June 25, 2015 |
IS CAMDEN a hopeless case? Britt Starghill didn't think so. As pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Britt wasn't only concerned with the souls of his parishioners, but also with the soul of the impoverished city around him. He was founder of the Nehemiah Project, a community development corporation devoted to fighting the blight afflicting the Gateway section of the city. He adopted the Whittier School, with the aim of seeing to it that its students got the best education to ensure their success in the world beyond the classroom.
June 11, 2015 |
OVER OBJECTIONS from a handful of residents of North Philadelphia's Sharswood section, a City Council committee yesterday gave preliminary approval to what is being called the biggest redevelopment project in the history of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Even before the rules committee gave its blessing to PHA to raze most of the Norman Blumberg Apartments and acquire through eminent domain 1,330 mostly blighted surrounding properties, the wheels were in motion on the project.
April 24, 2015 |
HOW MUCH WOULD you pay for the plastic and paper bags used by grocery stores and other retailers? A penny? Maybe for your thoughts, but City Councilman Mark Squilla thinks you should pay five cents for each bag. A bill he introduced yesterday calls for the tax as a way to discourage littering while helping to fund the city's anti-littering campaign. Two cents from each nickel collected would go to the city and could generate as much as $150,000 a month, said Squilla, a Democrat who represents the 1st District, which includes parts of South Philadelphia, Center City and Port Richmond.
March 28, 2015 |
Five days after Christmas, Tommy Joshua received an e-mail from a Philadelphia Housing Authority official that threatened to bulldoze the preceding three years of his life. The agency would be testing soil on land it owned in Sharswood, a neighborhood defined by its two 18-story project towers and the expanse of vacant land that surrounds them. Joshua put on his boots. With a dozen neighbors Jan. 6, he walked five blocks to prevent the PHA from digging into its own property at 24th and Bolton Streets, once an eyesore and now something promising, named North Philly Peace Park.
February 9, 2015 |
Conshohocken-based How? Properties redevelops rental projects all over Philadelphia, with more than $100 million in real estate under development or management. By 2015's end, it expects to own and manage about 500 apartments. It also presents classes for tenants on how to build wealth by investing in real estate. How? Properties principals Andy Blum, Gary Jonas, Bill McLaughlin, and Gary Risler formed a mortgage company in 1998, then expanded into real estate in 2003. They went on to conceive their own construction and development projects and now manage the completed ventures.
October 21, 2014
L INDSEY SCANNAPIECO, 28, of South Philadelphia, is managing partner and principal of Scout Ltd., which redevelops vacant properties. It recently won a competition to redevelop the vacant, eight-story Edward W. Bok Technical High School, on 9th Street near Mifflin. The daughter of prominent condo/apartment developer Tom Scannapieco, the Philly native moved back in June after five years in London. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Scout? A: I founded a company in London in 2011 and worked on projects to repurpose vacant, unused spaces.
October 5, 2014 |
Camden's downtown streets could get a makeover, under a new study announced Friday by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As part of $1 million in grants in four South Jersey counties, Camden will get $60,000 to study the feasibility of converting Market, Federal and Fifth streets from one-way to two-way traffic. The study also will "review traffic efficiency and orientation of these major corridors, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and effect of traffic direction on business visibility and accessibility.
September 11, 2014 |
A controversial redevelopment in downtown Ardmore is back on track after the state restored $10.5 million in grants that were previously pulled from the project. Carl Dranoff, president of Dranoff Properties, said the funding was critical for a high-rise apartment and retail complex across from the Ardmore train station. "Up until Friday, we didn't have a project," he said. "We kept plowing ahead during the whole 2014, advancing our plans and approvals on the hope that we would be ready to begin should we receive the grant.
June 5, 2014 |
With a room full of opponents eager to have their say, the lawyer for a controversial redevelopment project in Haddonfield's Gill Tract section told the Planning Board on Tuesday night the developers wanted to postpone their application until July so it could be amended. The proposal had been to divide the property at 605 Warwick Rd. into three parcels and leave most of the large stone house standing. Instead, Donald Cofsky said, the development company, which includes local developer Mark DeFeo, plans to submit a proposal to knock down the existing house and create three lots.
June 4, 2014 |
The signs may have started in Haddonfield's stately Gill Tract section, but they soon struck a chord of concern well beyond these well-kept lawns. They have sprouted up on housing lots large and small all around town. They exhort residents to "Show up, Speak up" at Tuesday evening's planning board meeting and "Say no to 605 Warwick Development. " A local developer is seeking to subdivide the one-acre-plus property into three lots with three houses, including most of the large stone house that sits on the land.