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    • Yuri Zalzman, who has operated the Gun Range the past three years, wants to sell firearms from his shooting range / Bobby Allyn for PlanPhilly

Arguments continue over Spring Garden shooting range's right to supply and sell arms

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment didn’t make a decision today over whether a gun shop can open in a shooting range close to Spring Garden Street, but the debate previewed what…

    • The Gun Range is located at North Percy and Spring Garden streets. Neighbors have protested that the facility should not be allowed to sell guns. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Community groups push back against plan for gun shop in Spring Garden area

A proposal to open a gun shop near Philadelphia's Spring Garden Street is confronting a growing resistance from neighbors and community groups. The plan calls for selling weapons inside an existing…

    • Midwood proposal at 9th and Washington

Seventy apartments, 150 parking spaces planned for vacant lot at 9th and Washington

On Tuesday night, the owners of a vacant, boarded-off property on 9th Street just south of Washington Ave., in the Italian Market, presented their preliminary plans for a new development there…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Recently-approved East Falls civic group looks to improve commercial district

Residents and developers in need of a zoning variance in East Falls will now have to meet with two different civic groups. At the end of June, Philadelphia's Zoning Board of…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Three big things we learned from Pew's report on Councilmanic prerogative

This week, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report detailing the history and impacts of a political tradition known locally as Councilmanic prerogative. The term refers to a practice, which isn’t…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Board approves apartment complex at 43rd and Baltimore

The Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a 132-unit, mixed-use apartment complex at 43rd and Baltimore, across the street from Clark Park, according to a number of sources. U3 Ventures and…

    • Darrell Clarke

Council approves plan to restructure planning and development agencies

City Council voted on Thursday to approve Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to create a Department of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s office, charged with coordinating various boards and commissions…

    • A publicly subsidized W Hotel is proposed for 15th and Chestnut streets in Center City

Plans to allow more density in Center City hit a roadblock

A bill meant to increase residential and commercial and density in Center City appears to be stalled after getting initial approval from a City Council committee last week. The Planning Commission…

    • 2401 Washington rendering

Board approves 113 apartments and shops at 24th and Washington

The Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a handful of zoning variances for a mixed-use apartment complex at 2401 Washington Avenue, an irregular polygon of a property that’s been sitting vacant…

    • Skyline from Drexel Park

Committee approves zoning changes in Center City

A City Council committee has approved a bill that would allow taller and denser commercial buildings in select areas of Center City and permit residential development on smaller lots than is…

    • Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Clarke drafting new zoning rules for community groups

Registered Community Organizations could soon be required to operate under the city’s official Standards of Conduct and Ethics, if a draft ordinance circulating around City Hall becomes law. The bill, prepared…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Council introduces end-of-session zoning code changes

Last week, City Council members introduced a slate of ordinances that make various changes to the zoning code and the zoning maps, some of which clarify regulations citywide, and others that…

    • Finnegan's Wake

Offices planned for Finnigan's Wake building at 3rd and Spring Garden

Once ranked among the top 25 douchiest bars in Philadelphia, Finnigan’s Wake, at 3rd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties, is set to be converted into offices. On Thursday, Councilman…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Future still uncertain for apartment project at 43rd and Baltimore

This isn’t really a news story, because on Wednesday night, after a 90-minute hearing at the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. but which didn’t…

    • 3201 Race St. site plan / Erdy McHenry

Apartment tower approved for 32nd and Race, near Drexel University

A new apartment tower is scheduled to rise at 32nd and Race streets near the campus of Drexel University after receiving approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday. The…

    • thecityofphiladelphia

New zoning maps to guide Fishtown development

Two bills updating the zoning maps in Fishtown are headed toward passage after being approved by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. The bills, introduced by Council members Mark Squilla and…

    • 2010 Wharton | OCF Realty

Ori Feibush's stalled project at 20th and Wharton gets green light from planners

Ori Feibush swears he’s going to sell the warehouse at 20th and Wharton, just as soon as he gets it through zoning approvals. Feibush, the Point Breeze developer who’s nearing the…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Mt. Sinai hospital and Bok School, South Philly landmarks, to be rezoned

Two of the biggest properties in South Philadelphia are set to be rezoned by City Council in anticipation of major redevelopment projects. Earlier this month, First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced…

    • Airdancer | Wikimedia Commons

Philly zoning code may soon contain the phrase "wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube persons"

This is going to be a short post. In City Council yesterday, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill amending the zoning code to provide regulations for “wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube…

    • Fillmore unveiling, Ajax, 1000 Frankford Avenue

Fishtown music venue moving forward despite legal appeals

It’s been an up-and-down week for Michael Samschick. On Tuesday night, the developer saw his plans for 200 new apartments on North Delaware Avenue rejected by the Fishtown Neighbors Association by…

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