Building and Zoning

ZBA shoots down challenge to Sunoco station development

The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously denied the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s appeal of a building permit issued to developers seeking to build a 33-unit apartment complex at 10 W. Bethlehem Pike, clearing the way for a proposal heavily opposed by residents.

A new campus entrance coming to Chestnut Hill College

The entrance, at the intersection of Germantown and Hillcrest Avenues, is for the Commonwealth Chateau at SugarLoaf. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

DiCicco out, Temple’s Bergman takes over as zoning chair

After four years, Frank DiCicco stepped down as Chair of the city’s five-member Zoning Board of Adjustment. His replacement is Temple University’s Vice President for Public, Government and Community Affairs, William Bergman.
Real Estate
The 800 sq. ft. dwelling would be 36 feet from the original structure. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended that the request to build the new unit be approved, provided that the idea of rotating it 90 degrees “is explored.”
Prospective buyers looking to relocate to Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill are especially challenged, say local realtors. 
Streetscape Diane Fiske

Why not make the world a better place for all? It's FUN!

6753 Germantown Avenue got a big facelift Nov. 5, with contrasting colors bringing out its inherent beauty as a Victorian style building with the many details for which that style is …

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.
Discovering Chestnut Hill

Discovering Chestnut Hill: Trickling Streets Becoming Eroded Gullies

And the damage is not limited to forested areas on city-owned land.

Ex-Marine overcomes rough past, helps beautify Hill

Even though Jonathan Dargan has been helping to keep Chestnut Hill beautiful and clean for the past 13 years, not many people know who he is for the simple reason that he leaves his apartment at about 3 a.m., and finishes his work by 8 a.m.

FOW partnership with Lenape Native people thrives

In 2002, Friends of the Wissahickon was one of the first organizations to sign the Treaty of Renewed Friendship drawn up by the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Today the Lenape Nation meets with their partners every four years all along the river and takes the Friendship Treaty with them. The next journey will take place in 2022.

Injured Iraq War vet given mortgage-free home

If ever there was a person who deserved some good news, it is Veronica Hally, an injured Army war veteran with severe PTSD and anxiety that caused her to retire from the military. She also suffers …
Mt. Airy & Springfield Township
Mt. Airy Land Use Planning

Trolley Car development plan earns praise from city planners

The city’s Civic Design Review board praised the architecture of Blake Development’s five story, 114-residential unit development proposal Dec. 7 and opted not to require its development team to come back for a second meeting.

Could Germantown Town Hall come back to life?

Despite more than two decades of vacancy, a renewed interest in redeveloping Germantown Town Hall has emerged from at least one Germantown-born and raised developer, Anthony Fullard.

A developer asks neighbors for input

Mt. Airy residents are so used to some developers erecting high-rise apartments without apparent regard for the impact on local traffic or quality of life that they were not sure what to expect when Lee Hecht, president of Able Plumbing Supply, invited them to a Zoom meeting.

Another Mt. Airy development draws protest

A group of area residents braved the cold on Dec. 4 to protest the development of a new high-rise at the site of the former JOA Mart at Hortter and McCallum streets. Time was not on their side. A notice on the building announced that it is slated for demolition on Dec. 8.

City moves to find a new developer for historic Germantown YWCA

“People may disagree about what they want to see happen there, but there is pretty much universal agreement that six years is too long for it to sit vacant. It’s had a negative impact, not just on the building but also on the surrounding community,” said Emaleigh Doley, executive director of the Germantown United Development Corp.
Springfield Township

About 40 residents turned out on December 6th for a lengthy Springfield Township Commissioners workshop meeting on the 4.7-acre site at 380-402 Haws Lane.  In other business, a group of youngsters and their parents are hoping to put a skateboard park at Laurel Beach Park in Wyndmoor.  And it looks like there won’t be a light installed at the busy intersection of Haws Lane and Church Road. 

Jim Lee, Springfield Township Commissioner for Ward 3, provides some additional thoughts and context as there continues to be a lot of dialogue being shared by neighbors and various interested parties about Haws Lane.
First, they wanted to build a 55-unit senior housing apartment complex, then a 41-unit townhouse complex, then 36-units. Still the neighbors said no.  Now the company is opting for a behavioral  health facility – something they don’t need to get neighbors approval to build. 

Springfield Township
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