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How SEPTA plans to get 10,000 people on board trains at Primos Station

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-27 06:56
This week we will be taking an in-depth look at SEPTA's plans to get people from Delaware County in and out of Philadelphia for the two-day visit of Pope Francis in September.

I think I can safely sum it up in two words:

Brace yourself.

The Daily Times will be at ground zero for his massive project, because our plant literally sits next to the Media-Elwyn regional rail line, just a block from the Primos Station.

It also will be one of the few stops actually open on the line those two mornings.

SEPTA spokesman Frank Kelly says SEPTA expects as many as 10,000 people to board trains at the Primos stop. They envision 1,000 people getting on each train starting at 5 a.m.

SEPTA will be using lessons learned from the Phillies championship parade back in 2008, when many trains on the regional rail lines filled up very early at western stops and literally blew right past many stations where throngs of fans were waiting to board.

This time they will limit the number of stations being used. Primos will be one of them. There will be two sessions - early and late - for people to use to go into the city Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The Daily Times will become something of an island, with both Mildred Avenue, the street that goes back to our plant from Providence Road, and Cottonwood Lane, which gets you to us from Oak Avenue, being shut down.

In fact, our front parking lot could wind up as a command center for SEPTA and police overseeing the situation. What SEPTA has in mind is something of a cattle chute for the huge crowds that will descend on the site. What they ideally would like is for people to be dropped off on Providence Road at Mildred. They would then walk up Mildred, past our plant, turn right on Cottonwood and board the trains there.

The prized parking spots along Cottonwood that are snapped up early each morning by commuters won't be available. SEPTA is urging people not to be dependent on parking here in Primos, but instead have someone drop you off.

There also could be road closures on Oak Avenue, likely at Providence and somewhere near St. Eugene's Church.

Then there's 69th Street Terminal, which will be a whole different challenge.

We'll have all the details this week.

I'll resist saying that I hope it goes better than the effort to sell those special rail passes for SEPTA. Those are expected to go back on sale again sometime this week.

Remember, you will not be able to board the trains those two days without the special passes.

Stay tuned.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Things are heating up in the 161st race

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-27 06:28
Paul Mullen and Delco Republicans have a problem.

And it's not necessarily Leanne Krueger-Braneky, the Democrat seeking the 161st state House seat vacated by Joe Hackett. Mullen is the endorsed Republican.

He certainly is worried about Krueger-Braneky, who lost to Hackett last November.

But he has another - maybe even bigger - problem.

Her name is Lisa Esler.

I talk about it today in my print column.

The election is a week from tomorrow, Aug. 4, smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest vacation days of the year. Key to this race will be getting people to the polls to vote.

Is it possible that Esler could siphon off enough votes to swing the race to Krueger-Braneky.

This will be a very interesting week in the 161st.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Forget the Eagles; how 'bout dem Phils!

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-07-27 06:03
We interrupt the start of Eagles training camp for this breaking news alert: It's still baseball season.

And the local team is starting to look like they can play this game.

Sure, Gang Green is hyperventilating over next weekend's start of Eagles training camp.

But the Phillies have decided to reclaim part of the spotlight.

They've been on fire since the All-Star break, posting a 8-1 record in the second half.

And then Cole Hamels provided an exclamation point on Saturday night by tossing a no-hitter at the Chicago Cubs.

Yesterday it was Aaron Nola's turn, taming the Cubbies as the Phils bats suddenly turned into Murderers Row.

Now all eyes will be on the front office as Ruben Amaro Jr., Pat Gillick and Andy MacPhail entertain offers for Hamels. Saturday night's no-no could not have come at a more opportune time for the Phils, especially since Hamels had looked horrid in his previous two starts.

His value will never be higher.

I hate to see Hamels leave, he's probably the single biggest reason we had a parade here back in 2008. Remember, that team did not feature either Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee. It was Hamels who was the stud, snagging MVP awards in both the World Series and NLCS.

The Phils can't afford to make the same mistake they've made before, allowing this hot streak to cloud their thinking. This team still needs a shakeup. They need to get the max deal for Hamels. Jonathan Papelbon has to go. If they can get someone to take on Ryan Howard's contract, they should do it.

But suddenly baseball is fun again in Philly.

