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Preserve the historic building at 40th & Pine Streets in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Petitioning University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania

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

    1. Near Neighbors
    2. Petition by

      Near Neighbors

      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.  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Judge to Hear Oral Arguement in Demolition Case

      Near Neighbors
      Petition Organizer

      Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30am
      Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
      City Hall Courtroom #232

      Our appeal focuses on the fact Penn did not attempt to sell the property, as is specifically required by law. We also argue that the Commission erred in accepting 11% return on investment as the test for financial hardship. For their part, Penn and the City are claiming that we don’t have standing (i.e., the right) to bring this appeal.

    2. Judge Rules Zoning Variance Lacks Evidence

      Near Neighbors
      Petition Organizer

      In our appeal of the zoning variances, Judge Ceisler couldn't find any evidence why such a large building has to be built and built so close to the property's edges. Therefore she remanded the case back to the ZBA. She did believe there was evidence to support the use variance, so it is not a 100% victory. We should expect the developer will return to the ZBA attempting to explain the size and placement of their proposed building. If and when they do, we'll be there to fight them.

    3. Press coverage

      Near Neighbors
      Petition Organizer
    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. More Information, Links and Contact

      Near Neighbors
      Petition Organizer

      Pictures, History, Links and Contact Information
      http://www.heritech.org/advocacy/40Pine.html

    6. Reached 200 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Josh Silver PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Our heritage is still being destroyed too often for short-sighted ends.

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    • Jay Schwartz PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe our rich historical and architectural past is the key to our region's economic future, and beyond simple financial considersations, is vital to the spiritual and moral health of our citizens. Demolition would send the terrible message to youth that the treasures of our ancestors are disposable. Stop this easily-avoidable tragedy!

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    • winnie harris PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      this is an important historical building designed by sloan that is worth saving.

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    • Katharine Beals PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      A mansion worth preserving; given the shortage of parking spaces within a five-block radius of this location, this is not the spot for a high occupancy building with no onsite parking.

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    • James Peabody Colgate STAMFORD, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      The president of Penn should show some leadership here, and intervene to prevent OAP from demolishing this remarkable Italianate survivor, one that is emblematic of the splendor and elegant style that fueled the rapid development of West Philadelphia in the mid-nineteenth century. The University must find ways to re-use the building, including removing the stair tower and reconstructing the porch. Additional student housing can be created in the neighborhood without loosing such a magnificent reminder of West Philadelphia's roots. Shame on the university for proposing a 7-story apartment house. Shame.

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