"Is a taxpayer-funded nonprofit tied to state rep. getting a secret bailout from the Laborers union?" That's what Philadelphians want to know.
"That's what some Laborers' Local 332 members are asking after the union quietly purchased the Louise Williams Bishop Retail and Commercial Center, a mostly vacant building at 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue. Construction on the shopping center, originally named after the West Philly state representative who obtained public grants for the project, began in 2010, but it was never completed. Today, Little Caesars Pizza is its sole tenant. The building had been owned and operated by the Lancaster Avenue Redevelopment Corporation (LARC), a floundering nonprofit chaired by Anthony Lewis Jr., a member of the city's Board of Revision of Taxes and a regular contributor to Bishop's campaign." -- William Bender, the Philadelphia Daily News