May 15, 2016 |
The Norristown rowhouse that caught fire last weekend, killing two adults and two children, contained illegally rented apartment units, municipal officials say. The house on DeKalb Street was registered as owner-occupied, said Michael Simonson, manager of building and code enforcement. Simonson said this week that he planned to issue several code violations against the home's owners. Each violation has a maximum fine of $1,000. The building also did not have fire escapes. Young and Hyun Kim of North Wales purchased the 6,600-square foot building for $130,000 in 2006, according to property records.
May 10, 2016 |
When the enemies of slavery were turned away from community meeting places, farmer and lime merchant George Corson gave them a sanctuary where they could rail loud and long against what was known as "the peculiar institution. " Cobbled together in 1856 from a carriage shed and a stone barn at Germantown and Butler Pikes, Abolition Hall became a locus for the antislavery movement in a neighborhood that already was an Underground Railroad station as significant as any in the United States.
May 9, 2016 |
A triangular tract of now mostly vacant land that was the engine of Merchantville's growth in the 19th century could be the key to the borough's future. "This is the last developable site in town," says Mayor Ted Brennan, a lawyer, a father of four, and an energetic proponent of a renewed effort to strengthen the Camden County suburb's somewhat faded heart. "We want to build something that will stand the test of time," adds the mayor, whose father, Patrick, served in the same role from 1995 until 2006.
May 7, 2016 |
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced legislation Thursday to bar construction for a year at the South Philadelphia property where developer Bart Blatstein has proposed an apartment tower, shopping complex, and parking garage. Johnson's move came a day after zoning officials voted to permit the development at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue, though they backtracked on their decision hours later, after being told it had been made prematurely. "This is a very large development project that is going to have a huge impact on the quality of life for a lot of neighbors," Johnson said in a statement Thursday.
April 29, 2016 |
Voters in sparsely populated Highland Township, Elk County, where a proposed Marcellus Shale wastewater disposal well has divided the community, voted Tuesday to create a home-rule charter commission. By a 91-78 margin, 54 percent of voters approved a ballot measure establishing a seven-member commission to write a charter, which would be presented to voters at a later date for approval. Seneca Resources Corp., a drilling company that wants to build a wastewater injection well, has mounted a legal challenge against a township ordinance banning the sites.
April 28, 2016 |
Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners is seeking a buyer for the site of the proposed Apple Lofts development on 52nd Street south of Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. The seven-story warehouse structure has permits for 112 units of residential development, according to Ken Wellar, a managing partner at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, who is marketing the property for Iron Stone, which owns the site. The listing price for the approximately 115,000-square-foot project is $2 million, Wellar said.
April 27, 2016 |
Two environmental groups announced Monday that they are suing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation to try to block creation of a 26-acre dredge disposal site on Barnegat Bay. Environment New Jersey, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and a coalition of homeowners near the proposed site said they are challenging the DEP for allowing the transportation agency to develop the property without proper...
April 27, 2016 |
Brandywine Realty Trust plans to demolish an aged industrial building on the 2100 block of Market Street so it can combine the property with surrounding parcels into a large surface parking lot for valet use. The developer has secured permits to tear down the structure at 2126-30 Market St. and is seeking to be excused from zoning rules that prohibit new parking businesses in the area, according to filings on Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and...
April 23, 2016 |
The developer of East Market, a mixed-use project between 11th and 12th Streets along Market Street, may add 250 more residential units at the site in response to what it sees as strong demand for living spaces in the area. National Real Estate Development managing director Daniel Killinger said during an appearance at the Urban Land Institute conference in Philadelphia Thursday that his company will decide next month whether to pursue the expansion. The new units would add about 20 stories to what has been intended as a two-story retail building at the corner of 12th and Market Streets, Killinger said.
April 20, 2016
ISSUE | HISTORY Site threatened Sunday's Memory Stream column made vivid the role of William Still in conveying slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad (" 'That glorious humanitarian institution' "). That Still chronicled this history through his journals is even more remarkable. Among the details captured in Still's journals is a tribute to George Corson, a Quaker from Plymouth Meeting best known as the builder of Abolition Hall. Corson and others from his extended family were conductors on the Underground Railroad, and George and his wife, Martha Maulsby Corson, sheltered runaway slaves in their home, barn, and fields.