PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has selected a developer to renovate three-dozen homes in what was once known as “the MOVE neighborhood” in West Philadelphia.
Sixty-one homes were destroyed in 1985 after city officials dropped a bomb on the MOVE house in the 6200 block of Osage Avenue. The rebuild was nearly as disastrous as the fire, the homes uninhabitable without extensive repairs.READ MORE: Pennsauken Police Searching For Hit-And-Run Driver Who Killed Shadid Fauntleroy While Crossing Route 130
Eventually the city bought back 36 of them and, after letting them languish for years, in November it asked for bidders to renovate the homes. After receiving just two bids, the Redevelopment Authority selected a new firm, AJR Endeavors. Principal Anthony Fullard is a frequent contributor to city council campaigns. But Redevelopment Authority director Greg Heller says he also has a long background in construction.READ MORE: Upper Darby Mayor Unveils Plan To Resolve Battle Over Control Of Summer Stage
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Heller, though, refused to say who the disappointed bidder was.