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PM-804.1.1 Architectural elements: All exposed architectural elements or appurtenances thereto, including facades and business signs, shall be maintained in good structural and decorative repair. All such elements or appurtenances exhibiting substantial conditions of deterioration including rusted finishes, peeling paint, accumulated grime, graffiti, bent, broken or distorted surfaces shall be considered in violation of the provisions of this subsection. For the purpose of this subsection "substantial conditions" shall be considered twenty percent (20%) or more of the surface area; except that within the Center City Extended Commercial Area, any publicly visible graffiti shall be considered "substantial conditions" of deterioration.
PM-804.1.3 Glazing: Except as provided in Section PM-804.1.5, broken window glass shall be replaced.
PM-804.1.4 Security devices: All security devices designed to limit or block access to the front face of the buildings or structures used for commercial purposes shall allow for substantial visibility of the front face at all times. Solid shutters shall not be permitted. However, notwithstanding the above, any security device lawfully in existence prior to January 20, 1982 or, in regard to the Center City Extended Commercial Area, lawfully in existence on January 1, 1993, and not in conformance with the provisions of this subsection, shall not be repaired or altered in any substantial manner except to comply with the design specifications of this subsection.
PM-804.1.5 Window openings: Blocking of window openings located on any story above the ground floor shall be permitted. Blocking of window openings shall conform to all requirements of the building code. The blocking of any such openings shall be performed in a neat and workmanlike manner, and only rigid permanent materials shall be permitted.
PM-804.2.2 Approval: All applications for such permits shall be forwarded by the code official to the Historical Commission for review and approval, before issuance of the permit. No permit shall be issued unless the proposed work has been approved by the Historical Commission staff as preserving the historical character of the district.
PM-804.2.4 Facings: Refacing of facades, bays, cornices with inappropriate materials such as aluminum siding, or brick veneer shall be prohibited. Existing inappropriate facade facings shall be removed at the termination of the useful life of the facing. Any inappropriate facing material lawfully in existence shall not be repaired or altered in any substantial manner.
PM-804.3.1 Security devices: In the neighborhood commercial areas specified in Section PM-804.3.2, the following requirements for security devices shall apply.
PM-804.3.1.3 Compliance. Any security device lawfully in existence on the effective date of this Section and not in conformance with the provisions of this Section shall not be altered or repaired in any substantial manner unless the alterations or repairs comply with the design specifications of this Section. Such previously existing security devices which are solid shutters shall be painted in a single solid color, shall be maintained graffiti free at all times, and shall not be used for advertising. For purposes of this subsection, "the effective date of this Section" shall mean the effective date of any ordinance adding a specified neighborhood commercial area to this Section.
1. Both sides of Haverford avenue between City avenue and Brookhaven road.
2. All commercial corridors and neighborhood commercial properties throughout the Ninth Councilmanic District.
3. The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District as delineated in Bill No. 020431 (approved December 17, 2002).
4. All commercial corridors and neighborhood commercial properties throughout the First Councilmanic District not already covered by Section PM-804.3.2(3), relating to the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District.
5. All commercial corridors and neighborhood commercial properties throughout the Tenth Councilmanic District, as defined by Section 20-501 of The Philadelphia Code, relating to boundaries of Councilmanic Districts.