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Zarwin Baum’s Zoning and Land Use Co-chair, Stephen G. Pollock, is leading the charge to stimulate major development along the Delaware River.

May 16, 2017

              

                Zarwin Baum’s Zoning and Land Use Co-chair, Stephen G. Pollock, is leading the charge to stimulate major development along the Delaware River. Pollock’s client K4 Associates, LLC is seeking to change the skyline in a manner similar to when the hat was blown off the top of William Penn back in the 70’s by developer, Willard Rouse.  

                Can anyone imagine what the Philadelphia skyline would look like today if Philadelphia city planners and design advocacy groups kept the lid on buildings to be no higher than William Penn’s hat on top of City Hall? We submit it would be pretty boring.

                K4 proposes to build a mixed use neighborhood adjacent to and behind the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 Union Headquarters consisting of 10 high rise buildings of mixed height. 

                K4’s plan includes the extension of the Delaware River Water Trail and increasing the connectivity of the Pennsport Community to the waterfront.

                As part of the effort to enhance development along Philadelphia’s Delaware River Waterfront, Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced a zoning bill to allow sensible development to take advantage of existing height bonuses to go as high as 316 feet.  Not every proposed building by K4 will soar to this height. 

                When you think about it, until Liberty Place came along at 945 feet a “gentlemen’s agreement “prevented buildings from rising above 548 feet through most of the 20th Century in Philadelphia. We are in the midst of a renaissance of high rise development in Philadelphia ( Comcast I & II). Raising the potential building height to 316 feet along the Delaware River to energize development to make the waterfront a place to live, work and recreate is a positive development. 

                Here is a link to an article appearing in The Philadelphia Inquirer , headlined as “Making Phila. High-rises even higher”: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/real_estate/commercial/bill-would-break-delaware-river-height-limits-for-s-philly-high-rise-project-20170516.html


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