Back in September, developers presented a plan for 14-22 W. Thompson St., a vacant lot just a stone’s throw from the El, to an unimpressed Fishtown Neighbors Association. According to a thread on Fishtown.us, some attitude from the developer may have turned the crowd against him, resulting in a vote against the project, with near neighbors opposing it by a vote of 21-2.
At an October ZBA hearing, the project was continued. Now, after a few months, the project is coming back to the ZBA tomorrow, with no additional public meetings that we’ve heard about. The application appears unchanged from a few months ago, with a proposal to build two four-unit buildings and two two-unit buildings, with a total of six parking spaces. Considering the four-unit building under construction nearby at Frankford & Thompson, this seems like a fairly reasonable use for this large vacant parcel.
Have neighbors gotten together with the developer to hash out their disagreements with the project, or is the developer simply returning to the ZBA and hoping the neighborhood opposition doesn’t show up? Have any design aspects been changed since the FNA meeting, even though the application language remains the same? Should this project get the green light at the ZBA, could the neighbors appeal it? We get the feeling that there’s more to be written on this project, and we’ll come back to it when more info comes to light.