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REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neil Rubler, a New York real estate developer and manager with Philadelphia ties, is putting the finishing touches on the first phase of 251 DeKalb, a gut renovation of the onetime-crime-plagued Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia. A 1998 Wharton School of Business graduate, Rubler and his Candlebrook Properties in Manhattan partnered with Lubert-Adler in Philadelphia to buy the apartment complex for $70 million and spend $50 million in renovations, for a $120 million total project cost, Rubler said.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Janice M. Wildemann, 57, of King of Prussia, died on Aug. 27 while vacationing in Sea Isle City, N.J., with her family. Upon her return from a stroll on the boardwalk, she experienced an asthma attack that resulted in a cardiac arrest, according to a family member. Mrs. Wildemann was raised in Narberth and graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in 1949. She married Leonard Walter Wildemann in 1953. The couple were married for 31 years. He died in 1984. Mrs. Wildemann was a clerk for J.C. Penney in King of Prussia for the last 15 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 20,000 collectors are likely to cram Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia this weekend to see what merchandise the 300 dealers expected have hauled in for Renninger's Mid-Winter Classic. Based on previous Renninger shows, that means everything from soup to nuts in the antique and collectible catalogue. The indoor show serves as a cold- weather fix for fans of Renninger's outdoor shows held in Kutztown in spring, summer and fall. This year's outdoor shows - all held Friday and Saturday - are April 24-25, June 26-27 and Sept.
NEWS
February 4, 1993 | By Karen McAllister, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Upper Merion Township will host testing for a bone-marrow-donor program March 13 as part of a national effort to increase the donor pool. The Fanconi Anemia Research Foundation, a co-sponsor of the event, is trying to boost the list of possible donors across the country this year by 200,000, to raise the total to one million, said foundation president Michael Greenberg. Greenberg showed a video to the township supervisors last Thursday detailing the process the donor and recipient must go through.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1991 | By Stella M. Eisele, Special to The Inquirer
Murata Wiedemann Inc., a Japanese-owned machine-tool manufacturing firm in King of Prussia, is moving to North Carolina - and that could mean pink slips for about 140 employees. The plant, which assembles custom, computerized punch presses from parts manufactured in Japan, is expected to stay open until next spring, when the company's $10 million, 100,000-square-foot plant near Charlotte, N.C., is set to open. Murata of America, a sister company, is near the new manufacturing operation.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite being "desperately underfunded," in one official's words, SEPTA is moving ahead with an environmental impact study to extend the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia and Valley Forge. Officials say the area is badly underserved, with the nearest Regional Rail stops more than two miles away. Six bus routes serve the area, with about 4,000 passengers a day, but they are subject to the same traffic headaches drivers face on the Schuylkill Expressway. "If you don't plan, you never build," said Byron Comati, SEPTA's project director, who alluded to the agency's financial problems.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
Water was on again, then off again, then on again for residents of 400 units at the Marquis apartments in King of Prussia. After a pump broke on Christmas morning, tenants in three of the five buildings at the complex spent two days without running water. The pump was repaired and water was restored at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, said John Waters, Upper Merion Township chief code enforcement officer. It went off again Wednesday morning but was restored a few hours later, he said. Residents of the affected units were given jugs of drinking water and were allowed to use showers in unoccupied units that had water.
NEWS
October 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Mari A. Schaefer, and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Marquis apartment complex in King of Prussia was draped with yellow crime-scene tape Tuesday as firefighters drained the pool, police academy cadets swept lawns and drainage ditches, and law enforcement authorities continued looking into the abduction of a 10-month-old girl and the slaying of her grandmother. Local, state, and federal authorities are jointly investigating the abduction of the girl, Saanvi Venna, and the killing of her grandmother, Satayvathi Venna, 61. Authorities gave few details of either incident Tuesday, citing concern for the baby's safety.
NEWS
January 27, 2013 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 200 Pennsylvania State University alumni turned out on a snowy Friday night in King of Prussia to support an effort to restore Joe Paterno's reputation in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. The gathering at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge was organized and partly financed by pro football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris, who played for Paterno. Applauded by the crowd, Harris argued that "Joe did the right thing" in handling the scandal and that the Penn State board rushed to judgment in firing him after charges were filed against Sandusky in late 2011.
