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February 6, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarb@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
NEWS
July 27, 1989 | By Joyce Vottima Hellberg, Special to The Inquirer
Quarry Office Park Associates has proposed a separate parking structure in conjunction with a three-story 82,000-square-foot office building at the Westlakes Office Park in Tredyffrin Township. The Township Planning Commission heard revised landscaping plans for the two-level parking garage, which would include rooftop parking, at its meeting Thursday night. Dave Hinson, project architect, showed detailed plans of additional landscaping proposed for the open-air parking deck.
NEWS
June 21, 1990 | By Andrew Hussie, Special to The Inquirer
The Jenkintown Chamber of Commerce has proposed building a five-level parking garage to help solve the town's perennial parking problem in its central shopping district. The plan for the parking garage, which would cost $2 million to build, was presented to the Borough Council's Administration and Finance Committee Tuesday night. The proposed site is a parking lot at Cottman Street and West Avenue, several hundred feet east of Old York Road. The Chamber of Commerce presentation was intended as informational.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | By Idris M. Diaz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of people who drive to Center City to work will have to find a new place to park next week. Citing what they described as dangerous conditions, officials yesterday closed the bottom three floors of the four-floor parking garage beneath John F. Kennedy Plaza. "We ordered that the bottom levels be closed because we determined that a dangerous condition exists there," said Licenses & Inspections Commissioner Don Kligerman. Kligerman said L&I first uncovered violations at the basement garage in 1988.
NEWS
June 7, 1991 | by Jack McGuire, Daily News Staff Writer
What was supposed to be a pleasant weekly outing to the casinos ended abruptly yesterday when a car carrying two older women smashed through the wall of a high-rise parking garage in Wynnefield Heights, plunged three stories and landed on its roof. The driver, Freda Evans, 77, was in fair condition today at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she is being treated for a head injury and a fractured arm. Her passenger, Frances Finkelstein, 88, was admitted to Osteopathic Medical Center, where she was in critical condition this morning.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | By Joseph R. Daughen and Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Anthony S. Twyman contributed to this report
The city last night declared a busy underground parking garage at 15th and Arch streets unsafe and ordered three of the facility's four levels shut down immediately. Don Kligerman, Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, said city inspectors found serious deterioration of concrete on the bottom three levels of the garage. The deterioration, called spalling, is causing the concrete ceilings to chip and break, exposing the steel reinforcing rods, according to building code violation notices filed against Parkway Corp.
SPORTS
September 6, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Lomas Brown thought he had seen it all in his 19 seasons in the NFL. That is, until lightning and heavy rain yesterday forced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to practice in a parking garage. "I have never done that before. It was definitely the first time," the offensive tackle said. "I've practiced in a gym, inside the [training] facility and even an auditorium, but never before in a parking lot. " Rather than cancel the 2-hour workout, coach Jon Gruden moved practice to the third level of a parking garage at an office building adjacent to One Buccaneer Place.
NEWS
February 5, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
Dr. Richard Evans, a wealthy, ambitious dentist described as "a major force in the development of the northwest section of Center City," thinks the residents of that area are downright unreasonable, his attorney says. They demanded that he provide parking for an executive-office complex he built at 22nd and Arch streets, but when he devised a plan to erect a 50-car garage next door, they rejected it. He redesigned the plans to address what he thought were their concerns, but they didn't like that either.
NEWS
September 11, 1997 | By Anthony Beckman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Trying to solve the parking dilemma here, a Borough Council committee recommended on Tuesday that a study be completed for a $3.8 million multilevel garage near the Chester County Courthouse. Two low-bidding engineering firms will be interviewed next week. The selected company will then study the borough's South High Street parking lot behind the Farmers and Mechanics Building to determine the cost and suitability of a garage. Preliminary designs call for a five-story ramp with about 300 parking spaces.
