Month: October 2020

Memorial Day, 2016

first_imgMemorial Day, 2016 Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Memorial Day, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf May 05, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

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Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Event

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today joined local elected officials for the grand opening celebration of the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK). The 20,000 square foot facility is PCK’s first location in its 20-year history not shared with another entity.“In a year that has contained a great deal of hardship, it is wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate a new beginning,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nothing could be more appropriate than celebrating with the Philabundance community. Philabundance has remained a steadfast partner in my administration’s commitment to ensuring that every Pennsylvanian has access to plentiful, nutritious food.”PCK is a 16-week culinary training and life skills program, providing opportunities to adults with no- to low income who need not just a job, but a second chance at life. PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of its students by preparing them for and connecting them to work in the food service industry and allows them to give back by preparing meals for those in need.The proceeds of PCKatering, PCK’s social enterprise, benefit students, graduates and neighbors facing hunger.At its height during COVID, PCK was providing up to 4,500 additional meals per week. These meals are distributed to a range of community agencies, including outreach meals for Project Home, the City of Philadelphia, a temporary shelter in Kensington, the Woodstock Shelter in North Philadelphia, the Hub of Hope and Federation Housing.The Wolf Administration has lodged a concerted, multi-agency effort to help those in need of food during this pandemic. Many Pennsylvanians who never required food assistance found themselves in need during these unprecedented times. Food pantries, food banks, and organizations across the state sought help to make food available and accessible.Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experienced chronic hunger every day, including about 437,000 children.According to new projections from Feeding America, the pandemic has helped push that number to more than 2 million Pennsylvanians, including nearly 630,000 children.Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks have reported significant increases in the need for food assistance in their communities, with an average 65 percent increase in demand.“We know that emergency feeding efforts are just one part of a comprehensive food security strategy, and proactive, empowering programs such as PCK truly help attack the issue of hunger right at its roots, with results stretching across generations,” First Lady Frances Wolf said. “We are thrilled to celebrate the program’s monumental growth and the possibility that it represents.”Philabundance received $2 million in RACP funds to construct the 19,960 square foot, free-standing facility that includes 10,000 square feet of space for production and a training kitchen – both USDA certified; office and classroom space; locker rooms; ample storage and refrigeration; and flexible community space.As the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, Philabundance plays an essential role in helping Pennsylvanians weather the COVID-19 crisis.“We are still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still trying to keep our case numbers down, still waiting for a vaccine,” Gov. Wolf said. “But in the past several months we have also reopened the commonwealth. We have begun to explore a new way of living life in Pennsylvania.“And so, it is a great pleasure for me and Frances to join in celebrating the grand opening of the Philabundance Community Kitchen’s new facility. PCK is a place that understands new beginnings and second chances.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 22, 2020center_img Gov. Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Join Philabundance for Grand Opening Eventlast_img read more

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Potential-plus with this huge allotment

first_imgThe home offered the potential to create a double holding incomeRochedale is undergoing a transformation.The suburb offers a mix of contemporary dwellings on new allotments, development sites and long-term holdings with the ability to subdivide in the future.The golden ticket is landing a property that will one day be a prime project, but can also create a current holding income to help service the debt.That’s exactly where 6 Gardner Rd, Rochedale slots into the mix.With multiple immediate and future possibilities, this 9182sq m property was always going to be a prized acquisition.The property sold at auction for $2.015 million and provides triple-income potential for its new owners, according to selling agent at Yong Real Estate, Nahi Shahwani.Mr Shahwani said the circa 2000 brick home was in great condition and provided six-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across two levels.It’s a big, functional home with potential to add a dual income.“They have the chance to take two families,” Mr Shahwani says.“Upstairs has three bedrooms — all of them are very big — two bathrooms and a massive lounge.”Mr Shahwani said the second area downstairs could effectively be self-contained.The rental options don’t end there, however, as there’s a 250sq m shed with workshop/storage and office.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“They have a massive shed and they’re currently running a business there,” Mr Shahwani said.Mr Shahwani said the auction was well attended with the property eventually purchased by a Chinese buyer who could see Rochedale’s potential for growth.“We had seven registered bidders. Four of them competed,” he said. “It started at $1 million but it got where the emotion of the buyers came up so it went very quickly climbing to arrive at around $2 million and then slowed.”Mr Shahwani said the eventual buyer had been active in the area and was willing to pay what was needed to acquire the right properties with potential.“They’re still looking for acreage and with an unlimited budget,” he said.Mr Shahwani said these properties were fairly rare so competition was hot and the recent auction had unearthed other cashed-up future developers too.“Not many properties come up around in that area,” he said.“In fact, since I’ve had that property I’ve had a lot of inquiry and we had several interested bidders … the others are still looking in the same area.“The market is very hot particularly — a very desirable area for Chinese buyers.”last_img read more

