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September 28, 2010 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
The massive $1.2 billion redevelopment plan of the Cramer Hill neighborhood in Camden led to protests against eminent domain and lawsuits before it finally collapsed. Now, the still-notorious attempt at redevelopment and gentrification has played a part in two federal indictments. "That's beautiful!" said Mary Cortes, a community activist who opposed the plan because 1,200 families were due to be displaced. "Justice is getting done, finally. " Camden's former state senator, Wayne Bryant, a political powerhouse in this impoverished city even though he lived in suburban Lawnside, is already in prison on separate corruption charges.
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October 19, 1990 | By Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Drawing on their religious faith and their financial resources, local Episcopalians have decided to invest $1 million in the redevelopment of poor communities in the Philadelphia area. The investment was announced yesterday by Bishop Allen L. Bartlett Jr., head of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. The money will go to the Delaware Valley Community Reinvestment Fund, which lends money for community development projects, especially those that create low-income housing. The church hopes to raise $5 million for community redevelopment over the next five years, the bishop said during a news conference at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Rittenhouse Square.
NEWS
May 6, 1998 | By David Hafetz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Township officials will meet with a private developer this week to sign an agreement that could lead to redevelopment of the long defunct Willingboro Plaza. ReNEWal Realty LLC would become partners with the township in cleaning up the plaza, which is polluted with asbestos and contaminated by underground fuel-storage tanks. Stephen R. Jaffe, a Cherry Hill-based environmental lawyer representing the firm, said ReNEWal would decide tomorrow whether to sign a redevelopment agreement with Willingboro.
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August 21, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Harrison Township Committee rescinded a resolution Monday to designate parts of Main Street in Mullica Hill as an area in need of redevelopment, in response to fierce public backlash over fears of eminent domain. The vote came 11 days after a citizens committee formed to block the proposal circulated letters warning property owners of a government "land grab. " Mayor Louis Manzo said the township had planned to use the designation only to benefit property owners. The township expects that 51 acres of privately owned farmland behind Main Street will be developed in the next couple of years.
NEWS
September 28, 1989 | By Kathryn Quigley, Special to The Inquirer
The Bristol Borough Planning Commission on Monday reviewed the progress of two major redevelopment projects - Riverfront North and Gateway. The update came from Robert Dusek of Direction Associates, of Spring House, the borough's planning consultant. He is working jointly with the borough and the borough's redevelopment authority. Dusek described the 32-acre Riverfront North development parcel, which includes the condemned Superior Zinc plant, as a "magnificent resource. " The property has attracted interest from potential developers, Dusek said.
NEWS
August 31, 1986 | By Curtis Rist, Special to The Inquirer
In 1970, when the last of the rubber and textile mills were pulling out of Passaic, New Jersey's oldest industrial city, the city government came up with a plan to spruce up the decaying downtown and catch up on lost revenues. The goal was to turn Passaic into the shopping capital of the state. But the plans didn't go anywhere - until a year ago, when a devastating fire took care of the decaying downtown by destroying much of it. A year later, some people in Passaic think the fire was the best thing to happen to the city in decades.
NEWS
November 1, 2006
Redevelopment has to be the strategy if old, built-out Camden County is to increase revenue while keeping property taxes in check. It's proper, then, for voters to judge county freeholders by how they're handling redevelopment. About $2 billion of redevelopment work is on the drawing board or under way. But the county has bobbled some key projects, such as the Pennsauken Mart site. Voters in Tuesday's freeholder election must consider which candidates can best overcome past stumbles.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY On paper, the map of Mount Holly's latest redevelopment zone resembles a squiggling salamander. But to many of the affected homeowners and business proprietors, the map appears to be a battle plan that targets their land. Left alone for decades to carve out a living in this hardscrabble Burlington County town, 119 property owners are now subject to eminent domain if their buildings interfere with the Mount Holly council's vision and sense of aesthetics. "This hits home," Karl Konen, owner of Foreign Car Services, said at a recent meeting, his voice trembling.
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November 23, 2012 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying it had run out of patience with the owners of long-neglected commercial properties, Evesham's township council has embarked on a plan to revitalize or even condemn sites it deems blighted or eyesores. "It's hammer time," Mayor Randy Brown told the council Tuesday night after its members agreed informally to begin establishing a redevelopment plan with authority to designate the properties and take steps to improve them. Under state guidelines, a redevelopment plan allows municipalities to grant tax incentives of up to 30 years for the improvement of sites deemed unsafe, unsanitary, or abandoned, and to use eminent domain to seize sites whose owners persistently neglect them.
REAL_ESTATE
July 11, 1999 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Traveling down the roadways of Bensalem Township, Joseph DiGirolamo sits behind the steering wheel of his van, enumerating the township projects that have been completed or begun since voters decided to go to a strong mayor/council form of government in 1990. "We've redeveloped a good deal of the commercial area in the township," DiGirolamo said. "One shopping center had 13 empty sites. Now it only has two. We've redone the township roads. "We're buying more land for our Central Park, which surrounds the township building.
