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August 20, 1999 | By David Boldt
It was clear from the response to my attack on the state office building at Broad and Spring Garden that the time has come to form an official committee to destroy that edifice. It was the biggest and most unanimous positive response this writer has ever received. (There have been bigger negative responses, but that's another story.) Many Philadelphians shared my dismay that the site plan for the proposed new baseball stadium has been changed to save the state office building from the rendezvous with the wrecking ball it so richly deserves.
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January 9, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The developer Bart Blatstein on Tuesday unveiled a $70 million renovation of the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, the latest outpost in what he calls his "$1 billion commitment to North Broad Street. " Blatstein has made headlines by joining the competition for the city's second casino license. He wants to convert the former headquarters of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News at 400 N. Broad into the anchor of a three-block, $700 million gaming complex.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2008 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell's office is scheduled to announce this morning that Pennsylvania has sold the 19-story office building at 1400 Spring Garden St. to Tower Investments Inc. for conversion into residences. The real estate development firm will pay $25 million for the building, at the corner of North Broad Street, under a contract signed Thursday, according to Tower. "It's the most important corner on North Broad Street," said Tower owner Bart Blatstein, whose previous projects include Avenue North, at Broad and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2006 | By Henry J. Holcomb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell wants to sell the 18-story state office building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets just north of Center City. The Department of General Services has retained Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. to sell the building and lease space elsewhere in the city for the 1,000 employees in 18 agencies who work there. Ed Myslewicz, department spokesman, said Trammell Crow has identified 11 sites, including some buildings not yet built, that could house the agencies. He would not name the sites.
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August 12, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Say what you will about Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, and plenty of people have, at least he's not known as "Governor Flintstone. " That would be Maine's Paul LePage, a fellow Republican that national pundits have listed alongside Corbett as an incumbent governor likely to lose in 2014. "Dead men walking," Politico recently called the two. And there are some similarities. Both have underwater approval ratings, and each has a frosty relationship with his legislature. But LePage, a bedrock tea party warrior, has earned his Stone Age nickname with a hard-edged and sometimes vulgar approach to politics that makes Corbett seem like a cuddly and softspoken centrist.
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October 18, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Blumenfeld got nothing but blank stares from bankers when he wanted to borrow money to convert an empty building at 640 N. Broad St. into high-end apartments. "They thought I was hallucinating," Blumenfeld recalled. Their view of North Broad: "An empty, godforsaken corridor. " Seven years later, Blumenfeld has leased all 265 apartments at Lofts 640, and his company - EB Realty - is finishing work on a major conversion of two buildings just across the street. The project, at Broad and Mount Vernon Street, includes an additional 101 lofts in an old dress factory, plus two restaurants and a 17,000-square-foot catering hall in the former Wilkie Buick dealership.
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November 19, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
After publicly asserting that she had followed the law, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane answered questions for more than two hours Monday before a grand jury investigating whether she or her office improperly released information to embarrass a political foe. Kane's testimony was private, but as she prepared to take the stand in a Montgomery County courtroom, she told reporters she would tell the special prosecutor "the facts and...
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January 23, 1997 | GEORGE REYNOLDS/ DAILY NEWS
Kensington Rights Welfare League supporters, including City Councilman Angel Ortiz, demonstrated outside the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets last night, protesting welfare cuts set to begin in March.
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July 29, 2011 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Developer Bart Blatstein is buying the 18-floor office tower housing The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com at 400 N. Broad St. Philadelphia Media Network, owner of the 87-year-old bone-white building with the distinctive clock tower, announced the sale to Blatstein's Tower Investments, but declined to disclose the price. Based on information from another bidder, a group including Parkway Corp., the purchase price for the 526,000-square-foot building exceeded its bid of $19 million.
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December 11, 1998 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
FOR THE CAUSE: More than 30 members of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union demonstrated yesterday at noon in front of the State Office building at Broad and Spring Garden streets. Pennsylvania State Police arrested 11 demonstrators for disorderly conduct. In the photo below, union leader Cheri Honkala (right) sits in a police van with another demonstrator before they were taken to the Belmont Barracks, where they were processed and released.
