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ZBA Approves Techadelphia Variance

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously this week to approve the zoning variance needed to allow the Techadelphia mixed-use project to proceed.

The planned development in South Kensington consists of a row of townhomes facing Philip Street and a five-story building on American Street with co-working space on the street floor and basement and four floors of apartments above. The apartment rents will cover the cost of offering free co-working space for Philly-based tech entrepreneurs and 40 scholarships for youth in nearby neighborhood schools.

“The jobs component was the part they liked best,” Frankel Management Company CEO Sean Frankel, the project’s spark plug and developer, said about the ZBA’s reaction to the proposal.

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