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May 2, 1998 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They bought used stoves and range hoods from the back of a red pickup on a Norristown street and passed them off as new. They had building materials ripped from abandoned houses in Philadelphia. Their employees cobbled together and installed used toilets. And they paid their workers under the table - until investigators started snooping around. That's what four former or current employees of Richard and Alfonzo Gallo testified in U.S. District Court yesterday. The Gallo brothers, who, together with their now-deceased father, Joseph, have been Norristown's largest landlords - they once owned more than 100 properties - are being tried on charges that they cheated the federal government by skimping on labor and materials when they renovated 18 of their properties for low-income families.
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August 3, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City barber Kenneth Mills says he narrowly escaped the grip of corrupt Philadelphia narcotics officers. Mills, 46, who runs the Extremely Sharp cuttery on South 10th Street, was identified as victim "K.M. " in this week's federal indictment of six former officers from an elite narcotics unit. The indictment described the role of two of the six officers in a November 2011 raid on Mills' shop and his West Philadelphia rental property. It says Officers Brian Reynolds and Perry Betts stole $4,050 and a gold ring in the raid.
NEWS
July 21, 1990 | By Robin Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles L. Finney, the city's deputy commissioner of public property, abruptly resigned his $60,000-a-year post this week after an Inspector General's investigation raised questions about Finney's failure to disclose income earned outside his city job, according to sources familiar with Finney's departure. The Inspector General's investigation also revealed that Finney had not paid city taxes or utility bills on rental property he owns in the Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia, the sources said.
NEWS
April 15, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
One woman said she was charged when she had her boyfriend over for Thanksgiving dinner. A 57-year-old man said he got into trouble for visiting his sister. In the crowd waiting for Woodbury Municipal Court to open on a recent Wednesday were these two and others who had run afoul of the town's requirement that anyone living at a rental property register with authorities. Ryan McMichael, 22, said he got a summons after he and a friend got into a fight on his front lawn. Neither pressed charges, but police cited McMichael for allowing the friend, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, to stay at his apartment.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge ruled Tuesday that a Glassboro zoning ordinance that required a parking space be available for each tenant in rental property was invalid. But Superior Court Judge Georgia M. Curio said the ordinance will still carry the force of law pending an appeal within 45 days, according to the attorneys present for her oral ruling Tuesday. The plaintiffs - Glassboro Guardians, a nonprofit group of rental property owners - hailed the decision as a victory for Rowan University students who they say will now have more off-campus housing options.
NEWS
October 10, 2002
State acting on affordable shelter Affordable-housing advocates welcome Gov. McGreevey's plans to create affordable-housing opportunities for 20,000 families over four years, including his decision to implement the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program and to support the Multifamily Housing Preservation and Receivership Bill. The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program will annually offer up to $10 million in tax credits to businesses that invest in neighborhood-revitalization plans spearheaded by community organizations.
NEWS
April 22, 1993 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eleanor Meck believed the four-bedroom, two-bath property offered for rent in Orlando, Fla., would be an ideal place to stay during the trip she planned with her husband, two daughters and four grandchildren to Disney World in July. "It was the first time the grandchildren would get to see Mickey Mouse, and I know they would just love it," the 62-year-old Wissinoming resident said yesterday. But Meck was determined not to send a deposit until she met the man who had placed the ad. She drove to the apartment of Edward L. Schuster in Bensalem and found Schuster to be, she said, "so sincere - he even drew a diagram of the property for me. I told him I had a heart condition and he told me not to worry, a doctor lived right next door.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family members were finalizing funeral arrangements Monday for retired professional boxer Tony Martin, 52, who was shot and killed Friday afternoon inside a Hunting Park rental property he owned. "It is senseless. It is terrible," Robyn Peete said of her uncle's slaying. "He was always happy-go-lucky. He had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up every room. " Two days after winning the IBF light-heavyweight title Saturday night, the Philadelphia fighter Bernard Hopkins spoke fondly of Martin at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
December 14, 2007 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, DAMON C. WILLIAMS & REGINA MEDINA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
Looking back now, the older construction worker's words were downright prophetic. Earlier this month, when Shawn Jenkins and his girlfriend decided it was time to move out of Feltonville, he asked his fellow construction workers for their opinions on his planned destination. Jenkins had fallen in love with a tidy, red-brick Port Richmond rowhouse that was being rented out by a relative of one of his co-workers. The neighborhood was quiet, tree-lined and clean. The block of Edgemont Street near Cambria that Jenkins and his girlfriend - who are black - soon planned to call home was predominantly white, but he didn't expect any racial tensions.
