In terms of real estate, Philadelphia is currently going through major changes. As parts of the city gentrify, often the seeds of dispute are sewn by the new supplanting the old, and by economic forces flexing their muscles. Citizens on either side of a dispute should be aware of the goings-on at planning meetings and zoning hearings.
It's not uncommon for a city zoning code to require certain kinds of businesses to obtain a zoning variance before setting up shop. Business groups can oppose the implementation of such requirements, but when they're in place, a business owner or developer may have to appear before a zoning board to seek rezoning or a variance. It is a good idea, then, to have a real estate attorney on your side.
Residents in a Philadelphia suburb are banding together and organizing to fight against an apartment complex that has been proposed for the area. The battle began when a resident in the area discovered that the 152--unit rental development was being planned near Brace and Kressen roads, where a lumber store used to sit. The resident learned of the residential real estate development not through community leaders, but through a flyer that was placed on his windshield.
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 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.
A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling that agreed with a zoning board's decision, blocking a developer from building a residential unit for parolees and pre-release inmates. Zoning regulations can be restrictive, and some people can use them to stop a development that they don't want to happen.
A Pennsylvania judge has sided with a local township in its dispute with a religious group over a retirement community the group wants to build; setting aside the decision made by the community's zoning board to allow it.