Zoning officials have approved plans for a 46-unit townhouse development near 20th and Wharton Streets in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood, according to the website of the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted permits Monday for the project, which a development team including Howard Silverman wants to build at a 38,600-square-foot former industrial site.

Some members of the surrounding community had objected to the plan, arguing that the land should be used for a commercial or new industrial purpose that creates jobs. Proponents said there is ample vacant space nearby for such uses, and that the area's strongest demand is for housing.

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