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July 22, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.
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July 19, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A long-vacant former municipal complex at the site of what was a Cold War-era Nike missile base is to be dismantled to make way for a public safety center in Lumberton Township. The base was one of a dozen constructed in the Philadelphia region in the '50s to defend the country against a possible Soviet bomb attack and was decommissioned in 1974. Lumberton, then a mostly rural Burlington County community, renovated the Army base's two dormitories to house its municipal offices and police department.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brandywine Realty Trust has bought almost the entire Center City block that had been the site of 2013's deadly building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store. The 37,000 square feet of property purchased by the company Tuesday include all but three parcels along the southern side of Market Street between 21st and 22d streets, Brandywine president and CEO Jerry Sweeney said in an interview. The site includes two three-story buildings that Brandywine will renovate into rental lofts, offices and retail spaces, Sweeney said.
NEWS
July 3, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2010, John Erlenbach walked away from a job at Acme Markets, where he had worked in every area from produce to shelf stocking for 20 years since leaving the Navy. "I wasn't well," Erlenbach, 61, said. He struggled with depression, couldn't hold a job or keep an apartment, grew apart from his five kids, and was homeless for years - sleeping on couches, the street, or in shelters in Salem and Camden Counties. On Wednesday, Erlenbach stood in front of his one-bedroom townhouse at Riverfront Village in Pennsauken, a 75-unit affordable-housing complex for working families earning less than 60 percent of the area's median household income, as well as five previously homeless veterans.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
South Jersey is expected to have a second medical marijuana dispensary open this fall, according to the New Jersey Health Department. It announced Monday that it had issued a growing permit to Compassionate Sciences Inc., which is leasing a facility in Bellmawr, Camden County. Compassionate Sciences plans to open in a former T-shirt factory in an industrial park on Coolidge Avenue. Earlier this month, the operator announced it had also applied for a dispensary license in New York. The New Jersey Health Department issued a statement saying Compassionate Sciences was the fifth nonprofit in the state to obtain a growing permit.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2015 | Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2007, Indy Hall in Old City was the only coworking space in Philadelphia. Eight years later, Indy Hall buzzes with more than 300 member companies. And now it's one of at least 16 coworking spaces in Center City. An additional 11 sites have sprung up in South Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. "Coworking has been growing globally by over 100 percent a year for at least five years now," said Alex Hillman, 31, the founder of Indy Hall. "It's happening on every continent except Antarctica.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Less than 50 years ago, there were more herons than vacationers in southern Stone Harbor. Southern Seven Mile Island was recognized as a "veritable paradise for birds" as early as the late 19th century. As many as 9,000 herons nested at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary in the 1960s and early 1970s - an incredible number for a 21-acre site, according to Wetlands Institute executive director Lenore Tedesco. But by 1983, there were only about 1,000 birds, as the site had fallen victim to overdevelopment and the intrusion of invasive species.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Target Corp. will open in miniature at the Boyd Theater development site, tapping Center City's growing base of workers and residents amid the retailer's nationwide introduction of smaller shops tailored to urban storefronts. The Minneapolis-based company will open a TargetExpress store at 19th and Chestnut Streets in July 2016, offering fresh groceries, cellphone supplies, beauty items, and other goods in a retail building near the 1920s-era movie palace's facade, company spokeswoman Erika Winkels said Monday.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the world's leading managers of electricity networks on Tuesday agreed to open a research center in partnership with Pennsylvania State University at the Navy Yard, reinforcing its emergence as a smart-energy campus. Alstom Grid, a unit of French industrial giant Alstom, will open the Microgrid Center of Excellence at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The center will be involved in the deployment of new technologies related to "microgrids," which are localized electrical systems that can operate autonomously from the regional power grid.
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