Manayunk Neighborhood Council
Saint Mary of the
Meeting December 14 2016
||7:30 PM, Wednesday December 14, 2016
||North Light Community Center, 175 Green Lane
The complete St. Mary of the Assumption church property has been up for sale for some time. We met last in March when we only had a preliminary concept of the development. A few things have happened since then, including meeting with the developer, North Light Community Center and State Representative Pam DeLissio and the Planning Commission.
MNC and North Light have met with the developer, making
our concerns clear and suggesting alternatives. In the
eight months since our first meeting the plans have changed
very little; they still call for about 100 apartments and
about 130 parking spaces with no parking spaces for the
community or North Light.
Such a development will be at least twice as dense as
a row house development, further worsening parking and
The properties (17 in all) are zoned RSA-5. i.e. twins and
rows. Just because a developer is willing to pay more for a
property doesn't entitle them to a larger development. There
were other bids that were rejected for a higher bid that
ignored the zoning classification.
We have learned that Councilman Jones has recently directed
the Planning Commission to prepare a new zoning overlay
consistent with the developer's plan; allowing multi-family
units across the whole site.
A new zoning overlay is unnecessary and unacceptable.
It hijacks the zoning process and will formalize and make
permanent high-density multi-family housing in the heart
of our row-house neighborhood.
Apartments tend to attract a more transient population
that does not support our schools or create long term
stability in the neighborhood.
In short, such a development is bad for the community.
We therefore will request that the Councilman withdraw
the directive so that any proposed development respects
the existing zoning classification. Please join us at this
important meeting to allow us to answer questions and update
to Saint Mary's Zoning Page