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.
May 5, 2016 |
Zoning officials Wednesday approved developer Bart Blatstein's proposal for an apartment tower and outdoor shopping mall atop parking and larger-format stores at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to grant the project the waivers it needed to be built as planned, said Steve Cobb, chief of staff for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in whose district the site is located. The zoning board had said it would delay its vote for two weeks after an April 26 hearing at which neighbors voiced their objections to the proposal, which Johnson also opposed.
April 21, 2016 |
A community group has endorsed plans for a 178-unit apartment project with 20,000 feet of street-level retail at the current site of the Woods Bros. lumber yard in East Kensington. The East Kensington Neighbors Association voted 61-to-33 at a meeting last week in favor of the so-called Woods Square project at 2621 Frankford Ave., the group's zoning chair, John Theobald, said. Developer Michael Vegh's plans for the two-acre site show three five-floor residential structures rising over a green roof atop a single-story podium of shops and parking.
April 17, 2016 |
Joseph Neff Ewing Jr., 90, of Newtown Square, an attorney in Philadelphia and a Willistown Township leader for 22 years, died Friday, April 8, at home after a three-year battle with leukemia. The son of Joseph Neff and Anne Ashton Ewing, he was born in Valley Forge. He was a graduate of Haverford School, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Ewing served in the Marine Corps at the end of World War II in Okinawa, Japan. In 1951, he married Margaret Converse Howe, and they had three daughters.
April 16, 2016 |
City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed legislation Thursday for zoning changes to the northwest corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue to permit the construction of the residential and retail project known as Lincoln Square. One of the bills shifts the 3.4-acre corner parcel's zoning from industrial to commercial-and-mixed use, while another tweaks the area's land-use bylaws to allow greater ground coverage by structures, along with other changes, Johnson chief-of-staff Steve Cobb said.
April 1, 2016 |
Center City restaurant, cafe and live-music venue Milkboy has a new landlord: Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The health-care network purchased the 1100 Chestnut St. building occupied by the popular spot last week for $2.1 million, according to Tom Lussenhop, president of Philadelphia developer U3 Ventures, which sold the property. A U3 affiliate bought the two-story, 3,330-square-foot building in 2007 for $2 million, according to records filed with the city. Jefferson spokeswoman Jacqueline Kozloski did not immediately respond to a message asking about its plans for the property.