Wednesday with allowing an unlicensed teenager to drive an SUV that flipped along a Poconos roadway in August, killing three Bucks County teenagers and injuring a fourth. Michael J. Ware, 53, of Scarsdale, was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges including endangering the welfare of children and involuntary manslaughter, according to Janine Edwards, district attorney of Wayne County, Pa. The crash near Wallenpaupack Lake Estates killed three 15-year-old Council Rock High School sophomores - Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher - and injured a fourth.
December 13, 2014 |
A Philadelphia jeweler who fenced diamonds worth more than $3 million for a group of thieves who targeted shops across the country was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 71/2 months in prison. Eric Janovsky, 44, also was sentenced to 71/2 months of home confinement by U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez in Portland, Ore., where the case was prosecuted. And Hernandez also ordered Janovsky and his Jewelers' Row business, Three Gold Bros., to pay $539,843 in restitution.
December 8, 2014 |
The Washington Avenue Property Owners Association is working to gentrify a drab, once-industrial warehouse strip into a residential/business district. It has been slow going, but the South Philadelphia group has been joined by major players including developer Bart Blatstein; the owners of the massive Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington; and local business owners eager to sell or develop their properties into houses and apartments with retail shops on the ground floor.
November 20, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Vera Coking famously refused to sell to Donald Trump. But in the end, she sold to Carl Icahn. Property records in Atlantic County show that Coking's famous but now-vacant white house, in the shadow of the famous but now-shuttered Trump Plaza, is now owned by IEH Enterprises - Icahn. The house at 127 S. Columbia Place was sold at auction in August for $583,000. At the time, Atlantic City lawyer Pat Agnellini said he was the bidder on site - and on the phone - who walked away with the winning bid. Agnellini declined to say at the time whom he represented other than himself, or what the plans were for the property.
November 16, 2014 |
The owners of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City said in a court filing Friday they expected to close the Boardwalk property on or before Dec. 12. Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. had been warning for months the struggling casino might close this fall if it didn't get significant relief from its biggest union and millions in government aid. The company got the relief it sought from labor last month when a bankruptcy judge allowed it...