Zoning08 Feb 2012 02:15 pm

On February 14, 2012 the Passyunk Square Zoning Committee provided a forum for the applicants listed below to present their plans and receive feedback from the community. The Committee voted on each case and the results are as follows.

1231-1233 E. Passyunk Ave.
Details: On first floor, seeking an eat-in restaurant with minimum of 30 seats. No live music. No take-out alcohol.

This project, tentatively called “Garage,” is planned to occupy the former site of the Satellite Autobody shop. For the variance to open an eat-in restaurant with food served on non-disposable ware, the Committee voted 4-0 in non-opposition. Applicant and Committee agreed on standard provisos regarding management of waste and general upkeep of property.

1134 S. 9th St.
(a.k.a. Connie’s Ric Rac at 1132 S. 9th St.)
Details: Seeking a permit for expansion of their facilities to establish an eat-in and take-out restaurant, that would primarily serve patrons for the 1132 S. 9th St. venue as well as the general public.

Applicant received a referral from Licenses and Inspections and is seeking a certificate from the Zoning Board of Adjustment to move forward with plans for an eat-in, take-out restaurant. On this matter, the Committee voted 4-0 in non-opposition. Applicant and Committee agreed on standard provisos insuring proper storage and frequent pick-up of garbage as well as general upkeep and litter prevention in vicinity of property. Applicant’s meeting with the Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled for today (2/15) at 2pm.

625-629 Earp St.
Details: Seeking to put new 2nd and 3rd story additions to existing 2-story structure and for renewal of use as plumbing office and shop on the 1st and 2nd floors. Refused for insufficient rear yard and open area and for use as plumbing office and shop in a residentially zoned parcel.

After considering opposing view points from neighbors adjacent to this property to the north regarding the lot coverage and insufficient open space, the Committee voted 3-1 in non-opposition to the variance for open space and use as a plumbing facility. Mssrs. Gumbel and Martella and Ms. Geary voting in non-opposition. Mr. Pohlig voting in opposition. Applicant’s meeting with the Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled for 29 February 2012. Applicant and Committee agreed to several standard construction provisos and to proviso that plans as presented to Committee be adjusted so that all new construction (including all terraces, decks, fencing, walls, etc.) be set back at least 9 feet from the rear lot line AND that existing walls in the rear be repaired and re-faced.

(Edited: Due to an error on the refusal which stated the zoning district for this property as R-10 instead of the R-10A, the zoning committee was not asked to take a position on the multi-family use that would be refused in an R-10A single family zoning district. The committee’s current position on this application is to ask for a continuance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment so that the applicant can return to the committee at our April meeting so we can have an official vote on this.)

1214 S. Juniper St.
Details: Seeking a permit for a 3-family dwelling. Property is currently zoned for single family use.

Property had earlier (September) been granted a variance for a two-family dwelling and storage area for clothing and accessories used by the men’s clothing shop on South Broad Street. Applicant sought change from storage area to a third dwelling. Committee voted 4-0 in non-opposition. Applicant and committee agreed to standard construction provisos governing allowable times for construction, waste disposal and installation of security lighting, street trees (where possible) and storm water run-off mitigation efforts (where practicable). Applicant is scheduled to meet with Zoning Board of Adjustment on 22 February 2012.

The Zoning Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center (SPOAC) on the NW corner of East Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson St.

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