Height becomes an issue for developers behind three Philadelphia projects

    What’s a sure-fire way developers can catch the ire of neighbors? Height.

    Three development proposals at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting came with some controversy, and it all had to do with the heights of the projects.

    PlanPhilly has details on the proposals for Old City, South Broad Street and University City.

    The first two call for mixed-use developments of varying heights: retail space, rental apartments and parking at Second and Race and 98,000 sq. ft. of retail space on Broad near South. Neighbors of both say the plans don’t fit the existing footprints of the neighborhoods — mainly because of their height.

    In University City, the University City Science Center caught flack for the windows of its proposed high-rise. Developers have been asked to better tailor the facade to it urban environment.

    Feed the Feed: Should developers try to fit the existing look of a neighborhood, or take it to a new level?

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.