Planning Commission Okays Airport Expansion

 

A 2007 aerial photo of the Philadelphia International Airport, with the 20.8-acres that are set to added to it in the center, bounded by I-95, Island Avenue, and Bartram Avenue | Andreas Praefcke, Wikimedia

A 2007 aerial photo of the Philadelphia International Airport, with the 20.8-acres that are set to added to it in the center, bounded by I-95, Island Avenue, and Bartram Avenue | Andreas Praefcke, Wikimedia Commons

  • The Planning Commission authorized yesterday the $14 million purchase of 20.8-acres of land–bounded by Island and Bartram Avenues and I-95–that will be incorporated into an expanding Philadelphia International Airport, says The Inquirer’s Linda Loyd. A building for car rentals is imagined for the parcel.
  • East Torresdale Civic Association pres­id­ent Lew Halas was “floored” when earlier this month that the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved J.B. Richards Con­struc­tion’s proposed 1,400-square-foot digital sign for the roof of its warehouse near I-95’s Academy Road exit, reports the Northeast Time. Halas and the 17 other members of the ETCA voted to unanimously to oppose it at their June 13 meeting. Halas alleges that the sign would be a clear violation of the zoning code, which stipulates that digital signage is not to be installed within 200 feet of an intersection or 300 feet of a house–the warehouse is 30 feet away from an intersection and 290 feet away from a house.
  • The Water Department is looking to install additional drinking and bottle-filling kiosks around the city, reports Samantha Maldonado for PlanPhilly. Christine Knapp, director of the Office of Sustainability, discusses the benefits of equitably distributing the $15,000 units throughout Philadelphia, namely the opportunity to prevent littering and pollution, but also to easily create a public space where there was once none.
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