Royal Theater’s Rezoning Approved By Committee

 

Re-sounding

Hidden City Festival: Performance of Re-Sounding at the Royal Theatre on South Street, 2009 | Photo: Jacques-Jean Tiziou / www.jjtiziou.net

  • Carl Dranoff is one step closer this morning in securing City Council’s spot-zoning of the historic Royal Theater at 1500 block of South Street. The decision will allow him to transform the Kenny Gamble-held building into 45 units with about 7,600-square-feet of retail. Plan Philly relates a few of the divergent takeaways from near neighbors on Kater Street. While some bemoan the envisioned bulk of the project, defenders claim that the Dranoff plan might actually impact the area enough to necessitate a remapping with categories more in line with its density–rather than vice versa.
  • Matt Wysong, who leads the Planning Commission’s efforts in Northwest Philadelphia, tells Flying Kite that he wants to make the underwhelming northwest corner of Germantown’s Chelten Ave & Greene Street “a more usable, more active place”. Wysong believes that installing decking, benches, and trees will rid the space of its intimidating barriers.

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One week left: $7,000 to go!

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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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