Weekly Update April 13-20

Three-story townhouse development proposed for Front Street in Old City

Developer David Perlman has plans to build a 38-unit townhouse development with a green roof, outdoor space for each unit, and a mix of surface-lot and garage parking at 412 N. Front Street in Old City.   Units will have views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge, he said.  The site is also near the long-proposed World Trade Center development.

The project needs special planning commission review regardless of any potential zoning issues, because the property is located within the Central Delaware Waterfront Overlay district, a special zoning district running from I-95 to the river, and from Allegheny to Oregon avenues. The overlay was designed to stop any projects that would prevent the city from realizing its goals for revitalizing the Central Delaware Waterfront.

In response to a question from Commissioner Patrick Eiding, team members said should the World Trade Center come to fruition, that extra life nearby would only help enliven the street and benefit their development.

Tuesday’s session was informational, but Perlman and his team intend to come back next month for a PCPC vote on Central Delaware Waterfront Plan of Development approval.

See:  http://planphilly.com/three-story-townhouse-development-planned-front-street-old-city



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