90 Rochelle Ave

The 90 Rochelle Ave application proposes the erection of a 65-foot high multi-family household living building with 90 dwelling units, 20 accessory surface parking spaces, and 30 accessory bicycle parking spaces, all of which would require the variances listed in the Notice of Refusal below, as determined by the City. The existing doggie daycare located on the same lot will remain.

A rendering of a proposed 5-story, 90-unit apartment building
Pictured above: Proposed development for 90 Rochelle Ave, courtesy of the Developer

Voting Results | RCO Zoning Meeting

Neighbors attended a public RCO Zoom Meeting hosted by WICA on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7pm regarding zoning issues for the proposed project at 90 Rochelle Ave. (Video of meeting can be viewed below.)

Voting Results

Do you support the erection of a 65-foot high multi-family household living building with 90 dwelling units, 20 accessory surface parking spaces, and 30 accessory bicycle parking spaces, all of which would require the variances listed below, as determined by the City?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support02
Oppose47491
Abstain03
Total47496

Would you support the proposal if it is changed to a total of 80 units and with 46 parking spaces?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support07
Oppose47482
Abstain07
Total47496

Next Up

Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) Hearing
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 | 9:30AM

The Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) will make a decision at this hearing on whether or not to grant the variances for the proposed development of 90 Rochelle Ave. The results of the vote held on October 5th at the RCO Zoning Meeting and WICA’s position on the proposal will be sent to the ZBA and read at the hearing. Residents, business owners, near neighbors, and community stakeholders may comment at the hearing.

Zoom link forthcoming ››

Second Civic Design Review Hearing
DATE TBD

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) will convene the CDR committee. At the previous CDR Hearing, the committee voted to request that the developers present to the committee a second time with design updates reflecting feedback from the October 5, 2021 meeting. In a public forum, the committee will evaluate the project. It is the role of the committee to consider how well the project’s design relates to the public realm.

Residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders may comment at the forum. The CDR committee then recommends improvements to the project that positively impact the public realm. Recommendations are advisory, and the development team may choose whether or not to implement them. WICA will be in attendance of this meeting to provide feedback from the September 7th meeting (see video below).

If you are interested in learning more about the CDR process, click here.

Zoom link and more information forthcoming ››


Past Events

Thanks for voting!

Thank you for attending the RCO Zoning Meeting on Tuesday, October 5th and voting. WICA is now reviewing and validating the votes. We will provide an update on our website and via email by Wednesday, October 13th, sharing the results. If you did not receive an email from our Corresponding Secretary, Caitlin Martin, then your vote has been processed.

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WICA RCO Zoning Meeting
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 7PM
via Zoom

Call into the Zoom meeting
Phone Number: 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 845 2309 9401
Passcode: 19128

The Registered Community Organization (RCO) Zoning meeting is open to any member of the public. A vote will be held during this meeting open only to adults (ages 18+) that reside within WICA’s boundaries (no membership required). WICA’s boundaries are from Ridge Avenue to Hermit Street to Henry Avenue to the border of the Wissahickon Valley Park. You must log in to the meeting between 7:30PM-9PM to cast your vote via our Google Form Poll. More than one adult can use the same computer, but each participant must fill out the form separately. WICA will make a recording of this meeting available on our website.

Participants will vote on whether they support or oppose the proposed development.

Proposed variances include:
• Use as a multi-family household in an RSA-3 residential zoning district.
• Multiple principal uses, meaning the existing building will continue to be used as doggie daycare/business an additional building is being proposed
• Number of accessory parking spots (90 is required; 20 is proposed)
• Maximum height (38 ft is allowed; 65 ft is proposed)
• Multiple buildings on the same lot, meaning the existing building will remain and an additional building is proposed
• Site clearing and/or earth moving where the slope of land is 25% or greater (currently prohibited in this zoning district)

Read more about zoning and WICA’s role here ››

Video Recording of 90 Rochelle Ave WICA Community Zoning Meeting


Civic Design Review (CDR) Hearing
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 1:00PM

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) will convene the CDR committee. In a public forum, the committee will evaluate the project. it is the role of the committee to consider how well the project’s design relates to the public realm.

Residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders may comment at the forum. The CDR committee then recommends improvements to the project that positively impact the public realm. Recommendations are advisory, and the development team may choose whether or not to implement them. WICA will be in attendance of this meeting to provide feedback from the September 7th meeting (see video below).

If you are interested in learning more about the CDR process, click here.

Video Recording of 90 Rochelle Ave CDR Committee Meeting (starts at 3:26:11)



90 Rochelle Ave CDR Meeting
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 | 7PM

WICA hosted a Civic Design Review (CDR) public meeting. It was open to any member of the public. Attendees were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed design for 90 Rochelle Ave. No official vote was taken but a letter with feedback received at the meeting will be sent from WICA to the CDR Committee for consideration.

Learn more about the Civic Design Review process ››

Video Recording of 90 Rochelle Ave WICA Community CDR Meeting