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Post Brothers Plans 2 New Towers In West Philly Apartment Complex

Garden Court Plaza Apartments in West Philadelphia

Post Brothers Apartments hopes to expand its venerable apartment complex on the western edge of University City.

The developer plans to add two 82-foot towers to Garden Court Plaza Apartments at 4701 Pine St., which it bought in 2015 and renovated, Naked Philly reports. In order to do that, Post Brothers would need either a substantial number of variances or a rezoning of the CMX-2 lot, currently limiting structures to 38 feet tall.

The 146-foot initial structure was built in 1926 as part of a neighborhood-wide development effort that was aborted in its early stages, leaving Garden Court Plaza to tower over the heavily single-family area of West Philadelphia. Before the proposal heads to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, it will go before a community meeting on Jan. 18.

The proposed towers would be built on top of the 260-space parking garage, which will remain intact. Each would be six stories tall and contain a total of 243 apartments between them. A courtyard and swimming pool for residents would also be put on top of the garage.

The last proposal Post Brothers put before the ZBA was the multifamily conversion of the Quaker warehouse building on 900 North Ninth St., which the board controversially rejected before a judge overturned the decision and allowed the plan to move forward.