Sunday, March 1, 2015

Planners to weigh SugarHouse, river trail, Temple housing

Philadelphia planners to consider casino, riverfront, student housing plans next Tuesday.

Planners to weigh SugarHouse, river trail, Temple housing

At next Tuesday's meeting, May 19 1 pm, Philadelphia City Planning Commission will consider:

- Zoning Bill 09-0354, which would allow an "interim" casino with up to 1,700 slot machines surrounded by parking
- Vacating the riverfront end of Shackamaxon Street in Fishtown near the proposed Sugar House casino site
- The University of Pennsylvania's plan to replace an illegal parking lot, south of Walnut between the railroad and the Schuylkill, with beach volleyball courts and other sports fields.
- Brighter Hope LLC's plan to build housing for 2,000 university students on the site of the former Wanamaker School, 11th and Cecil B. Moore, not far from Temple U.
- John Buck Co.'s plans to build apartments above 2116-32 Chestnut St. near Rittenhouse Square.
- New zoning that would restrict industrial building and building right up to the riverbank along the Delaware River through the city, inspired by the Penn Praxis plan. 
- A new Delaware River Conservation District, and acquisition of the former K&T Railroad line for a riverside "rails to trails" project, part of the East Coast Greenway.
- New uses for the desolate eastern part of the old Philadelphia Navy Yard and the "Southport" neighborhood
- A townhouse development at Aramingo Ave. and Church St. in Port Richmond.

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PhillyDeals posts raw drafts and updates of Joseph N. DiStefano's columns and stories about Philly-area finance, investment, commercial real estate, tech, hiring and public spending, which he's been writing since 1989, mostly for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

DiStefano studied economics, history and a little engineering at Penn, taught writing at St. Joe's, and has written the book Comcasted, more than a thousand columns, and thousands of articles, and raised six children with his wife, who is a saint.

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