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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