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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Target revealed as Blatstein’s planned Broad and Washington tenant, legal troubles continue for claim to property

Bart Blatstein‘s plans for his 32-story Broad and Washington development have been derailed due to some legal problems that have unfolded over the last few months. Between troubles with Hudson Realty Capital L.L.C. of New York. over claim to the property due to Blatstein’s failure to complete the $18 million purchase by an agreed upon sale date, and an appeal filed by residents in opposition of the development, things have not been moving forward quickly.

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Now Hudson Realty is taking things back to court, attempting to regain claim over the parcel of land to instead sell the property off to Midwood Investment & Development.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Neighbors file appeal to further delay Blatstein’s Broad and Washington development

Bart Blatstein‘s plans for developing the large, vacant lot at Broad and Washington could now become even further delayed.

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Two neighborhood residents, Louise Hanible and Gwendolyn Toler, have filed for an appeal in opposition of the developer’s plans for a 32-story building with apartments, retail and a rooftop village.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Broad and Washington drama: Blatstein doesn’t have legal right to property, ZBA decision could be delayed again

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.

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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.

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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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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

ZBA votes in favor of Blatstein’s 32-story Broad and Washington project, then takes back decision

UPDATE: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a bill calling for a moratorium on construction at Broad and Washington. More from Philly mag.

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Despite all of the opposition surrounding Bart Blatstein’s Broad and Washington project, the development received approval for the necessary zoning variances by the Zoning Board of Adjustment. But apparently that decision was made too soon.

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When the ZBA hearing was held on April 27, a decision was not reached that same day because of the “excessive information” presented. It was said at that time that two additional weeks were needed to decide if the project would be granted the variances needed to move forward. Since it has only been a week since the initial hearing, the ZBA has reportedly taken back their approval and will reconvene and announce once two weeks are up.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

ZBA needs more time to think about Blatstein’s Broad and Washington plans

On Wednesday, April 27, Bart Blatstein presented his Broad and Washington plans for a 32-story tower with a rooftop village and above-ground parking for 600 to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. From the start, there has been quite a bit of negativity surrounding this project. Residents have blasted the plans at community meetings, the Design Advocacy Group wrote an open letter about some of these “outdated urban design idea(s)” and the Inquirer’s architecture critic previously slammed the designs of both of Blatstein’s South Philly projects.

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So how did the project fare with the ZBA? Well, they need more time to think. For Blaststein to be able to build this massive “gateway” development, he needs two special exceptions granted by the ZBA. Yesterday they felt that Blatstein presented “excessive information” and will be taking two more weeks to decide if this project can move forward.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne :  Pennsport 

Design Advocacy Group urges Bart Blatstein to ‘listen carefully to the voices of opposition’

Just after hearing less-than-positive feedback from the Civic Design Review, the Design Advocacy Group has decided to weigh in on Bart Blatstein’s South Philly projects. The plans for a 32-story tower and rooftop village at Broad and Washington and the 16-acre commercial and residential complex being planned along the Delaware River have previously received criticism from The Inquirer’s architecture critic, as well.

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Now in an open letter, the Design Advocacy Group is urging Blatstein to begin listening to the criticism and make feasible improvements that “could be the start of a real conversation.”

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Updated Broad and Washington plans disappoint Civic Design Review

The latest version of Bart Blatstein’s plans for Broad and Washington made a few small, but relatively important changes. This updated plan unveiled two weeks ago included the addition of a prominent stairway for rooftop village access and the placement of the 32-story tower has been shifted 60 feet west along Carpenter and 60 feet south along Broad.

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But those changes were not enough to impress the Civic Design Review. The plans for this massive development were called “perfunctory,” with “profound” problems.

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