The City Council Rules Committee heard testimony today regarding the Bowman Properties proposal  transform the old Magarity Ford site at 8200 Germantown Ave. into a retail and housing development that would include a Fresh Market grocery store. At least 40 local people attended, according to reports by those present. The committee voted unanimously to send the […]


by Wesley Ratko Bowman Properties plans to convert the former Magarity Ford site to a retail and housing complex, and its scheduled run before City Council dominated the discussion at the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Land Use Planning and Zoning committee on Nov. 3. According to LUPZ member Joyce Lenhardt, Bowman Properties has made significant […]


Richard K, Gelber, AIA, Principal spg3 Architects My architectural firm spg3 and I are the architects of record for Bowman Properties’ proposed redevelopment of the Magarity site.  I am writing in response to Mr. Glenn Bergman’s opinion piece that appeared in Weavers Way’s November newsletter. I understand that Mr. Bergman’s opinion piece has since been […]


by Jennifer Katz Bowman Properties took a step forward last week when legislation to change the zoning of the former Magarity property was introduced in City Council. The Chestnut Hill developer also announced alterations to the original configuration for the mixed use, residential and commercial development planned for the site. At the Chestnut Hill Community […]


By Wesley Ratko LUPZ Committee member Joyce Lenhardt presented another update on the negotiations between the neighbors’ subcommittee and Bowman Properties, saying the pace of negotiations is “picking up” but that the group has yet to reach a consensus. “At the moment, we don’t support the project,” she said. Lenhardt said two additional meetings, tentatively […]


by Jennifer Katz Apparently in Chestnut Hill there is no end to the number of times lightning can strike. This week, the Local has published another letter by neighbors unhappy with development. This time it’s about Bowman Properties plans to develop the former Magarity Ford dealership site, and as in previous instances they have engaged […]


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