Department of Licenses and Inspections
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.
At phila.gov/LI, the Department of Licenses and Inspections has now posted all of its raw data, including permits, violations, and licenses.
City Council plans to hold hearings into Fire Department policies and procedures, in the wake of the April warehouse blaze in Kensington that claimed the lives of two firefighters.
Property inspectors in Philadelphia are getting a new look: gone are the traditional t-shirt and jeans, replaced with what the mayor says is professional attire.
The Kensington warehouse blaze earlier this month that claimed the lives of two Philadelphia firefighters is still having a ripple effect through city government.
The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has filed three new citations on a property at 726 Market Street owned by the Lichtenstein brothers of Brooklyn, NY, who also own the building where two firefighters were killed last week in a huge blaze.