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File #: 170928    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 10/26/2017 In control: Committee on Licenses and Inspections
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Amending Section 9-627 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Commercial Establishments on Residential Blockfaces," by revising requirements and making related changes, under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh
Code sections: 9-627 - Commercial Establishments on Residential Blockfaces
Attachments: 1. Bill No. 17092800.pdf
Title
Amending Section 9-627 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Commercial Establishments on Residential Blockfaces," by revising requirements and making related changes, under certain terms and conditions.

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Section 9-627 of The Philadelphia Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

ยง 9-627. Commercial Establishments on Residential Blockfaces.

[(1) Legislative Findings. The Council finds that:

(a) There has been a growing problem in neighborhoods with nuisance retail shops, including but not limited to take out, convenience establishments. As nuisance stores, these shops have become a haven for drug activity and crime.

(b) Many of these take out establishments, because of the clientele which they attract and the late night hours during which they operate, have a negative impact upon the safety of adjacent areas, particularly when such adjacent areas are residential in nature.

(c) In order to prevent crime and to promote a feeling of safety in the City of Philadelphia's communities and neighborhoods, restrictions in addition to those contained in existing zoning ordinances and regulations are necessary to reduce the nighttime hours during which take out, commercial establishments located on predominantly residential blockfaces operate.]

[(2) Legislative Purpose. The purpose of this Section is to decrease criminal activity at late-night commercial establishments and promote a feeling of safety on predominately residential blockfaces in the City.]

[(3)] (1) Definitions.

(a) Block. One side of a street that does not extend beyond any intersection with another street.

[(a)] (b) Commercial Establishment. An establishment involved in the buying and selling of goods [where consumers primarily purchase goods intended for consumption or use off premises].

[(b) Dwelling. A building which is used or intended to be used excl...

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