PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia City Council today gave its final approval to what would be the city’s first “upscale” billiards parlor. But the project promises to quickly end up in court.
City Council unanimously approved the plans to turn the old Beneficial Bank building at 12th and Chestnut Streets — vacant for a decade — into what the developer calls an “upscale” billiards club with a bar and rooftop lounge area (see previous stories).READ MORE: Segura 2 HRs, Nola Sharp, Phillies Beat Mets, Win 4th In Row
“We anticipate that the American Pool Association would probably have sanctioned and sponsored events and tournaments there, and put Philadelphia on the map for professional billiard and pool playing,” boasts the developer’s attorney, Ron Patterson.READ MORE: 2 Men Killed, 1 In Critical Condition After Shooting Inside North Philadelphia Deli
The Council bill includes provisions to meet concerns of nearby residents about noise from the billiards parlor and rooftop lounge.
But John Kaskey, an attorney for a resident in a nearby condominium building, calls the measure “spot zoning” and says he plans to file a legal challenge to its constitutionality, and stop the project from going forward.MORE NEWS: Man Shot To Death On Front Porch In North Philadelphia, Police Say
Reported by KYW City Hall Bureau chief Mike Dunn