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Townhomes selling out in record time on the Sunshine Coast

first_imgMedium density living is in demand on the Sunshine Coast as Stockland fast-tracks the release of its latest townhomes.BUYER demand has forced the release of designer townhomes ahead of schedule on the Sunshine Coast.Stockland development manager Matt Patullo said Stockland’s first medium-density venture on the Sunshine Coast was shaping up to be an outstanding success with townhomes in the first two releases already sold out.“Due to the strong demand and following the sellout of Lux and Aquiv, we’ve now launched Essen ahead of schedule and 50 per cent of the project has already sold,” Mr Patullo said.“When you consider that this is now one of the last opportunities to buy a brand new home in Brightwater, it’s no wonder we’re seeing so much enthusiasm for the Mainwaring Collection townhomes.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoEssen in BrightwaterEssen’s is the third stage of Stockland’s Mainwaring Collection in its 1500 home masterplanned community at Brightwater.The townhomes start at $415,000 with two, three and four-bedroom homes on offer.Construction on Essen is on track, with the first residents expected to move in early in 2018. Mr Patullo said the project had appealed to first home buyers, as well as families and downsizers looking for an affordable, low-maintenance lifestyle with everything on their doorstep. “We are experiencing strong interest in the Essen release already, so I’d advise anyone looking to purchase a townhome in the Mainwaring Collection to register your interest now,” he said.Designed by nationally renowned architect John Mainwaring, the two-level townhomes have high ceilings, open plan living, quality inclusions and low-maintenance private courtyards.They also include a community swimming pool and alfresco area for residents.last_img read more

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The sale of this island enclave home within five days has blitzed the local record

first_img5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.It has four living areas, a media room, pool room and a pool. There are high ceilings and timber floors. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Genc said the sale was done in five days, there were two contracts received and a written offer.“I had interest from Melbourne and a local buyer and also a Sydney buyer, who ended up buying it.’’Mr Genc believed the Sydney-based buyer intended to move into the home. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.THE sale of this six-bedroom home has broken the record for Emerald Island on the Gold Coast.The house at 5067 Emerald Island Drive sold for $2.4 million. It was listed though Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The family room opens to an outdoor area with a bar and gas fireplace. 5067 Emerald Island Drive, Emerald Lakes.The home, which was owned by Kate and Lee Hardy who bought it in 2012, has a tropical aquarium which separates the formal living area from the kitchen and dining area.last_img read more

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Sting in Dragon’s tail for Chinese buyers clears path for bargain hunters

