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    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

SRC approves $55 million tax incentive for Gallery mall redevelopment

Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted on Thursday night to approve a tax-increment financing district for the area surrounding the Gallery mall on east Market Street that would save the mall’s owners…

    • NewCourtland campus in Mt. Airy / Bas Slabbers

NewCourtland turns to community for input on EPPI site

The new owners of the sprawling site at 3232 Henry Avenue — the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – don't have a formal plan yet for its transition into a campus…

    • Fillmore unveiling, Ajax, 1000 Frankford Avenue

Fishtown music venue moving forward despite legal appeals

It’s been an up-and-down week for Michael Samschick. On Tuesday night, the developer saw his plans for 200 new apartments on North Delaware Avenue rejected by the Fishtown Neighbors Association by…

    • 27th and Wharton | Google

Neighbors to oppose veterans center on vacant school property at 27th & Wharton

A group of residents living near 27th and Wharton streets in Grays Ferry is planning to attend a hearing in City Hall Friday morning to oppose the sale of a vacant…

    • Edward Corner

Fishtown group rejects two development proposals on Delaware Ave.

The Fishtown Neighbors Association voted on Tuesday night to oppose two development projects proposed for North Delaware Avenue near Penn Treaty Park. Developer Michael Samschick of Core Realty is proposing to…

    • 418-420 Wood Street

Historical Commission approves Wood Street redo; Race St. condos and Chestnut St. designations

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for property owner William Nadu and applicant Logan Dry of Abitare Design Studio to modify a property at 418-420 Wood St., that…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Design committee hears strong support for development at 43rd and Baltimore

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is now supporting the development of an apartment building at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, across the street from Clark Park. Blackwell had previously declined…

    • Lehigh Avenue, Fairhill

Abraham wants to double the tax abatement in underdeveloped neighborhoods

Lynne Abraham says the city could simultaneously encourage growth and protect homeowners if it would double the length of the 10-year property-tax abatement in blighted and underdeveloped neighborhoods outside of Center…

    • Groundbreaking for PCDC & Project Home development at 810 Arch St
Eyes on the Street

Addressing displacement: The business of community development

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation's John Chin and Sarah Yeung make the case for devleopment without displacement in this op-ed. Chinatown and neigborhoods like it, they argue, should welcome private development while…

    • 721 Chestnut Street / Ben Leech

The quest to designate Chestnut Street "commercial architecture"

Update: The Designation Committee recommended approval for all of PAGP's nominations, including the 700 block of Chestnut St parcels; the Carnegie Branch Libraries at 3948-50 Walnut St., 8711 Germantown Ave. and 601 W. Lehigh Ave. 365 Green Lane,…

    • 709 Chestnut | Roseland

Group plans 32-story tower to replace parking lot at 7th and Chestnut

A development partnership involving Parkway Corporation, the parking-garage company run by Joseph and Robert Zuritsky, is planning to replace a surface parking lot at 7th and Chestnut streets with a 32-story…

    • North Marshall Street, East Poplar

Blighted East Poplar block to be built out with 'workforce housing'

A drab block of North Marshall Street in East Poplar could be revitalized with “workforce housing” under a Redevelopment Authority agreement that’s heading to settlement. Under the plan, BMK Properties would…

    • Figure 1: Spatial distribution of threatened affordable units, Philadelphia

Is Philadelphia in danger of losing affordable housing in high quality neighborhoods?

In its recent ‘Equitable Development Policy Platform’, PACDC cites the ‘creation and preservation of quality, affordable home choices in every part of the city’ as one of its major…

    • Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality

Ridge Flats, the innovative and long-awaited residential development planned in East Falls, is apparently moving forward with a stronger financial foundation.  Grasso Holdings, which partnered with the developer Onion Flats, purchased…

    • Tacony's

Advocates seek local funding of Storefront Improvement Program

In neighborhoods across Philadelphia, the Commerce Department administers a small program that helps business owners on commercial corridors make improvements to their storefronts—painting, brickwork, new signs and awnings and other small…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall

Pearl Properties plans demolition for Boyd Theatre auditorium

Demolition notices posted at 19th and Chestnut streets are a sign of development to come: Pearl Properties is moving forward with its plans to build a residential tower at the corner…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

Diaz stumps for inclusionary zoning to expand affordable housing

In a policy statement released Tuesday morning, Nelson Diaz said that if his mayoral campaign is successful he’ll push for a policy of inclusionary zoning that would require 20 percent of…

    • rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface church on Diamond Street
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface and Ruffin Nichols AME churches

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. In the course of one day I spotted two sets of rowhouses that replaced historic churches in Poplar and Norris Square.…

    • Albion Mills, Hagert and Jasper

Developers seek zoning change for mill redevelopment in Kensington

Last month, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a zoning bill that would allow for an abandoned mill building in Kensington to be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space. The property, formerly Albion…

    • Nelson Diaz (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

At HUD, Diaz opinion marked shift in public housing development

By the time Nelson Diaz was appointed general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the early 1990s, the federal government was about ready to give up on…

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