June 1, 1988 |
Time is growing short for approval of a $216 million bond issue to finance construction of Philadelphia's new Convention Center. City Council must approve the deal by June 30, when Council breaks for the summer, or the center's fate could be jeopardized. When Council will get its hands on the bond-deal legislation is unknown, because the Goode administration and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority have not yet signed off on it. If Council does not approve the bond issue until after it reconvenes in the fall - and plans by Council to scrutinize the deal could postpone the issue until then, Council members say - it's anyone's guess when construction could get under way. And according to the law that created the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, if construction does not start by Dec. 31, the authority cannot use the city's 5 percent hotel tax, a portion of which is earmarked to help finance construction.
January 11, 1988 |
City convention center officials are discussing buying the Reading Terminal Market, a prospect that frightens market merchants and horrifies opponents of the proposed Convention Center. "No! No! . . . I don't want the city to own the market," said Delilah Winder, of Delilah's, the market's soul-food emporium. "Oh, God help us!" exclaimed architect Gray Smith, who adamantly opposes building the Convention Center above the Reading Terminal Market. Four officials involved with the $468 million convention center said the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the Goode administration have been talking for the last month about buying the market.
October 11, 2007 |
Ahmeenah Young, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, has been given additional operating responsibilities that belonged previously to chief operating officer Dittie F. Guise, according to a message sent yesterday by the authority's chief executive. CEO Albert Mezzaroba told the Convention Center staff in an e-mail that Young, who has more than 20 years' experience in the region's hospitality business, "will be taking on the additional task of managing all operational areas of the center," effective immediately.
January 7, 1994 |
Wanted: a general manager to run Reading Terminal Market. Qualifications: must have strong management and retailing skills and an ability to work with diverse personalities. Officials of the Pennsylvania Convention Center said yesterday that the Rubin Organization Inc. would no longer manage the market, effective next month. They have mounted a national search, they said, to find a replacement. Bob Williams, the center's operations director, described the move as a cost-cutting one. Reading Terminal has an $84,000 deficit, he said.
October 30, 1990 |
The city's hotel room tax, part of which is earmarked to help pay for the $523 million convention center, has survived a legal challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. If the high court had found the tax was illegal, it effectively would have killed the center, which is scheduled to open in 1993. The court yesterday dismissed without comment a petition asking it to review a decision by Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court that upheld the legality of the tax. The petition, filed by attorney Sharon K. Wallis on behalf of a libertarian group, alleged that the tax unconstitutionally discriminates against non- residents and illegally interferes with interstate commerce.
April 27, 1992 |
Those who say Philadelphia's new convention center ought to be operated by a private company point to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, managed by Spectacor. Since Spectacor - owner of the Philadelphia Flyers and operator of the Spectrum here - took over, Moscone Center's operating losses have been cut dramatically. But Harry Perks, executive director of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, points out that the centers regarded as the most successful in the country - Atlanta's, Dallas', and Anaheim's - are all run by public entities.
July 21, 1992 |
A simmering controversy over the selection of public artwork for the new convention center has been headed off at the pass with the appointment of an advisory committee made up of locally based artists and art professionals. The newly constituted four-member Art Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority met for the first time last week. Members received an overview of the $522 million project, toured the site and began discussions on their procedures and responsibilities.
February 15, 1992 |
It's already possible to walk down 12th Street through the block-long underpass the Pennsylvania Convention Center creates between Race and Arch Streets. Finally, local artists have been invited to submit credentials to create a work of art to make the tunnel more pleasant. But they have to act fast because the deadline is Feb. 24. The announcement for this and two other major commissions and an unspecified number of smaller works was mailed this month to a list of eastern Pennsylvania artists.
May 18, 1989 |
The slow cleanup of cancer-causing contaminants is holding up construction at the train shed that will be a part of the new convention center, experts said yesterday at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. Ted Garrison, authority construction director, said the cleanup is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 8. The slow cleanup by Reading Co., which owns the Reading Terminal Market, will mean the design of the shed will be about three months behind the design of the convention center hall, he said.
April 20, 1989 |
The planned opening date for the convention center has been pushed back six months, to mid-1992, because of delays in decontaminating the old Reading Railroad train shed and in negotiating a lease between the city and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. Authority chairman Willard G. Rouse III, speaking with reporters yesterday after an authority board meeting, said the delays have placed the agency "between two rocks. " Rouse said he was "encouraged" that City Councilman Lucien Blackwell has introduced his own legislation authorizing a lease between the city and the authority.