4520 Penn Hotel Developer Changes 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, currently the site of a doctor’s office and parking lots. Michael Kratsas, the hotel development representative, presented plans for a 4 story, 112 room hotel. This is the third community meeting hosted by BDC on the hotel. About 15 people attended the meeting.

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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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Community Meeting for Liquor License Transfer at 4114 Main Street

On January 9, residents and business owners gathered at Overcast Skate Shop to learn about a new bar and restaurant that is seeking a liquor transfer at 4114 Main Street (currently Tea Bags). Sarah Shaffer, the owner of the building at 4114 Main Street and the owner of the proposed bar/restaurant, gave a short presentation to the community and answered questions from attendees. Community members asked about the proposed bar/restaurant and housing that would go on the upper floors of the building.

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