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RSA-6: Philadelphia’s Newest Zoning District

By Billy Wong | 5/10/21 2:30 PM

After almost three months of reviews and amendments, Bill No. 21007801-A was signed on April 28, 2021. Introduced in the beginning of February this year, the most outstanding part of the proposal was the addition of the new base zoning district RSA-6 to the Philadelphia Zoning Code.

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Sightseeing: 15 Most Iconic Philadelphia Buildings

By Designblendz Team | 4/13/21 10:00 AM

Planning a trip to the City of Brotherly Love? After you eat all the Philly cheesesteaks you can handle, it's time to explore the rest of what this place has to offer. From historic sagas to modern innovations, you can discover the city's story by digging into its dynamic and varied architecture. Check out these 15 famous buildings in Philadelphia.

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A Closer Look at Overlay Zoning Districts in Philadelphia

By Billy Wong | 2/17/21 3:18 PM

Overlay zoning districts are like bandages, quick fixes. They address afterthoughts, seldom foresight. When the general zoning codes do not quite apply, overlay districts append or amend development standards. 

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Philadelphia's New Development Taxes: What You Need to Know

By Billy Wong | 12/18/20 9:45 AM

In 2019, Philadelphia City Council announced a major change to the 10-year tax abatement for residential development. The 20-year-old program that originally encouraged residential development in the city will drastically reduce incentives for new homeowners and developers—but now they don't go into effect until 2022. Here's what you need to know about the 10-year tax abatement changes and other development tax bills that recently passed.

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The State of Real Estate Development in Philadelphia 2020

By Billy Wong | 12/9/20 9:30 AM

The real estate development scene in Philadelphia remains active despite the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. No matter the neighborhood, construction can be seen on nearly every block. Our team has analyzed available data regarding properties, zoning, and permits to get a clearer picture of the state of development.

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Upcoming Changes To The Philadelphia Building Code

By Designblendz Team | 8/22/18 4:09 PM


On October 1st, 2018, the city of Philadelphia will adopt the latest version of the International Building Code. The new requirements outlined in the IBC will change a few key components of both residential and commercial construction.

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Changes to Philadelphia Water Department Utility Review

By Designblendz Team | 8/21/18 10:07 AM


The Philadelphia Water Department’s updates to utility reviews are now in effect. The major new requirements are likely to affect new constructions in the city in a few different ways.

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Philadelphia Historic Row House Renovation Tips

By Designblendz Team | 12/21/17 11:00 AM

Philadelphia takes pride in being a historic city. The city embraces its place in history as the foundation of American democracy. People living in Philly have the unique opportunity to own a piece of that history by buying and renovating a row house. If you currently own or plan on buying one of these homes, here are some things you'll need to know before you start renovations.

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Steps to Get Your Building Permit in Philadelphia, PA

By Designblendz Team | 12/11/17 10:00 AM

Remodeling or renovating an existing structure in Philadelphia? There are building permit requirements. Master the steps with this guide to easier permitting.

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How to Get a Building Permit in Philadelphia

By Designblendz Team | 11/15/17 9:12 AM

Getting permits can require a lot, especially getting a building permit. If you're in Philadelphia, here's how you can get your building permit.

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