24th and Washington mixed-use development approved by ZBA

The 5-story mixed-use project being planned for 24th and Washington has been approved by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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In January we told you about the project, which include 113 residential units and commercial space on the street-level of the building.

The plans also include 57 parking spaces, 53 bike parking spots and public park space.

More on the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s decision from PlanPhilly:

The ZBA hearing on the project was delayed for two months while the developers had conversations about the proposal with local community groups. When the hearing was held last week, the project was supported by Councilman Johnson, South of South Neighborhood Association and the Washington Avenue Property Owners Association, but was opposed by North of Washington Avenue Coalition (NOWAC).

The proponents said the project would help bring more active commercial uses to Washington Avenue and bring eyes on the street to what feels like an unsafe block. But opponents said the project is too tall and would exacerbate parking congestion in the neighborhood.

Members of NOWAC also said they hadn’t received adequate notification about the plans as required by the zoning code. Zoning board Chairwoman Julia Chapman struck a skeptical note, saying the board often hears that same complaint from NOWAC, but not from other community groups.