Hearing continued on variances for center

Posted: April 19, 2013

The Philadelphia zoning board will continue a hearing on whether to grant variances for an entertainment hub in Fishtown after three residents who live a block from the old Ajax Metal Co. building raised objections.

"The uses are inappropriate," said attorney Paul Boni, who represents the Allen Street neighbors. Boni on Wednesday said Penn Treaty Village would require 10 variances, including relief from the North Delaware Avenue zoning overlay that prohibits nightclubs. No new date was set for a follow-up hearing, but Boni said it should occur within the next month.

Developer Michael Samschick wants to turn the empty factory in the 1000 block of Frankford Avenue into an anchor for a music and dining complex covering many blocks. The project is located across Delaware Avenue from SugarHouse Casino. The Ajax building would include a 3,000-seat Fillmore Theater, operated by Live Nation; a Revolutions bowling alley with 20 to 24 lanes and a sports bar; a small "artisan" distillery and tasting room; another restaurant; shops; and offices. - Jennifer Lin

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