On Wednesday night, as the frantic search for survivors in the 22nd and Market building collapse in Philadelphia
continued, the Department of Licenses & Inspection shut down Center
City gay bar Rosewood, the upscale extension of 13th Street’s popular
Woody’s Bar that opened in April. Rosewood was evacuated around 10 p.m.
and was found to be in violation of building, zoning, electrical, fire
and plumbing codes.
According to L&I records of the Rosewood address, the city issued
a “Major Alteration” permit on May 3rd to Griffin Campbell
Construction, the same contractor doing demolition work on the 22nd and
Market building when it collapsed. The owner of Griffin Campbell reportedly has a criminal record.
Rosewood also used the same “expediter” that was used at 22nd and
Market: local architect Plato Marinakos Jr., whose job it was to
expedite the permitting process.
It’s hard to believe that L&I’s visit to Rosewood was
coincidental. I called L&I spokesperson Maura Kennedy to find out if
L&I has plans to visit all locations with connections to Griffin
Campbell Construction. She said she’d get back to me as soon as more
information becomes available.