Neighbors object to plans for Philly entertainment venue

    A proposed Philadelphia zoning change would allow for an entertainment space in the 2000 block of Richmond Street near Girard Avenue. Plans call for the venue to hold up to 3,000 guests. But neighbors said no way.

    Councilman Frank DiCicco says the city sometimes has to approve development despite neighborhood opposition.

    “I have tried to get the folks to understand there are ways to give them protections. I have not gotten a signal to do that,” he said. “I am actually on my own. I have asked the developer and his attorney to prepare a community benefits agreement, because I think they do need something in that community to give them some level of comfort.”

    Peg Rzepski of the Olde Richmond Civic Association said residents are upset.

    “Many are worried that this proposal will be a step back to the days of nuisance bars and nightclubs along the waterfront,” she said.

    City Council’s rules committee has approved the bill. It will now go to the full council for a vote.

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