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Planning and zoning

Planning and zoning

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2401 Washington AveThe City Planning Commission signed off last week on variances needed to allow this mixed-use apartment/commercial building to rise at 24th Street and Washington Avenue.

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved zoning changes at its February meeting for a parcel of land at 2401 Washington Ave. to allow for the construction of a residential building. This is the first zoning change to allow residential development on the far western end of Washington Avenue, a longtime industrial street lined with warehouses and product showrooms. The site is currently a vacant lot with a couple of noticeable billboards.

The Planning Commission’s Matthew Pickering gave a brief presentation of the project. The building will be five

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An Inquirer editorial asks Council President Darrell Clarke, "What part of 'strong mayor government' do you not understand?"; apparently, Realtor-developer Ori Feibush's campaign was merely a harbinger of things to come; the tortured path to restoration of the Divine Lorraine Hotel is no longer developer Eric Blumenfeld's only headache; and since we were talking about the strong rental market this morning, let's take a look at what $1,200 a month gets you in various parts of town right now:

Control over what's built (The Philadelphia Inquirer| 
South Philly real estate agent running for at-large Council seat (Newsworks|WHYY) 
Church sues developer over Metropolitan Opera House on Broad St. (Philadelphia Daily News|

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Roland Kassis delivering presentation to FNADeveloper Roland Kassis walks Fishtowners through his proposed hotel/shared office/restaurant/club/event space complex on Frankford Avenue at last night's Fishtown Neighbors Association meeting.

That 19th-century former light industrial building with the Shepard Fairey mural just up from Frankford Hall on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown moved one step closer to getting a new lease on life when the Fishtown Neighbors Association voted overwhelmingly last night to support developer Roland Kassis' request for variances needed to turn it and two adjacent parcels into a boutique hotel and co-working facility.

But first, before the lopsided vote to support the project, Fishtowners peppered Kassis with questions about the proposal and vented their

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Rendering of proposed hotel
Rendering of proposed hotel at 17th and Chancellor streets. Judging from the news release, the Hudson name is out of the picture now.

The Center City Residents Association's board of directors voted Feb. 10 not to oppose a bill before City Council that would rezone the lot at the southeast corner of 17th and Chancellor streets in Rittenhouse Square to allow the construction of a 12-story boutique hotel on the site.

The hotel's developer, Chancellor Hotel Associates LP, announced the vote in a news release yesterday.

“We’ve been working closely with the Center City Residents’ Association and the area’s neighbors to ensure that the project enhances the experience of everyone who lives in or visits the neighborhood,” Carol Horne Penn, project

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One of AC's casino success stories gets the go-ahead to plow money into upgrades, and its CEO talks about what the city's casinos need to do to remain competitive; Commonwealth Court hears arguments in the lawsuit neighbors of the John Levy House have filed to stop the University of Pennsylvania from demolishing it; Carl Dranoff gets ready to move on the Royal Theater redevelopment; and what do the mayoral contests in the Windy City and the City of Brotherly Love have in common? Lots, it turns out:

Tropicana casino CEO talks $35M renovation and keys to success in today's Atlantic City (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Philly residents challenge Penn's 40th and Pine development (The Daily Pennsylvanian) 
Dranoff set to take next step in Royal Theater

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Rendering of Colorado/Bouvier projectArchitect's rendering of the new affordable homes to be built on Colorado and Bouvier streets in Newbold

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Zoning Board of Adjustment approved variances for 15 affordable rowhomes along Colorado and Bouvier streets in Newbold/Point Breeze at a hearing on Jan. 28.  The Redevelopment Authority partnered with Innova Redevelopment to build the homes on the properties, which are all empty lots right now, and Plumbob, Onion Flats' architectural arm, to design the homes.  The homes will be in the vicinity of Reed, Dickinson, 17th and 18th streets in South Philadelphia.  The development has the support of the Newbold Neighbors Association, the local registered community organization for the site.

Attorney Jared Klein detailed the

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Proposed LOVE Park redevelopment
The proposed site plan and underground cross-sections for the LOVE Park reconstruction.

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Department of Parks and Recreation and Penn Praxis held a meeting on January 20 at the Central Library, to discuss, and receive public input about, the redevelopment of JFK Plaza/LOVE Park. This was a followup to a meeting the two groups held at the library in December; the purpose of this meeting was to detail the design process and receive further public input.

The city sold the parking garage underneath the park last year to Chicago-based InterPark but retains ownership of the park on top.  InterPark plans to rebuild the deteriorating parking garage and the Department of Parks and Recreation will rebuild LOVE Park as a result.  The

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After nearly 200 years in New York, the American Bible Society and its 200 employees are decamping for a place where they can live on a nonprofit's salary structure; the long-awaited rebuild of City Hall station will get under way next year, SEPTA officials say—but it will take a while for the agency to finish the job; since we show you so many Modernist high-end homes on this site, we figured it was time to give equal time to those who love a less austere style; it took three years and $800,000 in price cuts, but a Villanova mansion designed by a Clothier finally found a buyer who thinks it fits; and we close today with an extra—a call for Little Pete's defenders to rally 'round the restaurant tonight at the CCRA zoning meeting:

American Bible Society

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Looking for Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's campaign website? You won't find it where you might expect it; Post Brothers buys parking spaces for its 260 South Broad apartment conversion; an outdated zoning map thwarts a mixed-use project the ZBA approved on Washington Avenue; and now that we've all awakened to discover that huge snowstorm was a bust, Curbed Philly offers us glimpses of real monster snowstorms in Philly:

Phila. councilman's name hijacked by rival (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
Center City parking garage where Spruce Foods is located sells for $7.2m (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Sixteen Oh None Washington (Naked Philly)
Linkage: Here Are Some Photos of Real Snowstorms in Philly (Curbed Philly)

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2113-15 E York St as of Jan. 24, 20152113-15 E. York St. as of Jan. 24, with the first signs of alteration work visible along with a liquor license application.

By Matty Stringer

Work seems to have finally commenced on a construction project at 2113-15 E. York St. in East Kensington, which the East Kensington Neighborhood Association approved in November 2013. The project, which will convert the vacant building into a restaurant, was granted a use variance by the Zoning Board of Adjustment last February.

A sit-down restaurant with a liquor license will occupy the building, which had housed a vehicle and repair shop that stopped operating in 2009. Plans for the restaurant call for a cheese-focused wine bar, according to the minutes from the EKNA. That might have changed with the

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