Earth to developers: demand for parking in Philly is shrinking. A 278-unit apartment building right in Center City does not need 223 parking spaces. It really does not need any parking spaces. It’s right on Market Street near so much transit! Build as many underground parking spaces as it’s feasible to build, and then stop worrying about it. This project absolutely should not get a variance for above-ground parking.
The lawyer for Penn Center House residents skeptical of or opposed to the proposed development, Joseph Beller, tried to chip away at Brandywine’s arguments for aboveground parking. He argued that the developer would not have had to seek a variance on this particular issue had it decided to use underground parking. This back-and-forth is a strong test of the city’s now year-old zoning code, which allows aboveground parking in residential districts for parcels zoned RMX-3, CMX-4 and CMX-5, the last of which applies to this lot.
(via Andy Sharpe)