March 23, 2015 |
As SEPTA moves further down the line in planning a rail extension to King of Prussia, there are a few things we know - and many more that we don't. Among the decisions so far: It will be a spur off the Norristown High-Speed Rail Line. The entire five-mile route will be on an elevated concrete track. It will stop at the King of Prussia Mall, end at the Valley Forge Casino and Convention Center, and include two to four stops along the way. But transit planners, township officials, and business groups are still studying some of the most crucial details, including which of five proposed routes would get the most ridership, how much each route would cost, and how each would affect noise, traffic, and other environmental conditions.
March 23, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Mention West Whiteland Township, and people outside Chester County are more than likely to draw a blank than a map. Adding the word Exton usually clears up the confusion, but that, Keller Williams Real Estate agent David Ashe says, means they know the mall or a highway exit. Exton is just the better-known piece of the much larger township, which began a yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary on Feb. 26, with events scheduled throughout 2015.
December 5, 2014 |
New Bridgeport dining spot Something new and dramatic in sleepy little Bridgeport, across the Schuylkill from Norristown: Taphouse 23 (266 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, 610-277-2323 ), which two weeks ago replaced a series of corner bars, most recently the Point. It's the pet project of local businessman Gary Johnson of Tube Methods, who after buying the joint realized that it needed more than a coat of paint. A top-to-bottom redo yielded dining areas off the two-sided bar as well as the roomy second floor, clad in wood with glass.
November 24, 2014 |
Garland and Christmas ornaments trim the outdoor walkway from the Court to the Plaza at the King of Prussia Mall, but the decor barely earned a glance from chilly shoppers Friday. Whether clutching hot coffee or with hands jammed into pockets, most walked too quickly to notice the crane and construction crew or the artist's rendering of the indoor heated connector that could open in 2016, along with space for 50 more stores and restaurants. "That would be awesome," Alyssa Wert of Allentown said as she, her sister, and a friend dashed through the cold.
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.
October 30, 2014 |
SEPTA's plan to expand rail service to King of Prussia got a major boost from the state with last year's transportation-funding bill. Yet two years into the project's planning, funding remains its largest hurdle. "We have funds for about 30 percent of the design, but the big question is: How do we pay for the construction?" SEPTA general manager Joseph M. Casey said Tuesday. "We need help, we need financial help, to get this going. " Casey gathered with fellow planners and politicians at the Chemical Heritage Foundation to discuss the need for rail service linking Philadelphia to King of Prussia, and what it would take to make it happen.
October 20, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
October 16, 2014 |
A MONTGOMERY County Court jury yesterday sentenced a man to death in the 2012 murders of an infant and her grandmother, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said last night. Raghu Yandamuri, 28, of King of Prussia, was convicted last week of killing Satyavathi Venna, 61, and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna during a plot to extort a ransom from the Venna family. Yandamuri met the family while living in the same complex, the Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia, prosecutors said. His plan was to kidnap the infant in a ploy to bilk the family out of $50,000 to help settle gambling debts.
October 10, 2014 |
A KING OF PRUSSIA man will face life in prison or death after being convicted yesterday of brutally murdering a 61-year-old woman and her infant granddaughter in an elaborate kidnapping plot for ransom in 2012. A Montgomery County jury of seven men and five women yesterday found Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the October 2012 slayings of grandmother Satyvathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi. Yandamuri was also convicted of kidnapping, burglary, robbery and abuse of a corpse.
August 27, 2014 |
A Montgomery County Court judge agreed Monday to a one-week delay in the September trial of a King of Prussia man accused of killing an infant and her grandmother in 2012. After a request from the defendant, Raghunandan Yandamuri, Judge Steven T. O'Neill moved the trial from Sept. 8 to 16. Yandamuri is representing himself, and the judge gave him the extra time to talk with the defense investigator, review a DNA analysis, and get more information from a forensic pathologist and a computer-generated animation expert the court recently appointed to work for the defense.