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40th St. Trolley Portal Seeks Zoning Variance

It will be one of the final planning hurdles to clear for the transit hub redesign

The 40th Street Trolley Portal in University City has one final hurdle to clear with the city in order to get things rolling on its $2.1 million redesign: A zoning variance.

The portal, which was built more than 60 years ago at the corner of 40th Street, Woodland, and Baltimore Avenues, is poised to become an upgraded transit hub with green space, the Trolley Car Station cafe, and art installations.

In order for all those things to happen, however, the University City District must secure a zoning variance for mixed-use from the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). The application states:

Permit for the erection of a detached building with two statically illuminated double-faced freestanding signs & one statically illuminated wall sign on the same lot as existing detached buildings; size & location as shown in application. For use as a sit-down restaurant with accessory signage of the same lot as public, civic, & institutional transit station.

The ZBA hearing is scheduled for March 30 at 3 p.m. at 1515 Arch Street, 18th floor.