Fishtowners to vote on proposed Richmond Street entertainment venue Tuesday

Fishtown residents and business owners will next week have their say on whether a live music/entertainment venue proposed for Richmond Street that could hold between 2,500 and 3,500 people and have a 650-car parking lot should come to the neighborhood.

The Fishtown Neighbors Association will hold a community meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave.,  at 7 p.m. Tuesday. What residents will actually be voting on is whether or not they support an ordinance proposed by First District Councilman Frank DiCicco that would grant a zoning change needed to build the venue at 2055 Richmond Street.  A representative from DiCicco's office and the developer, David Grasso of Grasso holdings, will attend the meeting.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, but to be eligible to vote, bring a driver's license or photo ID and a lease, utility bill or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business in Fishtown.

The results of the vote will be forwarded to City Council, which cannot act on the legislation until they are back in session next month.

-Posted by Kellie Patrick Gates.

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Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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