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Demolition permits for collapsed building issued in Feb.

L&I issued two permits, first on Feb. 1 and again on Feb. 5, for the complete demolition of a four-story structure at 2136 Market St.

Demolition permits for collapsed building issued in Feb.

The Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections issued two permits, first on Feb. 1 and again on Feb. 5, for the complete demolition of a four-story structure at 2136 Market Street.

The contractor in charge of the demolition is Plato Marinakos Jr. Marinakos told the Daily News that Campbell Construction was doing the work at the site.

Marinakos, who runs the Plato Studio architectural firm in Philadelphia, lists on his web site 18 years of experience in designing, building and renovating properties.

City records show the building, with an address of 2136-38 Market Street, sits on less than an acre on the south side of Market Street. The building, with 16,616 square feet, was purchased in 1994 for $385,894 and has an assessed market value of $2,592,100.

The owners, according to city records, is STB Investments Corp. of New York City.

UPDATE, 4:40 pm:  L&I spokeswoman Maura Kennedy confirms that Campbell Construction was doing the demolition work, despite her agency listing Marinakos on two permits.

"He’s the expediter," Kennedy said of Marinakos. "He’s the person who pulled the permit. He’s not the contractor."

The links above to the permits don't appear to be working anymore.  Kennedy said L&I did not pull down access to the permits.  Instead, she said the L&I web site is experience a "volume issue."

 Follow our live coverage of the building collapse at 22nd and Market streets on PhillyDailyNews.com

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