May 14, 2016
By Al Taubenberger The roots of our nation can be found here in Philadelphia. It's fitting, then, that the roots of a promising new agricultural industry - vertical farming - are taking hold right here, not in soil but in water inside an unassuming warehouse in South Philadelphia. I recently hosted a City Hall news conference to promote the expansion of vertical farming, with the goal of establishing Philadelphia as the world's preeminent training center for this burgeoning business.
April 13, 2016
Philadelphia police are seeking three men who snuck into a North Philadelphia warehouse last week and stole 24 cases of cigarettes worth about $64,000, police said Monday. In a video released by police, three men are seen approaching the warehouse on the 100 block of East Hunting Park Avenue with a ladder at about 2:35 a.m. Friday. In the dark, they pried open a rear door, then went inside and stole the loot, police said. They then fled in an unknown direction. A black market in "loosies" and cheaper butts has expanded after the city imposed an additional tax of $2 a pack to help fund schools.
February 20, 2016
SEPTA and Amtrak service service has resumed Thursday evening with residual delays in Northeast Philadelphia after a warehouse fire along the tracks in the city's Holmesburg section was declared under control, officials said. Just before 5:30 p.m., a fire was reported at a two-story brick warehouse in the 7700 block of Edmund Street. SEPTA's Trenton line was suspended through the area and Amtrak trains were halted from going through the area as firefighters battled the blaze.
August 17, 2015 |
A century after it opened as a Ford assembly plant, 29 years after it was abandoned, the distinctive triangular building looms lonely at the seedy intersection of Broad and Lehigh, like the last vestige of a once-thriving forest. But while automobiles, military helmets, and men's suits were manufactured there during its 72-year working existence, the strikingly beautiful structure's lasting legacy may be as a backdrop to local sports history. Anyone who's ever seen photos of Baker Bowl, the Phillies stadium that stood just across Lehigh Avenue, has seen the factory.
July 29, 2015 |
Plans are in motion to transform a historic warehouse on the Camden waterfront into a modern office building with retail space on the ground floor, a project the developer hopes to start by the end of the year. The building at 300 N. Delaware Ave., across the street from Campbell's Field and near the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge, was built in the late 1800s as the site of the Ruby Match factory. Campbell's Soup later turned it into a food storage warehouse, but it has sat empty for years.
June 20, 2015 |
Nine years ago, New York-based investment-fund promoter CanAm Enterprises used money from overseas investors seeking U.S. visas to lend money to a hospice business in a sprawling Northeast Philadelphia office and warehouse complex. Six years later, CanAm took over the property while Home Care Hospice's operator fought Medicare-fraud charges that eventually got him a 14-year prison term. Now, CanAm, which has joined with Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. on at least two dozen loans for job-creating businesses - may be closing the book on the troubled transaction.
June 13, 2015 |
The marketing materials for SoNo, a new "creative office space" being developed at Fifth and Spring Garden, depict a millennial's workday paradise. Softly colored renderings show handsome folks grabbing lunch from food trucks, dropping off bikes at a sleek storage room, and lounging around the amphitheater in a dramatic skylighted lobby. In the evenings, employees gather near a roof-deck fire pit to watch the sun set over the Center City skyline. Market Street's towers look like they're down the street.
February 18, 2015 |
Urban Outfitters , the South Philly-based group of store chains that mostly sells women's apparel, said Monday it will use the one million-square-foot, 500-worker warehouse it has been building over the last year near Gap, Lancaster County, to replace its 10-year-old "Ecommerce Fulfillment Center" in Trenton, S.C. Urban Outfitters opened the Southern distribution center and moved 200 jobs there from the Philadelphia area 10 years ago. The...
January 21, 2015
EVERYONE HAS guilty pleasures. I have three: chocolate/peanut butter ice cream, reading Christine Flowers on Fridays and shopping at the dollar store. The first guilty pleasure is fattening, the second is incendiary, the third is awesome. Awesome? Dollar store? (Did I actually use awesome? Am I 25 again?) Before I proceed: How much would you have to steal from a dollar store before it would be a crime? This is why the dollar store is a pleasure - prices lower than a rat terrier with fallen arches.
November 10, 2014 |
MIKE EROH wasn't about to let being laid up at home stop him from doing his job. Mike was the senior home-delivery manager for the Daily News and Inquirer in South Jersey and he had a phone. While recovering from hernia surgery, Mike would get on that phone and call the warehouse in Turnersville, N.J., every day to find out what was going on, what the problems were and how to fix them. Unfortunately, Mike never made it back to work. He died Thursday of a massive heart attack.