Members of the city’s Historical Commission approved plans for an apartment building to be built over a parking garage on the site of a recent archeological dig. And though the decision didn’t seem to come lightly, it came swift and sure, helping to move the city’s Master Plan for the Delaware River ever closer to fruition.
According to PlanPhilly, opponents of the plan for the Delaware Avenue and Vine Street location, saw the building’s orange accents and synthetic stucco as problematic considering the neighborhood’s overall historical feel.
Representatives for the developer explained that budget constraints and the building’s intended use and target market governed the choice of materials.
The design’s perceived drawbacks led the developer to promise changes in things like accent colors.
Nonetheless, the plans were passed in a 7-3 vote.