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Plan Philly, City Council gave the green light on a contested rezoning that will allow residential development in a floodplain located on Venice Island. The council voted unanimously last Thursday to a zoning tweak which allows 68 luxury townhouses and 128 parking spaces to be built. The area is currently an area of overgrown brush and weeds. It is expected that the Mayor will sign the bill, and construction will move forward without delay, but we will update the situation as it proceeds.
Venice Island is located in the 100-year floodplain, which means there is a 1% chance it will flood every year. Until ten years ago, when another developer challenged the maps to develop on this same site, it was considered to be in the floodway (the portion of the floodplain that carries the fastest moving and deepest water).
What do you think of the development plans? Do you have any interest in living in one of the townhouses? Let us know in the comments on Instagram @haveanight_yunk!
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