November 9th GCCA Zoning Meeting

Garden Court Community Association has a regularly scheduled Zoning and Development Committee meeting at 8pm on Wednesday, November 9th. We are still meeting virtually, via Zoom; log-in detail are at the bottom of this post.


Meeting Agenda:

  • 1. Zoning cases: None

  • 2. Report: any status updates for ongoing projects of significance

  • 3. Report: August Garden Court real estate activity - permits issued, home sales, and apartment rentals - no report this month

  • Public Comment

  • Committee Working Session (closed)

  • Next Meeting: December 14th, 2022


1. Zoning Cases: None

Last month, the committee heard a variance case for 5039 Spruce Street, in which the applicant seeks a permit for 3-family use in an existing 3-story twin in a single family zoning district. In advisory polls conducted at the end of the meeting, members of the public voted 2-0-0 in SUPPORT of the requested variance and the committee voted 8-0-2 in SUPPORT. Philadelphia's Zoning Board of Adjustment will render a decision at a public hearing.


2. Significant project updates


GCCA zoning is trying to keep tabs on some of the larger scale developments underway in the neighborhood so that we provide our community with neutral, fact-based information about what's happening. From time to time, we may invite developers to provide a community update and answer questions.


4701 Pine Street - no major update

(220 apartments in a 6-story addition over the garage adjacent to the Garden Court Plaza). Construction has begun. A crane is on site and steel is beginning to rise over the garage. Site access is principally taking place on 47th Street.


4746-4748 Spruce Street - no major update

(12-story building - six stories on the east end - with commercial space on the first and second floors, 170 residential units, 28 vehicular parking spaces, 76 bicycle parking spaces, and an off-street loading dock; through the Low Income Housing Bonus, the proposal includes a $1.8M payment toward the Housing Trust Fund). The project was permitted by-right. After the required community meeting (hosted by GCCA in May) as part of Civic Design Review, the CDR hearing was held on August 2nd at which the advisory panel voted to conclude the process. It is expected that the developer will soon apply for building permits.


301 S 51st Street

(apartments on site of a currently abandoned car service garage in the interior of the block). A zoning permit was issued in 2019, but a building permit has not yet been. In light of the impact of inflation on construction costs and the an inability to reach an agreement with the Lodge for secondary access/egress or additional parking, the owner of the property says that they are putting the project on hold; they say they are open to ideas for how to make use of the property.


4900 Spruce Street - no major update

(150 apartments on -a former parking lot). Construction continues and is nearing completion.



3. October Garden Court real estate activity report


RCOs like GCCA are called upon to discuss development proposals requiring variances or civic design review, but those represent a small fraction of real estate activity in any month. In the interest of staying informed of the bigger picture, GCCA Zoning is putting together a monthly report of permits issued (including by-right zoning), homes sales, and apartment rentals in the neighborhood. This is being posted here so neighbors get information without needing to attend the meeting. Trends are shown and discussed on a quarterly basis. Special thanks to committee member, Chris Mejia-Smith for pulling together this information from a variety of sources.


By Right Permits Issued

None this month


Homes Sold

Homes for sale that are affordable to median income (30K/yr) in 3rd Council Districtd

Rental Market




Details for Joining the Meeting:


Time:  November 9th, 2022 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Direct Link: https://upenn.zoom.us/j/91979124404?pwd=Q3pYOFpLenBTQW95Sm9aMTRzRmt3dz09

or dial in to: +1-646-558-8656 or +1-301-715-8592 additional numbers at: https://upenn.zoom.us/u/ahHOJpCyM Meeting ID: 919 7912 4404 Passcode: GCCAzoning


Public participants will need to "raise their hand" to be un-muted and ask questions or make comment. GCCA Zoning's regular rules of decorum will apply.



Get involved.


As always, our meetings are public and open for anyone to attend; if you are interested in receiving email updates from the Zoning Committee, or are interested in joining when there is an opening, please email Zoning@GardenCourtCA.org - not yet a GCCA member? Join here! Our geographic boundaries are 45th Street, Cedar Avenue, 52nd Street, and Locust.



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