Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said on Monday that it’s time to focus on getting the facts together after a 3-year-old girl was killed by a falling security gate at a Rita’s Water Ice in Brewerytown.
Dominic Verdi is charged with using his position to extort additional sales for a beer distributorship he co-owned.
A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of L&I says the firm that owns the building at 2145 Locust Street has been cited for allowing an unsafe condition at the building.
Within days of the collapse, Mayor Nutter announced new restrictions on how contractors in Philadelphia obtain demolition permits.
Two former heads of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.
L&I commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged that the safety standards for the city’s own demolitions — demolitions of city-owned properties — are stricter than what is demanded for private property.
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.
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.
Graffiti and the overall condition the metal boxes are the reasons the city has posted orange confiscation notices on hundreds of honor boxes in Old City and Center City, which follow code 9-211 of the Philadelphia code.
From the front, 2166 North Franklin Street looks bad enough. But you have to walk around to the back to truly see what Fabricio Rodriguez and Emily Randle – who owns the home next door – have been dealing with: a neighboring house on the verge of collapse.