Protect historic Society Hill from inappropriate development
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The 2012 Philadelphia city-wide rezoning initiative and subsequent zoning changes have made several areas of Society Hill vulnerable to inappropriate development. The first target is the 5th Street shopping block. Recent rezoning, over the objections of the Society Hill Civic Association, changed its designation from commercial only to one that allows residential development.
Alterra Property Group plans to replace our community supermarket with an out-of-scale 65-unit apartment building. Our concern is impact on the historic character and functionality of our neighborhood.
Society Hill, one of the largest concentrations of 18th/early 19th-century buildings in the U.S., is a major Philadelphia tourist attraction. The proposed building is two blocks from Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site in the only U.S. World Heritage City. The pedestrian-accessible supermarket, especially important for senior residents, was part of the historic Philadelphia Redevelopment Plan, designed to convert these colonial-era houses into a functional community. The plan’s success was recognized by the American Planning Association’s 2008 “Great Neighborhoods” award.
Once again, a developer’s financial interests threaten to override a community’s quality of life and Philadelphia’s historic preservation. Will the City of Philadelphia once again fail to protect its citizens and its heritage?
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