Philadelphia's loss of Destination Maternity Corp. headquarters has generally been viewed by city officials as a negative turn of events. The company will take its operations to South Jersey in the fall, and the move means a loss of 600 jobs in Philadelphia.
The somewhat modest skyline of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is poised to receive a major addition, at least, if one developer gets his way. The man has proposed a 33-story office tower in Allentown, something that he has dreamed of for decades. In fact, he originally hatched the plan all the way back in 1985. Now, it might finally come to fruition after he tabled the idea for some time.
A longtime resident of the Philadelphia suburb of Mt. Airy is seeking permission from zoning boards to transform one of three properties she owns into a rooming house. Her vision is to allow low-income members of the community to seek shelter at the residence, but first it must pass by board members of East Mt. Airy Neighbors.
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.
Philadelphia's city council recently stepped in and saved a new bill from veto by the mayor that will effect the city's zoning code.
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.
A long-standing business and its new neighbor in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia are in the midst of a real estate dispute that the city's zoning board will be forced to mediate.
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.
A Pennsylvania zoning board will hear testimony in a real estate dispute with a man who claims officials have tagged his property with the incorrect zoning.
A Pennsylvania water company wants to avoid a confrontation with a local zoning board over a groundwater pumping station it wants to build in Newtown Township and had decided to ask a different entity for approval.