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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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November 18, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 8, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 7, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 21, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
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August 21, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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