Council plans look into demolition procedures after Philly building collapse

Philadelphia City Council is already talking about acting to make sure a building collapse never happens again in the city.

Members of City Council are upset about the collapse that killed six and injured 14. Councilman Jim Kenney says it would not have happened if there had been a competent demolition crew working on the job.

“There’s been this ongoing discussion in the city about union versus non-union construction, that would have not happened on a union job,” said Kenney. “You have basically a slum landlord with a slum contractor, you don’t know whose operating the equipment, you don’t know who’s working on the site. Anecdotally, we’ve heard people with crow bars and a garden hose were taking down the building and this is the kind of disasters we have.” 

Councilman Curtis Jones expects public hearings on demolition work.

“We want to take a look at and work in conjunction with Licenses and Inspection to see if we have the proper permitting, if we’ve had the proper level of scrutiny of what the proper criterias are for demolition and it makes us very concerned about the safety of everyday citizens,” said Jones.

Hearings have not been scheduled yet.

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