Eastwick Resident, Terry William’s Letter Published


The following letter to the editor appeared October 15, 2012 as the last letter in the Philadelphia Daily News Opinion Page

Eastwick gets attention

Terry Williams Testifies at Council Hearing

Terry Williams testifies to City Council while Leo Brundage (left of Williams) and Brice Baker (far left) await their turn.
(Photo: Karen Pilling)

Thank you to Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his fellow Council members for giving residents of the Eastwick community in Southwest Philadelphia a long overdue opportunity to voice concern over flooding in our neighborhood and a proposed plan to develop more than 120 acres of remaining green space.

The ordinance, if approved, would give the Korman Company the green light to construct more than 700 rental units and parking spaces on 35 acres, a move that could exacerbate flooding for current residents, put new residents in harm’s way, and create additional environmental hazards in the neighborhood and abutting the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Remaining land would be used for future – as yet unspecified – airport uses.

Most important was Councilman Jim Kenney’s astute observation that Eastwick residents, whose complaints of flooding have long been ignored, are now finally getting noticed because of the city’s desire to expand the airport and Korman’s interest in building.

Eastwick residents encourage new investment in their neighborhood, but see the proposed developments as creating greater harm than good.

Community members urge the Council and the Mayor to carefully explore the issue and make a decision that best serves the Eastwick neighborhood.

Terry Williams

Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition

Related Articles:

In Letter, State Senator Williams Tells Council He’s Against Korman Plan in Eastwick by Jan Ransom (Philly Clout, Philadelphia Daily News) – October 15, 2012

 

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