ZBA votes against Ori Feibush' Point Breeze project

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted against a proposal today for a controversial project in Point Breeze by developer Ori Feibush.

The decision comes two weeks after residents packed a ZBA hearing and spoke out against Feibush's plan to build four large single-family, three-story houses on 20th Street near Annin, including one for himself. The area is currently zoned for three houses.

Annin Street resident Haley Dervinis was thrilled ZBA voted against the plan. Dervinis testified against the project a day after receiving a letter from Feibush's attorney threatening to sue her for libel and slander for what he said were "defamatory" comments made on blogs and Facebook.

"It just didn't meet the criteria," said ZBA Chairwoman Julia Chapman, adding Feibush has 30 days to file an appeal with the Court of Common Pleas.

But Feibush said an appeal would be too costly. Instead he plans to build three homes and work with area residents who opposed his original plan.

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