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Zoning dispute over residential development

An ongoing controversy is taking place over a proposed residential development at 1901 Lombard Street in Philadelphia. The developers, who wish to build ten townhomes at that location, are seeking variances from existing zoning laws to gain approval of their plans. The variances sought relate to both lot coverage and height, and also involve approval of the subdivision of the existing lot into ten smaller separate lots, one for each proposed home.

Old zoning ruling at issue in plan for restaurant building

The current owners of Philadelphia's Wynnewood Shopping Center want to add a new restaurant building in the parking lot located at the back of the property. Some zoning laws and conditions of approval applicable to the property adopted some 60 years ago in 1953, however, may present an obstacle to that proposal.

Controversy over proposed residential development

There is a current controversy in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia over a proposal to build a residential development on currently zoned industrial land. That land is now used for a parking lot. The developers, who want to build several residential buildings on Ridge Avenue, told the Callowhill /Neighborhood Association they wanted to do something different from what is currently contemplated by existing zoning laws.

Court overturns zoning ok for drug treatment center

A developer has been denied permission to convert a closed thread mill in Lehigh County for use as a residence by addicts undergoing drug rehabilitation. The developer plans to both appeal the judge's ruling and to prepare and file a new application for the project under Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's recently modified zoning laws. The city's altered zoning ordinance, the developer contends, makes it possible for a special exception for zoning for such drug treatment facilities.

Battle heats up over zoning for methadone clinic

A proposal to open up a methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania, has proved controversial. Opponents included residents whose property neighbored on the proposed site. They attempted to use zoning laws to prevent the operation of the methadone clinic. The fight over the proposal has been going on now for approximately two years.

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