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    • Shane Confectionery in Old City reopens this month. | PlanPhilly
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Rainy year, PHA auction draws hundreds, concerns over Magarity redevelopment, historic Shane's reopens in Old City

Good morning, Philly. It's a chilly and damp fall day, and it's only going to get cooler as the day goes along. Yesterday Philly recorded its rainiest year on record,…

Eyes on the Street

Planning and zoning roundup, SEPTA green grants, Philly's ethnic eats

PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reports from yesterday’s City Council Rules Committee and Philadelphia City Planning Commission meetings. Here’s a roundup: The Planning Commission gave its support to: the new 23-story mixed-use…

    • Planning Commission recommends use of 'alternate vehicle' to pass new zoning code

Planning Commission recommends use of 'alternate vehicle' to pass new zoning code

Under the direction of its Chairman Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the use of Council Bill No. 110766, with provisos, to pass a new zoning code for…

Germantown residents say they have enough dollar stores and oppose a zoning change that would allow another

A group of Germantown residents say what their neighborhood doesn't need is another dollar store, and they don't really want a discount grocery, either.Their councilwoman, Donna Reed Miller, has introduced…

    • Dranoff

Dranoff "transit-oriented development" for South and Broad clears first planning commission hurdle

Developer Carl Dranoff wants to build up to 80 residential units with retail that might include restaurants, coffee shops, a grocery or a deli – and nearly as many spots to…

    • The City Council's chambers.
Eyes on the Street

Zoning Matters: City Council should see through zoning reform process, not subvert it

In a sharp opinion piece in Monday’s Daily News, Architect Kiki Bolender takes City Council to task for introducing its own version of the zoning code, and in so doing,…

Eyes on the Street

This Just In: Public Meetings, PHA auctions, Shane's Candy

PlanPhilly reporters are following lots of stories this week: including rezonings on Delaware and Germantown avenues, SugarHouse expansion plans, and the Housing Authority's surplus vacant property auctions. PlanPhilly’s got you covered…

    • The former Strawbridge's, the future home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.
    • The proposed music venue, as of last fall

Fishtown music venue could lose the zoning it needs to open on Richmond Street

The controversial 7,600 square-foot, 3,000-patron music venue developer David Grasso hopes to build on Richmond Street in Fishtown appears to be in jeopardy.First District Councilman Frank DiCicco, who sponsored the…

    • Are we the sculptures in City Hall's courtyard?
Eyes on the Street

ZCC finished, Stanton school community fights, City Hall's living sculptures, revised fracking rules

On Wednesday, the Zoning Code Commission approved its final report, and officially ended its five years of work, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger called it a “momentous…

    • Some Dilworth Plaza benches are looking naked, as Occupiers use the wood seat slats.
Eyes on the Street

Final zoning code report released, Dilworth and Occupy, I-95 construction, and Mayor Nutter round 2

The Zoning Code Commission issued its version of the final code yesterday, PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reports. The Commission will vote on the report at its last meeting this morning, sending…

    • ZCC approves final version of new zoning code

ZCC approves final version of new zoning code

Nearly half a decade of work by Philadelphia’s Zoning Code Commission came to an official end Wednesday morning in the Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall. All but a handful of…

    • Zoning Code Commission issues interim final report

Zoning Code Commission issues interim final report

The Zoning Code Commission released its Interim Final Report Monday afternoon and that version of the code—subject to minor edits—will go before the Commission for a vote Wednesday morning. According to Stacey Graham,…

Eyes on the Street

Boot & Saddle rides again, Council plays ZCC, seven deadly trends, Philly papers seeking new home, Marvelous Marvine

South Broad Street’s Boot & Saddle bar could reopen, but as Metro reports the South Broad Street Neighborhood Association isn’t too keen on Avram Hornick's plans for a bar/venue. Evidently…

    • The Royal was once the queen of west South Street.

Preservation Row: Whither the Royal Theater?

It’s not just the spirits of Fats Waller and Bessie Smith that linger around the Royal Theater. Their images live large on the façade of the long-vacant music and movie house.…

    • City Council considers an alternate route to zoning reform

City Council considers an alternate route to zoning reform

Four-and-a-half years ago, as PlanPhilly readers know, City Council enacted an amendment to the home rule charter—approved by more than three quarters of voters—creating the Zoning Code Commission and charging…

    • Council introduces bill to replace Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code ahead of ZCC's final report

Council introduces bill to replace Title 14 of the Philadelphia Code ahead of ZCC's final report

Last week, City Council introduced a bill, No. 110766, which would repeal the entire "Zoning and Planning" chapter of the Philadelphia Code, and replace it with a new one.The…

    • Greetings | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Zoning overlays, school closings, Delaware River waterfront plan published, Tastykake factory conversion

Greetings | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street flickr group City Council is recommending that several neighborhoods retain their zoning overlays, Amy Z. Quinn reports for PlanPhilly/NewsWorks. Among the…

    • Philly Council calls for restoration of six neighborhood zoning overlays

Philly Council calls for restoration of six neighborhood zoning overlays

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhilly It looks like several neighborhoods, including East Falls and Germantown, will get to keep their zoning overlays -- for now. As City Council and the…

    • Zoning Code Commission holds its second-to-last meeting - probably

Zoning Code Commission holds its second-to-last meeting - probably

The Zoning Code Commission spent the bulk of what was, in all likelihood, its penultimate formal meeting Wednesday, whittling down the list of still-contentious issues in advance of an official vote…

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