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March 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who stabbed a child protection worker in a state office building in Camden last year pleaded guilty Monday. Taisha Edwards, 31, of Camden, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to attempted murder. In return, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office agreed to recommend a 13-year term in state prison, it said in a news release. Edwards, a client of the state's Department of Children and Families, had been meeting Leah Coleman, a caseworker, at the state agency's Division of Child Protection and Permanency office on the 100 block of Haddon Avenue on Nov. 17, 2014.
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November 20, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
A woman accused of repeatedly stabbing a child protection worker Monday in a state office building in Camden, from which armed guards had just been withdrawn, had twice before been charged with assault, according to court records. On Tuesday, after Taisha Edwards, 30, of Camden, was charged with attempted murder, union officials who represent the state workers in their offices at 101 Haddon Ave. complained of a lack of protection there. The concerns appeared to lead to action, as the Department of Children and Families decided Tuesday to restore armed guards at the building, according to Hetty Rosenstein, state director for the Communications Workers of America.
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November 19, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
After publicly asserting that she had followed the law, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane answered questions for more than two hours Monday before a grand jury investigating whether she or her office improperly released information to embarrass a political foe. Kane's testimony was private, but as she prepared to take the stand in a Montgomery County courtroom, she told reporters she would tell the special prosecutor "the facts and...
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August 12, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Say what you will about Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, and plenty of people have, at least he's not known as "Governor Flintstone. " That would be Maine's Paul LePage, a fellow Republican that national pundits have listed alongside Corbett as an incumbent governor likely to lose in 2014. "Dead men walking," Politico recently called the two. And there are some similarities. Both have underwater approval ratings, and each has a frosty relationship with his legislature. But LePage, a bedrock tea party warrior, has earned his Stone Age nickname with a hard-edged and sometimes vulgar approach to politics that makes Corbett seem like a cuddly and softspoken centrist.
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July 14, 2013 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A PASTOR from Montgomery County found himself in handcuffs in Harrisburg yesterday morning after officials say he refused to leave a state office building, saying that he was there to pray for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to change her position on refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage. Pastor Bill Devlin skirted Capitol Police at the Strawberry Square building where Kane's office is located, according to Holly Lubart, spokeswoman for the state Department of General Services, which oversees the police force there.
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January 9, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The developer Bart Blatstein on Tuesday unveiled a $70 million renovation of the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, the latest outpost in what he calls his "$1 billion commitment to North Broad Street. " Blatstein has made headlines by joining the competition for the city's second casino license. He wants to convert the former headquarters of The Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News at 400 N. Broad into the anchor of a three-block, $700 million gaming complex.
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April 11, 2012 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer
BART BLATSTEIN is getting down to business on Broad Street. The real-estate developer announced Tuesday that he's ready to begin converting the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets into Tower Place, a luxury-apartment-and-retail complex. "I'm in love with North Broad, and I'm ready to bring it through a transformation back to the splendor it once had," said Blatstein. He bought the building from the state in July for $21 million and spent the intervening period preparing for his two-phase construction project.
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October 18, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eric Blumenfeld got nothing but blank stares from bankers when he wanted to borrow money to convert an empty building at 640 N. Broad St. into high-end apartments. "They thought I was hallucinating," Blumenfeld recalled. Their view of North Broad: "An empty, godforsaken corridor. " Seven years later, Blumenfeld has leased all 265 apartments at Lofts 640, and his company - EB Realty - is finishing work on a major conversion of two buildings just across the street. The project, at Broad and Mount Vernon Street, includes an additional 101 lofts in an old dress factory, plus two restaurants and a 17,000-square-foot catering hall in the former Wilkie Buick dealership.
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July 29, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
BART BLATSTEIN is the alpha and the omega. At least on our block. Having recently purchased the former State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden streets - for a cool $21 million - the Tower Investments developer went ahead and bought the neighboring 18-story Daily News / Inquirer building at Broad and Callowhill. "It's a wonderful property. We like to have critical mass where we develop," Blatstein said yesterday, declining to reveal how much he's paying Philadelphia Media Network for the half-empty building at 400 N. Broad St. and its adjacent parking lot and garage.
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