UPDATE: Despite the letter from the property owner, and the request for a moratorium, the ZBA approved the request for a tower anyway. More from Philly.com.
Things are getting more and more complicated at Broad and Washington. Following the developments surrounding Bart Blatstein’s 32-story project has been a roller coaster ride lately, with the ZBA approving the project, then taking back that decision, followed by Councilman Johnson introducing a bill calling for a moratorium on construction on this lot.
There has now been yet another bump in the road for this project, with N/H Philadelphia Properties, the real estate company that owns the lot, sending a letter to the ZBA stating that Blatstein has no legal right to the property and that a decision should be held for 30 more days.
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Now the property’s owner is seeking a further delay, claiming that its agreement of sale with Blatstein expired on March 15th.
“We respectfully request that the ZBA postpone consideration of the Application for thirty (30) days because Tower Investments, Inc. … currently holds no interest in the Property, has no authority to act on behalf of the Owner, and therefore has no right to pursue the Application,” Ballard Spahr attorney Matt McClure wrote in a letter to the zoning board.
The letter says that N/H Philadelphia Properties has filed litigation against Tower Investments “to recover liquidated damages” owed to the owner through the agreement of sale because the sale didn’t close by the expiration date.