December 9, 2013 |
A pair of developers are overhauling 48th and Brown Streets in the Mill Creek section of Philadelphia with two rental complexes that, when construction is completed, will total 120 units. When a venture of Abington-based B & T Home Builders Inc. acquired the 2-acre industrial plot at 800-820 N. 48th St. in 2007, the company heard from skeptics. "Everyone thought I was crazy," said Hillel Tsarfati, a B & T cofounder. Situated two blocks from the Lucien E. Blackwell Homes, alongside a mix of well-kept rowhouses and vacant properties, West Village at 800 N. 48th St. is the largest private residential development in Mill Creek in recent history.
December 8, 2013 |
UNIVERSITY CITY has seen a lot of changes by way of more fine restaurants and trendy shops in the last decade. Now, the area is about to get its first new residential tower in more than a decade. The $110 million project also includes a significant increase in community space for service programs such as child care and nutrition programs, as well as a new office building. The project, which broke ground Thursday, is an interesting partnership between the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral and the Radnor Property Group of Wayne, Delaware County.
November 26, 2013 |
WHEN PANSY CLARKE bought two five-story fixer-uppers in West Philadelphia several years ago, the registered nurse planned to convert them to an assisted-living facility. But those plans, like the dilapidated properties, soon began to crumble. Clarke had gotten a sizable blanket mortgage for another property she owned in Delaware County, which blocked her from taking out more funds to fix up the Chestnut Street properties. As a result, the buildings sat empty, causing a huge eyesore on an otherwise rising block just a stone's throw from the old West Philly High.
November 22, 2013 |
They were next to each other for only a few moments in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts before retired Kohl's department store maestro Jay H. Baker ribbed Macy's chairman and chief executive, Terry Lundgren. "Will you stop killing everybody?" Baker asked Lundgren, whose command of Macy's through the rough economy has turned him into a retail rock star as competitors vie to keep pace with his profitably growing $28 billion corporation. "Give everybody a break!" Lundgren smiled widely as he and the former Kohl's president, kindred spirits in trying to boost student interest in retail careers, warmed up for a night of schmoozing and celebration.
November 20, 2013 |
NINE OVERBROOK High School students were arrested yesterday by Philadelphia police after a brawl inside the school that started with a social-media spat between two girls. Six males and three females were charged with disorderly conduct, said district spokesman Fernando Gallard. At least one adult suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Two of the females, ages unknown, began to fight on the third-floor hallway shortly after 10 a.m., Gallard said.
November 18, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Christopher J. Ryan is not one to say, "I told you so. " Still, more than two decades ago, Ryan - an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach who has been selling real estate and investing in the Art Museum and Fairmount neighborhoods for the last 40 years - really did predict that long-neglected Francisville, located just to the north...
November 16, 2013 |
You don't have to be a runner to make the most of Race Weekend. From museum discounts to chef specials at local eateries, enthusiasm surrounding Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon is taking over the City of Brotherly Love. On Friday and Saturday, the Convention Center will be transformed into the Health & Fitness Expo , with 81 vendors displaying the latest in running apparel and health products. The Expo will feature a Seminar Speaker series, showcasing talents like former Olympian runner Bill Rodgers, who won the Philadelphia Marathon in 1974.
November 14, 2013 |
Hello there It was spring 1998 and the end of her 8th grade year at Greenberg Elementary when Stephanie, who lived in Pine Valley, sneaked onto friend Melissa's bus to hang out in Fox Chase after school. The girls were talking to friend Will when Tim, Will's friend who lived across the street and attended St. Cecilia's School, spotted them. Nothing could keep Tim from joining that conversation. "I had some excuse to be a part of it," he said. "We were [both] enthralled with the possibility of socializing with girls.
November 12, 2013 |
WHEN RYAN KUCK pulls up in front of the Older Adult Sunshine Center in West Philadelphia in his converted bread truck each Wednesday, he's like the ice-cream man on a 95-degree day. Seniors line up to cradle Kuck's cucumbers, inspect the onions and pore over the potatoes. "These are people who are used to cooking," said Sandi Ramos, the center's director. "They're used to living off the land. They want to get all the parts and pieces that go in it. " Kuck's truck - better known as the West Philly Fresh Food Hub - gives them the opportunity to do that in an area that he and Ramos consider underserved.
November 2, 2013 |
Courted by New Jersey, Delaware, Center City, and suburban landlords, FMC Corp.'s ambitious chief executive, Pierre Brondeau, picked the busy neighborhood where Penn meets Drexel, west of the Walnut Street bridge, for his chemical company's new home. "A global headquarters allows you to shape the culture of your company, allows you to motivate employees," Brondeau said Thursday, justifying his planned move from several floors spread around 1735 Market St. to the central section of the proposed 47-story FMC Tower at 30th Street and Walnut.