Old, abandoned or damaged pieces of commercial real estate can severely hinder the curb appeal of a city. However, they are often a great deal just waiting for a company or developer looking to acquire property that is cheap and has potential. When these blighted properties are scooped up, it is usually to the benefit of both the developer and the community.
A Pennsylvania zoning board is refusing to hear a local resident's appeal of the board's decision to allow construction of a gas station, convenience store, retail complex and high-rise residential building.
The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment soon will review plans for 32 housing units that a developer wants to build on the site of the shuttered Ivy Ridge nursing home.