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NEWS
August 9, 2016
By Fernando Luiz Lara As I watched the Olympics kick off, I remembered the last time I visited Rio de Janeiro. It was the day that the Brazilian Senate voted to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and open an impeachment judgment. That was also the day that an all-male, all-white cabinet took office in place of the center-left (lately more center than left) government of Rousseff. The Brazilian media will insist that the Olympics have nothing to do with the political crisis, but I believe that such a connection is now beyond reasonable doubt.
NEWS
July 7, 2016
ISSUE | EAST FALLS Playground would spoil McMichael Park McMichael Park in East Falls should not become a pawn in the radical redevelopment of one of Philadelphia's prettier neighborhoods ("Adults' playground spat," Thursday). The six-acre park has always afforded families the space they need to walk their dogs, play with their children, and enjoy a small bit of wooded splendor within a city of brick and concrete. Those who are proposing construction of a playground are ignoring the disrespectful precedent it would set and the potential for unintended consequences.
NEWS
April 5, 2016 | By Jeanne Murphy Curtis
SIXTEEN YEARS AGO, I was a design intern climbing three stories of interior scaffolding in Philadelphia to get a closer look at a project I was working on, the restoration of an original Frank Furness building constructed in 1876 for the nation's centennial. Each year the value of that experience grows stronger for me, as I see more historic buildings destroyed for the sake of development. One particular visit stands out in my memory. A crew of restorative painters was on site that day working on the elaborate Furness ceiling we found hiding behind a mid-century renovation.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Board on Wednesday selected Gregory Heller as its new executive director. Heller, CEO of the Baltimore-based nonprofit development corporation American Communities Trust, will fill the vacancy left by Brian Abernathy, who is now the first deputy managing director. Prior to working at American Communities Trust, Heller worked for Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions and the Enterprise Center Community Development Corp. in West Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Bryn Mawr-based Alliance Partners HSP L.L.C. is looking to sell the former Trinity Corporate Center in Malvern after redeveloping the three-building, 129,000-square-foot office park. Douglas Rodio, a managing director at real estate services firm JLL, said he is marketing the property - since renamed ArborRidge - for Alliance, which is also working on the SoNo warehouse conversion project in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood. Alliance acquired the Malvern property in August 2012, according to its website.
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
City officials have begun steps to seize access to a strip of waterfront land from a Fishtown business for completion of a planned 3.3-mile bike and walking trail along the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is in the process of getting an appraisal for an easement to the land behind the Henry Stewart Co. wire rope business between Penn Treaty Park and SugarHouse Casino, agency spokesman Paul Chrystie said Thursday. The city expects to acquire the easement within eight weeks, he said.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Moves to remake the dilapidated Gallery at Market East into a high-end outlet mall are expected to give area property values a lift. Among the beneficiaries of that boost: the developers behind the Gallery's redevelopment effort. As their proposal for the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia was coming together, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) and Macerich Co. were quietly buying up property across the street. The acquisition of three buildings on the 1000 block of Market Street shows the developers' bullishness on the area's resurgence, which the $325 million Gallery project aims to fuel.
NEWS
February 8, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Kapil Wadera lifted the lid of a domed chafing dish, and a cloud of cumin, onion, and coriander rose at Cherry Hill's Palace of Asia restaurant. "This is the chicken tandoori," explained Wadera, gesturing to the reddish-pink legs and breasts. "It's made in clay pots. " Other lids on the table revealed chicken breasts in a saffron and yogurt sauce, and dishes bearing names like lamb kadai and also gobhi - seasoned cauliflower and potato. Come March, however, bulldozers and backhoes will demolish this traditional Northern Indian restaurant, which for 10 years has overlooked the scenic Cooper River.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandywine Realty Trust is putting open space on a pedestal in University City. Literally. The developer unveils Monday its Cira Green plaza, a 1.25-acre, publicly accessible expanse of grass and paved walkways atop a 95-foot-high parking structure just west of the Schuylkill. Its opening marks the latest chapter in Brandywine's bid to remake a huge swath of central Philadelphia around 30th Street Station - an area bordering the campus of Drexel University up to the riverbanks opposite the Philadelphia Museum of Art - as the once-suburban company solidifies its urban presence.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandywine Realty Trust chief executive Jerry Sweeney says that there are no immediate plans to redevelop the multi-level garage in Center City's Market East area the company purchased earlier this year, and that it may add levels of parking to the structure. Brandywine is completing engineering studies to see whether additional decks can be added to the five existing levels of parking in the structure at 618-34 Market St., between Sixth and Seventh Streets, Sweeney said in an interview.
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