Come out for Community Updates July 21

Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition welcomes all to attend a Community Updates public meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Eastwick Wellness Center. Bring a neighbor and come out to get updates and information about the Korman settlement and community planning process, Clearview Landfill CAG activities, sinking homes, illegal dumping, flood issues, and more.

Also, SAVE THE DATE – August 2, 2016, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Eastwick Wellness Center – to meet the new head of the Philadelphia Airport, and learn about goals for the airport and Eastwick community.

Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition is a proud recipient of the Bread and Roses Community Empowerment Award. Thanks for getting involved, engaged, and informed about important issues that impact our community! Please contact us at EastwickFNC@gmail.com if any questions, comments or concerns.

Eastwick Mtg Flyer 2016-0721

Lower Southwest District Plan Approved

On June 14, 2016, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Lower Southwest District Plan, one of 18 such plans to be completed as part of the Philadelphia2035 planning initiative.

The Lower Southwest District encompasses Eastwick, Elmwood and Paschall neighborhoods, as well as the Philadelphia Airport, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Eastwick Community Garden, Cobbs Creek, and Bartram’s Garden.

The district plan includes recommendations for transportation, land use, economic improvements, sustainable development, trails, and more.

Major issues include airport expansion, environmental challenges and flooding, meeting the demand for industrial land, stabilizing residential neighborhoods, and increasing access to the Schuylkill River waterfront. Oil refineries, mega highway, and superfund landfill sites are located in the district.

A particular focus for Eastwick is the 135-acre green space adjacent to Heinz Refuge. Since the early 1960’s, this land had been controlled by an ill-conceived Urban Renewal Agreement that gave the Korman Corporation the right to purchase and develop. Late last year, on December 23, 2015, the City of Philadelphia regained site control, buying-out Korman’s purchase rights, and ending the agreement. This historic moment cleared the way for a community planning process (separate from the Lower Southwest District plan), that will commence after a flood assessment of the land.

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Eastwick residents and stakeholders attend Lower Southwest District public community meeting. Photo by Debbie Beer.

The district plan process began in mid-2015, and was completed after three meetings of the steering committee (which had representatives from community groups, non-profits, city agencies, and elected officials), and three public meetings attended by 268 community members. A 30-day comment period followed the third public meeting, and feedback was incorporated into the final draft presented for approval to the City Planning Commission.

Eastwick’s blight status is of significant concern to residents. A discussion is needed to understand the social impacts of this designation, how it impedes forward progress, and what is needed to remove the label.

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition looks forward to the upcoming community-driven planning process, one in which Eastwick will be at the table requiring no less than an  environmental, economic, and socially sustainable future for all residents.

Click here to read the Plan Philly article by Jon Geeting.

Submit Comments Now to Lower Southwest Draft Plan

The Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan is now available to download and review on Philadelphia 2035 website. This comprehensive document – featured on the home page under “Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan” –  was compiled by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission after three public meetings, as part of the multi-year, city-wide Philadelphia 2035 planning process.

The initiative makes recommendations to create a more livable, healthy, and economically viable city in the future, in the context of transportation, land use, zoning, parks, economic development, etc. The plan guides future decisions and opportunities around these issues, all around the city, including Eastwick.

EFNC urges all to review the Lower Southwest DRAFT District Plan; it is a large document that may take a while to download. Email your comments directly to Martine DeCamp (email: martine.decamp(at)phila.gov. In the email subject write, “LSW Plan Comments.”  Submit comments through Friday, May 20, 2016.  

EFNC is especially concerned about Eastwick’s blight certification, and are asking this to be removed. We believe the wording about 100-year flood plains in Eastwick should be changed to FEMA-designated Special Flood Hazard Area to more accurately convey the legal requirements – and flood insurance burdens – that go along with this designation.

As a recognized Environmental Justice community, Eastwick has a big stake in the Lower Southwest District Plan, and your opinion is important!

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition (EFNC) is committed to active engagement in community planning, to develop an environmental, economic, and socially sustainable future for Eastwick.

Right to Breathe Mobilization on May 7, 2016

We believe that all people have the right to breathe. On Saturday, May 7th we’re reclaiming that right with bold, historic, and dignified action.

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition joins Philly Thrive, Action United, and many organizations and individuals in taking a stand for climate justice. We’re not alone–we’re acting alongside thousands across the world in 350.org’s week of action to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels.”

All across the world, people are standing up for healthy communities and a livable planet. Meet on May 7th, 1:00 pm, at 28th Street and Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia for a family-friendly Right to Breathe rally, with free snacks and music. From there we’ll walk a short distance to the oil refinery, standing for environmental, economic, and social justice in Philadelphia and around the world.

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in South Philadelphia causes toxic air emissions across the city. The refinery’s pollution impacts low-income neighborhoods and communities of color the worst. We believe that sustainable, renewable energy must be a focus for our future, not fossil fuels.

For more information about the march, see website: http://www.righttobreathe2016.org/.

Right to Breathe Mobilization Flyer 2016-0507

 

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