Building and Zoning

Hill restaurants welcome permanent “streeteries”

A Philadelphia City Council committee approved legislation to make these “streeteries” a permanent fixture in some parts of the city last week – a move that many in the Northwest say is a very good thing.

Planning committee considers how to fill vacant properties

In order to address the problem of empty storefronts that has plagued Lower Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill, members of the Chestnut Hill Planning and Development Group are considering a possible …

Cresheim Valley Drive closes Monday for 6 months

The closure is from Allens Lane and Emlen Street to Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive.e is expected to remain closed from November 2021 through April 2022.
Real Estate
More than two years after developer The Goldenberg Group bought property that formerly housed the old Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House and former headquarters of Blossom Philadelphia, neighbors …
If developers get their way, the former site of Mt. Airy’s Trolley Car Diner is set to become a five story, 114-unit apartment complex complete with 38 parking spaces, 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and a roof deck.
Streetscape Diane Fiske

Why not make the world a better place for all? It's FUN!

6753 Germantown Avenue got a big facelift Nov. 5, with contrasting colors bringing out its inherent beauty as a Victorian style building with the many details for which that style is …

2035 Project looks at Mt. Airy, Germantown planning

The entire Central Mount Airy Commercial Historic District will be the subject of the six-week long opportunity for residents to learn about the recommended zoning changes and make comments and suggestions about any future changes.
Discovering Chestnut Hill

Germantown Avenue to transform again during Night(s) of Lights

October 8 through the 17, from 7-9pm, historical images from the Conservancy’s Archives will be projected through storefront windows, while neighboring historic buildings will be transformed with colored lights and films.

Ex-Marine overcomes rough past, helps beautify Hill

Even though Jonathan Dargan has been helping to keep Chestnut Hill beautiful and clean for the past 13 years, not many people know who he is for the simple reason that he leaves his apartment at about 3 a.m., and finishes his work by 8 a.m.

FOW partnership with Lenape Native people thrives

In 2002, Friends of the Wissahickon was one of the first organizations to sign the Treaty of Renewed Friendship drawn up by the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Today the Lenape Nation meets with their partners every four years all along the river and takes the Friendship Treaty with them. The next journey will take place in 2022.

Injured Iraq War vet given mortgage-free home

If ever there was a person who deserved some good news, it is Veronica Hally, an injured Army war veteran with severe PTSD and anxiety that caused her to retire from the military. She also suffers …
Mt. Airy & Springfield Township
Mt. Airy Land Use Planning

Evans gives his vote to Federal Infrastructure bill

As a result of the federal infrastructure bill passed last week, the Nicetown Community Development Corporation will receive $1 million to develop a sports court beneath the elevated Roosevelt Boulevard.

Mt. Airy’s French Village is historically designated

The Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously decided to add the French Village Historic District to the city’s Register of Historic Places on Friday morning, completing a more than ten year process to get historic protections for the Mt. Airy neighborhood.

Plan for historic building highlights city’s vision for future growth

Neighbors in Mt. Airy’s central business district will likely soon see a taller version of the historic building that once housed the Mt. Airy National Bank at 7208-10 Germantown Ave. Developer …

The Greening of Mt. Airy

Ken Weinstein, owner of Philly Office Retail development company and co-founder of the Mt. Airy Business District, is teaming up with Morris Arboretum to turn Mt. Airy’s two-mile business …

Cresheim Valley Drive detour until 2022, starting November

Cresheim Valley Drive will remain closed for some 6 months, from November through early 2022. The closure will be from Allens Lane and Emlen St to Germantown Ave. and Cresheim Valley Drive.
Springfield Township

Jim Lee, Springfield Township Commissioner for Ward 3, provides some additional thoughts and context as there continues to be a lot of dialogue being shared by neighbors and various interested parties about Haws Lane.

First, they wanted to build a 55-unit senior housing apartment complex, then a 41-unit townhouse complex, then 36-units. Still the neighbors said no.  Now the company is opting for a behavioral  health facility – something they don’t need to get neighbors approval to build. 
New Police hires and promotions; Preliminary presentation - 1110 Willow Grove Avenue development; Proposed Haws Lane Development; 2022 Budget Presentation; Mermaid park tree planting; and Holiday lights competition.

Springfield Township
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