The short answer is, yes.
This morning the Inquirer published an odd account of a defamation charge Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush is laying on neighborhood resident Haley Dervinis, who happens to live on the same block as this proposal Feibush is proposing at 20th and Annin street, across from the OCF Cafe at 20th and Point Breeze Avenue.
At the South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. RCO meeting where the 20th and Annin series of single family homes was proposed (which yours truly attended), Dervins was the only person in the packed room raising objecting leading questions.
In the defamation cease and desist letter, Ori’s attorney Wally Zimolong writes:
The zoning on the vacant lot where the proposed homes would be going is RSA5, which permits single family rowhomes to be constructed by-right on the land. So what is the ZBA going to be deciding on today?
GROUNDSPERMIT FOR RELOCATION OF LOT LINE TO CREATE FOUR (4) LOTS (LOT #A to D) FROM THREE (3) DEEDED LOTS. ERECTION OF THREE (3) – THREE (3) STORY ATTACHED STRUCTURE (MAXIMUM HEIGHT NTE 38 FT) WITH CELLAR AND ROOF DECK ABOVE THIRD FLOOR (8 FT FRONT SETBACK) WITH ACCESSORY PILOTHOUSE MAXIMUM HEIGHT 7 FT (LOT #B,C & D) AND PARCEL #A – ERECTION OF THREE STORY ATTACHED STRUCTURE (MAXIMUM HEIGHT NTE 38 FT) WITH CELLAR AND REAR ONE STORY GARAGE (ONE OFF STREET PARKING) WITH DECK ABOVE GARAGE AND ROOF DECK ABOVE THE THIRD FLOOR (8 FT FRONT SETBACK) WITH ACCESSORY PILOTHOUSE MAXIMUM HEIGHT 7 FT, ALL FOUR STRUCTURES-USE AS SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION.
One of the homes is going to be going full-out over minimum yard requirements and take up the entire lot so it can include a garage and the homes will have roofdecks. And it’s surrounded by single family homes, most without roofdecks. (Fun Fact: District Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson lives in a 3-story rowhome with a roofdeck around the corner from here).
So… will Dervinis stick to the zoning matter at hand at the ZBA hearing, or will she bring up anti-development to the ZBA hearing as a meritous argument to deny a variance? The throwdown starts today at 2PM in the ZBA’s hearing room.
Update: Feibush just wrote me back saying he’s removing the off-street parking and garage from the unit that was to have it.