Council Gives Pre-Approval To Developer’s Building Plan At Broad And South

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A city council committee has signed off on plans for a new apartment building at Broad and South Streets in Center City, but not before some residents on neighboring streets voiced their concerns.

At issue are plans for a four-story building, with both retail and rental units, on what is now a vacant lot at Broad and South Streets.  Developer Carl Dranoff plans to spend $30 million on construction. But residents on nearby Rodman and Juniper Streets object to the proposed height of the building and the potential for truck traffic on their side streets.

Laurie Fitzpatrick said she and others have spent 30 years trying to create a neighborhood there.

“We have already done this heavy lifting for Mr. Dranoff, who is set to come in and reap wonderful benefits from our hard work of the past three decades.”

Despite the residents’ concerns, Council’s Rules committee okayed zoning changes to allow the project to move forward, and the matter now goes to the full council.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Rodman Street

    Here is the main issue: the residents on this block whose 35’ homes will be behind the South Street section of this new are concerned that Dranoff wants to build a 48’ 10” building, 9’ from their property line. Current zoning code is 35’, new zoning code will be 42’. Visually and in terms of how much light and air are denied, an additional 6’ 10” is substantial.
    The portion of building that will be located on Broad Street should be pretty nice. All other inflamed discussions are an attempt to divert your attention from the real issue: zoning law being changed for a piece of land the size of a baseball infield to permit excess height on South Street that will diminish the quality of life and property values of 7 homes.
    Think about that: you buy your house thinking you have certain assurances, certain guarantees under the law and a few powerful men come along and use their influence to change those laws designed to protect your quality of life and your property values. What do you do?

  • Peter

    I don’t understand what Ms. Fitzpatrick’s complaint is. This i9s the objective of neighborhood improvement: to attract developers like this who further improve the neighborhood with new housing that attracts productive neighbors and attractive retail

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