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December 14, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a heave of chrome shovels, the leadership of Rowan University and local politicians ceremonially broke ground Friday for a new home for the Rohrer College of Business. "What a day!" exclaimed Rowan's president, Ali Houshmand, who extolled the $63.2 million project as evidence of New Jersey's commitment to expanding educational opportunities for its high school graduates, many of whom are forced to look outside the state for higher education. When completed in spring of 2017, the four-story, 96,500-square-foot building will have capacity to serve 2,000 students, double the current business school enrollment at the university.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
An undeveloped site that was once planned for a 45-story Trump Tower project on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown is for sale. The land, at 709-17 N. Penn St., was put on the market Thursday by U.S. Bank and other disappointed lenders who hoped to finance the Trump project. Broker Michael Barmash of Colliers International in Philadelphia has the listing. The two-acre site is zoned as a community commercial mixed-use district, suitable for a variety of uses, "most notably: multifamily, retail, office, medical or hotel," according to the Colliers listing.
NEWS
December 7, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Subaru of America plans to move its headquarters from Cherry Hill to Camden, the company said Friday, and set up operations at the site of the former Sears store. The property on Admiral Wilson Boulevard is part of the 45-acre Gateway Office Park and sits near Campbell Soup Co.'s world headquarters. Campbell bought the 13-acre Sears site two years ago with an eye toward development. To make the move, Subaru has requested $118 million in tax credits over the next 10 years from the state Economic Development Authority, which is to consider the application Tuesday among other proposed projects.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2014 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
More than 41 million people in the United States have posted their profile on dating websites - and yet only a small percentage seem to know how to snap a good picture of themselves. Selfie in the mirror? Bad idea. Jumping a mogul from far, far away? Uh-uh. Artsy picture with moody shadows? Nope. And so another industry has been born: professional profile-picture photography. Not to be confused with Glamour Shots, these photos fall somewhere between an actor head shot and an exterior portrait, said Gordon Gooch, founder of DatingHeadshots.com.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among the 15,400 artifacts Temple University archaeology students unearthed at Timbuctoo - a buried village of freed and runaway slaves along Rancocas Creek - was a tiny, cast-iron buffalo. "There was also a little gun and a wagon wheel, all of which might have been part of a bank set" for a child to collect coins, said Patricia Markert, a Temple student who helped manage the school's field project in 2010 and 2011 and then conducted several smaller digs last year. The final batch of artifacts - including tiny pieces of glass from bottles found up to two feet below the surface - are being washed, analyzed, and catalogued, Markert said while photographing the historical site in Westampton Township, Burlington County, last week as part of her study.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert F. Whalen was chairman of the Tredyffrin Township planning commission in 2013 when he heard that an affiliate of the Blackstone Group , the big hedge-fund manager, had decided it wasn't worth paying the $10 million it owed for its half-empty shopping center at Chesterbrook, just south of Valley Forge National Park. That's when Whalen, a Malvern Prep and U.S. Naval Academy grad and a Marine officer who did two tours in Iraq before he turned developer in civilian life, made an executive decision: "I found the bank that was selling the mortgage, I got the mortgage under control, and resigned from the planning commission that day," he told me. He wanted to avoid conflicts of interest.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sixteen companies have expressed interest in all or part of about 200 vacant acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. They include energy companies, marine terminal operators, auto processors, and multipurpose terminal operators with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) said Tuesday that it would evaluate the responses and make recommendations to its board, which will have the final say. Southport is three waterfront parcels: 119 acres referred to as Southport Marine Terminal; 75 acres known as Southport West Terminal; and the Pier 124 "north berth," a 1,132-foot-long finger pier.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
  With their collars up against the cold, about 25 people, including new immigrants, trooped behind a colorful guide on Independence Mall Friday. "Philadelphia is ground zero for the making of America. Many answers to the U.S. citizenship test can be found right here," said Ed Mauger, stopping at the nation's first executive mansion, where he quizzed the group on the length of a U.S. presidential term and asked for another way to describe George Washington. "Four years. . . . The founding father," piped up Elizabeth Wang, 24, who was born in China and who came to the city for post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania law school.
REAL_ESTATE
November 10, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Condo and apartment buildings are getting designed and renovated common spaces, indoor and outdoor, that look and feel more like hotels. It's happening at addresses such as 2116 Chestnut, Park Towne Place, and the Granary. These areas now offer everything from juice bars to tech stations, where residents can recharge themselves and their devices, check e-mail, or print tickets and boarding passes. A building's lobby used to be thought of as a place people circulated through, as opposed to congregating in. "In recent years, residential developers have taken lessons from the hospitality industry and started to rethink how common areas can be utilized to engender a greater sense of community and social interaction," said Neil Rubler, who is redeveloping 251 DeKalb in King of Prussia.
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