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    • Peter Kelsen and developer Richard Soloff displayed renderings of the proposed Bottom Dollar Food store.

ZBA approves plans for supermarket at Chew and Washington

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Plans for a Bottom Dollar Food store on Washington Lane are moving forward with zoning board approval. As expected, the board voted Wednesday to approve…

    • Logan CDC launches the first parklet outside of University City District

Logan CDC launches the first parklet outside of University City District

The term parklet – a small park created in former parallel parking spaces – is relatively new to Philadelphia, especially Philadelphia’s low-income, less commercial neighborhoods. This week the Logan CDC and…

    • Along the creek in Lawncrest | Flickr user Chambo25 | Creative Commons
Eyes on the Street

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed turning green with infrastructure

Thanks to a $58,000 EPA grant, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will help implement 10 new green infrastructure projects to the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed aimed at improving water quality, controlling stormwater, and…

    • As Philadelphia overhauls its zoning process, neighborhood groups could lose influence over what gets built nearby

Northwest civics preparing for new community zoning review, CHCA will testify at Tuesday hearing

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Representatives of at least one Northwest civic group are planning to appear at a city Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, for a discussion of the community…

    • Chelten Plaza seeks ZBA approval for signage

Chelten Plaza seeks ZBA approval for signage

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksThe Chelten Plaza shopping center that dominated much community discussion in Germantown last year is coming before the city again, this time for approvals on…

    • Kemble Avenue at-risk housing proposal nixed

Kemble Avenue at-risk housing proposal nixed

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyResources for Human Development has pulled out of a controversial plan to create supervised housing for two at-risk groups at the Kemble Park Apartments, NewsWorks…

    • Commissioner Carol Rice and PaRC Star Clarence Savage

Parks and Rec takes roadshow to West Oak Lane

Wednesday night, in a continuing effort to bring its show on the road to different city neighborhoods, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission arrived at the Simons Recreation Center in West…

    • Northwest Philadelphia development stories to watch in 2012

Northwest Philadelphia development stories to watch in 2012

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn Northwest Philly's neighborhoods last year, you didn't have to shop around very far to find tasty stories about land use and development. Last week,…

Friends of the Oak Lane Library announce three free architecture lectures

The Friends of the Oak Lane Library will be sponsoring a series of FREE LECTURES on East Oak Lane Architecture. The Lectures will be held in the Korean United Church of…

    • Top 5 Northwest Philadelphia development stories of 2011 -- No. 4

Top 5 Northwest Philadelphia development stories of 2011 -- No. 4

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn Northwest Philly's neighborhoods this year, you didn't have to shop around very far to find tasty stories about land use and development. And some…

Architectural Walking Tours

The Center for Architecture is pleased to partner with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to bring you more walking tours of Philadelphia and its architecture. Preservation Alliance tours focus mainly…

    • More than 700 people attended the Philadelphia Housing Authority's property auction on Nov. 16.

Center City: Housing Authority makes money on auction

By Christine FisherFor PlanPhilly This article was created in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple University's capstone multimedia journalism class. The Philadelphia Housing Authority brought in $7 million this week…

    • West Oak Lane Charter School now offers all its education under one roof

West Oak Lane Charter School now offers all its education under one roof

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhilly After years of going to classes spread across three buildings in a shopping center, the West Oak Lane Charter School is celebrating a homecoming as…

    • The tallest part of the complex would house retail stores and condos and the area with a green top is the Fresh Market

Rezoning bills introduced for Bowman's Magarity project

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyTime could be running out for the Chestnut Hill Community Association to have a meaningful say in the major development proposed for old Magarity dealership…

    • Philly Council calls for restoration of six neighborhood zoning overlays

Philly Council calls for restoration of six neighborhood zoning overlays

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhilly It looks like several neighborhoods, including East Falls and Germantown, will get to keep their zoning overlays -- for now. As City Council and the…

    • Tioga Arms, Gaudenzia housing development on West Tioga Street (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Neighbors still oppose Gaudenzia House development

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyGaudenzia Inc., the drug rehabilitation services company, is moving ahead with renovations to the blighted Shelton Court apartment building on North Broad Street. They intend…

    • Expansion project continues at West Oak Lane Charter School

Expansion project continues at West Oak Lane Charter School

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyOn first visit, the office of Dr. Debbera Peoples-Lee seems a bit generously sized. Then she explains it's actually a classroom. The office of the…

    • Youth Study Center on Henry Avenue will likely stick around for another two years, but community wants a say in what's next

Youth Study Center plan raises questions about site's next purpose

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyWith a plan underway for the Youth Study Center to remain in East Falls another two years, neighbors are now looking for guarantees about what…

    • An artist rendering of Green Woods Charter School at Greylock Manor in Chestnut Hill. (Photo from Green Woods Charter School)

Proposal for Green Woods' relocation to Greylock denied

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn a unanimous vote late last week, the Chestnut Hill Historical Society's Easement Committee denied proposed amendments to historic preservation easements on the Greylock Manor…

    • City Councilwoman Marian Tasco talks about a years-long effort to close Club Jaguar, at 2504 W. Cheltenham Ave. (Amy Z. Quinn)

West Oak Lane hopes to become new gateway to Northwest Philadelphia

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn the sprawling, moving jigsaw puzzle that is the upper Ogontz Avenue area, where the city meets Montgomery County, 2504 W. Cheltenham Ave. is a…

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