August 15, 2016 |
Parking garages rarely merit much architectural discussion. Most of today's designs are no-frills stacks of open floors, laid out to accommodate as many cars as possible. With their shadowy interiors on full display, the naked concrete structures have the melancholy look of buildings that were never finished. Yet, parking garages did not start out as a purely functional architectural form. For evidence, please see the exuberant, art deco garage that stretches for a full block on Chestnut between 11th and 12th Streets.
May 7, 2016 |
Philadelphia zoning officials have reversed course on their approval of developer Bart Blatstein's proposal for an apartment tower, shopping complex and parking garage at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. The Zoning Board of Administration reconvened on late Wednesday to vacate a vote taken earlier in the day that granted the project waivers it needed to be built as planned, according to Sharon Suleta, an attorney for the panel. The board canceled the decision after realizing that it had taken action prematurely, having voted eight days earlier to delay its vote on the project by two weeks for further discussion, Suleta said.
April 22, 2016 |
Rockville, Md.-based Choice Hotels International plans to roll out a new urban brand under its Cambria flag at a property being developed near Broad and Locust Streets, according to an application posted Wednesday on a city website. The 222-room, 14-story hotel, which will replace a parking garage acquired last year by Philadelphia's Pearl Properties, also will feature a restaurant and bar, the developer said in the application for review by the city's Civic Design Review committee.
April 9, 2016 |
A 23-year-old West Chester University student has been charged with raping a student in a parking garage last week, officials said Thursday. Austin Eaddy, of Philadelphia, allegedly assaulted a female student around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Eaddy, who was also charged Wednesday with theft and related offenses, was identified through video surveillance, officials said. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and remained in custody. In a statement, interim university president Christopher Fiorentino said: "Every student on West Chester University's campus should know that the university treats sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost seriousness.
February 13, 2016 |
Trey Hill got out of bed at 4:30 a.m., hopped into his car, and drove six hours from Virginia to Philadelphia on Thursday, determined to take a last spin on his skateboard in LOVE Park. "It's important, man," Hill said. "We're all here for the same reason. " Others came from New Jersey and points across Philadelphia, young men - and some older - who ignored the bitter cold to zig, zag, jump, and slide at one of the East Coast's iconic skate spots. At noon, the crowd was two dozen and growing.
February 12, 2016 |
City officials kicked off renovations to LOVE Park with a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday, and announced that the ban on skateboarding would be lifted through Monday. "This is, like, one of the capitals of the world for skateboarding," Mayor Kenney said of John F. Kennedy Plaza. "There's a certain culture of the Robert Indiana statue and this space ... so we're going to allow folks to come back and experience this place one more time before it goes under construction. " The granite from LOVE Park will be donated to the Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund, to be used in newly constructed skate parks across the city.
January 14, 2016 |
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved $68.3 million in tax credits Tuesday toward the development of Stockton University's planned residential campus in Atlantic City. The EDA approved up to $38.4 million for construction of a residence hall and academic building and up to $29.9 million for construction of a parking garage. The project is planned for about six acres at the southern end of Atlantic City, by the intersection of Atlantic, Albany, and Pacific Avenues. "This is another positive step in developing the public-private partnerships that will enable Stockton to move forward with the AC Devco project for a residential campus and academic facilities, benefiting both our students and the region," said Harvey Kesselman, president of Stockton.
December 10, 2015 |
An affiliate of Brickstone Cos. has bought a two-story parking garage at 12th and Sansom Streets from the estate of the late property investor Samuel Rappaport for $14.5 million, according to records filed with the city. The affiliate, 123 South Owner L.L.C., which shares an address with Brickstone, closed Nov. 4 on the garage covering 26,550 square feet at 123-127 S. 12th St., according to the records. Brickstone managing partner John Connors did not return a call asking about plans for the property.
November 22, 2015 |
A VETERAN DIED at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center on Thursday morning after he reportedly jumped off of a parking garage at the West Philadelphia facility. Fern Billet, a spokeswoman for the medical center, confirmed that a veteran died at the facility Thursday, but she offered no further details about the veteran or the circumstances surrounding his death. She said she could not do so because the investigation remains ongoing. "On behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs, we extend our deepest condolences to the veteran's family, friends and neighbors," Billet wrote in an emailed statement.
October 9, 2015 |
In a surprising turn of events, the two men facing a federal trial on kidnapping and attempted robbery charges in the April abduction of a female Jewelers Row employee pleaded guilty this morning instead of continuing with their trial. Basil Buie, 23, pleaded guilty at a 9 a.m. hearing in a courtroom down the hall from the 16th-floor room where the trial began yesterday. Afterward, his cousin, Salahudin Shaheed, 34, the mastermind of the horrific plot to rob the National Watch and Diamond Exchange store at 8th and Chestnut streets in Center City on April 4 and the abduction of the female employee, pleaded guilty shortly after 11 a.m., following talks between his attorney and prosecutors.