Bills bringing shopping center to 2nd and Allegheny OK’d by Planning Commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved three bills Tuesday afternoon that will allow for the development of a retail shopping center at 2nd Street and Allegheny Avenue in Kensington. All three bills were introduced into City Council by 7th-District Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez.

The development, called Plaza Allegheny, will have five primary structures for a total of 72,000 square feet, along with a grocery story and parking spaces for 290 vehicles, according to Peter Tantala, an engineer for the developer. Tantala called the project “a traditional, suburban-style shopping center in the city.” He said that HACE, the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, supports the project.

The first bill approved by the Commission would authorize the City to convey a lot it owns at the corner of 2nd and Lippincott streets to the developer. The second strikes from the city plan portions of North 4th and Lippincott streets. The last bill rezones the parcels in question from I-2 industrial CA-2, an Auto Oriented Commercial district.

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