Philly OKs Zoning Relief For 197-Foot Old City Development

Law360, New York (September 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT) -- The developers of a proposed 197-foot-tall mixed-use building in Philadelphia's historic Old City cleared a major hurdle late Tuesday when the City Planning Commission approved an amended plan despite protests from neighborhood groups over the project's size and modern design.

The approval was nearly a year in the making, as developer Brown/Hill Development and architect Peter Gluck adjusted their plans for a massive “sculptural” building abutting the Benjamin Franklin bridge after eliciting concerns from the planning commission and the community alike with their original proposal last...
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