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have blasted the plans at community meetings, the Design Advocacy Group wrote an open letter about some of these “outdated urban design idea(s)” and the Inquirer’s architecture critic previously slammed the designs of both of Blatstein’s South Philly projects.
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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Blatstein is seeking two special exceptions from the zoning code to build 1,000 apartments and 625 parking spaces on the lot. At the hearing, community members objected to the project over a host of concerns, while zoning board chairman Jim Moylan tried to limit their comments to the two issues before the board: the above-ground parking garage and the retail uses on the roof deck. Steve Cobb, a lawyer in Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s office, also testified that Johnson is opposed to the project in its current form.