What’s the zoning application for the old St. Agnes hospital?

The South Broad Street Neighborhood Association heard a zoning request last week for 1930 S. Broad St., the former St. Agnes hospital and one of the largest pieces of real estate in South Philly.

An old screen grab, obviously

Well, don’t get your hopes up for a dramatic transformation or grand development there. Peter Zutter of the SBSNA explained to us that the application is actually only intended to correct an anomaly in the current zoning of the land. For some reason, he said, the entire block is zoned as residential single family instead of commercial. The building was purchased in June for $2.6 million.

Zutter said that since the building was sold, the new owners have been trying to get a different mix of tenants, which now include a branch of Children’s Hospital and an adult day care.

“Every time they want to hammer a nail in the wall, they have to go for a variance for it,” Zutter explained. The owners are trying to get a bill through City Council to change the zoning to RMX-3.

So, this isn’t necessarily the beginning of a huge new development, but with proper zoning and a recent multimillion dollar sale, this could signal that the building could be more attractive to potential businesses. That means more jobs and residents, and more stuff. So, all good right?

2 thoughts on “What’s the zoning application for the old St. Agnes hospital?

  • January 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Has there been any news on the plans for CHOP to relocate to Broad & Tasker and the city to rebuild the health clinic there? It would directly impact anything happening at St Agnes.

  • January 23, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I’ll check up on that, David. Thanks for the reminder

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