A new apartment complex at 2nd and Race Streets will be the first development in Philadelphia to take advantage of new zoning code that provides incentives in exchange for features deemed to be in the public interest.
“The Upper Northeast is overloaded with medical practices, and the new zoning code pretty much allows anything to be turned medical,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill.
The Franklin Insitute is asking for city permission to put up digital display panels to replace its static sign at the corner of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
A City Council committee approved a controversial zoning change for the Norris Square section of North Philadelphia sponsored by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sanchez.
First District councilman Frank DiCicco, in his final Council meeting before retiring, wasn’t surprised to receive the mayor’s veto of the bill that would have changed the zoning to allow the wall wrap ad.
Plans for an upscale billiards parlor in center city Philadelphia are very much in limbo, and City Council now is giving the developer a firm deadline to get the project going.
Community groups concerned about losing their voice in the process dominated the second City Council hearing on the plan to rewrite, top to bottom, the city’s antiquated zoning laws.
The approval came despite objections from some of the neighbors of the former bank building at 12th and Chestnut Streets.