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2600 Penrose Ferry – Tidewater Grain Bldg

Case History

September 27, 2006: Commonwealth Court reverses the Zoning Board of Adjustment decision allowing 38,000 square feet of advertising space on the side of the Tidewater Grain Building.

February 27, 2006: Commonwealth Court hears oral arguments for the case. Preston Ship and Rail attempted to quash Scenic Philadelphia’s appeal based on Act 193 of 2004.

June 7, 2004: ZBA approved the request for variances. Court of Common Pleas later affirmed the ZBA ruling.

Background Information

The property owner is requesting a variance to erect 5 outdoor advertising wallwraps, with a total area of 38,744 square feet, which would blanket the exterior of the former Tidewater Grain building with commercial advertising. This building towers above the landscape and is highly visible from the gateway highways leading visitors to Center City from Philadelphia International Airport. This imposing structure is also visible to park users hoping to enjoy the bucolic setting of FDR Park and to the current and potential businesses operating in the Philadelphia Naval Business Center. The proposed variance violates 26 provisions of Philadelphia’s zoning code, including size, height, and number of structures.