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    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

    • Frankford Arsenal rezoning

Frankford Arsenal receives amended zoning for 86-acre tract

A City Council bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon on Nov. 14, 2014, that would change the zoning designation of a section of the former Frankford Arsenal property that is currently…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Bill permitting new Center City hotel on hold until next year

A plan to build a 12-story hotel at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City, currently home to a parking garage and the iconic diner Little Pete’s, is on hold after…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined project leaders at the ground breaking ceremony

On the record with Kenyatta Johnson: Development, politics, planning, and more

Last Wednesday, PlanPhilly sat down with 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to talk about development in his district, his upcoming reelection campaign, and accusations of cronyism lodged by his opponent, developer…

    • Vacancy and Orinoka Mills, June 2014

Zoning board approves redevelopment of Orinoka Mills in Kensington

The Philadelphia zoning board voted on Tuesday to approve a 51-unit, mixed-use redevelopment of a former industrial property at the corner of East Somerset and Ruth streets in Kensington. The property…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

Zoning board denies appeal for AAA on Columbus Boulevard

A proposal to build a AAA car repair and insurance office on a vacant lot on Columbus Boulevard is in trouble following a decision of the zoning board earlier this month.…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

Council adopts bill amending daycare regulations

City Council adopted a bill on Thursday that will modify the regulations for opening new group daycare centers in certain areas of the city. The bill, which was introduced by Councilman…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

VIDEO: Planning Commission considers more zoning code tweaks

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission considered four bills that would tweak certain provisions of the zoning code on Tuesday. The Commission:  Recommended a bill that would limit the size of accessory…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Hudson Hotel proposal advances

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City. The hotel would…

    • Will Universal sell the neglected Royal Theater and its two side lots? For the right price.

Planning Commission seeks more time to consider Royal Theater rezoning

Saying that developers and nearby residents could use more time to hash out potential issues with the proposed redevelopment of the historic Royal Theater on South Street, the City Planning Commission…

    • The Royal

Why spot zoning is probably here to stay

When Comcast unveiled its plans for a new skyscraper earlier this year, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a few bills adjusting the zoning rules for the parcel in question so that…

    • Developer Ori Feibush in a city owned lot across from town homes he built on the 1700 block of Manton (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

On the record with Ori Feibush: Conflicts of interest, pay to play, rezoning and more

Last Friday, PlanPhilly sat down with Ori Feibush, the young developer behind OCF Realty who is running to unseat Kenyatta Johnson as 2nd District Councilman. We wanted to ask him about…

    • The Royal

New zoning introduced for Royal Theater redo

The redevelopment of the Royal Theater on South Street is moving forward after a bill was introduced in City Council on Thursday that would permit developer Carl Dranoff to build a…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Updated: Center City diner to be torn down, replaced by luxury hotel

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would rezone a narrow block in Center City to allow for the development of a boutique 12-story Hudson Hotel. The block is…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair overlay gets a thumbs-down from Planning Commission

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to disapprove a proposed zoning overlay in the Northeast Philly neighborhood of Mayfair that would ban 15 separate business categories, including beauty parlors, laundromats, nail salons,…

    • Lower North | Philadelphia2035

Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…

    • Blackwell Philadelphia2035 Hearings

Blackwell on proposal at 43rd and Baltimore: "Go to the zoning board"

In her Inquirer column last week, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Inga Saffron took 3rd-District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to task for supposedly holding up a proposed development at 43rd Street and Baltimore…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair overlay would ban beauty parlors, laundromats, fortune tellers and more

Sixth-District Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill Thursday morning that would establish a new commercial zoning overlay in Mayfair prohibiting a range of businesses from setting up shop on the neighborhood’s…

    • Azalea Gardens birds-eye rendering | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Committee approves development plans for historic property at 40th & Pine

The Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Tuesday morning to approve the design plans for Azalea Gardens, a 122-unit apartment complex planned for the historic property at 40th and…

    • TCP's Arch street row

Bill would expand building height and density limits in Center City

A bill introduced in June by City Councilman Mark Squilla caused some head-scratching among attendees at the City Planning Commission’s monthly meeting on Tuesday. The bill as originally proposed would allow…

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