Redevelopment for Francisville’s largest vacant property, a 1.5-acre site across from Francisville Rec Center where a paint factory once stood, could move ahead after a years-long wait.

Last week the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted to recommend a bill to change the zoning for this triangle of land to CMX-3, a very flexible designation that allows for the diverse mixture of housing types planned by the Hankin Group. The Exton-based developer subscribes to New Urbanist principles, like walkability and compact mixed-use neighborhoods, and mainly builds in the far-flung western suburbs of Philadelphia.

Hankin’s zoning lawyer, Matthew McClure, assured the commission that the developer has been meeting with neighbors since 2009 and received nothing but “positive results from that.”

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