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REAL_ESTATE
August 10, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
John and Erin O'Connor moved to Lafayette Hill so their teenage son could attend high school in the suburbs. But their new house on Andorra Road in Whitemarsh Township had an awkward kitchen layout. As they had already rehabbed their last house in Chestnut Hill, the O'Connors were game for a renovation. But they didn't want to spend a fortune. Enter Main Line Kitchen Design of Narberth, whose team brainstormed the details of a remodeling costing $40,000 to $80,000 - one that opened up the O'Connors' dark kitchen with a glass range hood and a full view of the backyard through a wall of windows.
NEWS
March 29, 1992 | By Donald D. Groff, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Smithsonian Institution's popular Insect Zoo will undergo a $500,000 renovation through the largesse of - get this - an extermination company. Atlanta-based Orkin Pest Control will fund the renovation as well as education programs for students and teachers. The rebuilt zoo will include an aquatic exhibit, rain forest and desert environs, and a backyard exhibit to help identify insects around the home. Ironically, the only termites currently at the Insect Zoo are not formally on display.
NEWS
January 25, 1987 | By Ann Marie Escher, Special to The Inquirer
Strawbridge & Clothier this month undertook renovation of the interior of its department store in the Exton Square shopping mall. The new look will cost Strawbridge & Clothier $1.14 million, according to a building permit issued for the construction. The renovation work is expected to last until October. The store will have new wall facades, arches, carpets and drop ceilings, and shiny new lighting fixtures. "It's part of an ongoing renovation program," said William Timmons, public relations representative for the Strawbridge stores.
NEWS
April 14, 2002
Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Commission is planning a renovation of LOVE Park that would end its status as a skateboarding mecca. Should it proceed with those plans, alter the plans to accommodate both skaters and other users, or is there another way to go? Tell us how you'd design LOVE Park. Send essays of about 150 words by April 22, including a phone number for verification, to Voices/LOVE, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Send e-mail to inquirer.letters@phillynews.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
Most renovation work in the Colonial School District should be completed by the start of the school year, Superintendent Richard Creasey told the school board Thursday night. "If you were to walk through the (Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School) building today, you'd see that 85 to 90 percent of all the lighting, ceiling work, carpeting and painting is completed, and that's good, because those are the last things that have to be done," he said. Creasey said much of the summer was spent restoring floors, ceilings and walls in the high school, which is in the final stages of a major renovation.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2001 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The six-year-old downtown Philadelphia Marriott is about to undergo its first major makeover. New mattresses, bedspreads, carpet and wallpaper are part of an $11 million room renovation project that is expected to begin Sept. 15 and end Feb. 1. "The renovation really shows Marriott's commitment to the city of Philadelphia," Matthew Carroll, a spokesman for Marriott International Inc., said. The $200 million hotel, with 1,400 rooms and an indoor walkway to the Convention Center, is considered an integral part of the city's convention business.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | By Melody Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At least 370 students will step off the school bus this week at newly renovated Primos Elementary School. "Primos will make you proud," Assistant Superintendent James Blackburn told Upper Darby School District board members Tuesday night. The two-story school on Bunting Lane in the Primos section of Upper Darby was closed in 1981 because of declining enrollment. Now enrollment is increasing, officials said. About $3.1 million was spent this year on new windows, carpets, paint, telephone and electrical systems as well as fees to the project manager and architect, Nancy DeLibero, assistant business manager, said in an interview.
NEWS
February 21, 1993 | By James Cordrey, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The $14.07 million plan to renovate and expand Upper Merion Area High School moved a step closer to implementation Wednesday night as the school board considered recommendations on project approvals from school officials. At the school board's workshop meeting, John E. Schank, director of business affairs, asked the board to approve specific projects that would renovate the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; add to the athletic wing; relocate the library, and renovate the old library into a medical suite.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judy Faulkner and Edith Silberstein say that when they look around at the Victorian-era houses of Merchantville, they see many of those homes in some state of historic restoration - perhaps an old porch is being rebuilt, or unattractive siding is being removed. "There's a real surge in restoration that we've noticed just on the exteriors of homes . . . within the last six months or year," Faulkner said. Those sights please the two women particularly, since Silberstein is the president and Faulkner is the secretary of the Merchantville Historical Society.
NEWS
June 18, 1989 | By Jonathan Berr, Special to The Inquirer
The Northampton Board of Supervisors voted to accept three bids for renovations to the township building at Wednesday night's meeting. H.C. Brody of Philadelphia was awarded a $380,445 contract for the general- contracting work, while Robert's Servicing of Warminster was awarded a $118,000 plumbing contract. The $27,800 electrical contract was awarded to John W. Kay Inc. of Richboro. The supervisors also voted to allocate $9,459. to the Tri-Hampton Rescue squad to help the squad pay for worker's compensation insurance to cover paid employes.
