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May 10, 1987 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The Swarthmore Borough Planning Commission has recommended that Borough Council approve the Thatcher Park preschool playground committee's plan to enclose the park with a fence. The commission made the recommendation Wednesday evening. The Borough Council on Monday night refused to ask the Zoning Hearing Board for a variance to allow the fence to be placed at the edge of the park, which is owned by the borough, but instead told the playground committee to obtain the Planning Commission's opinion.
LIVING
November 18, 2005 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One vase was molded out of soil and wax, one looked like a bag made of clear vinyl, and another, made of wood, was designed to warp when water was poured in. And there were vases fashioned from pipe fittings, tree roots, recycled concrete, and florist's foam. But when the winners of Collab's annual student design competition were announced at the Art Museum on Monday, the top prize went to a vase made out of ice. Instead of a typical container, Brett Duncan's "Ice Bloom impermanent vase" featured flowers frozen right into its surface.
NEWS
May 8, 1988 | By David T. Shaw, Special to The Inquirer
Pocopson Township's Zoning Hearing Board has approved a zoning variance that will allow a Lenape Road resident to build an addition that will come closer to the side-yard property line than allowed by township ordinance. At a hearing Tuesday, the zoning board granted the variance to Anthony J. and Marguerite L. Musacchio, who want to build a two-story addition consisting of a two-car garage and eat-in kitchen. Pocopson requires at least 20 feet between a house and side property lines; Musacchio's addition will be 16 feet from the property line.
NEWS
December 6, 1987 | By Paul Davies, Special to The Inquirer
A Newlin man has been granted a variance that clears the way for him for the sale and development of part of his property off Glen Hall and Beagle Roads. Resident Clarence S. Miller wants to sell 13.9 acres of his Glen Hall Road property to Alan Thomas of East Bradford. At the Zoning Hearing Board meeting Wednesday night, Thomas said he planned to build a house and move his family to the property. Miller plans to continue living on the remaining 31.9 acres. A variance was needed because a 1986 ordinance requires a 100-foot frontage on the road, and the property now has only a a 35-foot frontage.
NEWS
May 4, 1989 | By Charles Pukanecz, Special to The Inquirer
The Morrisville Borough Zoning Board has granted a variance allowing a car repossession and processing business to operate in an existing vacant building on Harrison Street. The business, to be owned by David Hermes of Levittown, will process about 40 repossessed cars a month, bringing the cars to the facility to repair locks and clean cars when needed, Hermes said. The cars would then be shipped to other locations to be sold. Hermes needed a variance because there is only room on the lot for seven parking spaces.
NEWS
November 9, 1986 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
The Whitemarsh Township Zoning Hearing Board has denied variance requests for two commercial developments and granted requests for two others. During a lengthy meeting Wednesday night, the board voted 4-0 to deny the request of the Seltzer Development Corp. to build an office-warehouse on the southeast corner of Butler Pike and Campus Drive. The 8.4-acre site is one of 16 lots in the Whitemarsh Industrial Campus. The land slopes 10 percent, and construction of the 70,000-square-foot building would have required a variance from the township's steep-slope ordinance.
NEWS
November 15, 1987 | By John Ward, Special to The Inquirer
A Downingtown couple has won approval to build a carport next to their home at the southeast corner of Washington and Whiteland Avenues. Paul and Victoria Zelesnick, who have lived in the home for nine years, want to add a 27-by-15-foot wooden carport on the east side of the house to cover the driveway and prevent rain from leaking into the basement. However, the carport would extend to within one or two feet of their property line, and the Downingtown zoning code requires that carports be three feet or more from property lines.
