Loft Conversion Proposal Needs Parking, Says Northern Liberties Zoning Board



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  • The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association rejected outright developer Roland Kasis’ proposed Cambridge Lofts conversion project at 1133 North 4th Street, reports Philly Living. The rejection centered squarely on the plans’ complete lack of parking; “In their discussion, several Zoning Committee members recommended Kasis find another use for this project. Friedman suggested that office or studio space that would be unoccupied at night might work. Another committee member disagreed, saying, ‘There is no use for this building that would work in our neighborhood without some kind of parking.’”
  • Local crime historian Celeste Morello is the subject of an Inquirer profile describing her impressive track record (nearly 40) in securing official state historical markers across Philadelphia. “Her commitment is really remarkable,” said Richard Sand, who serves on the state Historical and Museum Commission, which runs the marker program. “She does it because she understands how meaningful this is to the community. It opens all their hearts.” In the past two decades Morello has honored the public memory of John Wanamaker, Dick Clark, W.C. Fields; her latest effort, the recognition of Society Hill’s Old St. Joseph’s role in the spread of American Catholicism, was celebrate last week.
  • Streetscape beautification efforts in Germantown are being hampered, says NewsWorks, with the continued theft and vandalism of plantings along Germantown Avenue. Aine Doley, the events organizer for Tree Germantown, the organization that potted the plants just a few weeks ago, said the effort would not be abandoned but cheaper plants would need to be used.
  • Flying Kite looks at the Mural Arts Program’s Porch Light, an initiative where artists collaborate with substance abusers and mental health patients in designing public murals. Program director Sara Ansell explains how the goal of de-stigmitizing these behavioral issues and the treatment they require is achieved through transformative public spaces. “Because this work is public we hope it will work within the community to promote community connectiveness,” says Ansell. “We also hope it impacts public and population health, and increase awareness around public health.”
  • Generocity promotes The African American Museum in Philadelphia’s latest series, “Beyond Sustenance,” which explores the legacy of African American cookery and “the complex connections to the land,” says Adrienne Whaley, the museum’s curator of education and public programming.
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  1. NickFromGermantown

    What happens when they get their parking and then the streets are jammed with traffic from cars?

  2. ridiculous. 4th and cambridge can be quite desolate at night, it would be good to have more eyes on the street around here. i don’t think parking should be required, but perhaps the developer can slightly reduce the number of beds/units and include some office/commercial space to appease the nlna. this building absolutely should be reused. maybe some retooling can make the project better.

    fwiw, i lived on this block for several years, and never had major issues with parking, and never had problems getting around on public transit/on foot when i got rid of my car. also, this stretch of 4th is permit parking.

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