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April 15, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 30 minutes before the abduction of a worker from a store on Jewelers Row, video surveillance shows, one of the alleged perpetrators entered the store and had a conversation with the woman whom authorities said he would later torture. New details emerged Monday as officials announced that the reward was increased to $20,000 for tips leading to the capture of at least two additional suspects in the April 4 ordeal that left the 53-year-old woman with broken ribs and a concussion.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AN ACT of senseless violence has tarnished Jewelers Row. Vendors in the tight-knit section of Center City were aghast at the news that one of their own, a 53-year-old employee of the National Watch & Diamond Exchange, was kidnapped and brutalized by three bandits Saturday. "It's a shock; it's horrible," said Tony Piloyan, owner of 8th Street Gold and Diamond Buyers, a few doors away from where the victim works, on 8th Street near Chestnut. "She's never without a smile," Piloyan said of the victim, who police said was home last night after being treated at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for a concussion, eye hematoma and bruises.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer stewarb@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
A 33-YEAR-OLD woman broke down on the witness stand Thursday as she recounted a vicious sexual assault allegedly committed by a Pittsburgh man in a Franklintown parking garage on New Year's Day. "I felt hands around my neck like a noose, and I remember begging him not to kill me because I have two small children," the woman testified. She pointed to Steven Woodson, 32, her alleged assailant, who sat at the defendant's table during a preliminary hearing after which he was ordered held for trial.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a counter and seven booths stuffed into a corner of a parking garage, Little Pete's dimensions live up to its name as much as its compact cofounder and namesake, Peter Koutroubas. Measured, however, by the reaction to reports of its imminent demise, Little Pete's is surprisingly big. After Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced legislation last fall to clear the way for a boutique hotel on Little Pete's Center City corner - presaging the all-night diner's doom - the blog Philebrity started a #SaveLittlePetes campaign on Twitter while panicked customers peppered Koutroubas' brother John with questions.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE SCENE was chilling: A woman stepped off a parking-garage elevator alone, and almost immediately felt a man's hand clamp down over her mouth. He told her he wanted money, police said, but then choked her unconscious. She awoke on the ground, between two parked cars, with the man on top of her, barking orders to remove her iPhone battery. Then came a barrage of fists to her head, more choking, and then the rape. Amazingly, the 33-year-old woman survived the horrifying assault that unfolded about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of a parking garage on Callowhill Street near 17th, a stone's throw from the Community College of Philadelphia in Franklintown.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Center City's grimy alleys are the equivalent of Philadelphia's attic, stuffed with forgotten architectural treasures. And there may be no richer trove than the stretch that runs behind the former Lits Bros. department store. There's now a parking garage at one end and a prison at the other, but with your eyes half-closed, the alley almost suggests a canal in Venice, canopied by its own moody Bridge of Sighs. Designed in 1912 by Castor & Stearns, the Renaissance-style arch is tightly notched into the narrow opening between Lits' back wall and Arch Street's Cast Iron building, connecting their second and third floors.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river. It's a shame the conversation was never extended to the city's other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Aiello broke into tears - again - when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Center City parking garage, stunning her family, friends, and campus community. The call came from a friend, who in an eerie coincidence, knew Holleran's father. Aiello lost his own daughter, Paige, the same way nine months earlier. Tennis team captain and an A student at the College of New Jersey, she was weeks shy of graduation and had been accepted to nine law schools when her body was recovered from the Hudson River.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
On her social media accounts, Madison Holleran presented herself as a happy 19-year-old freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the varsity track-and-field team. The North Jersey native's last photograph on Instagram was a twilight scene of holiday lights still twinkling in the trees of Rittenhouse Square. She liked sharing pretty images of sunsets and sunrises, so there was nothing outwardly unusual about her post. An hour later on Friday, police said, she jumped from the roof of a nearby parking garage.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven restaurants in LOVE Park? That was the vision that Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke unfurled on Wednesday. He would pay for long-overdue upgrades to John F. Kennedy Plaza by leasing the rights to create 26,000 square feet of restaurant space in the iconic but aging park. Drawings Clarke's office commissioned show seven restaurant spaces - both open-air and enclosed - along all four sides of the park, along with a new stage for concerts and public events on the Arch Street side.
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