September 16, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's appointee to lead the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment resigned Wednesday, three weeks after his home and office were raided by FBI agents investigating the powerful electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty. James Moylan, a South Philadelphia chiropractor and longtime friend of the union chief, made the decision to step down in consultation with the mayor and his administration, mayoral spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said Wednesday. "The Mayor believes Dr. Moylan has done an exemplary job as the chair of the [Zoning Board]
August 27, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney's appointee to lead the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment this week became the latest ally of labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty to fall under federal scrutiny as part of the expanding investigation into the powerful Electricians union. FBI agents served search warrants Tuesday on the Pennsport home and chiropractic office of James Moylan, who has worked as a political consultant for Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in the past, according to sources close to the investigation.
August 19, 2016 |
The Toll Bros. plan for a 16-story condo building on Philadelphia's Jewelers Row has hit a procedural snag that could delay the project by months while it is considered by the city design-advisory board. Zoning review staffers erred in issuing Toll Bros. a zoning permit for the 80-unit project without requiring it to be considered by the city's Civic Design Review Committee, David Perri, commissioner of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said Wednesday. Projects exceeding certain size and other thresholds must go through the Civic Design Review process.
August 11, 2016 |
The owner of the ShopRite supermarket in Cherry Hill's Garden State Pavilion center will appeal the Township Council's vote Monday to allow gas stations in certain business zones, saying the ordinance illegally favors a proposed Costco store, his lawyer said. "We're making many legal objections to this ordinance," Stuart Platt said Tuesday, "but the primary defect is that this is illegal spot zoning" intended solely to favor Costco, a chain of members-only discount stores. Platt represents Steven Ravitz, president of Racetrack Supermarkets L.L.C., which operates the affected ShopRite near the proposed Costco.
July 23, 2016 |
The skies over Philadelphia and surrounding communities will be a "no-drone zone" during next week's Democratic National Convention. The Federal Aviation Administration said that from 2 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. next Friday, the airspace within a 30-nautical-mile radius of the Wells Fargo Center will be off-limits to drones and many other things that fly, including radio-controlled model aircraft, gliders, seaplanes, parachutes, balloons, and banners....
June 19, 2016 |
How should the developer of a luxury apartment complex compensate the city for reneging on an agreement to set aside 25 apartments for low-income Philadelphians? City housing advocates think the only fair solution is for PMC Property Group to pay a penalty to Philadelphia's Housing Trust Fund, to the tune of $5 million, for breaking the agreement, which earned its apartment project a 48-foot height bonus. The developer has other ideas. This week, PMC submitted what is effectively a new zoning application for One Water Street, a 16-story apartment building on the Delaware riverfront, next to the Ben Franklin Bridge.
June 8, 2016
A top Philadelphia zoning official said Monday that tenants will not be allowed to move into a luxurious new Delaware waterfront apartment building unless the developer includes 25 affordable units as promised - or offers a suitable alternative, such as ground-floor retail, public art, or a contribution to the city's Housing Trust Fund. The developer of One Water Street, PMC Property Group, took the Kenney administration by surprise recently when it asked to be released from an inclusionary housing deal that it cut with the city in 2014.
May 27, 2016 |
Zoning officials have approved plans for a 46-unit townhouse development near 20th and Wharton Streets in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood, according to the website of the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections. The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted permits Monday for the project, which a development team including Howard Silverman wants to build at a 38,600-square-foot former industrial site. Some members of the surrounding community had objected to the plan, arguing that the land should be used for a commercial or new industrial purpose that creates jobs.
May 13, 2016 |
Philadelphia's zoning board postponed a vote on developer Bart Blatstein's plan for an apartment and retail complex at Broad Street and Washington Avenue Wednesday after two of the body's five members were absent from the day's scheduled meeting. The Zoning Board of Adjustment had been expected to vote on the proposal at the hearing, two weeks after members heard testimony on the project and delayed their decision pending further discussion among themselves. But with board chairman Jim Moylan and another member absent from the hearing, vice-chair Carol Tinari announced that votes on such "delayed" business would be held next week so the two can be in attendance.
May 7, 2016 |
Philadelphia zoning officials have reversed course on their approval of developer Bart Blatstein's proposal for an apartment tower, shopping complex and parking garage at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. The Zoning Board of Administration reconvened on late Wednesday to vacate a vote taken earlier in the day that granted the project waivers it needed to be built as planned, according to Sharon Suleta, an attorney for the panel. The board canceled the decision after realizing that it had taken action prematurely, having voted eight days earlier to delay its vote on the project by two weeks for further discussion, Suleta said.