Dec 29, 2015

Marc D. Jonas, Esq. Obtains Zoning Approval for Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Montessori School in Springfield Township

Jonas_MMarc D. Jonas, Esq., obtained variances to permit adaptive reuse of the historic Wyndmoor Montessori School in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.

The building, no longer an operating school, has been vacant for almost one year. The former school had eight classrooms with an enrollment of 95 children.

Eight luxury apartments are proposed, along with 2-single-family detached homes.

Mr. Jonas, along with Michael E. Peters, Esq., successfully argued that the 8 apartments and 2 single-family homes were needed for a financially viable restoration of the school building. Citing a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision, Mr. Jonas and Mr. Peters noted the principle which permits a zoning hearing board to consider the preservation of historic structures, adaptive reuse, and community support for a project.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Mr. Jonas has been named a Leader in Real Estate/Land Use law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. His peers have recognized him as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer,” and he has been selected repeatedly by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in both Land Use and Zoning Law and Land Use and Zoning litigation for the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

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