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May 15, 1988 | By Karen K. Gress, Special to The Inquirer
Plans for New Garden Plaza, a proposed 76,700-square-foot shopping center between Old Route 1 North and South on Scarlett Road, have received a favorable review from the New Garden supervisors. A decision on whether to approve construction of the 8-acre shopping plaza is expected to come at the June 6 supervisors' meeting pending a favorable review by the Chester County Planning Commission and the township's engineering firm, GEO Technical Services of Harrisburg. The township Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval subject to favorable comments by the county Planning Commission.
NEWS
January 9, 2011 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
For ages it's been a short, dirty stretch of concrete, a wide spot in the road where 10th Street crosses the Vine Expressway. It's served mostly as a bed for the homeless and a dump for beer cans. No more. Today, a giant, granite foo dog guards each end of the property - transformed into an open, brightly lit plaza complete with benches and tables. The makeover was designed to turn a no-man's land into a welcoming connector, helping to join Chinatown to the fast-growing neighborhood that constitutes "Chinatown North.
NEWS
January 17, 1990 | By Carol D. Leonnig, Special to The Inquirer
An estimated $3 million renovation project for the Woodcrest Shopping Center received preliminary approval last night from the Cherry Hill Planning Board. The proposal, part of the new owner's efforts to increase the income and aesthetics of the 1950s-style plaza, would add 30,000 square feet to the 900,000-square-foot retail area. Former Cherry Hill tax collector Joseph Zerbo and Alan Wechsler, who bought the property last year, also plan to revamp the parking surrounding the center at the corner of Haddonfield-Berlin Road and Browning Lane.
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October 5, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Occupy Philadelphia starts Thursday at 9 a.m. The place: the Plaza around City Hall. That was the decision this evening of a standing-room-only crowd at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Center City. The Philadelphia group wants to echo the Occupy Wall Street protest that started Sept. 17 in Manhattan and has spread coast to coast. The protests are coalescing around the feeling that conditions are worsening for most Americans while the financial powers at the center of the financial meltdown that brought the economy to its knees three years ago have not been held accountable.
BUSINESS
November 10, 1993 | By Susan Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Plaza at King of Prussia, which sold bell bottoms and platform shoes in its first incarnation, has redone its 1960s look and tomorrow will unveil the first phase of a $163 million renovation and expansion. The Plaza, which opened 30 years ago, is one of the region's oldest shopping complexes. By the 1980s it had grown worn and was dramatically outdone by its flashier, upscale neighbor, The Court. After 10 months and $38 million of construction, The Plaza has added a second level of small specialty stores to two wings, and new interior courts at the entrance to the three existing department stores.
NEWS
June 12, 1996 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
If you've walked through the plaza of the Municipal Services Building at 15th Street and Kennedy Boulevard during the last two weeks, you probably noticed that it looks as though Gulliver has come to town and dropped his toys. The plaza has been transformed into a giant game board. Colorful chessmen, checkers, dominoes, bingo chips and board-game pieces have been scattered about the plaza. The pieces make up an installation called Your Move, by two Los Angeles artists and an architect.
NEWS
January 3, 1993 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At first, they appear to be signs of gloom: storefronts throughout the Plaza at King of Prussia plastered with signs announcing closings, relocations and major markdowns. What they actually signify is the next stage of the mall's major renovation and expansion project. Forty of the plaza's 225 stores will be relocating within the Plaza or moving out to make way for renovations over the next six months, said Kristen Moore, public-relations manager for the Court and Plaza at King of Prussia.
NEWS
October 5, 2002
As residents of Philadelphia's Grays Ferry neighborhood cut across the vacant lot at 29th and Wharton Streets, they no longer have to wade through knee-depth weeds or dodge trash and discarded tires. Now, they can stroll down earthen paths dotted with mosaics created by neighborhood children. They can admire a bed of ornamental grasses and hardy perennials or rest under newly planted birch trees. Finally, they have a fitting plaza to contemplate "Peace Wall," a mural painted three years ago to help the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood heal from the racial conflict of the late 1990s.
NEWS
November 15, 1992 | By Amy Westfeldt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Construction will begin this month on a Wal-Mart discount store and several smaller stores at the Liberty Square plaza on Route 541 in one of the township's latest efforts to build its business and population base. Wal-Mart will be the centerpiece of the 321,618-square-foot plaza, now anchored by Bradlees and an Ultra IGA supermarket, said Janet Label-Faso, spokeswoman for National Realty & Development Corp. in Purchase, N.Y. It would be the fourth discount chain to open or plan to open in New Jersey in a year.