NEWS
June 16, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Special to The Inquirer
Exxon Corp.'s plan for modernizing a 56-year-old service station at Montgomery and Haverford Avenues has been turned down. The Narberth Zoning Hearing Board Thursday rejected Exxon's request for a zoning variance. The variance would have enabled Exxon to build on the lot even though it was about 1,000 feet short of the borough's required 15,000- square-foot lot minimum for gasoline stations. Attorney John M. Phelan, who represented Exxon at its April 30 hearing before the zoning board, was unavailable for comment.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By Ray Doyle, Special to The Inquirer
The West Pikeland Zoning Hearing Board has denied a variance to Thomas Hughes of Wayne, who wanted to install a driveway steeper than required under the township zoning ordinance. He was seeking permission to have a 12 percent grade for 75 feet in a driveway leading to a house being built on Route 113 near Route 401. At a meeting Tuesday night, Hughes told the board that his contractor hit rock when digging for the driveway. Hughes wanted a variance from the requirement of a 10 percent grade.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The East Torresdale Civic Association will oppose a zoning variance application for a single-family housing development proposed for the northeast corner of State Road and Grant Avenue, an attorney for the association said Tuesday. Members decided Monday night, in a closed session after their regular monthly public meeting, to oppose the plan by developer George Pappas, said Richelle Hittinger, the attorney. Pappas' plan first was presented to the civic association in March, she said.
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June 16, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has withdrawn a proposed regulation that would allow planning staff to offer steep-slope variances without a hearing. The regulations would have allowed staff to grant exemptions to changes in existing structures on steep slopes, replacement of structures lost to fire or other natural disasters, installation of public roads, or anything that would "benefit the public," such as parks and trails. Civic associations and nonprofit preservation groups, mostly from the city's hilly Northwest section, came out in strong opposition at a hearing on the matter last week.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Philadelphians living in some of the hillier parts of town are pushing back on a city Planning Commission proposal to make it easier to build decks, driveways, and homes on steep slopes. Since implementation of the new zoning code in 2012, any development on land with more than a 25 percent slope (mostly in the Northwest part of the city) must get a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The planning board staff wants the discretion to exempt many steep-slope projects from the agency's permit review process.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A groundbreaking - but very expensive - new drug that cures many people with hepatitis C caused rapid and widespread increases in Medicaid spending in 2014, but with substantial variation across states, two doctors reported in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Sofosbuvir, which has the brand-name Sovaldi and is made by Gilead Sciences, changed the standard of care for hepatitis C, which can destroy the liver and cause death if not properly treated. The 12-week course of treatment had a list price of $84,000.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL The suitability of a luxury apartment complex for a site near a busy Cherry Hill intersection remained the dividing line between attorneys at a Superior Court hearing Monday. The case underscores development tensions in one of the most heavily built-up municipalities in the state, and tests whether zoning can be changed if a project is deemed to promote the public welfare. The Cherry Hill zoning board in September 2012 granted use and height variances sought by Buckingham Partners of Cherry Hill for the residential complex.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE SLEEK, six-story apartment building that soon will replace the old Third Regiment Armory in South Philly will have some environmentally friendly additions. The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week granted a variance that will allow for a 10,000-square-foot green roof atop the building, on Broad Street near Wharton, said Vincent Mancini of Landmark Architectural Design, which crafted the eye-catching vision of the new apartments. The board also approved permeable paving for the parking area, which will have 52 spaces.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal due to be considered by the Cherry Hill Planning Board on Tuesday night that would have eliminated the public's right to appeal major zoning variances to the Township Council was pulled from the agenda even as residents prepared to speak against it. Township officials said they withdrew the proposed change, which drew protests from residents opposed to a 152-unit apartment complex planned at the former Haddonfield Lumber site at Brace...
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Environmentalists see a fight looming in City Council over a bit of business left over from last year's zoning code reform - a bill that would determine how close something can be built to the city's rivers and streams. Legislation introduced in September would create a 50-foot buffer, or "setback," around those bodies of water - less than the 100 feet environmental advocates preferred, but a number they saw as a compromise with builders. Now environmentalists fear Council will try to reduce the setback on the city's streams - basically, everything except the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers - to 25 feet, a distance they say could harm already polluted waterways.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Common Pleas Court judge has overturned a zoning variance that would have allowed a controversial "day reporting center" for ex-offenders in Southwest Philadelphia. The project was the city's first proposed reentry facility, part of a Nutter administration strategy to reduce the prison population and provide services to nonviolent offenders. The administration envisioned 10 such centers around the city, offering job training, drug testing, counseling, and temporary housing.
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