A woman who lost the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse that left seven dead and a dozen injured has been awarded $95.6 million.
Mariya Plekan, a 52-year-old Ukranian immigrant, was trapped in rubble for 13 hours on June 5, 2013, the day a half-demolished building fell and crushed the Salvation Army store where she was shopping. Read more »
A $227 million settlement has reportedly been reached in the 2013 Center City collapse that left seven dead and 12 injured after a partially demolished building fell and crushed a Salvation Army store. Read more »
The corner of 22nd and Market streets, June 5, 2013. | Photograph courtesy of Michael Bryant/Associated Press.
After 15 weeks of testimony, a Philadelphia jury found all defendants liable in the 2013 Market Street building collapse that crushed a Salvation Army and killed seven people, the Inquirer reports. Read more »
915 Spring Garden was home to more than 100 artist studios before L&I evicted the tenants in 2015, after a fire prompted the discovery of 29 code violations. | Courtesy Google Maps
Philadelphia officials are planning to crack down on illegal “pop-up” nightclubs and parties in vacant properties in the wake of a deadly fire that left 36 dead at a warehouse-turned-art-colony in Oakland last week. Read more »
The remaining structure of the Salvation Army thrift store being demolished in June 2013. Photograph by Matt Rourke/AP
Starting this morning, a judge and teams of lawyers will begin to winnow a pool of potential jurors in the Salvation Army building collapse case.
The 12 people who are eventually chosen will help decide who will compensate the six victims and 13 survivors of the June 5, 2013, incident, in which a brick wall under demolition crashed through the roof of the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market streets. Read more »
Less of this, please.
Local: Mayor Nutter creates a board to check on post-building collapse reforms
Politicians looove appointing commissions that issue recommendations. And they often seem to equally love letting those recommendations collect dust on a bookshelf somewhere. Read more »
Michael Nutter may have to take the stand in a murder case, if defense lawyers have their way.
Philadelphia’s mayor is one of more than 50 potential witnesses lawyers for two men charged in last year’s building collapse at 22nd and Market submitted to the court. Seven were killed and 13 hurt in the collapse of a building under demolition.
The defense lawyers, William D. Hobson and Daine A. Grey Jr., told the Inquirer the mayor and his aides were relevant witnesses because they were involved in the investigation and redevelopment plan for the 22nd and Market site.
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For Pete’s Sake had been in the midst of an expansion recently. The bar at Front and Christian had been working to expand to a second floor. On Tuesday afternoon, the Queen Village bar suffered a partial collapse. Luckily no one was injured, but that doesn’t mean lives weren’t impacted.
This Saturday, August 22nd at 6 p.m., Old Swede’s Church is hosting a fundraiser that will help offset any employee and staff hardship during For Pete’s Sake’s closure. Admission is just a donation and there will be food and drink plus music from Sweetbrier Rose, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Paul Fejko.
Roof Collapses at For Pete’s Sake Pub Building [Property]
For Pete’s Sake [Official]
NBC 10 reports: “More than a year after the fatal Market Street building collapse in Philadelphia, widow Bonnie Johnson is publicly blaming her husband’s death on the accident. Danny C. Johnson would be the 7th fatality.”
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The Daily News’ William Bender is back on the house collapse beat in Tuesday’s Daily News, reporting on a house collapse at 61st Street and Glenmore Avenue in Southwest Philly. One home collapsed Sunday night, displacing five. L&I inspected the block, and deemed 16 more homes unsafe.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the collapse. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy to find the owner:
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