ShopRite To Anchor Bakers Square Shopping Center In Nicetown-Tioga Section Of Philadelphia

Good news for residents of Philadelphia’s Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood.  A full-service grocery store is coming soon!

Bakers Square Shopping Center is being built at the former site of the Tasty Baking Company.  The 220,000 square foot shopping center will be anchored by a 71,000 square foot ShopRite Supermarket.  At this time, the neighborhood has no supermarket.  Residents are forced to travel great distances to get fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and reasonably priced grocery items.  Prices are considerably lower at a grocery store as opposed to a convenience store.

Construction of the new ShopRite begins this Friday, March 25th, with a projected opening date in the third quarter of 2012.  According to Brown Super Stores public relations department, it has been 25 years since this neighborhood has had a full-service grocery store!  This is a major health issue for children because things like fresh meat and fruit and hard to come by at local convenience stores.  Another benefit is the new ShopRite will create 250 jobs.  ShopRite tends to hire workers from the neighborhood their stores are located in.

ShopRite opened up a store at 52nd and Parkside in West Philadelphia which is doing well. Hopefully the new store will also do well.  We give two Progress Pennsylvania thumbs up to ShopRite for investing in struggling Philadelphia neighborhoods.  Everyone needs access to wholesome and reasonably priced food.

Harrisburg International Airport (MDT) Traffic Up Sixteen Percent

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More people continue to fly out of Harrisburg International Airport.  Passenger traffic increased a whopping sixteen percent in February 2011, compared with February 2010. 

Passenger traffic at MDT for January and February is up 10.6 percent over the same time period last year.  Cargo tonnage has declined slightly.  For the first two months of 2011, cargo dropped 3.5 percent.

Overall, MDT’s performance is strong in light of rising gas and ticket prices.  People are seeing the value and convenience of flying out of Harrisburg. 

Airports are significant contributors to a local or regional economy and are a means of economic development.

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Offer $45 Million For Harrisburg Incinerator

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Harrisburg has been offered $45 million in CASH for the Authority’s incinerator, which has saddled Harrisburg and Dauphin County with $280 million worth of debt.  Sadly, the incinerator is probably not worth anywhere near the amount owed.  The problem being the offer from Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority is only about 16 percent of the $280 million debt.  This still leaves Harrisburg and Dauphin County on the hook for $235 million!

Looks like this problem will not go away easily!  Hopefully LT is right and other entities will be interested in buying the incinerator, for considerably more money!

York Mayor Lobbies In Washington D.C. To Save Block Grant Funds

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This is what is known as being proactive!  Rather than sit home and boo hoo about what might happen, Kim Bracey headed down to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D) about the proposed budget cuts that could adversely impact York City’s ability to continue revitalization efforts.  Kudos to Kim Bracey for going the extra mile for her city!

To read the rest of the story from the York Dispatch, click here: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/news/ci_17634707

Montgomery County Mulls Land Purchase At Former Willow Grove Naval Air Station

The Montgomery County Commissioners are considering submitting a notice of intent to purchase property at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station. 

Read the entire story here:  http://www.thereporteronline.com/articles/2011/03/16/news/doc4d804102375ac130160875.txt?viewmode=fullstory

SAP America Builds LEED Platinum Certified Green Building In Newtown Square

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Read an amazing article about SAP America Inc.’s new building in Newtown Square that is LEED platinum certified.  This project is the third-largest new construction platinum certified building on the planet!  Right here in the Philadelphia area!

To read to full story from the Delaware County Times, click here:

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2011/03/14/news/doc4d7d7dc8e6340782200705.txt?viewmode=fullstory

West Chester Said No To Minor-League Baseball But Will Phoenixville Say Yes?

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Recently, the borough of West Chester turned down a stadium proposal to bring minor-league baseball to town.  Phoenixville is now lining up to see if baseball will work there.  Manny DeMutis, a developer, said he would love to see a new stadium built on a 10-acre section of the Phoenix Steel site in downtown Phoenixville.  DeMutis cited Lancaster and Allentown as examples of how a stadium can bring people and money into a town year round, not just during baseball season.

A committee of twenty Phoenixville and Chester County residents, community leaders and business owners has been assembled to decide if this project is economically feasible for the borough of Phoenixville.  If all the stars align, a new stadium could be completed as early as 2014.

The Harrisburg Incinerator Has A Potential Buyer!

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The Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority has made a bid to buy Harrisburg’s incinerator.  Mayor Linda Thompson made this announcement today and plans to meet with the interested party soon.

Mayor Thompson also went on to say that she expects to receive competing offers from other groups as well. (Let’s not get too heady there LT)  All I can say is unload that thing as fast as you can!  Taking that $282 million debt off Harrisburg and Dauphin County can not happen soon enough.  Of course, only if the offer will benefit taxpayers.

The incinerator’s value has been estimated as high as $159 million with a guaranteed flow of solid waste, which the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority could certainly provide.  This would be a win-win as Lancaster County borders Dauphin County so it would be a local entity owning the incinerator.  The incinerator would help Lancaster County get rid of more solid waste.  Lancaster County is larger than Dauphin County and would be able to supply far more solid waste.

Lock Haven Airport Business Campus Finally Gets A Tenant!

The William T. Piper Memorial Airport Business Campus in Lock Haven was created using a USDA grant to attract small, emerging businesses.  Unfortunately, the economy in Clinton County has been unable to attract any tenants, until now.  Anadarko Marcellus Midstream will be leasing 14 acres at the airport business park.  Lock Haven City Council approved a ten-year lease.

Anadarko Marcellus Midstream sets up gas pipelines.  They will be creating a pipe lay-down yard on the property for now and eventually constructing a building for pipe assembly and office space.  Anadarko will pay $24,984 a year in rent for this property.  Anadarko has also agreed to pay $185,442 to cover the depreciated value of the business park improvements.

Anadarko feels it is important to have offices in counties where they do business.  Sproul State Forest, Clinton County, has a great deal of Marcellus Shale activity. 

Lock Haven is the county seat and population center of Clinton County.  The William T. Piper Airport was named after the founder of Piper Aircraft Corporation, which was once headquartered in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

Demolition To Begin On $100 Million Mt. Washington Redevelopment Project

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Pittsburgh’s scenic Mt. Washington neighborhood will hopefully be transformed by a huge redevelopment project at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Wyoming Street.  Demolition of the long vacant Edge Restaurant property will begin on March 14th.  The demolition phase should take four to six weeks. 

Once the site is cleared, developer Beau Beemsterboer stated it will take between six and ten months to get full financing and start construction.  Beemsterboer feels confident in his ability to get the necessary funding.

The proposed development includes a 20 story hotel, two restaurants, a spa, 55 condominiums and large parking garage.  A hotel chain has not been selected at this time; however, many chains have expressed interest in the site.

The spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington, (where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio River) is a world-class location and immensely popular with tourists visiting the city.  Pittsburgh is consistently ranked one of America’s most beautiful and livable cities.