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."