Uncategorized17 Dec 2019 01:33 pm

October 2021 – Update

There are two important dates coming up to be aware of:

October 14, 2021 – 6:00pm
Special Meeting with Fire Department Leadership
Register for this meeting here:

At the July 20th meeting on this issue, there were several questions about plans for the new firehouse and how they were vetted. Councilmember Squilla feels it is important that neighbors have the opportunity to speak directly to fire department leadership to hear answers to these questions and has arranged a meeting to do this. The Councilmember and Alterra properties will also be available to review the process for this project going forward and to answer more questions.

October 26, 2021 – 10am
First City Council Hearing on this Topic

The first City Council hearing for this project has been scheduled for October 26th. This hearing is for the first part of the legislation that would allow this project to go forward. The legislation as proposed is available here. Anyone is welcome to register to testify.

Instructions for registering to testify are as follows:

Speakers interested in giving testimony on any of these legislative matters must call 215‑686‑3412 ext. 8, or send an e‑mail to brett.nedelkoff@phila.gov by 3 p.m. the day before the hearing and submit the following information:
•     Full name
•     Callback telephone number where you can be reached
•     Identify the bill number that will be addressed (in this case – 210638)
Speakers who submitted the above information within the required time frame will be telephoned during the public hearing and invited to the remote hearing. They will be given additional instructions by the Committee Chair once they are connected.

We encourage neighbors to visit the City Council calendar for updates and details on the City Council review process.  Our understanding is that there will be another hearing to proceed with legislation that would allow for the sale of 1100 Wharton. 

July 2021 Update – Meeting Video, Traffic Study and Opportunites for Further Feedback

On August 3rd, the city’s Civic Design Review panel will be meetings to provide feedback on the proposed Master Plan change that is triggered by the ongoing legislative process. Neighbors are invited to attend and give commentary. Please note that commentary from our July 20th meeting will be included in the consideration. More information on how to attend is available here.

We encourage neighbors to continue submitting feedback to Mark.Squilla@phila.gov with a copy to municipalcomplex@passyunk.org throughout the summer and fall. We will post City Council hearing dates when they are scheduled. The earliest this could happen is mid-September when Council returns to session.

June 2021 Update – Meeting July 20th, 6:30pm

Councilmember Squilla will be hosting a meeting to update the community about the further process for advancing this project and to discuss the fine details of the project as requested by community members over the past year and a half.

The meeting will be held: 
Tuesday July 20, 2020, 6:30pm online
Register at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModOGurjMpEtVyezvfWRZKSiytoDkw4SG5

Neighbors who need assistance accessing the meeting can email contact@passyunk.org or call 215-266-5088

Councilmember Squilla has also provided us with first-draft legislation that addresses this project. This legislation has been introduced to provide the opportunity for official review though Council has left for summer break. The earliest date for a City Hearing would be on this matter would be October 2021. This draft is available here with supporting documents here and here. Download as one zip file here.

A copy of the flyer promoting this meeting is available here. We encourage you to share with your neighbors.

October 2020 Update

The pandemic paused our updates for this project but Councilmember Squilla has asked us to share that, based on community feedback, the developer has updated their proposal to reduce the density of this project and agreed to add additional landscape trees throughout the streetscape. Below is the chart with new residential unit counts (155 as opposed to the 170 listed in our chart below) and further reiterated details.


We will pass on updates on how the process for approving the sale of this parcel will proceed as they are announced.

December 2019 Update Meeting Post

Thank you to the 80+ neighbors who attended Councilmember Squilla’s meeting last night regarding proposed plans for the Municipal Complex area. 

For those who could not attend last night, below is the handout distributed by the proposed developer, Alterra Properties, and a chart summarizing the updated proposal for the area.



We encourage neighbors to send their feedback directly to mark.squilla@phila.gov with a cc: to municipalcomplex@passyunk.org

Neighbors are also welcome to add their names to our mailing list for updates about this project and submit comments on our Municipal Complex google form.

We will be reporting on feedback and next steps in the new year.  

You can also download and review a copy of the 2035 Philadelphia South District Plan section regarding this area, that was discussed at last night’s meeting. 

Past Posts on this topic:
Please note – information after 2019 is now summarized on this page
December 2019 Meeting Announcement
Spring 2019 Update
November 2018 Meeting Minutes

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