Council Broaches Eminent Domain For Delaware River Trail

 

K&T Trail Segment in Lardner's Point, Tacony

K&T Trail Segment in Lardner’s Point, Tacony | Plan Philly

  • The last City Council meeting of the year saw action on two motions to acquire private property along the Delaware waterfront, reports Jared Brey. Mark Squilla’s bill marks a rare employment of eminent domain—for a sliver of land running from Penn Treaty Park to Sugarhouse Casino—to realize the completion of the Delaware River Trail, while “the other bill, introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon, allows the city to acquire either by purchase or condemnation [though the former is expected] land along a former Kensington & Tacony Railroad right-of-way.”
  • A straw poll taken of about 40 attendees of Tuesday night’s Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning meeting reveals that developer Paul Mirabello is no further along in convincing residents that their demand for parking at his proposed four-story mixed-use development (4,638-square-feet of commercial space with 18 apartments) at 9th & Wharton would be self-defeating. According to The Passyunk Post, this is Mirabello’s seventh such meeting, each vision less commercial and more residential than the one before.
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