Uncertainty Follows Cobbs Creek Golf Clubhouse Fire

 

“The clubhouse at Cobbs Creek Golf Club in West Philadelphia after it was destroyed by fire Monday night.” | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for Philly.com

“The clubhouse at Cobbs Creek Golf Club in West Philadelphia after it was destroyed by fire Monday night.” | Photo: Alejandro A. Alvarez, for Philly.com

  • PlanPhilly’s transportation writer Jim Saksha speaks with Thomson Kao about the unofficial frequency map that he designed to better illustrate SEPTA’s bus route network. Currently, the official maps are either too cluttered or in general need of geographic contextualization. Kao’s diagrammic map—available to download HERE—limits his lines to those routes that have headways between vehicles that are under 12 minutes on weekdays between 7:30AM and 6PM. “It presents a picture of how the transit system works, generally,” says Saksha. “This benefits riders making an irregular trip the most—commuters don’t need this map to get to work, but it’ll help them get to a doctor’s appointment crosstown.”
  • First District Councilman Mark Squilla is contemplating another go at bringing a street sweeping program back to South Philly reports the Passyunk Post. Realizing that that might not be a popular endeavor, Squilla will address that section’s trash problem with a bill to discourage the use of plastic shopping bags throughout the city with a 5 cent fee. Legislation was tabled last year when the plastic lobby began to push back against the idea. Squilla’s bill will likely be reintroduced next month.
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  1. About Cobbs Creek, there was a group who got Gil Hanse to provide free sketches of a remodeled golf course. They asked city to provide bonds and the city refused to do so. Problem is the city owns the golf course as it is part of Fairmont park system which is prohibited by law from selling off land like they tried to lease land to Fox Chase cancer center now owned by Temple University.

    Solution, if you want private companies to invest, offer them a 99 year lease on the property and let them credit mortgage payments on loans taken out on a new clubhouse and renovated golf course, including investments in stormwater management and the removal of the Nike missile concrete embankments. Interest will be piqued as Hugh Wilson designed both Cobbs Creek and Merion East golf course which are only 5 miles away.

    Hopefully the fire will inspire people to take an aggressive stand in seeking private investment under a 99 year lease of the land from the city.

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