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March 21, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Everett Gillison, Mayor Nutter's chief of staff, says the city defers to no one when determining the fate of city property. "City property," he said, "is city stuff, and there's one way forward. " That way is with the city and its "partners," he said. So when former City Managing Director Joe Certaine calls on the mayor to exercise authority over what happens with the rediscovered Bethel Burial Ground - owned by the city as part of Weccacoe Playground in Queen Village - he is calling on the city to do what it is already doing, says Gillison.
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March 17, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
LUMBERTON A nonprofit group's plan for a controversial 300-bed homeless facility in Lumberton is "not in concert" with the county's long-term plans, the county's spokesman says. "We all want to end homelessness," said Eric Arpert, communications director for the freeholder board. "But the difference lies in how to do it. " Citizens Serving the Homeless Inc. (CSH), based in Mount Holly, said last week it expected to submit an application to Lumberton by June. Arpert said the freeholders had no plans to block the project, but noted "there are no plans for us to help fund" its construction because the county has a different, decentralized vision for serving its homeless.
NEWS
March 16, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In response to popular demand, the NJSIAA has formulated a plan to move sectional-title games in boys' and girls' basketball back to neutral sites. But the change might not happen until 2016, if at all, NJSIAA director Larry White, who oversees the sport for the organization, said Thursday. "That might be a more practical start for this," White said of 2016's being the appropriate time to implement his plan to stage sectional finals for boys' and girls' basketball at one college site in a format similar to the public-school football finals.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The developer of Center City's luxury 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condominiums said Monday that he plans to build a 26-story, 40-unit condo tower at Fifth and Walnut Streets at a cost of $150 million. The tower will overlook Independence Hall, developer Tom Scannapieco said, and will be built on an 18,155-square-foot site vacant for more than a decade. A number of proposals for the land have been made, most recently in 2004. Scannapieco said construction should begin in spring 2015, with units ready for occupancy in March 2017.
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March 10, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a couple of hundred years now, it has been the light - its brilliance and refraction spoken about with reverence here - that has brought great artists and those unknown to West Cape May on the southern tip of New Jersey. A kind of stepsister to more chichi - and expensive - Cape May proper, West Cape May has long been evolving as an artisan's outpost where artsy mom-and-pop shops and galleries have been springing up in recent years. So it seems fitting that the 19-member Cape May Artists' Cooperative has opened its new gallery at 122 Sunset Blvd.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. A decade after the Franklin Mint closed, its round museum building still sits vacant along busy Baltimore Pike in Delaware County. Development of the prominent property has been plagued by opposition from residents, a slow economy, and - most recently - a legal battle among the developers. But the plan took a step forward this week when a revised zoning ordinance won approval from the Middletown Township Council. The site, with more than 170 acres, could now have 350 townhouses, offices, retail space, and a hotel.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THEIR TARGETS of violence, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday, included a Quaker meetinghouse site and workers building a kids' toy store. Yes, those peaceful Quakers. Yes, a kids' store. Ten members of Ironworkers Local Union 401, including its leaders, were arrested yesterday and charged with conspiring to commit acts of violence to force contractors to hire union members. The alleged crimes include a 2012 arson at the site for a new Chestnut Hill Friends meetinghouse and a 2010 baseball-bat whacking that seriously injured nonunion workers at a Toys R Us under construction near the King of Prussia Mall.
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February 18, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
DEVELOPER Eric Blumenfeld wants to dust off an old idea to transform a large swath of the city's perpetually drab waterfront. Blumenfeld said he plans to partner with the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 to build a "lifestyle community" on the 20 acres that house the union's offices and a catering hall on Columbus Boulevard near Washington Avenue. The site would contain a little of everything - residences, offices, restaurants and retail. Blumenfeld said the idea was originally crafted by his father, the late developer Jack Blumenfeld, who was once tasked by former Mayor Frank Rizzo with redeveloping Penn's Landing.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTERFIELD Plans are being made to begin construction on a $1.75 million roundabout next month at a Burlington County intersection where a child was killed two years ago when the school bus in which she was riding collided with a dump truck. Isabelle Tezsla, an 11-year-old triplet, died in the Feb. 16 crash when the bus driver drove into the path of a truck that was loaded with construction debris from the New Jersey Turnpike widening project. Her two sisters and 12 other children were injured.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Ground was broken Wednesday at the site of Philadelphia's latest high-rise rental effort - a 28-story, $110 million project at 36th and Market Streets in University City. Called 3601 Market Street and due for delivery in spring 2015, the building will be constructed on a portion of the 17-acre University City Science Center campus that is now a parking lot. The 364-unit, 443,000-square-foot, mixed-use structure is a joint project of the Science Center and Southern Land Co., of Nashville.
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