Historical Commission ponders archaeological potential and decides there’s nothing it can do in Society Hill

October 12, 2018

A view of the parking lot at Fourth and Gaskill Streets, the corner of 4th and Gaskill Streets, which has sparked a debate on what historical resources are worth protecting under the law. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer

By Staff

A small nondescript parking lot at the corner of Fourth and Gaskill Streets became the subject of debate at Friday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission when commissioners said it didn’t matter that the site — like all sites within the Society Hill Historic District — held archaeological potential.

“It doesn’t matter if there are archaeological remains,” said Leonard Reuter, deputy city solicitor and the commission’s attorney. He said the commission’s authority was limited to reviewing plans, not imposing its will.

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