Annual Report Luncheon Celebrates King of Prussia’s Explosive Growth

From the King Of Prussia Courier, Sunday, April 22: UPPER MERION–From touting the 20 million-plus annual visitors to Kin got Prussia Mall to King of Prussia offering the largest concentration of commercial office, industrial flex building space in suburban Philadelphia, Kin got Prussia District (KOP-BID) gave a sold-out crowd tons of reasons to celebrate the ever-booming town at a recent Crowne Plaza luncheon… “King of Prussia District doesn’t build office buildings, we don’t build industrial buildings or housing developments. We don’t lease property or rent apartments. We don’t do a lot of the things that have brought so much attention to King of Prussia,” said Eric Goldstein, executive director of the seven-year-old organization and keynote speaker. At an earlier luncheon at the Sheraton Valley Forge–which Goldstein missed owing to a bout of the flu–he spoke to the business advocacy group’s partners through a colorful brochure, which detailed several of King of Prussia’s $1 billion completed or burgeoning development projects. From the King of Prussia Courier, March 27: “There is a palpable new energy and new optimism these days,” noted the ailing Goldstein — emcee Bob Hart explained to the crowd that Goldstein had neglected to get his flu shot — in the report. “2016 was a phenomenal year in King of Prussia … Economic development and job growth continued at an impressive rate.” Nowhere was that economic development more in evidence than at King of Prussia Mall, which owner Simon Property Group unveiled last August when its side-by-side malls, The Plaza and The Court, officially merged into a metropolis all its own, with more than 450 retailers and four...

Unemployed Pennsylvanians on Medicaid could lose health coverage under proposed bill

From TribLive.com: (Click here to view original April 17, 2018 article). The state House on Tuesday advanced a bill that would force “able-bodied” adults enrolled in Medicaid to work at least 20 hours a week or complete job training programs to retain their health insurance coverage. The proposed legislation — House Bill 2138 — cleared the House floor on a 115-80 vote. All but five Republicans and just four Democrats voted to send it to the state Senate. Its prime sponsor, Fayette County Republican Matthew Dowling, touted the bill as a way “to help people out of poverty and reliance on the government for aid.” But critics — including health care patient advocates and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf — dismiss the effort as a President Trump-backed attempt by a growing number of GOP legislature-controlled states to scale back on Medicaid programs as federal attempts have faltered to repeal the Affordable Care Act altogether. “We’re calling on the Senate to reject the efforts put forward by the House today, and we’re calling on Gov. Wolf to once again veto legislation that would do more harm to individuals than it would to help them,” said Antoinette Krause, executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Network Access advocacy group in Philadelphia. “Instead of spending millions of dollars in state resources to throw people off health insurance coverage, lawmakers should be looking for ways to reduce barriers to employment, especially in rural areas outside of Pittsburgh.” Wolf did not go so far as to say he would veto H.B. 2138, but he said through a spokesman Tuesday night that he opposes the bill and...

Sinclair Broadcast Group Forces Local TV Anchors To Recite Right-Leaning Script

In March, CNN reported that news anchors across the country were infuriated by being forced to read a mandatory script that many felt was a thinly veiled piece of pro-Trump propaganda. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns about 175 television stations in 80 media markets across the United States, mandated the reading of an on-air script that, according to multiple news reports (such as this from the New York Times), “included a warning about fake news, a promise to report fairly and accurately and a request that viewers go to the station’s website and comment ‘if you believe our coverage is unfair.'” Continues the Times, “It may not have seemed strange to individual viewers. But Timothy Burke, the video director at Deadspin, had read a report last monthfrom CNN, which quoted local station anchors who were uncomfortable with the speech. Mr. Burke tracked down the Sinclair affiliates and found when they had aired what he called a ‘forced read.’ Then he stitched together the various broadcasts to create a supercut of anchors eerily echoing the same lines: ‘The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.’ ‘Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.’ ‘This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.'”  The mandate about the forced reading has since gone viral. Viewers in the Philadelphia region might not be aware of it because Sinclair doesn’t own any of our local stations, but the company does own stations in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Altoona, and Pittsburgh. Sinclair-owned stations cover a variety of affiliates, including all the major networks. Read the entire NY...

Spotlight On Upper Merion’s Progress, Q1 2018

From Supervisor Greg Waks, here is the quarterly update of all the progress being made in Upper Merion: Every quarter I post a list of many of the redevelopments approved in Upper Merion Township as well as some planned infrastructure improvements and some restaurant and store openings. This is by no means an all-encompassing list. The list also includes locations and/or the most recent information I have about potential opening dates though dates are always subject to change. • Keystone Shops medical marijuana dispensary (Hansen Access Road and S. Henderson Road) – Spring 2018 • Upper Merion Community Garden groundbreaking (Corner of Henderson and Ross Road) – Spring 2018 • J. Alexander’s restaurant (former site of LA Fitness on Mall Blvd) – Spring/Summer 2018 • First Avenue Road Diet with bike lanes and sidewalks- late Spring/Summer 2018 • Eddie V’s restaurant (pad in front of the King of Prussia Mall) – Summer 2018 • Workhorse Brewing Co. (King Manor) – Summer 2018 • North Italia restaurant (in the King of Prussia Mall) – Summer 2018 • Caley Elementary School – August 2018 • Gulph Elementary School – August 2018 • The Brownstones at the Village at Valley Forge by Toll Brothers- 132 stacked townhomes (Village at Valley Forge/former golf course in accordance with the terms of the settlement of the golf course litigation) – 1/3rd is already completed and occupied, other units completed 2018-2021 • Dredging of the stormwater retention basin (aka the pond) at the Township Building Park – 2018 • Construction of a dog park – 2018 • Park Square (aka Bentley) – (311 high end apartments...