first_imgHong Kong based billionaire Tony Fung was not expected to be impacted by the new rules. Picture: Marc McCormackMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoOfficially the real estate restriction was on deals worth more than $US1billion, but The Courier-Mail was told a wider net had already been cast, with Chinese nationals transferring cash here having to sign statements declaring the funds were not for real estate.Agents have reported a flurry of Chinese investors wanted to offload new developments at discounted rates — a boon for locals via reduced prices and less competition. Cash-strapped Chinese buyers who paid 10 per cent deposits on units were willing to back out of deals with as little as a third of their deposit in hand “because 3 per cent (of the 10) is better than nothing”.Brisbane was expected to bear the brunt of any Queensland fallout, especially in new developments. Realestate.com.au data showed the top 10 Queensland suburbs that attracted Chinese attention this year were Carindale, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Hope Island, Calamvale, Sunnybank, Southport, Sunnybank Hills, Cairns and Eight Mile Plains. The Chinese Cabinet has begun a sting on offshore real estate deals and overseas casino funding. Picture: Stewart McLeanBRISBANE real estate deals are collapsing after a new Chinese Government sting on offshore investment.Millions sunk into real estate are at risk, according to experts, but Queensland may have avoided a multibillion-dollar hit from a related Chinese Government ban on casino investments.Property experts believe the situation has created a perfect storm for locals with deals aplenty as Chinese buyers topple on funding. Brisbane was expected to bear the brunt of any Queensland fallout, mostly because of unit deals. Picture: AAP Image/Marc RobertsonThis after China’s State Council documented restrictions on investments in real estate and banned any funding of new casinos over concerns that private firms were carrying too much debt.The $3 billion Queens Wharf casino – whose joint venture partner Chow Tai Fook Enterprises owns China’s biggest jewellery firm – and billionaire Tony Fung’s millions sunk into hotel and casino plans along the Queensland East Coast would both have been in the crosshairs, but their Hong Kong bases appear to have shielded them for now.A spokesman for Mr Fung – who’s in Hong Kong this week – said “to the best of our understanding the new regulations do not apply to Hong Kong, where Tony resides, so will not have any impact on Aquis’ Australian strategy”.center_img Tourists Weihua Chen (23) and Dongwan Wang (22) on Surfers Paradise beach. Busloads of Chinese nationals previously flocked to Queensland on holiday/property trips. Picture by Scott FletcherJust last year, busloads of Chinese buyers were driven around Brisbane to look at potential investments but demand had dropped so sharply those trips have had to be culled, said Harcourts agent Conrad Leisemann.Yong Real Estate agent Tom Zhang, who deals with many Chinese buyers and sellers in Sunnybank, said the moves were a “double threat” for Chinese investors.“Firstly they made it hard to borrow money, so many people said ‘okay we will use cash’, and now the cash has been restricted,” he said. “The Sunnybank outer market has been greatly affected by those changes. It’s good timing for local buyers to buy before the rules are loosened again.” Place Projects director Lachlan Walker said the lending crackdown was heavily felt from late last year, but the new restrictions would pummel Sydney and Melbourne more than Brisbane.“Chinese buyers’ preference has always been Sydney and Melbourne, so it will impact those markets more than Queensland,” he said. “But Chinese investment in residential product gave us our volume. They did underwrite a lot of developments that occurred here and we can’t depend on them now.”REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Queensland had to find an alternative to fill the gap left by Chinese investors.“Queensland needs investors in both residential and commercial property, so our strong hope is that if one investor group starts to contract another will be able to increase to fill the gap.“Queensland is a desirable investment destination and hopefully our strong value proposition will continue to attract local and international investors to our shores.”last_img read more

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African inspired design seals deal for buyers ahead of auction

first_img151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.African baskets, art and tropical plants fill the large spaces.“We needed a lot of wall space because we love showcasing art,” Mrs Planting said. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters was built to showcase art.“That was one of the requirements we gave the architect, that when you opened the front door you would have a long, unobstructed view down the hallway to the water,” Mrs Planting said.While the house is big on space Mrs Planting said it is designed to feel like you’re living in two villas. African baskets feature across the foyer wall. Homeowners Helen and Johan Planting built the six-bedroom house with the help of architect Shane Denman.Commanding the street the house has an extensive use of raw materials including timber, marble and stone.The couple who built their stunning family home five years ago said they bought the block of land and started from scratch.“The design took about six months,” she said.“We didn’t have Pinterest or much online inspiration at the time, it was mostly ideas we pulled from magazines and our travels to South Africa and around the world.“My husband Johan’s family is South African and we used that as inspiration in the design.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.“The water feature separates the back of the home so when you’re in the main bedroom you can look out and feel like you are completely detached from the next room,” she said.“We focused a lot on raw materials like marble and wicker and although I am a big fan of trends we wanted a family home that was modern and elegant but a place you could live in and enjoy comfortably.”center_img The house comes with a slice of South African style“We gave our architect photos from our travels and photos of angles on houses we liked and he was able to use that to design a house that matched our personality.”The mammoth sized front door opens to reveal an African-style and captures a striking riverfront view. 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A JAW-DROPPING South African-inspired mansion has sold before auction. The house at 151 Sir Bruce Small Blvd which featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Real Estate glossy magazine on August 19 sold to a Gold Coast couple last week. Ray White Surfers Paradise agent Sherry Smith negotiated the sale but has not yet revealed the price.last_img read more

