The fate of a large cathedral, erected in 1855, has been decided. Thanks to a recent agreement, the cathedral, which is located on 38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, will be preserved.
A Greater Philadelphia contractor hoped to turn a former Delaware County furniture store into a youth sports and entertainment complex. The Pancoast Construction owner applied for a certificate of occupancy last fall. The application was rejected because the planned "Under 21 Social Club" apparently violated local zoning laws.
A revamped system of assessing property taxes in Philadelphia has some experts worried that the recovery in the local real estate industry will come to a screeching halt.
If a local developer gets clearance to do so, he is poised to turn a piece of commercial real estate property into a complex that will define the area at Eighth and Market Streets in Philadelphia.
In the last few years, more and more residents in Philadelphia and other large cities throughout the country have taken to urban farming and the creation of community gardens. While these are constructive measures to make one's lifestyle more sustainable, these gardens and farms can be put in danger by local zoning boards.
Recent news came in regarding the plans of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority seizing properties by eminent domain for an affordable housing plan. Previously, a Philadelphia city councilman had proposed taking 43 properties in the Point Breeze community by eminent domain, an unpopular plan among some property owners. Those owners said they had plans for development on their lands.
A facility to serve elderly Pennsylvanians has been in the works for six years, and a city zoning board has given permission, yet again, for the plan to proceed through the approval process.
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.
The mayor of Philadelphia says the city's empty and under-maintained properties are destroying neighborhood property values. The official has announced a new plan to send noncompliant owners of neglected commercial and residential real estate to "blight court."
Philadelphia officials would like to move a UPS facility on Hog Island Road out of the way of a planned airport runway expansion. One judge has already agreed. The city owns Philadelphia International Airport and wants to buy a 500-acre stretch of land beyond city limits in Tinicum to re-house UPS.