The Philly Art Commission remains an obstacle for the redesign of the golf course

The foundation has presented plans for the buildings to the Art Commission twice before – once in April, when the commission voted unanimously to refuse design approval for the buildings, and again in July, when the commission granted design approval for the driving range but requested more environmental considerations. , including native plants, solar panels and bird-safe glass. The foundation received concept approval from the commission for its golf course master plan in September 2021.

Other elements planned for the golf course renovation include a new 9-hole course, a short course and an 18-hole championship course that can accommodate PGA Tour events.

Commissioners voted Wednesday to delay reviewing the plans for the driving range and education center for final approval at a later date.

Allison Steele, the foundation’s contract spokesperson with Ceisler Media, said in response to emailed questions that going forward, “it’s just about providing whatever material is needed.”

“The Cobbs Creek Foundation has worked diligently to respond to all outstanding questions from the Commission, and we will continue to do so throughout this process by providing them with all requested documents,” said Shanahan, of the Cobbs Foundation. Creek, in a statement provided by Steele after the meeting. “The CCF has obtained conditional approvals on many elements of the project and fully expects to return to the Commission for future review and approval.”

The foundation recently received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the creek restoration project, Steele said. The next and final step for this part of the renovation will be approval from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Once the foundation receives approvals from the Art Commission, it will need to obtain building permits, Steele said.

The foundation had applied for permission to clear trees from the steep protected slopes of the property, but withdrew that appeal this spring after townspeople criticized the initial clearing of the trees. Shanahan told PlanPhilly in May that the foundation still plans to continue cutting trees on the steep slopes, after further community engagement.

“The Cobbs Creek Foundation is committed to working with all city agencies and commissions on this project which, when completed, will serve as an inclusive community center, educational center, world-class golf course and space preserved green,” Shanahan said.

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