New Roof Deck Ban Could Be Coming To Part Of Strawberry Mansion – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia home buyers are often looking for rooftop decks, but a new roofing ban could apply to part of Strawberry Mansion. Some Philadelphia City Council members who support the law say they want to discourage developers from changing the overall historical look of Strawberry Mansion.

The Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in Philadelphia is becoming a hotspot for developers, especially the area bordering the east side of Fairmount Park, with its wide streets, proximity to the Schuylkill Expressway, and large houses with ornate facades.

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“What we saw is that people were buying properties that were not conducive to the character of this particular neighborhood,” said City Council President Darrell Clarke.

Clarke has a bill, he says, that would preserve the historic character of Strawberry Mansion.

The bill would create a zone that protects homes near Fairmount Park and would designate it as a neighborhood protection overlay district.

The planned district would enforce building codes such as limiting the height of new apartments to two or three stories depending on the width of the street. The bill also states: “Roof decks and roof access structures are prohibited”.

“I think it’s the anti-development law,” said Logan Kramer, CEO of Design Pro Development of Brewerytown.

“I planned to invest over $ 60 million in Strawberry Mansion over the next five years,” he said. “If this bill gets passed, I’ll probably take this money and put it in suburban developments that are mine.”

Meanwhile, real estate agents are suggesting that homebuyers could help improve Strawberry Mansion, but a rooftop ban could force some to look elsewhere.

“We have plenty of evidence, both from Philadelphia and elsewhere, of how you can create policies that will help a community grow and the economy, while protecting the long-term residents of the community. And they don’t seem to be doing that here, ”said Gregg Kravitz.

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Some people who live in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood tell us that rooftop terraces don’t necessarily bother them, but many are concerned about new or renovated homes. Some who charge more than $ 400,000 could end up raising their property taxes.

You blame the developers.

“The real estate market is booming right now, so I think they’re just seeing dollar signs,” said Jeff Walker.

Kravitz points out that elected officials should pass laws that both protect long-term residents and enable development.

The bill was passed today by the rules committee. It is expected to have its first of two readings when the Philadelphia City Council meets on Thursday.


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