In 2013 plans were first presented for a 50 home development at 2012 Wharton St. in Point Breeze. The project then went quiet for a few years, with not much movement beyond the demolition of a large warehouse that stood on the property.
We then fast forward to 2016, when new plans for the project reemerged. This large development has now received the necessary approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Since 2013 the plans for the development shifted slightly. Instead of 50 homes, the project scaled down to 46 homes. Parking was also added to the project.
According to Naked Philly, the ZBA hearing earlier this month was packed, with several neighbors presenting cases both for an against the project. Earlier in 2016 many residents spoke against this project to the Planning Commission. Some of the residents against the residential development stated that they would rather see something be built here that can bring more job opportunities to the area through commercial growth. Developer of the project, Howard Silverman, responded to that feedback by telling residents that the only way to get commercial growth is to increase the residential density.
The property was purchased for $975,000 in 2014.