It’s been some time now since we’ve heard an update on Bart Blatstein‘s massive project planned for Broad and Washington. Over a year has passed since he announced the preliminary plans for the project, which at the time included two residential towers with up to 28-stories, along with 210,000 sq. ft. of retail space over four floors of the building, for a total of 32-stories.
Blatstein is now seeking zoning variances for the property to move forward with this project, which now seems to include one 32-story tower, along with over 900 apartments, over 800 parking spaces, ground floor retail and maybe even a hotel.
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According to an appeal posted by the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Blatstein is now pursuing a project with one 32-story tower, 944 apartments, 882 parking spaces, ground-floor retail spaces and, potentially, an 80-room hotel. The proposal is expected to go through Civic Design Review and Planning Commission review next month. As required by the zoning code, Blatstein has requested a meeting with Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition, the local Registered Community Organization, later this month. The zoning board hearing has not been scheduled yet.
The site is already zoned CMX-5, the most permissive commercial zoning classification in the city. It’s not clear exactly how many variances Blatstein will need—his plans may not be finalized yet—but the CMX-5 zoning requires a special exception to include parking spaces above ground.
This isn’t the only Blatstein project in the works in South Philly. He’s planning a residential and commercial complex for Columbus Boulevard on a 16-acre plot of land.