The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended two zoning variances for the site of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's new headquarters planned for Ridge Avenue in North Philadelphia.

The authority (PHA) has already started construction on the first phase of its ambitious 10-year plan for the Sharswood neighborhood, located just north of Girard College.

Matthew McClure, a land use attorney with Ballard Spahr, told the Planning Commission that his client PHA altered its plan last week at the request of the city. Originally, the headquarters was slated for the northwest corner of this site, but then moved down one block down to the southeast corner of Ridge Avenue and Jefferson Street, in order to better facilitate a supermarket. PHA has not yet announced its client for the supermarket, but they are close to making that information public.