The $800 million Cira Centre South project in University City, held out as a link between Center City and West Philadelphia, won approval from a City Council committee yesterday and could be cleared for development by the end of the month.

Developer Jerry Sweeney's "city within a city" was unanimously voted out of the council's Rules Committee with the zoning he needs to build offices, a hotel and 75 condos in a series of buildings fronting the Schuylkill and backing up west on Chestnut and Walnut Streets.

The project would be a bookend to the original Cira Centre to the north. The legislation was to be introduced in full Council today and voted on next week. - Jeff Shields