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April 8, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Bancroft, a historic presence in Haddonfield, has finalized its acquisition of 80 acres in Mount Laurel, school officials announced this week. "It's the closing of the sale, so the property is ours," Bancroft spokeswoman Lori Shaffer said Wednesday. The Burlington County site will be home to the relocated Bancroft School, as well as the Lindens Center for Autism, residences, an enrichment and training institute, and new programs for recreation, socialization, and technical opportunities for children and adults.
NEWS
April 8, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A redevelopment plan is in the works again for the old Pennsauken Mart site on Route 130. Camden County officials are close to finalizing an agreement with a developer to build apartments on the vacant 35 acres, said county spokesman Dan Keashen. "It's pretty transformative," he said in an interview Wednesday. "We're finally there. " An announcement is expected possibly as early as Thursday. Details about the proposal were not available. The plan calls for retail space as well as apartments to attract young professionals and young families.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The investment group that purchased the failed Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School paid $6 million for the 60,800-square foot building, according to records filed with the city. Andrew Yaffe, president of American Investment Partners, said after the sale closed in January that the group was considering various options for the building on 1.5-acres of land on the western edge of the Northern Liberties neighborhood. The school had been in the middle of charter-revocation proceedings when it announced it would close Dec. 31, 2014.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development has agreed to transfer the blighted Orinoka Mills factory site in Kensington to a nonprofit developer for conversion into mixed-income housing with office and retail space. The PAID board voted last week to convey the city-owned property, on East Somerset Street near the El station, to the New Kensington Community Development Corp., according to John Grady, president of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., which manages the authority.
REAL_ESTATE
March 28, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
There isn't much property available for redevelopment in and around Fitler Square. So when one of David Morgan's friends told him about a possibility on 24th Street between Spruce and Locust Streets, he was very interested. On that site, a block from the Schuylkill's banks and Carl Dranoff's 1 Riverside high-rise condominiums, Morgan will begin construction in late spring of Fitler Nine: nine four-story, 25-foot-wide townhouses on three sides of a landscaped courtyard, with parking for 18 cars beneath the greenspace.
NEWS
March 26, 2016
Two pit bulls missing for about a week were found Friday after a tip led rescue officials to an abandoned building where the dogs were being held, likely to be trained for dogfighting. On Friday, Justice Rescue reunited the pit bulls with their owner, who had been looking for them since they got away a week earlier. Justice Rescue officers got a call last week about dogs locked in an abandoned building in Chester. The group said it gets many calls about dog fighting in the area and had rescued dogs from that building before.
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
ROY WILLIAMS, now 65, was in his third season as an assistant coach in 1981 when arguably the most controversial NCAA championship game was played at the Spectrum. Williams' hair was black, his suits no-doubt leisurely and he was a young assistant under Dean Smith. North Carolina was loaded that year with a crew that included Al Wood, Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Jimmy Black. Philadelphia hasn't played host to the most NCAA Tournament games, but it's sure been the site of some of the most memorable.
NEWS
March 23, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
West Chester University is in the early stages of scouting sites to establish campuses and accommodate growing enrollment. "If we're really going to be able to accommodate students who want a West Chester education, we're going to have to do it someplace other than here," said Greg R. Weisenstein, 68, who will retire March 31 after seven years at the helm of the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. "We're landlocked, and there's only so many students our community can absorb.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Two immigrant mothers on Monday urged state officials to give them a voice as they decide the fate of a Berks County family detention center that has become a flashpoint in the debate over the handling of undocumented parents and their children. In their petition, the women, both of whom have been held at the facility, recounted what they said is "gross negligence and misconduct" that endangers families detained at the 96-bed Berks County Residential Center (BCRC) in Leesport. In one case, they claimed, a 5-year-old with diarrhea was left untreated for three weeks.
SPORTS
March 15, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, Staff Writer
THERE IS NO reason to get frustrated with the NCAA Tournament selection committee's bracket because it is an annual mystery. However, its members may have outdone themselves this year. Why did they flip regions for Xavier and Villanova when keeping them near home would have balanced the bracket and given both site advantages they earned with No. 2 seeds? Kansas was No. 1 on the 68-team seed list, so Xavier as No. 8 would have fit perfectly in the South region in Louisville. Villanova was No. 7 and seemed a perfect seed fit in the East at Wells Fargo Center for North Carolina, which was No. 2 overall.
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