NEWS
July 7, 1999 | By Jack Brown, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When a bank that has done business in the Levittown Shopping Center since it opened 46 years ago announced last week it was moving out, Tullytown Council President Ed Czyzyk said he was fed up with the plaza's continuing decline. Starting this week, he said, Tullytown code-enforcement officers and fire marshals will go through the shopping center with a fine-tooth comb, searching for violations. "If you want to run a slop hole, we will shut you down," he said in an interview.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2016 | By Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Science Festival closes with its traditional carnival, moved from the Parkway to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. It will feature more than 150 exhibitions, hands-on experiments, and performances, including live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, wrestling robots, and more. (There will be exploding stuff, we think.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. Admission is free. Information: philasciencefestival.org Catch a falling 'Star' Kids ask questions, many with no answers (many)
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March 13, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Last week, Mayor Kenney began talking up a plan to upgrade Philadelphia's neighborhood libraries and rec centers. Many of those structures date from the period after World II, when the city embarked on a campaign to bring civic buildings to far-flung parts of the city. Because they were intended as community anchors, the city would often hire top architects and encourage them to produce significant designs. The Northeast Regional Library on Cottman Avenue is one of the most notable results.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
To say that Brad and Larry Korman are enthusiastic about their growing portfolio of "luxury long-stay" AKA properties may be an understatement. From the moment they greet a visitor in the lobby of AKA Rittenhouse Square at 136 S. 18th St., the Kormans take turns talking about how they have been taking the furnished, extended-stay-apartment model pioneered by their father, Steven, to the heights of luxury living. AKA isn't an acronym. They wanted something simple, interesting, memorable, yet familiar.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The purchase price in last month's sale of Home Depot Plaza in Upper Darby Township was $33 million, Metro Commercial Real Estate said Wednesday. Metro Commercial said it represented the shopping center's previous owner, Mainard Inc., in the transaction, which closed Dec. 15. New York Life Insurance Co. announced last month that an affiliate, New York Life Real Estate Investors, had bought the 299,634-square-foot shopping center at Baltimore Pike and Bishop Avenue. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
January 21, 2016
Southern Land Co. is negotiating with the Rittenhouse Plaza's condo owners to buy a three-story annex beside their building to accommodate more retail space at its adjacent 1911 Walnut residential tower proposal. The Nashville-based developer would use the space to extend two stories of retail planned for the Walnut Street side of the project, multifamily development director Dustin Downey said Tuesday. The space would likely be sectioned for use by two restaurant tenants, said Downey, who spoke following a presentation on the proposal before the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A New York Life Insurance Co. real estate unit has purchased the 299,634-square-foot Home Depot Plaza in Clifton Heights, the company said in a release on Tuesday. The Delaware County shopping center purchased by New York Life Real Estate Investors is located at Baltimore Pike and Bishop Avenue. Seller and purchase price were not disclosed. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, once called the Plaza Hotel in New York City "the ultimate trophy. " That was when he owned it, from 1988 to 1995. The Pennsylvania Republican Party might have seen Trump, who draws large crowds at rallies, as a trophy "headline speaker" for Friday's fund-raising luncheon, held each year at the Plaza during Pennsylvania Society events. The question now: Has Trump tarnished his trophy status with a series of escalatingly provocative comments, culminating in a call to ban Muslims from entering the country?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The east side of Market Street has been getting all the buzz lately, with new residential buildings, a sophisticated mixed-used development at 12th Street, and the renovation of the tired Gallery shopping mall . But the stretch of Market west of City Hall is changing too, just more quietly. West Market is, hands down, Philadelphia's most boring street, a parade of undistinguished office towers where virtually every corner retail space is colonized by a bank branch - as though people still flooded the teller lines to make deposits and withdrawals.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
An investment fund operated by New York's Square Mile Capital Management has originated a $26.8 million mortgage loan for the Penrose Plaza shopping center in Southwest Philadelphia, the company said in a release on Tuesday. Square Mile Capital Partners is funding the center's recent acquisition and planned capital expenditures by a joint venture of Onyx Properties, Abrams Realty & Development, and Siguler Guff. The 261,000-square-foot property at 2900-3000 Island Ave. is anchored by a ShopRite supermarket.
NEWS
October 24, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Post Brothers has acquired the 13-story Garden Court Plaza apartment building in University City, the Philadelphia-based real estate company said in a statement on Thursday. Post Brothers president Matthew Pestronk said the 146-unit building at 4701 Pine Street was acquired through the purchase of its previous ownership group and that he was prohibited from disclosing the price paid. The company plans extensive renovations at the building, which it acquired as part of a $250 million University City investment strategy, it said in the statement.
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