Deadline for Comments to Phila. Redevelopment Authority on Eastwick Public Lands Strategy October 31, 2018
Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) hosted a Public Meeting October 26 to consider the Eastwick Public Land Strategy Recommendations that were presented to the public on July 26, 2018. The presentation made by EFNC at that meeting can be viewed by visiting: https://eastwickfriends.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/efnc-public-mtg-final- presentation-2018-1025.pdf
The July 26 strategy were recommendations pulled together by Interface Studios on behalf of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority following four public meetings and input from the Philadelphia Airport and other major. These recommendations can viewed at: https://philadelphiaredevelopmentauthority.org/community-engagement/lower-eastwick- public-land-strategy/ EFNC’s comments and concerns about the Eastwick Public Land Strategy proposal are rooted in a Eastwick’s long legacy of advocacy. The community has dealt with many challenges over the decades. 60 years ago, activists were ignored and Eastwick was devastated by Philadelphia’s push for so-called “urban renewal,” when City leaders found justification for uprooting 8,000 Eastwick residents out of their homes using eminent domain, condemnation, and blight certification. Disenfranchisement and distrust lingers, as Eastwick, an environmental justice community, deals with chronic flooding, superfund sites, sinking homes, short-dumping, and other issues.
While there are pieces of the proposal that we support – including re-purposing the historic Wolf-CommTech school – we have significant concerns about multiple aspects. The Eastwick Public Land Strategy can be a strong “first step”, but EFNC cannot support the plan until more answers and information are provided to crucial questions, including: * Have Eastwick’s economic, environmental, and social equity issues been addressed with this plan? * Is it prudent to develop in Eastwick’s FEMA-designated Special Flood Hazard Area (the 100-year floodplain), even if it is legal? * Are the right land uses proposed for the right places? * Who benefits and who pays the costs in the proposed strategy? During Hurricane Sandy, October 2012, Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter came to Eastwick's planet streets and stated the need for a comprehensive solution to flooding. The burden of proof is on PRA that development will not increase flooding. Eastwick’s experiences tells us the smart thing is NOT to build here, even if regulations allow for it! EFNC urges all Eastwick residents to SUBMIT COMMENTS to the plan before the deadline of October 31, 2018. YOUR voice matters! want to hear YOUR thoughts about Eastwick development. To submit comments, go to PRA website. Thank you for being involved in the future of a sustainable Eastwick! EFNC
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