by Jennifer Katz
This morning City Council unanimously passed the three zoning bills needed to convert the 8200 Germantown Ave. site of the former Magarity Ford car dealership to a mixed-use retail/residential development.
Passage of the legislation, which rezoned the parcel and changed the direction of traffic on Hartwell Lane, comes just three days after the Chestnut Hill Community Association board unanimously approved Bowman Properties plan to build a five-story retail and residential development along Germantown Avenue and additional townhomes along the rear of the property on Shawnee Street.
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved Bowman’s plan yesterday despite lingering tension with some of the site’s nearest neighbors.
After the city council vote project manager Seth Shapiro said the plan will now enter the design phase.
“We are excited to embark upon a design process with the community association to further flush out what the building will look like,” he said.
Bowman has agreed to continue its work with the community association to finalize the design of the buildings. Shapiro said preliminary site improvement work would likely begin in spring or summer.