Philadelphia Planning Commission to review two key Northwest projects

Tuesday could be a key day in a pair of Northwest developments, as the city Planning Commission considers the next phase of a development in Nicetown and a closely-watched Chestnut Hill plan.

In Nicetown, the commission will consider a city redevelopment agreement with Nicetown Court II Housing Partners, LP for the next phase of a mixed-use project underway on Germantown Ave.

The latest phase calls for affordable housing with ground-floor retail at 4420 Germantown Avenue, and 4428 Uber St., near the Wayne Junction Septa station. In September, the Redevelopment Authority board approved a predevelopment loan to support architectural, engineering and environmental work for Nicetown Court II, said RDA spokesman Paul Chrystie.

Construction is expected to being next spring, and the city will provide $5.5 million in neighborhood stabilization program funding, Chrystie said.

* In Chestnut Hill, planners will consider a zoning change that would remap 8200 Germantown Ave., which would allow the proposed redevelopment of the former Magarity Ford property. A bill, introduced by Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, would change the parcel from the current C7 and R5 to the commercial C2 designation and R10b residential, to allow for a mixed-use center with a grocery store, retail and residential components.

The zoning is needed to allow for Bowman Properties’ plans for a Fresh Market store, retail spaces along Germantown Avenue with several floors of condominiums above, and a row of townhouses at the rear of the site, along Shawnee Street facing Pastorious Park.

Also, in Tioga, the commission will review a proposed zoning remapping that would shift several properties along West Venango Street from the current C2 commercial to R9 residential designation. A map of the area affected, including 1925-33 W. Venango St., is here:

The Planning Commission meets at 1 p.m. in Conference Room 18029, 1515 Arch St. PlanPhilly will cover the meeting and reports on each of the major Northwest items will follow on NewsWorks. View the full tentative agenda here.

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