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Few Hurdles Remain for 32 Proposed Roxborough Homes

Stephen Goldner to present project to zoning board Sept. 19.

With conditional support from the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association, a developer will present plans for 32 Roxborough homes at the zoning board next week.

Stephen Goldner will share with the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment Sept. 19 his plan to build 16 twin homes at the abandoned Ivy Ridge Nursing home and create a new city street, Kingsley Court, at 5627 Ridge Ave.

The developer initially in January 2012 to build the four-bedroom, 3.5 bath homes he planned to sell for around $320,000. He needed zoning variances, as he planned to demolish all existing structures, subdivide the property into 32 separate lots, and build four-story homes (including a basement) that exceed the zoning permitted for the area.

Neighbors raised concerns regarding traffic, increased parking and potential infringements on adjacent property owners' rights. Goldner met neighbors on-site, and hammered out details with the civic, city and Roxborough Development Corporation. Each home will contain a basement garage and parking pad.

Despite the Kingsley as a through-street from Ridge to Houghton streets, neighbors and the developer preferred keeping it a cul-de-sac, which became the final plans.

In May, with provisos it negotiated, including: a prohibition of left-hand turns onto Ridge Avenue from the court and construction homes facing Ridge with a brick facade.

On Monday, civic President Andrew Bantly said Goldner also agreed to fencing requirements at the properties' rear, as well.

So what delayed the neighborhood-approved project from beginning sooner? Bantly said the Goldner needed the Philadelphia Water Department to sign off on a water basin, which it has since done.

Goldner will present the plan Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. before the zoning board, 1515 Arch St., 18th Floor.

Check back with Patch with results from the hearing.

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