Thursday, August 27, 2015

Philly planners to weigh new hotel, MARKET EAST (Update)

Philadelphia City Planning Commission meets Feb. 17 to review a new hotel, two residential projects and zoning changes; and on Feb. 24 to review its new Market Street East plan

Philly planners to weigh new hotel, MARKET EAST (Update)


The Philadelphia City Planning Commission meets next Tues. Feb. 17, 1 pm, 1616 Arch St.

Planners will review, among other things:
- Proposed hotel at 1222 Locust St. by Lincoln on Locust LP
- Redevelopment around Philadelphia Housing Authority's Mantua Hall, 35th and Wallace
- 50 new rowhomes at Lawrence Court
- New zoning guidance for satellite TV dishes
- Rezoning, parking, other changes in North and West Philadelphia neighborhoods

 There'll be a separate meeting "to present preliminary findings of the Market Street East Strategic Plan" (which may end up accomodating a casino at the Gallery), on Tues. Feb. 24, 7 pm, in an auditorium at Thomas Jefferson University, 1001 Locust St.

UPDATE: Writes Deputy Executive Director Gary Jastrzab, "I want to clarify the purpose of the Market East Strategic Plan meeting scheduled for 2/24 at Thomas Jefferson University. This is a public meeting to present preliminary findings on the Market East planning initiative.

"It is not a formal public hearing before the City Planning Commission. It is a community meeting open to the public.

"In addition, development plans associated with the proposed Foxwoods Casino at the Gallery will NOT be presented. The presentation will cover a much broader range of findings about existing conditions and issues affecting the success of Market Street East as a district (transportation, retailing, property conditions, walkability, etc.), with an eye toward how the City and private-sector can coordinate action for improvements."

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