Building and Zoning

LUPZ approves Shawnee townhouses, with conditions

The Chestnut Hill Community Association Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee meeting on September 9 was devoted to reviewing plans for a development of eight townhouses at 8201 Shawnee …

Cresheim Valley Drive detour until 2022

Cresheim Valley Drive between Navajo Street and Cresheim Road will remain closed for some 6 months, from the end of August through early 2022.

ZBA approves 540 W. Moreland subdivision

On August 4 the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustments approved a variance on 540 W. Moreland St. that had failed to win support from any of the CHCA review committees or the surrounding neighbors.
Real Estate
Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors. 
Instead of abandoning their church property, members of the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church saw their inability to keep up with deferred maintenance and decided to strike a deal to preserve their congregation.
Streetscape Diane Fiske
Streetscape

2035 Project looks at Mt. Airy, Germantown planning

The entire Central Mount Airy Commercial Historic District will be the subject of the six-week long opportunity for residents to learn about the recommended zoning changes and make comments and suggestions about any future changes.

Streetscape: Is 30 W. Highland good urbanism?

Streetscape is a local column about architecture, city planning, and urban design. The controversy over the proposed townhome development at 30 W. Highland Ave. has sparked a debate not only about …
Discovering Chestnut Hill

Save Your Photos Month

September is Save Your Photos Month. During this month, the Chestnut Hill Conservancy encourages everyone to preserve our photographs, so that future generations may learn from them.

Our Town

Reviving the only extant run of the Wingohocking Creek at Awbury Arboretum

Awbury Arboretum has received funding to restore its water gardens in order both to reduce the possibility of potentially fatal flooding along nearby Belfield Avenue and to resuscitate a beloved neighborhood amenity.  

Saint Michael’s Hall: A house with three stories

Last week, an article in the Local announced that the large house at 9001 Germantown Ave., now known as Saint Michael’s Hall, is being offered for sale by the Convent of the Sisters of Saint …

Local White Pine groves: Magical, but imported

Spending more time outside during this pandemic gives us the opportunity to explore new places and learn more about our neighborhood. Ever popular are the paths on either side of the Cresheim …
Mt. Airy & Springfield Township
Mt. Airy Land Use Planning

Local Opposition to Zoning Board Practices grows in East Mount Airy

East Mt. Airy is booming with development, but much is the kind locals don’t want. The kind that makes long time residents feel pushed out.

Cresheim Village Neighbors Going Strong After 33 Years

Cresheim Village Neighbors has been awarded by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations for outstanding work, and by the Philadelphia Police Department for their involvement with neighborhood issues, according to Coordinator Stroiman.

Rezoning Germantown: The Philadelphia 2035 Project is seeking input

A task force of the West Central Germantown Neighbors is preparing a report that will provide feedback to the city on what zoning decisions WCGN feels will be most beneficial to the residents here.

Planned Pedestrian Crossings move ahead in Mt. Airy

While finding parking along Germantown Avenue will always be difficult, it will soon be easier to walk the avenue in Mt. Airy.  

Allens Lane Bridge reopens

The Allen’s Lane Bridge reopened on June 11. It closed back in May of 2019 due to the poor condition of the deck, superstructure, and substructure, blocking a major route from Lincoln Drive to Germantown Avenue.
Springfield Township

The most recent preliminary plans offered by MEH Investments for townhomes have been retracted due to lack of support and agreement about what the public would like to see at the property.

The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners acknowledged three individuals for their service to the Springfield Township at Wednesday’s monthly business meeting. Springfield Township Community Day celebration will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, preceded by the Erdenheim Civic Association 5k Race and Fun run at 9 a.m.

Springfield Township
Meeting Agendas & Minutes