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    • Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan

Opinions abound over development scheme for Manayunk's Lower Main Street

A 73-apartment development proposed for Manayunk's lower Main Street is pitting some community members' and city planners' hopes for a livelier streetscape against what others say is the present and future…

    • pcpc civic design review

Civic Design Review wraps up 3600 Civic Center Blvd. and 1900 Arch St.

In the videos below (produced by Ryan Shaw), the Civic Design Review Committee discusses two projects, a Penn Medicine development at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard, and the expansion of an apartment…

    • Councilman Henon points to Fish & Boat parcel

With Dietz & Watson transaction, city looks to kickstart reindustrialization

Early last September, an 11-alarm fire destroyed a 300,000-square-foot meat-packing plant in Delanco, New Jersey, owned by Dietz & Watson, a 75-year-old company headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia. Firefighters fought the blaze…

    • 606-608 S 8th Street, completed in 2014
Eyes on the Street

Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live in. Zoning is where planning gets personal. For me that’s…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • University City High School

Deal still in the works after committee approves rezoning of University City High

UPDATE: Check out video from Planning Commission meeting Tuesday below City Council’s Committee on Rules recommended approval of a bill Monday afternoon that would rezone the 14-acre property that houses the…

    • university city high

Hurried negotiations over redevelopment of University City High

Negotiations continued over the weekend between representatives of Drexel University and a number of community organizations regarding the zoning of the former University City High School property, which sits on a…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Remapping is what's happening: Committee approves a slate of zoning changes

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has been working for more than three years on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood remapping process that’s intended to update the city’s zoning maps to reflect the types of…

    • Site of proposed Healing Way methadone clinic in Holmesburg - Google

License issued for Frankford Avenue methadone clinic in Holmesburg

The state has issued a license that will allow The Healing Way to open and operate a methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, Councilman Bobby Henon's office said Friday afternoon. …

    • Lower North plan zoning recomendations, west of Broad

Lower North Plan recommends gentrification impact study, speedier transit, protection of single-family blocks

The image above, taken from the Lower North PCPC presentation, shows proposed changes west of Broad Street. See more maps and other images within the full presentation, included beneath this article.…

    • Proposed development at 2012-2020 Wharton Street, rendering from JKR Partners

Major market-rate housing proposal concerns residents of Point Breeze

The future of Philadelphia is being negotiated in Point Breeze. On Tuesday, tensions were reportedly high in the South Philadelphia neighborhood, where voters were deciding the outcomes of dozens of contested…

    • Rendering of proposed River Walk project, 23rd and Arch streets | NP International

Bills would allow new mixed-use development on Schuylkill waterfront in Center City

A proposal is in place to adjust the zoning regulations for two properties at 23rd and Arch streets to make way for River Walk, a mixed-use apartment complex of unknown dimensions.…

    • university city high

Major zoning changes proposed for University City High School and surrounding areas

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill Thursday that would allow Drexel University to build a new mixed-use development on a property at 38th Street and Powelton Avenue that currently houses the…

    • Sign on corner of Frankford and Delaware

Cash-for-Gold, gone? For good, says Squilla's office

[STORY UPDATED May 16, 12:30pm] Not only is the gold-buying store across from SugarHouse closed, no such store can open there again. The city's department of Licenses & Inspections was expected…

    • The City wants to see the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine redeveloped.

Zoning changes proposed for Center City, Brewerytown, Frankford, and Roxborough

City Council members have introduced a handful of bills in the last several weeks making changes to the city’s zoning maps. Some of the bills were introduced as part of the…

    • zoning notice

Old City resident wants more info on zoning notifications

Joe Schiavo is on a new mission. The Old City resident, who was active in his local civic association until its demise last year, and who serves on the board of…

    • Updated townhome design Mt. Sinai

Mt. Sinai zoning variance appeal dropped; no word on huge residential project's status

An appeal of the zoning variances granted to the developer hoping to turn Dickinson Square West's vacant Mt. Sinai Hospital into a large residential development is being withdrawn. The appeal document…

    • Frankford Arsenal site

City courting industrial tenant for Frankford Arsenal site in Bridesburg

Councilman Bobby Henon, the Commerce Department and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation are in talks with a potential industrial user for the site of the former Frankford Arsenal on the North…

    • Construction permits by neighborhood

Gentrification's 'winds of change' the focus of weekend forum in Germantown

For some Philadelphians, gentrification is a dirty word or — at the very least — an eyebrow raiser. As they watch their namesake neighborhood creep towards becoming a "choice" spot for newcomers, the…

    • AAA elevations left and right

AAA says its plan for S. Columbus fits with the city's riverfront vision; critics say no such car-centered business could

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the auto service/travel agency/insurance agency/retail store it plans for 1601 S. Columbus Boulevard would fit within the city's plans for a pedestrian- and bike-friendly Central Delaware waterfront --…

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