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Site of deadly building collapse in Philadelphia to be preserved as park

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Published On: Mar 20 2014 01:03:28 PM CDT
Philadelphia building collapse

Dwayne Parker/69 News

PHILADELPHIA -

The site of a building collapse that killed six people in Philadelphia will be turned into a memorial park.

Mayor Michael Nutter said the Salvation Army is donating the corner lot for the project.

City Treasurer Nancy Winkler has led the drive to build a park to honor the victims, including her 24-year-old daughter, Anne Bryan.

Two demolition contractors are charged with murder in the June 5 deaths inside a Salvation Army thrift store. More than a dozen others were injured.

Prosecutors said the contractors were skirting safety rules when they demolished a building next door, leading a huge brick wall to collapse on the thrift store.

Organizers said they hope to raise funds for the park in time for the anniversary in June.