More Time Needed For Zoning Board Consideration Of Blatstein’s Broad & Washington Proposal

 

The modest redesign offered by Bart Blatstein in response to critics who said his planned rooftop Provençal retail village. | Rendering: Cope Linder Architects

The modest redesign offered by Bart Blatstein in response to critics who said his planned rooftop Provençal retail village. | Rendering: Cope Linder Architects

  • Over at his new digs at Philadelphia Magazine, Jared Brey reports that the Zoning Board of Adjustment will need a fortnight to review Bart Blatstein’s proposal for a 32-story apartment complex at Broad & Washington prior to reaching a decision on the recommendation of the two special exceptions (for 1,000 units and 625 parking spots) he would need to realize that vision. Brey also provides a thorough retelling of the developer’s obstinate resistance to the chorus of detractors toward the designs coming from Cope Linder Architects, with a tower too tall, deadening façades spurning Carpenter Street, misplaced curb cuts, an odd and obscured rooftop village, and no deference shown towards the superblock’s walkability. “For the most part, Blatstein has let all of this wash over him like a spring rain.”
  • The vast majority of the rail yards associated with the 30th Street Station District Plan might be capped after all, notes The Inquirer‘s Jacob Adelman, although not until 2040 at the earliest, and only pending the advent of a sufficiently attractive market that would justify the considerable engineering feats involved.
  • West Philly Local encourages Mantua residents to attend one of two community meetings scheduled for this evening: a discussion hosted by the Mantua Civic Association and Mt. Vernon Manor CDC on the state of rezoning efforts that would promote and protect single family homeownership, commercial corridors, and public spaces, or, at Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships a consideration of gentrification and displacement issues.
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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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  1. Not sure I can get behind the idea of paying artists to paint bike lanes. There’s something to be said for uniformly (green) designating bike lanes. Art is so subjective that for every person who likes it, there will be another person who despises it. The art in the photo used in the article looks tacky to me personally.

  2. Leonard Eisenstein

    i fully support Bart Blatsteins gorgeous building in South Philly. it should be built immediately.

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