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FOOD
August 15, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like every great home cook, Josephine Samuel has one legendary signature dish. "My mother showed me how to do fried chicken and how you make it taste real good," said Samuel, a Mantua resident. But, she added wistfully, "You can't eat fried chicken every night. " So, she enrolled in "Local Culinary Traditions," a new, free course offering from Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management that invites West Philadelphia residents and any Drexel students to collaborate in documenting beloved family recipes and experimenting with making them healthier.
REAL_ESTATE
August 10, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
John and Erin O'Connor moved to Lafayette Hill so their teenage son could attend high school in the suburbs. But their new house on Andorra Road in Whitemarsh Township had an awkward kitchen layout. As they had already rehabbed their last house in Chestnut Hill, the O'Connors were game for a renovation. But they didn't want to spend a fortune. Enter Main Line Kitchen Design of Narberth, whose team brainstormed the details of a remodeling costing $40,000 to $80,000 - one that opened up the O'Connors' dark kitchen with a glass range hood and a full view of the backyard through a wall of windows.
NEWS
August 2, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a $5 million grant from the state to help fund $150 million to $160 million in major renovations and upgrades to the main building and its nearly 500,000 square feet of interior space. The renovations are a critical part of a long-planned transformation and expansion, which ultimately will include new gallery spaces beneath the museum terrace at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The state funds, however, will not go toward creation of any new galleries - under the terrace or within the museum - nor will they help create a new museum education center.
SPORTS
July 28, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IN FEBRUARY 2012, the Eagles started the process of revitalizing Lincoln Financial Field to give fans a better in game experience. More than 2 1/2 years and $125 million later, the renovations are "99 percent complete," according to team president Don Smolenski. All of the work will be done before the Eagles' home opener on Sept. 7 against Jacksonville. The in-game experience at the Linc, which opened in 2003, will be much more modern, an upgrade that was much needed, Smolenski said.
REAL_ESTATE
July 28, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Sabulskys had outgrown their home. Twins Ava and Emma had turned 6 years old and were still sleeping in the nursery just outside the bedroom of their parents, Les and Amy Sabulsky. Son Joshua, a student at Temple University, was still sleeping in the attic on the second floor. The girls needed a grown-up room; Josh wanted his own entrance and more privacy. The family's Elkins Park house was bursting at the seams, and the old layout was part of the problem. "We didn't want to move.
REAL_ESTATE
June 30, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two friends would sit on the beach in Avalon, watching their children play in the sand and waves, and dream of how one day they would be designers with their own business. It was only a dream until Kathleen Cochet and Anne Flynn made it a reality in 2009, when they founded a pop-up design firm. One product, vintage-style subway signs printed on high-quality paper, sold like hotcakes - so well, the pair renamed their business MySubwaySign. But their company needed a home. And, as it came to pass, so did Cochet.
REAL_ESTATE
June 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
REAL_ESTATE
June 9, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
They share the same name - and a renovation project involving a historic Queen Anne Victorian in downtown West Chester. Ed Bardzik Jr., 74, and son Ed Bardzik III, 43, recently completed a six-month, $100,000 remodeling of the twin house, which sits on a corner of West Union Street in the thriving college town. Built in 1900, the house is once again a single-family residence, after years of use for student rentals. The story began a decade ago. Ed Bardzik III had purchased and moved into the twin next door on West Union Street.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hippos Button and Genny - the largest residents at Camden's Adventure Aquarium - just got a $1 million upgrade to their shared home. The two females have spent their days grazing and wading since 2005 in "Hippo Haven" - the only hippopotamus exhibit in an aquarium anywhere in the country (the large mammals are often found at zoos). Starting Saturday, the renovated exhibit officially opens with newly installed lighting, decorative flower and plant projections, an African-inspired original musical score (think Lion King )
SPORTS
May 23, 2014
When fans enter the renovated Lincoln Financial Field, the first thing Eagles senior vice president of operations Jason Miller said they'll notice are new high-definition video boards behind each end zone and LED ribbon displays around the stadium. The new boards and displays are being installed as part of the second phase of the Eagles' $125-million project. The Eagles are also adding nearly 1,600 seats in three corners of the stadium - approximately 800 in the southwest corner, 600 in the northeast corner, and 200 in the northwest corner.
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