Nancy Winkler, Philadelphia’s Treasurer, held a press conference to announce the filing of a wrongful death suit resulting from the building collapse at 22nd and Market.
Winkler’s daughter, Anne Bryan, died in the collapse, and until now, Winkler has not spoken publicly about her loss. She and her husband, Jay Bryan, say they’re filing the suit with the hope that the case goes to trial and all the facts are revealed.
Winkler and Bryan also want a blue-ribbon investigatory panel into the disaster. CBS Philly quoted Bryan making an understandable point:
Our grief has been made more difficult by the revelation in these emails that have been released that the accident was entirely avoidable and in fact predicted.
Newsworks has an audio file of Winkler remembering her last moments with Anne.
In other news…
• philly.com has the scoop on a “Bella Vista custom home with smart technology for $1,200,000″
• Much-needed good news: the Inky’s Al Heavens reports that the South Jersey real estate market has seen a moderate rebound.
• According to PlanPhilly, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group has written a letter to list improvements Wynn Philadelphia could make in order to “be a better Central Delaware fit.” They include improved river access, a smaller parking garage and a more “contextually compatible.”
• Sean Benschop, who was operating the backhoe during the building collapse, has been denied bail. But his attorney says he’ll soon have his vindication, according to NBC10.