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Petitioning University of Pennsylvania

Preserve the historic building at 40th & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, PA.


The 1850s mansion on the Southwest corner of 40th and Pine Streets in Philadelphia was certified historic by the City of Philadelphia's Historical Commission. The current owner, the University of Pennsylvania, purchased the property in 2003 after it had been designated historic but it now wants to demolish the mansion based on a claim of financial hardship. The purpose of Penn's proposed demolition is to make way for a large, high-density apartment building that would violate the Zoning Code. Near neighbors are advocating to try to save the historic mansion and, if unsuccessful, to advocate for new construction that complies with the Zoning Code.  Press coverage here http://bit.ly/Od9qma  We encourage you to post a comment about why you are signing and to share this petition via social media.  Thank you.  

Letter to
University of Pennsylvania
I just signed the following petition addressed to: University of Pennsylvania.

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Preserve the historic building at 40th & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, PA.

I oppose the demolition of the1850s historic mansion on the Southwest corner of 40th and Pine Streets in Philadelphia, especially to make way for a large, high-density apartment building that violates the Zoning Code. Given that the current owner, the University of Pennsylvania, purchased the property in 2003 knowing it was designated historic, the City should not now allow Penn to demolish the mansion based on Penn's claim of financial hardship. I support the neighbors' efforts to save the mansion and, if unsuccessful, I support their efforts to advocate for new construction that meets the criteria of the Zoning Code.
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Sincerely,