NEWS
April 18, 1993 | By Cheryl Squadrito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The memory of a fire that killed eight people in a Chester rental unit was fresh earlier this year when the Borough Council mandated safety inspections for 500 rental units within three years. On Wednesday night, the Borough Council drew criticism for the plan. About 50 residents turned out to oppose the plan, in which homes zoned as rental properties must be inspected for a $40 fee. Leading the protest were duplex owners who rent a portion of their home and live in another portion.
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August 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Kline loves Philadelphia. But he's not putting his fund's millions to work at home. "The city has so many great reasons for people to want to rent and live here," says Kline, who named his real estate investment firm Delancey Street Capital after one of Society Hill's premier residential addresses. "I grew up here, went to [Wharton] here, learned the business from Mitch Morgan here," at Morgan Properties Inc. , the King of Prussia company that used the latest recession as a massive apartment-buying opportunity.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Center City barber Kenneth Mills says he narrowly escaped the grip of corrupt Philadelphia narcotics officers. Mills, 46, who runs the Extremely Sharp cuttery on South 10th Street, was identified as victim "K.M. " in this week's federal indictment of six former officers from an elite narcotics unit. The indictment described the role of two of the six officers in a November 2011 raid on Mills' shop and his West Philadelphia rental property. It says Officers Brian Reynolds and Perry Betts stole $4,050 and a gold ring in the raid.
NEWS
October 25, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A CENTER CITY barber is suing the city and five controversial cops, claiming they arrested him without cause and stole cash, guns and a diamond ring from tenants at a West Philadelphia rowhouse he owns. Kenneth Mills, 45, claims the officers falsified information on search warrants to enter his barbershop on 10th near Spruce and his rental property on Cedar Avenue near Cobbs Creek Parkway on Nov. 3, 2011, according to a federal civil-rights complaint filed yesterday. Named in the suit are Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, John Speiser and Stephen Dmytryk.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Continuing its rollout of programs stemming from $20 billion in federal post-Sandy aid, New Jersey has launched a $70 million Landlord Rental Repair Program aimed at small rental properties for year-round residents. The program will provide grants of up to $50,000 per unit to owners of rental properties to repair, rebuild, or elevate units damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Rental property owners must agree to rent their rehabilitated units to low- and moderate-income families and agree that it will be a year-round rental.
BUSINESS
July 20, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
As the Philadelphia region's real estate market shifts to one favoring sellers and home prices rise monthly, a steady flow of people moving into apartments is enabling property owners to reduce or maintain low vacancy rates and boost the value of their assets. That's the word from real estate investment-services firm Marcus & Millichap, whose third-quarter 2013 prognosis says the region's apartment market "remains positive. " The vacancy rate is in the low 5 percent range, Marcus & Millichap said, and will drop to 4.9 percent as steady growth in demand exceeds additions to the rental stock.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
A property owned by the husband of Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is more than $4,200 behind in taxes, creating more negative publicity for an elected official already facing criticism over violations of city campaign-finance laws. Through a spokesman, Reynolds Brown directed questions about the rental property in Mantua to her husband, Howard Brown, who works for the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, a state-chartered economic development agency. Brown did not return calls seeking comment late Wednesday.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A judge ruled Tuesday that a Glassboro zoning ordinance that required a parking space be available for each tenant in rental property was invalid. But Superior Court Judge Georgia M. Curio said the ordinance will still carry the force of law pending an appeal within 45 days, according to the attorneys present for her oral ruling Tuesday. The plaintiffs - Glassboro Guardians, a nonprofit group of rental property owners - hailed the decision as a victory for Rowan University students who they say will now have more off-campus housing options.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HE WAS the happy, smiling guy with the gold tooth. But in the boxing ring, Tony Martin was all business. Over a 12-year professional career as a welterweight, Martin fought some of the best boxers of his era, winning even when he was the supposed underdog through sheer tenacity and toughness. "He was from St. Louis, but he was a true Philadelphia fighter," said retired Daily News boxing writer Bernard Fernandez. "He would fight anybody and he always gave a good account of himself.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Family members were finalizing funeral arrangements Monday for retired professional boxer Tony Martin, 52, who was shot and killed Friday afternoon inside a Hunting Park rental property he owned. "It is senseless. It is terrible," Robyn Peete said of her uncle's slaying. "He was always happy-go-lucky. He had a heart of gold and a smile that would light up every room. " Two days after winning the IBF light-heavyweight title Saturday night, the Philadelphia fighter Bernard Hopkins spoke fondly of Martin at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
DANIEL CONNER, a lifelong Germantown resident who owns a rental property in the neighborhood, doesn't think it's fair that he soon may have to pay an added tax for trash cleanup and other services. Conner made his opinion clear at a meeting Thursday night, at which the steering committee tasked with restoring the now-defunct Germantown Special Services District presented its proposed plan and budget for the reinvigorated district. The budget includes an additional tax assessment on more than 200 area businesses.
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