King of Jeans plan lives, will be presented next week in rare reconsideration by ZBA

Developer Andy Kaplan is scheduled to return to the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday to present a revised plan for the King of Jeans building, which has been the subject of one proposal after another since summer 2012.

King of Jeans Sept 2013

In September Kaplan got the civic OK for a five-story building to rise 59 feet with retail on the first floor and 16 apartments on the remaining four, but the Zoning Board of Adjustment denied that appeal in November. We’re told that he has altered the plan to include office space on the second floor, restoring an idea that was considered by the previous developer, Max Glass.

The remainder of the building, at 1843 E. Passyunk Ave., will have 12 apartments and retail on the first floor, plus bike parking and storage in the basement.

An old rendering that included office space
An old rendering that included office space

Reconsiderations by the ZBA are very rare, said David Goldfarb, zoning chair for the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association. “EPX continues to support the project’s approval since it reduces some of our neighbors’ main concern (the number of units) while replacing them with a use that was non-controversial when we supported it the first time a second-floor office was proposed,” Goldfarb said.

One hitch with the appeal hearing Wednesday is that only people who attended and registered at the first meeting can testify for or against the project, so there’s no chance of flooding the meeting to sway the board.

Still now word on what will happen with this sucker
Still no word on what will happen with this sucker

Kaplan, a principal at the real-estate firm Rockland Capital, apparently has experience navigating choppy waters. According to Rockland’s website: “Our ‘sweet spot’ is acquiring assets from distressed sellers and/or lenders at substantial discounts due to our immediate access to capital, our ability to close quickly and our expertise in working through difficult situations.”

Hmm, distressed situations. Sound familiar?

6 thoughts on “King of Jeans plan lives, will be presented next week in rare reconsideration by ZBA

  • February 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    The plans for the new building look fantastic. The sign should be burned. It has always been a disgrace. I can see that stupid sign from my house. It is offensive in every way and degrades the entire area and all the progress this area has made up to the present time.

  • February 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The sign is an icon, as ridiculous as it is. It needs to end up in a gallery or a museum with chutzpah.

  • February 22, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    i’ve been living with the sign outside my bedroom window for 3.5 years and wouldn’t have it any other way

  • February 23, 2014 at 11:37 am

    that sign is awesome, one of the charms of our neighborhood. It needs to be saved.

  • February 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Put the sign up as decoration at the new Passyunk and Broad gateway. Or have the Era Atomica crew do something with it.

  • March 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

    This rendering looks hideous.

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