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    • Reed Estates: looking east on Reed | JKRP Architects, January '17 CDR

Mixed design review for projects in Brewerytown, Pennsport, Roxborough, South Kensington, and Logan Square

January’s Civic Design Review kicked off 2017 with a bang. During the course of the almost three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the experts on the panel tried to shame a developer into building a…

    • reading viaduct city branch

Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

    • St. Mary of the Assumption, Manayunk, 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks (file)

Redevelopment approach to St. Mary's site frustrates Manayunk neighbors

In a community as dense as Manayunk, any development proposal that will bring more housing units and fewer parking spaces faces a tough fight from longtime residents who feel the neighborhood…

    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Walnut Street, Philadelphia Photos

Center City report finds $1 billion in retail demand

Just in time for the holidays, the Center City District (CCD) released a 24-page glossy report on the state of retail its purview, finding downtown Philadelphia blossoming as a “24-hour downtown”…

    • 6200 block of Osage Avenue, November 2016 | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

Acknowledging MOVE bombing’s enduring trauma, city wants to rebuild again

Philadelphia has the distinction of being one of the only cities in history to have bombed itself.  On May 13, 1985, the police dropped a satchel of explosives of 6221 Osage…

    • St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

    • Germantown YWCA, May 2016

Mixed-use development announced for vacant Germantown Y

After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Germantown YWCA is now a small step away from becoming a mixed-used development.   The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) announced Thursday that its Board of…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Historical Commission kicks designation review for Jewelers' Row properties down the road 90 days

On Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Historical Commission decided to wait on the nomination for two Jewelers’ Row buildings to become historic because of demolition permits were issued for the properties the…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Demolition permits issued for Jewelers' Row buildings

On Wednesday afternoon the Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I) issued the demolition permits to raze buildings on Jewelers Row. The move comes in advance of a Thursday morning Historical Commission…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing, Jewelers' Row, Sept. 28, 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Zoning Board hears arguments over Jewelers' Row permits, continues hearing to next week

A Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) meeting ended in acrimony on Wednesday afternoon, as the body decided to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Support for preservation-minded solutions at Jewelers' Row

It’s hard to imagine there is an RCO in Philadelphia with more architects among its membership than the Washington Square West Civic Association. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the community group’s…

    • 2010 Wharton Zoning Hearing

What should Philly expect in a new Zoning Board chair?

During the 2015 mayoral race Jim Kenney expressed a desire to professionalize the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and ensure that it operated in a fair and “speedier” fashion. In almost…

    • St. Laurentius zoning meeting vote, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Fishtowners feud at community meeting over St. Laurentius reuse proposal

On Tuesday night the Fishtown Neighbors Association held a zoning meeting and nonbinding vote on the future of St. Laurentius church. Developer Leo Voloshin stood before the massive crowd and defended…

    • Bridgeview, interior courtyard parking | JKR Partners

Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

    • St. Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown

As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires less alterations of the building. Community ContributorFishtown native,…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Council supports Keystone Opportunity Zone expansions, called for greater transparency

Over the past week a bill to designate more than 80 properties as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones raced through City Council. Introduced last Thursday by City Council president Darrell Clarke and…

    • 54xx Block of Germantown Ave - Proposed Zoning (Sept. 2016)

Rezoning proposed in Germantown for Cunningham Piano showroom reuse

At a Tuesday night meeting, dozens of community members greeted developer Ken Weinstein’s latest proposal for Germantown Avenue with appreciation and a dash of suspicion. Philly Office Retail’s designs for the…

    • Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Co., 3rd and Arch Streets

Office conversion of Corn Exchange / Real World house in Old City edging forward

To a certain generation, the former bank at the corner of Arch and North 3rd streets is MTV’s Real World house. More recently it was an event space, but now plans…

    • Jewelers Row

Frustration, opposition from Jewelers’ Row at community meeting on Toll Bros. plan

On a good day, the Washington Square West Civic Association’s zoning meetings attract a crowd that just barely breaks into the double digits. Sometimes the zoning committee outnumbers the attendees.…

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