Philly plans: 800 new homes, apartments

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission plans a "special meeting" Tuesday May 29, 1 pm upstairs at 1515 Arch St., to review plans for more than 800 new Philadelphia homes, traffic features at Penn and Temple, the revised billboard-limitation proposal, expansion at Finnigan's Wake, and other business. Agenda here. Some highlights:

- In Eastwick near Philadelphia International Airport: After a long court fight with factions of the Korman family, Philadelphia is taking back 93 acres where the Kormans were granted development rights in the 1960s but failed to do much.

The city wants to hold the ground along Septa's Airport Line and Bartram Ave. for airport expansion, though there's no specific plan. Planners will review a proposal to strike streets, sidewalks and utility rights-of-way.

Korman retains development rights for 35 acres near the apartments at 84th and Lindbergh and single-family homes nearby, where the group plans to build more than 700 homes - some day - though plans haven't been submitted.

(Update: Public Record says some Eastwick residents aren't too eager.) 

- Center City: Planners will review Carl Dranoff's plan for 85 rental apartments and 39 underground parking spaces at Broad and South (521-31 South Broad St.).

- Old City: Planners will review David Perlman/Forth Four North Front LLC's plan for 32 single-family townhouses with 11 garage car spaces and 22 other parking spaces at 412 North Front Street.

- Zoning Code: A sign control ordinance that would force billboard owners to remove four "accessory" signs for every new billboard, among other changes; also, "zoning clean-up amendments"

- Finnigan's Wake expansion: The block-long taproom and party hall at 3rd and Spring Garden plans to turn a block of Bodine St. into a walkway, among other changes.

- At Penn: A proposed pedestrian barrier will make it harder for HUP employees, visitors and others to run across the triangle that separates 33rd and 34th Sts. between the food cards, restaurants and medical offices south and west of the Penn museum.

- At Temple: LCD sign and planters proposed for the middle of Broad Street.