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    • City Hall, 2017 | Ken Van Pelt, EOTS Flickr Group

Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development

In a reorganization this week, most of Philadelphia’s distinct housing, development, and planning agencies have been officially united under a single Department of Planning and Development. The department will be divided…

    • Rendering of Wolff Court courtesy of Harman Deutsch Architecture

Short Civic Design Review meeting hints at cooling large development market

July’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting proved one of the shortest in the history of the five-year-old process. With only one item on the agenda, an inoffensive mid-rise apartment building in…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Inquirer building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Council renegotiates financing and project diversity goals for new police headquarters

City Hall is a whirlwind of activity as City Council nears its summer recess, which begins after next week’s session. Amid furious last-minute negotiations about the Kenney administration’s Rebuild initiative, substantial…

    • 1911 Walnut - Sansom Street rendering | Southern Land Company, June 2017

1911 Walnut tower plans updated as project nears final legislative approval

The Southern Land Company’s final plan for the development at 1911 Walnut Street came into clear focus at Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The project will fill in…

    • Liberty Title and Trust building renovations, June 2017

Activists question public subsidies used for North Broad hotel project

Last year Realen Properties and HRI Properties, which specializes in the renovation of historic properties, announced it would be converting the historic Liberty Title and Trust building into a 179-room Starwood…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Waterfront advocates push back on Squilla's plan to increase height limit for Central Delaware development

The Delaware Waterfront has seen more than its share of beautifully rendered glassy towers with sweeping waterfront views, and heard many promises of thousands of new residents. Back in 2007 PlanPhilly…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

View from the top: Two new luxury buildings welcome the wealthy – and why that matters for the rest of us

Tom Scannapieco is standing in the penthouse suite of 500 Walnut, his latest addition to the tippy-top of Philadelphia’s real estate market. The building is still under construction and the walls…

    • Large steel beams and exposed brick wall from the original structure are visible in the Fillmore's main lobby. (Bastiaan Slabbers for PlanPhilly)

Fillmore Philadelphia finds preservation and economic development working in concert

Among the projects to be honored this week by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a renovation that hits all the right chords: it preserved a 124-year-old building that speaks…

    • Municipal Services Building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should Philadelphia have a Community Reinvestment Commission?

On Tuesday voters will decide whether they like the sound of amending the city’s charter to create the Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission. This new commission is the brainchild of City Council…

    • PlanPhilly tour w/ NKCDC enters Orinoka site April 2017

Site Visit: Orinoka Civic House and walking tour with NKCDC

Last Friday, PlanPhilly readers got a first look at the nearly complete Orinoka Civic House, the mixed-use, affordable housing development and soon-to-be home for New Kensington CDC (NKCDC). Orinoka Civic…

    • Rendering of Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, SaylorGregg. | May 2017 Art Commission

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center gets initial blessing from Art Commission

Independence Mall is beset by monstrously large buildings that offer no succor to tourists or to human beings of any description. Come for the Liberty Bell stay for, well, maybe the…

    • Royal Theater redevelopment: view from South Street | May 2017 Civic Design Review, JKRP

Royal Theater’s replacement passes design review

May’s Civic Design Review (CDR) was all sweetness and light, with both a new multi-family development on City Avenue and the redevelopment of the Royal Theater winning quick support from the…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

Council advances bill aimed at unblocking sidewalks

On Friday, Philadelphia City Council’s streets committee advanced a bill to address a frustration for Philadelphians: sidewalks shut down by nearby construction. Blocked sidewalks are one of those “good problems” for…

    • RCO Map detail

Council still reworking rules for community orgs in development process

Friday’s Rules Committee hearing centered on two bills related to Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), neighborhood groups that are deeply embedded in Philadelphia’s development process. RCOs are geographically-specific organizations, created as part…

    • 6200 Osage Avenue | Will Herzog

Developers picked to rebuild at MOVE site face wary neighbors at project kickoff

Thirty-two years ago, the City of Philadelphia bombed itself. When it rebuilt the 6200 blocks of Osage and Pine, the developer hired to fix the mess used shoddy materials, and went…

    • Visionaries Roundtable (l to r): Bryan Hanes, Inga Saffron, David De Long, Richard Snowden |  Marcos Salganicoff, Courtesy of Chestnut Hill Conservancy & Historical Society

Chestnut Hill roundtable looks to the past to plan for the future

For an evening focused on preserving historic buildings and protecting the landscape, there was a whole lot of talk about accepting development and preparing for change. But that was the point.…

    • Society Hill Acme

Council exempts Society Hill from green roof and grocery zoning bonuses

On Thursday, City Council passed a bill exempting Society Hill from the density bonuses offered in exchange for buildings that include fresh food markets and green roofs, under the zoning code’s…

    • Tulip and Westmorland | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Parking and affordable housing dominate Department of Planning and Development budget hearing

At City Council’s hearings on the capital budget two perennial issues dominated the debate: parking and affordable housing. The subject of the day included funding for the nascent Department of Planning…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilwoman Parker wants developers to provide more project information

At Thursday’s City Council session, Ninth District Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would require some developers to post a “Project Information Form” about their projects on a city website, as…

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