TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING TO ISLAND AVENUE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE COME HEAR ABOUT THE PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:00pm-8:00pm at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Click here to download and read flyer  Project Island Avenue 2019 (1) (1) (1)

PHL 5K Hosted by Philadelphia International Airport, Sponsored by American Airlines & UPS

EFNC Members prepared for takeoff with the 4th Annual 2019 Philadelphia International Airport Runway 5K!

They Join Philadelphia International Airport and American Airlines on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 to support Habitat for Humanity and Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition.

Participants experienced running on an “actual runway” used by commercial aircrafts.

While piloting their way through the course, they had the opportunity to see the airport up close and personal! They also had the luxury of viewing commercial and general aviation aircrafts taking off and landing (on different runways, of course!), a display of airport equipment such as fire apparatus, various types of snow removal equipment, and airline ground support equipment—all while navigating the course!

In addition to supporting worthy causes, participants received a moisture wicking PHL5K    run shirt, post nutrition food and beverages, and awards! New for 2019: age group awards.

 

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).
EFNC Public Mtg FINAL presentation 2018-1025 Cover

 

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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