614 Edmond Street 2-Unit Residence Planned

January 25, 2018 update: Developer 614 Edmond LLC removed the property, a planned 2-unit co-operative, from zoning hearings twice in order to allow more time for community process. Welcoming new architect Eric Booth from Desmone Architects, the developer will present revised plans at a public meeting within the next six weeks.


On Thursday, June 15, representatives for the 614 Edmond Street LLC (the developer) will present their plans to the community for a new 2-unit residence with two parking spaces in the rear.

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4520 Penn Hotel Developer Changes Design

1/25/17 Update: A planned hotel was granted zoning variances and received an occupancy permit outlining 14 conditions requested by BDC and created through a community process of three public meetings. The developer has closed on the properties and is in the planning and design phases. A public community meeting will be scheduled within the next six weeks to gather comments on the design.


On March 23rd, BDC hosted a public meeting between the community and the hotel developer at the Irma Freeman Center to learn about a new hotel being proposed for 4520 Penn Avenue,

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Zoning Hearing for Proposed Hotel at 4520 Penn Ave.

The Zoning Board hearing for proposed hotel at 4520 Penn Avenue on March 9 at 9:20AM.

The developer, Michael Kratsas of M.P. Kratsas, will be seeking variances to build a 4 story hotel. BDC has hosted two public meetings on Dec. 14 and Jan. 30 for the developer to present to residents. Based on feedback from the two public meetings, BDC denied support for the variance requests since the developer had not present enough information to the community. 

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2nd Community Meeting for 4520 Penn Ave.

BDC hosted the second community meeting for the hotel development proposed for 4520 Penn Ave. near Children’s Hospital. The hotel is 4-stories with approximately 115 rooms, about 60 parking spaces, and a small retail storefront. Access to the parking garage in the basement would be off of Comrie Way. In the first community meeting, attendees asked for a second meeting to address questions on the hotel’s impact on traffic, pedestrian and bicycling safety,

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New Bus Fare Info

On January 1st the Port Authority implemented a few changes to its fare and boarding policy. Riders that use cash will now pay $2.75, but if you use a ConnectCard the price is still $2.50. BDC has ConnectCards available for free and ShurSave IGA has them for purchase. Feel free to reach out to info@bloomfieldnow.org to pick up a free ConnectCard.

Below are the changes:

  • The Port Authority raised prices for the bus fare if you are paying in cash to $2.75,

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