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December 2011 Archives

Property settlement hits standstill in Pennsylvania development

Before a development firm can start to build in a Pennsylvania city or town, the city must first give its approval and ensure that the proposed development will be consistent with the zoning laws and city plan. Unfortunately, these approvals often take time and considerable discussion. The members of the Legal Affairs Committee's board of commissioners chose to table the rezoning of the proposed O'Neill riverfront property at a recent meeting.

Philadelphia homeowners unable to evict alleged house thief

A West Philadelphia man regrets the day he met a prospective tenant who wanted to rent-to-own his daughter's house in the 4900 block of Chestnut Street. The real estate dispute began when the proposed tenant borrowed the keys to the property and never gave them back.

Citizens Bank building in Bryn Mawr goes up after nearly 3 years

It has taken Citizens Bank almost three years to satisfy zoning laws and Lower Merion Township officials in order to build a new bank in Bryn Mawr. Construction has begun in the 700 block of West Lancaster Avenue, even as Citizens Bank announced the closure of nine other Philadelphia locations.

Plans for Upland charter school met with questions, criticism

Nearly 50 Upland residents were present when testimony was given to the zoning board concerning a proposed neighborhood charter school. The second of two informational meetings was held to allow zoning board members and residents to voice opinions and ask questions about the project. A final decision on the Chester Community Charter School's request to build a school in an R-1 residential zone was expected to be made a few weeks after this meeting.

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