Zoning & Policy
Here we grow again.
New zoning brings a vibrant new feel to City Ave. It encourages pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development.
It also means more, new, better. City Ave will continue to have more street-level retail storefronts, more residential options, new public plazas and higher-quality office space.
How did we make it happen? The City Ave District worked in partnership with the City of Philadelphia to pass a zoning overlay in 2009 and Lower Merion Township to pass a rezoning ordinance in April 2012, continuing the transformation of the area.
The new zoning ordinance that permits higher density, mixed-use development means we’ll continue to be more pedestrian-friendly.
There will be more access to retail stores and businesses.
City Ave is already great and it’s going to get better.
Specifically, the new zoning:
- Allows residential, institutional and commercial use in close proximity.
- Incentivizes structured parking vs. vast surface lots.
- Creates higher quality office space for businesses that want to be near Center City while avoiding congestion.
- Encourages improvements to retail storefronts, attracting high-end retail.
- Increases building FAR, lot coverage and building height.
- Reduces required parking while encouraging features such as plazas, structured parking and underground parking.
- Makes sidewalks wider and requires street landscaping.
- Creates better pedestrian connections between sidewalks and buildings.
If you’re a real estate broker or developer interested in the City Ave area, contact Terrence Foley, President of the City Ave District at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.747.0311