November 18, 2014 |
Simon Property Group , the Indianapolis-based retail giant that owns 200-plus shopping malls nationwide, is sacrificing more than 400 parking spaces at its King of Prussia Plaza and Court to make room for at least 50 new stores and restaurants that it hopes will draw more wealthy shoppers to the region's biggest retail complex. At extra-large shopping centers such as King of Prussia, at least, "the mall business is good, contrary to some of the naysayers," David Contis , president of Simon Malls and a corporate senior vice president, told me Monday.
November 6, 2014 |
The two push-button house phones outside the main entrance of the vacant Trump Plaza hotel in Atlantic City remain. A sign outlining access rules concludes with "Trespassers will be prosecuted. " They may as well also take down the "Valet Only" sign. Nobody's allowed in the driveway. There's a big fight next door at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev for the light-heavyweight title. There will be a strong crowd. It just won't be quite like the old days, certainly not next door.
October 9, 2014 |
After years of being an eyesore to Evesham residents and those traveling along Route 70, the Tri-Towne Plaza will be transformed from a lot of vacant storefronts to a $25 million shopping center and apartment complex. Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, in a Tuesday news conference, boasted that once the project was completed, the location, which would be renamed the Shoppes at Renaissance Square and the Residence at Renaissance Square, could potentially be "the most active site in Evesham Township.
September 18, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The epic swoon of Atlantic City continued Tuesday as the Trump Plaza was put out of its stained-carpet, squeaky-revolving-door, no-room-service, center-of-the-Boardwalk misery, as its dedicated hospice workers dealt a final hand of blackjack. "Sit down and play a hand, you won't get another chance," said Shelly Orloff, an IBM mainframe system programmer from Bergen County, around 3 a.m. Gambling operations were stopped at 5:59 a.m., the official end of the gaming day by state regulation.
September 8, 2014 |
They've reconstructed the space in front of Philadelphia's palatial City Hall, furnished it with a cafe, a high-tech spray fountain and movable chairs, and rebranded it Dilworth Park . But the vast granite prairie is still very much a plaza , with all the weaknesses the word implies. There is no doubt that this important civic space, once a smelly, run-down municipal embarrassment in the heart of Philadelphia, has been greatly improved by the Center City District's Paul Levy, who marshaled a dream team of Philadelphia's most renowned designers and engineers.
September 7, 2014 |
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement gave online gambling company Betfair Interactive US L.L.C. permission to intervene in writing in proceedings on the closing of Trump Plaza on Sept. 16. Betfair, which is based in London, England, is Trump Plaza's online gaming partner and will be able to continue operating until the Trump Plaza license is revoked, but may need to find a new bricks-and-mortar casino partner to keep operating in New Jersey thereafter. Betfair's attorney said in an Aug. 25 letter to regulators that Trump officials have not responded to any requests for information about the closing.
September 7, 2014 |
The once-thriving but long-vacant shopping plaza in Delran that once housed a Sam's Club wholesale discount store has been sold and expects to sign tenants soon, its new owner said. Sun Equity Partners, based in Lakewood, Ocean County, acquired the Route 130 property from Vornado Realty Trust last week, Sun's acquisitions director, Abe Tress, said Friday. "We're in talks with large retailers," said Tress, who declined to name them "because we haven't signed them. " His four-year-old firm specializes in distressed properties like the Delran site, he said, which has been largely unused for a decade.
August 21, 2014 |
The plan for Dilworth Plaza - to be renamed Dilworth Park - is really two projects rolled into one. At street level, the goal is to create a welcoming civic space where office workers, tourists, and residents can relax in the shadow of City Hall. Down below will be a big, new waiting room for subway riders. Some notable features: To enhance views of City Hall's lavish Beaux-Arts facade, the park was kept uncluttered and largely flat in the center. Like a good neoclassical building, it is symmetrical, with a grass lawn at the north end and a flat water feature at the south.
August 21, 2014 |
William Penn is finally getting his Centre Square back. Or, at least how he might have envisioned it 400 years on. In this reimagining, there will be ice skating, programmable fountains, an upscale cafe, well-lit access to subways, and open space - lovely, inviting open space, all on the doorstep of City Hall. "We envision this as the center of our city, the center of our neighborhoods," said Paul Levy, chief executive of the Center City District (CCD). On Sept. 4, what was Dilworth Plaza, an off-putting, at times even threatening, hardscaped remnant of the well-intentioned but often misguided 1970s, is to reopen as Dilworth Park, a softer, greener, refurbished front porch for Philadelphia's civic hub. Three days of music, feasting, and general merriment will follow as the city looks to introduce the $55 million remake to the public.