Mantua Residents Push For Rezoning


Mantua rowhomes | Photo: Plan Philly

Mantua rowhomes | Photo: PlanPhilly

  • Jake Blumgart, for PlanPhilly, reports on last week’s informal plebiscite in Mantua on the question of rezoning much of that neighborhood’s antiquated (RM-1) multi-family residential classifications to (RSA) single-family. While 86.3% of the voting community expressed its approval of the plan, their councilwoman Jannie Blackwell demurs. Presuming that one week won’t be enough time to walk the measure through the entirety of the legislative process, the anxious Mantua community groups that have pressed Blackwell on this for two years already will have to wait until at least the fall for any such levee against the westward tide of by-right sub-divided student housing emanating from Powelton Village.
  • Having received final approval approval from the Civic Design Review committee on May 4, Pearl Properties has already begun work on its flagship hotel for Cambria Hotel & Suites at Broad and Locust Streets, reports Curbed Philly. “Designed by DAS Architects, the [14-story, 222-room hotel] will include a ground-floor restaurant, a 2,500-square-foot pool area, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and a large roof top lounge.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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