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REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neil Rubler, a New York real estate developer and manager with Philadelphia ties, is putting the finishing touches on the first phase of 251 DeKalb, a gut renovation of the onetime-crime-plagued Marquis Apartments in King of Prussia. A 1998 Wharton School of Business graduate, Rubler and his Candlebrook Properties in Manhattan partnered with Lubert-Adler in Philadelphia to buy the apartment complex for $70 million and spend $50 million in renovations, for a $120 million total project cost, Rubler said.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
When they showed up at the happy hour, they weren't wearing their office clothes, but sweats and tights. Nor were they drinking lagers and downing wings. Instead, they were contorting themselves, becoming at turns a Downward Facing Dog or a Half Lord of the Fishes. The 90 or so had gathered at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at a nondescript office complex in King of Prussia for a "Yoga Happy Hour," a twist, bend, and stretch on a long-standing American tradition. The summertime yoga class and networking social draws scores of frazzled office workers, who change from business casual to sweat-friendly and stretch for 45 minutes on an office building patio in Upper Merion Township.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maurice R. Stahler Jr., 88, formerly of King of Prussia, a retired scientist and engineering manager, died Tuesday, May 6, of causes related to aging at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. Mr. Stahler was an Army veteran of World War II who was honorably discharged in July 1946, according to newspaper reports at the time. Born and schooled in the Harrisburg area, he came to the Philadelphia area, where he joined the General Electric Astro Space Division in Valley Forge, now Lockheed Martin.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County prosecutors will be allowed to present written and video-recorded confessions in the trial of a man accused of killing a grandmother and a baby in King of Prussia. Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, is accused of killing 61-year-old Satyavathi Venna and 10-month-old Saanvi Venna in a botched ransom attempt in October 2012. County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill rejected Yandamuri's claims that the confessions were coerced after 17 hours of questioning. It came down to the word of a county detective against the word of Yandamuri, O'Neill said, adding: "I find Detective Bradbury's testimony to be completely credible.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
KING OF PRUSSIA Concerned about the sex trade at motels and hotels around King of Prussia, police set up an undercover sting and arrested six men for patronizing prostitutes, authorities said Monday. "This particular initiative is one that you might typically refer to as a 'john sting,' " Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Upper Merion police and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, part of Ferman's office, placed an advertisement on an unnamed website offering prostitution services Friday.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
When the ironworkers saw a wall of union pickets blocking entry to a King of Prussia construction site early one morning in June 2010, it seemed like the latest speed bump in a project that had already suffered several acts of vandalism. But then, as the five ironworkers waited in a nearby parking lot, the scene turned into something out of a gangster movie. A dark car pulled up and three men jumped out, wielding baseball bats they used to shatter the back windows of the workers' trucks.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
KING OF PRUSSIA SEPTA planners have provided more details about the proposed rail extension to King of Prussia, including comparisons of a ground-level train instead of an elevated track along Route 202. In public comments this summer, some residents expressed concern about the aesthetics of an elevated rail line along Route 202, said Byron Comati, SEPTA planning director. "We're trying to be very responsive," he said at a meeting Thursday at the Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge. "We're not going to pass judgment yet and say this is a better way. . . . But it comes with, unfortunately, a slew of other issues.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the victims' family members sitting nearby, the man accused of killing a baby and her grandmother in 2012 received a scolding from a judge Friday for interrupting his attorney and trying to control the proceedings. "You are not, at this stage, your own lawyer," Judge Steven T. O'Neill said to Raghunandan Yandamuri. The father of the baby - the son of the grandmother - sat quietly between two relatives during the proceeding. O'Neill's comments came near the end of a hearing in which prosecutors and defense attorneys argued a defense motion to have Yandamuri's confession and other evidence barred from his trial.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move that monetizes the real estate value of one of its prime locations, embattled Sears Holdings Corp. announced Thursday it would carve up and share its King of Prussia mall anchor with retailer Dick's Sporting Goods. Terms of its sublease were not disclosed, nor was a time frame for when Dick's would move in. But Sears said it would continue operating its department store on the first floor of the two-story, 215,000-square-foot anchor at the East Coast's largest shopping mall, and that Dick's would occupy parts of the second level.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN The man authorities dubbed "the Kingpin of Prussia" for running a cocaine trafficking ring out of a King of Prussia apartment complex was sentenced Monday in Montgomery County Court. Judge William J. Furber Jr. gave Charbel Pita-Rosales a seven- to 14-year prison term, said Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley. The prison term followed sentencing guidelines both sides agreed upon, said defense attorney James E. Lee. Pita-Rosales was one of the people arrested in 2010 and charged with distributing more than 22 pounds of cocaine a month out of Marquis Apartments on Dekalb Pike.
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