Thank you for your support Senator Williams!


State Senator Anthony H. Williams

State Senator
Anthony H. Williams

The Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition would like to thank State Senator Anthony H. Williams for sending the following letter to Council President Darrell Clarke and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson stating that he he is against the proposed development by The Korman Company, (New Eastwick Corporation) in Eastwick until the city can “assess the consequences for the community.” Read the letter in its entirety.

 

 

The Honorable Darrell Clarke, City Council President
Philadelphia City Hall
494 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dear President Clarke,

I am against the proposed development by the New Eastwick Corporation in Eastwick until we can properly assess the consequences for the community. Also, the interested parties need more time to collaborate on a solution to the flooding.

A zoning hearing was held on this project on October 9, 2012, in Eastwick, with elected officials and constituents offering testimony. The hearing raised multiple issues that need to be addressed:

1. The Eastwick residents feel shut out of the process regarding city planning and the impact it would have on their homes. They also believe this development will not alleviate the legitimate concerns of regular flooding or catastrophic flooding like we saw from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

2. What impact will this have on the wetlands and the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge? These serve as a natural buffer for floodwaters in Eastwick, which was originally built on marshland.  Studies of the watershed consistently recommend the restoration of these wetlands and greenways to absorb rising creek waters and we need concrete facts of what the impact this project would have on them.

3. A cooperative, well-planned and systematic effort on behalf of everyone is required to fix the problems in Eastwick. Resolving this matter cannot be handled in the fragmented way the parties are currently functioning, and a coordinated approach is necessary.

I strongly advise City Council to take my opposition into consideration before moving forward with any plans. At the hearing, the residents of Eastwick testified how the flooding impacts their homes, their lives and their stress in these tough economic times. As always, I appreciate the efforts of Council to respond to this issue. If there is anything I can do to help in this process, please contact my office.

Senator Anthony H. Williams

State Senator Anthony H. Williams

 

 

State Senator – 8th District

cc:  Councilman Kenyatta Johnson,
Amy Laura Cahn, Esq., Public Interest Law Center

Related Articles:

Letter from State Senator Anthony H. Williams (PDF version)

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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