Department of Licenses and Inspections
Philadelphia’s beleaguered Department of Licenses and Inspections has a new watchdog — a result of changes made in the wake of the 2013 cMarket Street building collapse.
A report by the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission found the deadly June 5, 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 14 was “a symptom of larger, long-standing problems” with the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.
Mayor Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke today are unveiling separate and competing proposals to reshape the structure of city government.
The parties who were at odds recently over the future of the landmark Theater have had a meeting of the minds on trying to save original Art Deco artifacts on the inside.
Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.
Lawmakers are getting down to the business of changing the city code to improve the safety of demolitions, in the wake of the fatal Market Street building collapse last June.
Two former heads of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.
Eyewitness News finds new concerns over a demolition site in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia City Council is launching its own probe of last week’s fatal center city building collapse, though its review will focus on the broad issues of regulations and licensing governing demolitions.
Following the deadly building collapse in Center City on Wednesday, there are indications that a criminal investigation into the collapse could be opened up.
Expect a City Council hearing this fall on the aftermath of the collapse, according to Curtis Jones, chairman of Council’s public safety committee.
City officials reiterated Thursday that the contractor hired to demolish the building met the licensing requirements.
The L&I board was scheduled to decide Tuesday afternoon on whether to temporarily halt the demolition.
City controller Alan Butkovitz is critical of several city departments for their lack of oversight in connection with construction activity in North Philadelphia, near the Temple University campus.
“It’s the Wild West in Philadelphia on construction projects,” Alan Butkovitz said today.