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    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Center City diner and parking garage will 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…

    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Zoning board rejects two Point Breeze housing proposals

The Zoning Board of Adjustment denied a request for variances for the second phase of a housing development on the 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street in Point Breeze on Tuesday…

    • Brush Factory apartments/Artisan Lofts - Courtesy Rufo Properties

151 apartments coming to South Philly's Brush Factory

Earlier this month, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a plan to convert an empty factory at 12th and Jackson streets in South Philadelphia into a 151-unit apartment complex. The…

    • council 9 11 2014

New bills focus on housing affordability, zoning remapping

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday morning that would extend access to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) to people who live in government-subsidized housing. Previously, the program, which…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 

Progressive coalition looks to promote 'development without displacement'

A coalition of nonprofit community and religious organizations from across the city is launching a new campaign aimed at preserving affordable housing in communities undergoing gentrification. The group is now calling…

    • Fairmount Street - Courtesy Interface Studio Architects

Developer seeks zoning relief for 55-unit project in Northern Liberties

On Wednesday, developer David Perlman presented his plans for a new 55-unit residential project on the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Fate uncertain for tangled housing project in Point Breeze

Either Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is blocking a construction project proposed by developer Ori Feibush, who plans to challenge Johnson in next year’s City Council race, or Ori Feibush is refusing to…

    • Visual summary of Lower Northwest input, Wissahickon Gateway

"Protect our character!" Lower Northwest District Plan taking shape

Community participants tell planners they want to sustain open space and housing styles and density, fill in the gap in the Schuylkill Trail, focus commercial development and move a transit center.…

    • Vanity Grand Cabaret

Judge rejects city appeal of permit for Southwest Philly strip club

Southwest Philadelphia’s Vanity Grand Cabaret can remain open after the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections lost an appeal of a zoning board decision from last September. Earlier this month, Judge Ellen…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

205 Race first Philly development to offer affordable units in exchange for more density

An Old City apartment building can get bigger because rent for 15 of its 148 apartments will be smaller. A provision in the city's new zoning code offers developers a density…

    • Planning's man for all seasons

City can be remapped in 3 years for $3 million, Planning Commission says

Out-of-date zoning maps are bad for everybody. On the one hand, they slow down the pace of development by forcing builders to get extra approvals for projects that are appropriate for…

    • ortliebs1

Opinion: New zoning classification has strings attached no one should want

So there’s a large lot right in the middle of your otherwise nice rowhouse block. Fifty years ago it was a small factory, but now it’s a nuisance, full of trash…

    • New homes at New Market and Laurel streets will have rear garages through a single curb cut.
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