Chestnut Hill Community Association on Thursday night will back Greene Street Consignment’s amended plan to expand its building into the back parking lot.
The Chestnut Hill store at 8524-26 Germantown Ave. is applying for a zoning variance with the city of Philadelphia.
The original proposal by the building’s owner Sanjiv Jain was to expand the store to have 100-percent coverage of the 100-foot lot – but it was rejected by the city. At present, 50-percent of the lot is used by the building.
CHCA’s Land Use Planning and Zoning co-chair Larry McEwen presented says the new plan is for Jain to expand the building to a maximum of 90-percent lot coverage, thus retaining 10 feet for rear-yard access by service vehicles. He noted this would preclude parking for tenants or business owners.
Other conditions would include code-compliant rear exits for both the first floor commercial use and second floor residential use, and the development of a rear façade that meets the specifications of both CHCA’s Development Review Committee and the Chestnut Hill Historical Society.
“We feel that there has been a significant improvement in the proposal and we’re satisfied with that,” said McEwen.
Jain said the expansion is indicative of the strong business that his tenant Greene Street Consignment is experiencing.