Eastwick Public Land Strategy Comments Due October 31

On October 25, 2018, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) hosted a Public Meeting to review, consider, and comment on the Eastwick Public Land Strategy Recommendations that were presented to the public on July 26, 2018.

EFNC’s comments and concerns about the Eastwick Public Land Strategy are rooted in a Eastwick’s long legacy of advocacy. The community has dealt with many challenges over the decades. 60 years ago, 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, two superfund landfill sites, pollution from nearby airport and mega-highway, sub-standard homes built on dredge spoil.

While there are pieces of the proposal that we support – including re-purposing Wolf/CommTech school – we have significant concerns about multiple aspects.

The Eastwick Public Land Strategy can be a great “first step” at helping Eastwick heal, not only for residents, but for City officials and agencies that oversee community infrastructure. 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 in the right places?
  • Who benefits and who pays the costs in the proposed land strategy

During Hurricane Sandy, October 2012, 1,000 residents were urged to evacuate from Eastwick. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter came to the planet streets and stated the need for a comprehensive solution to flooding. The burden of proof is on PRA to prove that Eastwick will not flood with the proposed development. 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! Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Interface Studios want to hear YOUR thoughts about Eastwick development. To submit comments, go to PRA website.

Click here to download and read the EFNC Presentation (PDF document, 34 pages).
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Public Planning Meeting, July 26

All are invited to a public meeting about the Lower Eastwick Public Land Strategy. This is the the third public meeting, wherein the consultant team will present vision and draft recommendations compiled from previous meetings and roundtables, about future development options for 200 acres of publicly-owned land in Eastwick.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Embassy Suites hotel ballroom

9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19153

For more information about the planning process and documents to date, click here.

EFNC urges all to attend this important, much-anticipated meeting. Lend your voice and ideas for the future of Eastwick.

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Eastwick Community Banquet Sold-Out

The Eastwick Community Banquet event is now SOLD-OUT! We look forward to celebrating Eastwick’s storied history, empowering engagement, and future opportunities during this special evening.

Our community comes together at this historic event, in recognizing and honoring individuals for outstanding dedication, action, and impacts in the Eastwick community. Honorees: Mr. Brian Abernathy, Ms. Amy Laura Cahn, Ms. Maggie Powell, and Pastor Darien Thomas.

Eastwick Community Banquet treeEASTWICK COMMUNITY BANQUET
Celebrating and Honoring Eastwick’s Past, Present, and Future.
Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 – 9:30 PM
Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19153.

We extend deep gratitude and appreciation for our Event Sponsors.
Through your generous support, Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) continues the important work of empowering community-driven engagement in Eastwick, Southwest Philadelphia. (Sponsor list as of January 19, 2018).

* Anonymous Donor

GOLD Sponsor:
Brown’s ShopRite

SILVER Sponsors:
Interface Studio LLC
* Penrose Area Civic Association
Region Nine Housing Corporation

BRONZE Sponsors:
Beech Companies
Clean Air Council
Darby Creek Valley Association
Eastwick Family Services
Residence Inn by Marriott
The Sierra Club-Southeastern Pennsylvania Group

Delaware Riverkeeper Network
Eastwick Oral History Project & the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Friends of Heinz Refuge
Natural Lands
Princeton Hydro

Event tickets are non-refundable. Advance sales only; tickets are not available at the door.

If you have any questions, email us at: EastwickFNC@gmail.com, or call 215-995-1014 and leave a message. We’ll respond promptly.

Eastwick Community Banquet, January 26, 2018

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition invites all to join in celebrating Eastwick’s storied history, empowering engagement, and future opportunities at a special banquet.

Eastwick Community Banquet tree

Celebrating and Honoring Eastwick’s Past, Present, and Future.

Friday, January 26, 2018
5:00 – 9:30 PM

Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Our community will come together to recognize and honor individuals for outstanding dedication, action, and impact in the Eastwick community. Honorees: Mr. Brian Abernathy, Ms. Amy Laura Cahn, Ms. Maggie Powell, and Pastor Darien Thomas.

The special evening features social hour 5-6 pm; dinner, program, music and dancing 6-9:30 pm. Enjoy an elegant duet-plated dinner of Rosemary Chicken and Seared Salmon, with salad, rolls, coffee & tea, dessert and cold beverages. Cash Bar.

We extend deep gratitude and appreciation to our Event Sponsors, whose generous support empowers ongoing community engagement in Eastwick.

Banquet Ticket: $40 each.
Banquet Ticket + Program Book listing: $50 each. Includes your name and a message printed in the event keepsake program book. Example:  “Congratulations [honoree]! We’re so proud of you. -Mary and John Smith.”

To purchase Banquet Tickets using a credit card, click on the button below.
To purchase Banquet Tickets via check or cash, download the Banquet Sponsorship/Tickets Form

Banquet Sponsorship Opportunities are also available. For details, download the Banquet Sponsorship/Tickets Form. Some sponsorship levels are also available to purchase on-line (fees apply).

SPONSORS: please submit your ad files (JPEG, max 5MB) to EastwickFNC@gmail.com ASAP. Ads must be received by January 10, to be included in the Program Book. Click here for Sponsor Ad Specs.

Questions about the Eastwick Community Banquet? Email: EastwickFNC@gmail.com.
Or call 215-995-1014, and leave a message.  We’ll respond promptly.

Don’t miss this historic event on January 26, 2018!

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