April 7, 2000 |
Mayor Street filled two more top level posts yesterday, recreation and planning. Street named New Orleans recreation director Victor Richard to head Philadelphia's rec department. The post, which will pay Richard $90,000 a year, had been filled by an acting head since the highly regarded Michael DiBerardinis left in January. In addition, Street named New York city planning official Maxine Griffith director of the city's planning commission, replacing 18-year director Barbara Kaplan, who announced her resignation two weeks ago. The Street team conducted a national search for a recreation commissioner, first offering the job to Houston recreation official Roy Wilson.
May 9, 1995 |
A North Philadelphia shopping center development is among the new projects approved recently by the City Planning Commission. The shopping center, which would feature a supermarket as the anchor, would be bounded by 5th, 6th, Berks and Norris streets. Cornel Pankey, the commission's community planner for North Philadelphia, said construction could begin in six to 18 months. The Redevelopment Authority would buy 99 properties with the intention of selling them to the Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha, or Association of Puerto Ricans on the March, said Pankey.
June 7, 1987 |
The Conshohocken Planning Commission got its first glimpse of a tentative design for the Tower Bridge office and retail complex last week in reviewing a proposed network of roads. The plan - including eight development lots, 1.1 million square feet of office space and 450,000 square feet of retail space - elicited a two-word response from commission chairman George J. Rafferty: "Mind boggling. " Tower Bridge has been proposed by the Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. of Pittsburgh for about 42 acres along the north banks of the Schuylkill in the southern end of the borough.
April 7, 1988 |
Prompted by a criminal investigation of Planning Board Secretary Joseph Iuliucci, the Winslow Township Committee met behind closed doors last night to discuss a demand for his resignation and to consider drafting a code of ethics. The session was the first since Camden County Prosecutor Samuel Asbell said Monday that he would investigate reports that Iuliucci cleared the way for development of a 13.3-acre tract that he and a partner later sold for $100,000. After ending the closed portion of the meeting, committee members adopted a resolution saying the township would cooperate with Asbell's investigation.
March 9, 1988 |
After more than three hours of testimony before City Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities, Council member Augusta Clark yesterday gave SEPTA a backhanded pardon. The issue was whether SEPTA allocates its operating subsidies between its regional rail and city transit divisions in a way that discriminates against the city commuters who use its buses, trolleys and subways. "I think there has not been equal distribution, but I could not say that it was unlawfully discriminatory based on what I heard today," Clark said after the hearing.
December 17, 1989 |
Chester County's top planner warned members of a northern Chester County conservation group not to relax their vigilance against rampaging development in the county. "Sustain the kind of things you've been doing," George W. Fasic urged members of the French and Pickering Creek Conservation Trust. Fasic, director of the Chester County Planning Commission, was speaking at the trust's annual meeting, held Wednesday night in the West Vincent Township Building. Fasic said groups such as the trust were needed as a counterbalance against "the development mode.
September 28, 2007 |
City Planning Director Janice Woodcock yesterday skewered Council members for what she called an intrusion of politics into public-health decisions facing the Water Department. Council yesterday unanimously overrode the mayoral veto of a bill that would subject the Water Department to zoning board approval to build underground sewage storage tanks within 1,500 feet of any home, and prohibit the city from building those tanks at all within 1,500 feet of homes in two Council districts.
May 25, 1989 |
The explosion of growth in rural areas of Chester County has surprised county planners, according to the executive director of the Chester County Planning Commission. Regional development usually follows roads that lead to cities, George Fasic told the East Nantmeal Township Civic Association during a presentation on municipal planning last week. But, he said, Chester County is experiencing a "filling in," or increasing development between major roads. Quaint, rural villages traditionally surrounded by farms are threatened by urban- and suburban-style development, which Fasic characterized as "continuous sprawl.
June 7, 1990 |
Richard G. Bickel of Ardmore has been named director of long-range planning for SEPTA's planning, development and real estate department. Bickel will be responsible for the development of a long-range plan for SEPTA service, capital improvements and financing. He will implement the plan in coordination with SEPTA's operations division and government agencies. Bickel's responsibilities also include parking lot development and the preparation of a design standards manual for the transit authority.
October 22, 2008 |
In the first stage of a lengthy approval process, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission supported a zoning change yesterday so Foxwoods Casino could build a slots parlor at the Gallery shopping mall. At the meeting in the Academy of Natural Sciences auditorium, several residents expressed anger that a decision had been made before anyone knew what the project would look like or what impact it could have on the surrounding area. "Slow down!" implored John Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp.