November 11, 2015 |
The Frankford Chocolate Factory site on Washington Avenue has been sold to developers who are said to be planning a mixed-use project, the latest move to bring homes, shops, and offices to the industrial strip. On Monday, the 100,000-square-foot property at 21st Street was sold to a consortium of buyers that plans to develop the site, said Robert Fahey, an executive vice president at commercial real estate services firm CBRE in Philadelphia. One of the buyers, Anthony Nguyen, confirmed the acquisition but declined to provide other details.
October 30, 2015 |
Camden City officials will hold a job fair Thursday at the Adventure Aquarium. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 7 of the aquarium's parking area. The event will include vendors from colleges and universities, trade organizations, contractors, and health-care institutions. Representatives from some of the companies with plans to move to Camden will be in attendance, city officials said. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Holtec, and Subaru of America have recently announced plans to build new facilities in Camden - projects that city officials have said will lead to thousands of construction jobs.
October 30, 2015 |
Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties Inc. are apparently close to being chosen as a team to develop the Festival Pier site on the Delaware River, among the most ambitious revitalization initiatives on Philadelphia's eastern waterfront. Jefferson Apartment senior vice president Drew Chapman said his team, which has been assisted by architect Cecil Baker, will present its proposal for the site Friday to Delaware River Waterfront Corp.'s board of directors. The appearance marks the culmination of a selection process that began in February, when the DRWC published its guidelines for the site's transformation into a mixed-use residential district with ample public space.
October 22, 2015 |
An energy consultant that is exploring potential new uses of the former Sunoco refinery known as the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on Tuesday recommended the expanded development of petrochemical manufacturing at the waterfront site. IHS Inc., which conducted the study for the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority, recommended the construction of a propane-dehydrogenation plant to make propylene. The dehydrogenation plant would consume some of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids that Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. has started to deliver by pipeline to the Marcus Hook complex, which it owns.
October 20, 2015 |
For years, an ambitious project to redevelop a vacant tract in the heart of downtown Haddon Township has languished while officials fought with advocates over affordable housing. A recent settlement to a lawsuit filed by the Fair Share Housing Center cleared the way for the $52 million project finally to move forward. But the controversy over how to develop the seven-acre tract in Westmont for a traditional town center development remains hotly debated. The matter is expected to come to a head on Monday when the Township Planning Board considers whether to grant final site approval for the project - the last hurdle before construction can begin.
October 19, 2015 |
HOURS AFTER dozens gathered Thursday to honor Tony Harris outside the home where he lost his life, someone broke in and ransacked the place, his family said yesterday. Harris, 50, was gunned down late Monday during a violent home invasion on Ruby Street near Florence Avenue in Kingsessing, police said. Investigators said the fatal attack may have been sparked by a Facebook photo Harris had posted days earlier of Amber Crane, his wife, holding stacks of money. "Hasn't our family suffered enough?"
October 17, 2015 |
Resmark Land and Housing of Los Angeles has become an equity partner in the redevelopment of South Philadelphia's Mount Sinai Hospital site into 95 townhomes, it said on Friday. The division of the Resmark Cos., a private equity firm, has formed a joint venture on the project with the Bethesda, Maryland-based Concordia Group and Philadelphia's D3 Developers. Sales at the project, called Southwark on Reed, will begin later this year, with first occupancies expected in spring. Resmark said last year that it was joining the Mignatti Cos. to develop housing for the Waterside mixed-use project on the banks of the Delaware River in Bensalem Township.
October 15, 2015 |
A recent government study that found elevated blood levels of toxic lead in children living near a former lead factory in Port Richmond is renewing concerns about environmental contamination and how to address it. The study, led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, collected soil, tap water, indoor dust, and child blood samples from homes around the former Anzon Inc. plant...
October 9, 2015 |
Two guys in Oakland, Calif., one 24 and the other 26 years old, are offering a $5 service for people to cancel their Comcast cable-TV subscription. Whether the service will work, who knows because it's too early to tell. This much is clear: They are a national sensation since launching last week, featured in stories on Yahoo, CNNMoney, Reddit, and Kai Ryssdal's Marketplace radio show. Within hours of going live online on Friday, the company's website, airpaperinc.com, had 500 to 600 people looking at it simultaneously.
October 7, 2015 |
Three months behind on his contract to demolish a four-story Center City building and frustrated by the Salvation Army's refusal to let his workers on the adjacent roof of its thrift store, contractor Griffin Campbell came up with another plan. For three nights before the deadly June 5, 2013 collapse that killed six people, Campbell had two workers take a ladder, climb atop the Salvation Army's roof, and try to reduce an unsupported three-story brick wall under cover of darkness.