Implementation of AVI, the administration’s property-tax reform plan, has been delayed for one year, reports the Daily News. City Council spent all day Thursday wrangling budget-related bills, which would provide $40 million in funding for the school district. Final passage is expected next week. Delaying AVI is a mixed blessing: There were too many uncertainties to fairly pass the reform, but we remain stuck with a broken tax system.
Owners of vacant buildings have new stricter requirements for sealing up openings and maintaining doors and windows, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. Not only will industrial-grade materials be required for large vacant properties, but also a sign with the name and address of the owner and property manager will have to be posted. The bill introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez was unanimously passed City Council yesterday.
The Planning Commission’s approval of Marina View Towers makes members of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group wonder if the commission will really push developers to hew to the Master Plan for the Central Delaware. PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reports that CDAG members feel that the Planning Commission should have asked for another round of modifications to Marina View’s plans to make the development’s height, design, and parking more in line with tenets of the Master Plan. It’s the difference between “good enough” and “good” development.
South Philly has some choice street names, and the South Philly Review lists their top 10 goofiest. Did you know that Moyamensing means pigeon poop? You’re welcome.
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