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ALPINE REALTY CO. APPEAL. (10/10/63)

THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


October 10, 1963

ALPINE REALTY CO. APPEAL.

Appeal, No. 73, Jan. T., 1963, from order of Court of Common Pleas No. 5 of Philadelphia County, June T., 1961, No. 2088, in the matter of appeal of Alpine Realty Co., Inc. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Robert M. Abramson, with him Maurice Abrams, for appellant.

Ellis A. Horwitz, Assistant City Solicitor, with him Albert J. Persichetti, Assistant City Solicitor, James L. Stern, Deputy City Solicitor, and Edward G. Bauer, Jr., City Solicitor, for appellee.

Before Bell, C.j., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen, O'brien and Roberts, JJ.

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OPINION PER CURIAM

Alpine Realty Co., Inc. erected a canopy over the sidewalk in front of its premises at 5975 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia. The canopy was erected in 1956, without benefit of a permit which was required under the city code. In 1960, Alpine made application for a permit to validate the existing canopy. The Philadelphia Art Commission denied the application on the grounds that the canopy was erected mainly to obtain additional advertising space; that it constituted a gross encroachment over public property; and that it was completely out of character with the building and the area.

Alpine appealed the Art Commission's action to the Board of License and Inspection Review, on the ground that the Commission's decision was arbitrary and capricious. The Board denied the appeal and Alpine appealed to the court below, again on the ground that the Commission's action was arbitrary and capricious and not based on reasonable evidence. The court disagreed agreed

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    and dismissed the appeal. The appeal to this court followed.

We have examined the record in this case and find no basis for a finding of arbitrary or capricious action by the Commission or the Board. The evidence amply supports the conclusions reached below.

Disposition

Order affirmed.

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