Zoning10 Oct 2013 03:28 pm

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its October meeting. Results are below.

1535 S. 11th Street: 

Application for the first story addition to an existing attached structure (max. height not to exceed 38’-0”) for use as an eating & drinking establishment (sit-down restaurant) at 1st floor level with accessory storage at basement, and a single family dwelling unit located at upper level with accessory rear roof deck located at second (2nd) story roof.  Zoning refused because the proposed use of an eating & drinking establishment is not permitted in this zoning district. 6 votes of non-opposition; 2 votes of opposition. Provisos include venting for oven/range must vent up through the building; railing on deck should allow light to pass through. Owner explained this will be a BYOB with no more than 30 seats with operating hours no later than 10:00 or 11:00 p.m.  Trash to be stored in rear yard.  Might request waiver for ADA accessibility issues.  Some neighbor opposition to another restaurant opening on 11th Street.

 1203 S. Clarion Street: 

Application for the change in use from existing one story garage to a three story single family dwelling with one attached off street accessory parking slot inside the residence, and the use of a rooftop sundeck.  Zoning refused due the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts. This case was continued and will be re-scheduled at an upcoming zoning meeting.


The following cases have not received a formal refusal but they wanted to present their plan to the neighborhood for input from the community.

1) 1304-06 9th Street – El Zarape Restaurant from Passyunk and Morris signed a lease for this space and will present their plans.  Will present at a future zoning meeting once refusal is received.  Was told that the no parking signs, the ATM in the garage/on the sidewalk; the flashing ATM sign need to be removed.  Owner said he was willing to make the changes to this property.

2) 1235 Federal Street – Plans for adding a third floor and building 10 apartment units with 6 parking spaces (originally 10).  Will present at a future zoning meeting once refusal is received.  Was suggested to lower density from 10 to 8 units and have larger sized apartments; was suggested that third floor addition be set back 3 feet on the Annin Street side; Architect agreed to do a shadow study.

3) 1403-1409- Darien Street – Plans are for the construction of 6 single family homes. Will present at a future zoning meeting once refusal is received.  Original plan was for seven 4-story townhomes.  Revised plan is for three 3-story homes and three 4-story homes to total 6 homes.  It was suggested that pilot house should be set back 5 feet and the 4th floor should be set back 8 feet.



The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check facebook.com/passyunksquare or twitter.com/passyunksquare for any last minute changes Please email zoning@passyunk.org with any zoning-related questions.


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