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Millions in city sheriff's accounts intended for property owners

Nearly $56 million dollars surfaced in the lengthy investigation of 13 bank accounts overseen by the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office. Much of the money was accumulated over the last dozen years and was labeled as unclaimed proceeds from sheriff-imposed real estate sales.

Chestnut Hill land use disputes hampered by zoning pressures

A subcommittee for the Chestnut Hill Community Association is worried that a two-acre piece of commercial real estate will be rezoned before neighborhood land use concerns are addressed. A developer wants to put condominiums and a grocery store on the property of a former car dealership on Germantown Avenue.

Germantown Dollar Tree protestors fail to push zoning board vote

Protesters flocked to a recent Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting in Germantown to show displeasure for the proposed placement of a Dollar Tree store in the shopping center at Chelten Plaza. The board is considering whether to revoke the store's construction permit, which Dollar Tree opponents say was granted under false pretenses.

Philadelphia International in turf war with Tinicum

Philadelphia officials would like to move a UPS facility on Hog Island Road out of the way of a planned airport runway expansion. One judge has already agreed. The city owns Philadelphia International Airport and wants to buy a 500-acre stretch of land beyond city limits in Tinicum to re-house UPS.

Philadelphia works to revamp city zoning codes

Four years ago, Philadelphia voters approved a measure that would require city officials to update and rewrite the city's decades-old zoning code. A Zoning Code Commission was created with that approval and began to combine and rework the outdated zoning regulations and amendments.

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