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(Artist's rendering of Pier 34-35 project, provided by Ensemble Investments LLC.)

Site of Deadly South Philadelphia Pier Collapse May Become Rental Apartments

A developer plans a new apartment building at the site of one of Philadelphia’s worst waterfront tragedies: the Pier 34 collapse in 2000 that killed three women.


(The former Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut Streets.  Photo from Google Maps)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Urge Conditional Zoning For Center City Pool Hall Plan

Plans for an upscale billiards parlor in center city Philadelphia are very much in limbo, and City Council now is giving the developer a firm deadline to get the project going.


(Artist’s rendering of the project slated for the former Pincus Brothers Maxwell site, nestled in the approach ramp of the Ben Franklin Bridge.)

Philadelphia City Council OKs Hotel-Restaurant Project At Foot Of Ben Franklin Bridge

Council unanimously approved developer Robert Ambrosi’s plans for a combination hotel-condo-retail complex in Old City, at 4th and Race Streets, the site of the former Pincus Brothers Maxwell clothing factory.


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City Council OKs Center City Bar/Billiards Parlor; Neighbors Promise Court Fight

Philadelphia City Council today gave its final OK to what would be the city’s first “upscale” billiards parlor. But the project promises to quickly end up in court.