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Quattro apartments taking advantage of solid growth in Indooroopilly

first_imgQuattro at IndooroopillyBroad Property Research and Advisory director Paul Broad said Quattro Apartrments were priced exceptionally competitively from $542,500, with an average price per square metre of just $5337 compared to the inner Brisbane average of around $7000 per square metre.“The apartments proposed for Quattro are much larger than typically found in projects that will have strong appeal to the investor market,” Mr Broad said.“In addition, their size, design features, inclusions and convenient location will be very attractive to intending owner-occupiers, particularly downsizers.” Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said the development was only 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre but was in a really quite cul-de-sac giving the best of both worlds.“These apartments are also bigger than the average, a lot of developers haven’t been doing that over the last few years with most apartments 70sq m internally or less, but these are all 95sq m and above with a 20sq m balcony or courtyard and a high level of finish,” he said.Set over five levels, all three-bedroom apartments have two car parks each and Mr Gray said the body corporate fees were quite low with two-bedroom apartments at under $40 per week and three-bedroom under $60 per week. Quattro at IndooroopillyMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoIndooroopilly is a solid suburb to buy in with Mr Broad saying over the last three years the median sale price of apartments in Indooroopilly had increased by an average of 6 per cent per annum.“This is one of the highest growth rates of any of Brisbane’s western suburbs,” he said.PRD Nationwide Project Marketing director Adam Gray said Quattro was built for the owner-occupier and the three courtyard apartments were likely to attract a lot of attention.“Indooroopilly is a blue ribbon suburb, so I’m expecting the bigger two and three-bedroom apartments will appeal to the empty nesters and I think the balance of the property will probably go towards first-home buyers,” Mr Gray said. Quattro at Indooroopilly has officially launched to market offering 17 luxurious two and three-bedroom apartments with rooftop recreation facilities.PERFECT for the empty nester or first-home buyer these 17 ultra-modern apartments are offering a quiet, maintenance free lifestyle within walking distance to a popular retail hub.MacCorp Developers have just released Quattro to the market, just 7km from the Brisbane CBD, 300m from Indooroopilly shopping centre and close to the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Quattro at IndooroopillyMr Gray said he was most impressed with the high quality level of finish on offer with Miele kitchen appliances, stone benchtops and splashbacks, Herringbone feature tiles in the bathrooms, track lighting and 2.6m high ceilings.The rooftop terrace will provide a haven for its residents, offering city views from the elevated timber deck, an open fire pit, grass area and barbecue facilities.last_img read more

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Buyers building at The Orchard

first_imgFirst homebuyer Denni-Elle White. Picture: Shae Beplate.THE first homes are under construction at large-lot estate The Orchard in Jensen.Townsville couple Denni-Elle White and Daniel Baker, along with their three children, are one of the first buyers to start building.Ms White said after much searching they had found their perfect place to call home.“We were searching for a large block where we could build our dream home and not leave the area,” she said.“The most important thing to us was to find a place that had a real community feel, where the kids could play outside and safely ride their bikes in the street.”“From the moment we entered The Orchard, we got an immediate sense of quality with beautiful entry statements and landscaping giving it a real feel of privacy.“We can’t wait to finish our new home and move in.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The popular estate is close to St Anthony’s school, shops and the new Ring Rd extension.It has large, fully-serviced lots designed for family living with room for a pool, shed or topark a boat.Ms White and her family are building with Townsville builder GJ Gardner Homes.Their home will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a media room and study.The open-plan design includes a large outdoor entertaining space and the family have plans to put in a pool and shed.The Orchard is a $43 million large-lot residential development by longstanding local developer Elements NQ in the heart of Townsville’s northern growth corridor.For more information visit www.theorchardnq.com.au or call Penelope Slogrove on 0439 749 700.last_img read more

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