February 19, 1989 |
The city government has stumbled in efforts to buy and shut down the Crystal Bar building at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Lincoln Highway, Coatesville's best-known drug-dealing corner. City officials budgeted $100,000 last year from Coatesville's federal community development appropriation to buy the building at 707 E. Lincoln Highway. The city, which views the bar as a catalyst of trouble in the area, wanted to close the bar and find another commercial tenant. Last month, however, the Redevelopment Authority of Chester County, which administers the federal funds, informed Coatesville officials that the city's proposal had failed to budget for the expected relocation costs of the eight families that also occupy the building.
June 12, 2012 |
Hal Jones was a young, long-haired sculptor with a lot of nerve when he showed up with some of his creations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art around 1979. Lucky for him, he did not storm off when the late Anne d'Harnoncourt, the museum's then-director, made more of a fuss over the packaging around his works than the sculptures themselves. Instead, Jones accepted a subcontracting job to build packing crates for the Art Museum. The wisdom of that pride-swallowing decision would be affirmed more than 30 years later when Jones' Philadelphia-based company, Atelier Art Services & Storage, landed what he recently called "the move of maybe the century.
November 10, 1987 |
The neighborhood may be sinking, but it's still home. That's the feeling some 50 Logan residents expressed last night about the city's plan to relocate them because of sinking houses in the area. "The city is forcing us out of our homes," said one impassioned resident, David Hamilton, speaking at a meeting in Holy Trinity Church, Rockland and Marvine streets. "What about human compassion? What about the integrity of the community?" There are 957 houses built on ash and cinder in the 17-block area, bounded by 11th, Loudon and Marshall streets and Roosevelt Boulevard.
August 19, 1999 |
When Republican Sam Katz arrived on 11th Street to meet residents of the city's sagging and blighted Logan section, he was quickly greeted by Elizabeth Girod, a forceful, elderly woman. "I'm going to vote for the one that gives me the best deal," Girod said as she grasped Katz's hand. "I don't care if he's Democrat or Republican. " Katz grinned and answered quickly. "When you learn more I think you'll find you've just shaken the hand of the right candidate," he said. There was a discernible whiff of politics in the atmosphere yesterday as Katz quickly accepted the invitation of Democratic Councilwoman and ward leader Marian Tasco to tour Logan as she seeks expanded assistance for owners of sinking homes.
August 25, 2012 |
Are the Sacramento Kings headed east? Inside Business of Norfolk, Va., citing sources who asked not to be identified, reported Thursday that Virginia Beach, Va., officials and the Maloof family, owner of the Kings, are expected to announce on Wednesday that the Kings will move to Virginia Beach. The report did not say when the relocation was to take place. How such a move would affect the NBA is unclear. The Kings play in the Pacific Division, and it's unlikely they would remain there if they moved to Virginia.
January 28, 2016 |
For years, Diana Rubens was an ostensibly successful government employee who climbed the executive ladder at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After being tapped in 2014 to clean up the mess at its Philadelphia benefits office, she won praise. But in the last year, Rubens became something else: a poster child, deserved or not, for the flawed management at the VA. Inspectors accused her of engineering her transfer from Washington to an easier job in Philadelphia for the same pay. Members of Congress said she fleeced the government with $270,000 in relocation expenses.
May 18, 1989 |
North Hills tenants largely resolved their relocation issues Monday night, but the formidable problem of neighborhood drugs remains a challenge. The North Hills Manor Tenants Association rallied to propose a program to relocate the first eight families of the more than 40 families to be displaced as the Montgomery County Housing Authority undertakes a $1.84 million renovation project in Upper Dublin Township in late June. Association relocation committee President Gloria Wilson read the relocation plan details at a meeting Monday night attended by 34 people - plans appreciatively accepted by Ron Jackson, Housing Authority executive director.
October 29, 2002 |
LAST WEEK, I predicted that, with election season approaching, we'd begin to see some action to make up for three years of mayoral dithering. This week, I predict that the mayor will soon announce a new blight czar. Of course, many of us have been calling for someone to fill that post for years (Aug. 31, 2000: "Blight fight needs someone with bite"). It will be interesting to see the mayor and his minions justify this late-season signing. How low down the list of candidates did we have to go to get someone who'd work for this administration?
December 18, 2012 |
The last seven days of news from the region's life-sciences industry was a mix of messages involving expansion, succession, relocation, contraction, and conclusion. Iroko Pharmaceuticals L.L.C. cemented its reputation as a company to watch Wednesday when it celebrated the opening of its new offices at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. Begun by veterans of the region's Big Pharma companies, Iroko has grown over the last five years to employ about 60 and could triple the number working in its new 56,412-square-foot building over the next few years.
November 16, 2005 |
After a half-century in business, the Pennsauken Mart will be open one last Christmas. Merchants would remain through Jan. 31 under a tentative deal with the mart's owner, the Camden County Improvement Authority. The agreement would also reduce their rents to compensate them for the loss of revenue during the months of uncertainty over the mart's closing date. The authority wanted to shut down the mart Oct. 1 but was blocked when the merchants sought a court injunction. The sides have been negotiating for several weeks and are scheduled to appear before state Superior Court Judge Charles W. Dortch Jr. at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.