This week the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the body that controls Atlantic City’s Tourism District, gave the green light on changes to the city’s master plan that will unwind some longstanding zoning restrictions.
The board says it approved the amendments to do away with some barriers to development and over the next year will develop more land-use ordinances to attract new businesses, according to the Press of Atlantic City.
Under the amendment, vacant land in the southeastern inlet near the former Revel casino will be turned from exclusively casino commercial to mixed-used residential. But there’s still a minimum density zoning requirement in place, according to the Inquirer, which will prevent people from buying the land to build beach houses, for example.
The revised plan also deems Kentucky Avenue an entertainment district and the Ducktown section of the city as an arts district. Areas around the Atlantic City Expressway and its waterfront have been labeled as spots for potential retail development.
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The Twi-Lite Lounge looks to add a floor and become a second Loco Pez.
Over the summer we told you that the Twi-Lite Lounge at 20th and Bainbridge had been acquired by Loco Pez owner Joe Beckham and his partners. At the the time Beckham wouldn’t say for sure if the one-time nuisance bar would be remade into a second Loco Pez but now that has been confirmed.
Before the Graduate Hospital neighborhood gets another taco joint (Loco Pez would join Cafe Ynez, Los Camaradas and Tio Flores in the area), there will be some extensive work put into the property. Up first, a meeting with the South of South Neighbors Association’s Zoning Committee. The proposal is to add a second floor to the corner building. That meeting is set for Tuesday, February 17th at the SOSNA office (1901 Christian Street) at 7 p.m.
Zoning Committee Meeting [SOSNA]
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Kensington-based Greensgrow Farms has visions of opening a new West Philly garden center at 5123-29 Baltimore Avenue. West Philly Local says that the group will present their plans to the community on June 4 at People’s Baptist Church at 5039 Baltimore Avenue. It starts at 6 p.m.
Here’s more from WPL:
The new garden center is planned for the overgrown vacant lot (aka “the bamboo lot”) at 5123-29 Baltimore Ave. Some likely features of the new location will be a small farm, nursery, an outdoor classroom space and possibly a farmers’ market. However, Greensgrow is willing to work with the community to figure out what the new space should include.
Greensgrow has set up a temporary location at 4912 Baltimore Avenue.
Major Expansion at the Science Center:
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Crime & Punishment Brewing Company has hit another roadblock as it attempts to open a brewpub on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The City of Philadelphia is claiming that the property must be zoned as Limited Industrial before it can open. The C&P team points out that other brewpubs in the city function under CMX zoning, which the Girard Avenue location currently is zoned as.
A zoning hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th at 2 p.m. and the Crime & Punishment crew is requesting friends and supporters to sign a petition in support of the brewery.
Crime & Punishment is also presenting at the Brewerytown/Sharswood Community Civic Association this Thursday at the Camelot Academy (26th and Jefferson) at 6:30 p.m.
Crime & Punishment Brewing Company [Foobooz]
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City Council was back in session yesterday, and Jared Brey at PlanPhilly has the details on bills introduced by Kenyatta Johnson, Mark Squilla and Darrell Clarke.
Johnson’s bill is designed to extend the city’s Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) in order to provide access to owners who live in government-subsidized housing. As it stands now, LOOP only includes residents who have owned their homes for at least 10 years and whose income doesn’t exceed 150 percent of the Area Median Income.
LOOP prevents qualified residents’ tax bills from increasing by more than 300 percent (300 percent!) in a year. Residents who already benefit from a tax abatement are excluded from the program, meaning that under the current rules, homeowners in subsidized housing can’t qualify. Johnson explained the plan to amend LOOP to Brey:
“Right now, individuals who live in affordable housing—obviously, they don’t have a certain amount of income, their taxes may have tripled, and currently they don’t qualify for the tax relief under LOOP because they have had some type of abatement in the past. But also, they’re in some type of a catch 22, because they can’t sell their homes because of a deed restriction, so the legislation that we introduced today will allow them to have the opportunity to participate in LOOP.”
Squilla and Clarke introduced bills related to rezoning efforts, neither of which were entirely surprising. Squilla wants to rezone a tiny part of Society Hill to allow commercial mixed-use and Clarke’s bill rezones neighborhoods west of Temple in exactly the way the Planning Commission predicted months ago.
All of which might explain why Claudia Vargas called Council’s agenda “tepid” in yesterday’s Inquirer.
New bills focus on housing affordability, zoning remapping [PlanPhilly]
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While a zoning meeting may not grab your attention at first, when there’s the possibility of a brewery involved it just might.
Tonight, Tuesday, June 24th, the Pennsport Civic Association is holding a zoning hearing for the space that Mellody Brewing Company has been keeping an eye on for their new brewery. Sean Mellody, owner of the company, will hear concerns from the locals as well as present the plan for his brewery and the other businesses that will hold the spot. The space is located at 1800 Moyamensing Avenue.
Mellody Brewing has been on the drawing boards for more than three years and Mellody hopes to focus on cask conditioned beers that will be distributed locally to bars and restaurants.
The hearing is open to anyone, so if you want to help, stop by and show your support. The hearing will be held at 138 Moore Street at 7 p.m.
Mellody Brewing [Facebook]
The Passyunk Post is reporting that the South Philly Barbacoa project from Benjamin Miller and his wife Cristina Martinez will not be happening in the Isaiah Zagar garage at 10th and Watkins.
The Post says Miller is still looking for a space in South Philly and David Goldfarb, the East Passyunk Crossing zoning chair is assisting.
You can still get the barbacoa on Sunday mornings outside of Rosa’s Bakery at 8th and Watkins. Also look for Miller and Martinez at the Garage on Friday, February 28th.
That was quick. South Philly Barbacoa will NOT be in Zagar warehouse [Passyunk Post]
South Philly Barbacoa [Foobooz]
A rendering presented to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association. Photo by Sandy Smith.
TLA’s Ray Murray went in front of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association last night to shed some light on his plans for Warehouse Cinema, the three screen, lounge-style theater he’s proposing for 631 N 6th Street.
The neighbors had a bunch of concerns including hours of operation, size or restrooms and the amount of outdoor seating.
Property has more details on the proposal and the zoning meeting.
More Details on TLA’s Proposed Movie Theater on North Sixth Street [Property]
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We told you about La Colombe’s plans for a Fishtown roasterie and distillery back in June. But since then there hasn’t been much news. But an intrepid tipster was snooping around the city’s zoning web site and discovered this application.
PERMIT FOR RELOCATION OF LOT LINES TO CREATE ONE LOT FROM FOUR(4)DEEDED LOTS, EXISTING IN THREE OPA NUMBERS(1335-37, 1339 &1341-49 FRANKFORD AVE), FOR A SIT DOWN RESTAURANT IN SPACE #3, WITH ACCESSOY ACOHOL DISTILLERY, TASTING LAB, OFFICES, ACCESSORY STORAGE AND WHOLESAL ,RETAIL SALE OF DISTILLED ALCOHOL PRODUCTS. (SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION)
This certainly sounds like it could be the flagship location La Colombe has been talking about, complete with distillery. We’re waiting on comment from someone at La Colombe but it does seem reasonable that it is the La Colombe facility. The property goes in front of the Fishtown Neighbors Association zoning committee’s on Tuesday, October 1st.
Check out this Vine video of La Colombe making their coffee filtered rum.
Chris Scarduzio received the go-ahead today from the Zoning Board to demolish the former Artisan Boulanger Patissier building at 12th and Morris Streets. Scarduzio intends on opening a bistro in a new three story building that will include a restaurant on the first floor and residences above. Since Scarduzio owns the building, he plans on his restaurant being there for generations.
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