The Eagles will have to wait.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Wow House! Full-Size Elevator, Library, Hidden Pool

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-07-26 13:02
This 6 bed, 5.5 bath Ardmore home has 5,298 square feet.
Categories: Lower Merion

Body Slams, Naked On A Barn Roof, Exploding ATM's: Pa.'s Top Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-07-26 10:01
Join us as we count down the top 10 weirdest, most bizarre, and most disturbing police stories from the past week in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Republican T/E School Board candidate George Anderson has withdrawn from the race

Republican school board candidate Dr. George Anderson has withdrawn from the T/E School Board race, providing the following statement: Dear Pattye, I have just been informed of a travel schedule which will not allow me to campaign for much of the election season, therefore it is with regret I must announce my withdrawal from the […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

Live Comedy, A Performance From London's West End: Main Line Events For Sunday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-07-25 13:01
Enjoy comedy under the stars and a performance broadcast live from London on the Main Line this Sunday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tredyffrin Township Police Department update on local substance issues, including the use of NARCAN

Earlier this week, I wrote the post, “Depression, alcoholism and drug addiction…Saving lives is the Answer”.  Completely by coincidence, on Wednesday, July 21, we learned that the Tredyffrin Township police had arrested Lynne Twaddle, age 61 of Pugh Road on suspicion of dealing heroin from her Wayne home. Twaddle was charged with possession of a […]
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Horror At Campfire/No Papal Passes/Deaths In the Delaware/Postal Worker Hoards Mail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-07-25 10:01
Catch up on recent news in Eastern Pennsylvania, including strangest police stories and a Good News roundup.
Categories: Lower Merion

the devil is in the details

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2015-07-24 16:48

(Sometimes the little words are the hardest to spell…..)  


Categories: Pennsylvania

New Delco Movie House Offers 100 Menu Items, Drinks Delivered Right To Seat

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-24 15:51
A new movie theater offering dinner and drinks delivered right to your seat is opening this weekend in Upper Darby.
Categories: Lower Merion

Style Festival and 40th Anniversary Food And Drink Specials: Main Line Events This Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-24 15:21
A style festival, orchard picking and a 40th anniversary celebration on Lancaster Avenue round out the list of events happening Saturday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Calling artists: Narberth seeking design to 'enhance' new Narberth Avenue Bridge

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-07-24 13:50
Narberth Borough has waited a long time for replacement of its North Narberth Avenue Bridge, a prominent feature of its downtown and primary pedestrian and vehicle connection between its “North” and “South” sides.
Categories: Lower Merion

Weekend Forecast Calls For Nice Saturday, Sunday Showers In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-24 13:28
This weekend’s forecast calls for beautiful weather on Saturday followed by possible showers and thunderstorms Sunday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Spring Avenue Home Among Upcoming Open Houses In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-07-24 12:59
On the house hunt? These properties in Ardmore will have open houses this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Official ground breaking & ribbon-cutting for Chesterbrook … “rebirth of a broken shopping center” Public Invited!

If you live in Chesterbrook or have driven on Chesterbrook Boulevard by the Chesterbrook Shopping Center during the last several months, you will have seen obvious signs of the long awaited redevelopment project which includes both razing and resurrection. The center’s mixed-use development plan uses Tredyffrin’s newly created Town Center District for the 13-acre site […]
Categories: Pennsylvania

is the bishop tube site in malvern completely remediated for environmental hazards?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2015-07-23 20:05

Bishop Tube in Malvern PA courtesy of Abandoned Not Forgotten

It is a fairly simple question: has the Superfund toxic waste dump of a site known as Bishop Tube been completely remediated? And if not where is it in the process?

According to court records from 2005, the Bishop Tube site groundwater contamination was first formally recognized in 1980:

In 1980, Congress enacted CERCLA. Groundwater contamination associated with the
Malvern Site was first identified in the spring of 1980 in residential wells. (Pl.’s Resp. Ex. 2 at
56412.) In September 1983, the Malvern Superfund Site was listed on the National Priorities
List. (Id.)

Yesterday I wrote a post on Bishop Tube and the latest proposed development. I had the link to a health report. So…Ok look but the thing is this – that health report thing says a LOT about Bishop Tube. The site has been targeted as toxic and been investigated a bunch of time since 1972, correct?  A cancer cluster was alleged in March 2007 by the community, correct?

Community folks reported 1-2 cancer cases in every household at that time, correct? A plume of contaminants from on-site has spread and is in the groundwater and local wells, correct?  A creek flows through there. Traces of the crud have been discovered a mile away, correct? There has been activity to clean up the contaminants at the site, but is it REALLY complete? Until it is complete, crud will continue to move in the plume, correct?

Additionally, since I posted my post I have seen the post shared on social media.  Residents of the area who grew up in and around General Warren have shared memories like this one:

” I remember being evacuated in June 1982 due to chemical spills and clouds of toxic stuff being in the air. Still clear in my mind since was studying for finals and we had to spend the night up in the old school in town. Also remember how my parents felt since there were fire police knocking on peoples’ doors to get out of their homes while the cops stayed in their cars and were using  speakers to get people out.”

Lots of current and former residents who also had relative who worked for Bishop Tube have commented. And have you ever read any of the obituaries of people who worked for Bishop Tube? How many of those people died of cancer? Also getting a lot of reads is a 2007 Daily Local article that was part of a series on Bishop Tube:

Keith Hartman and Dave Worst have many things in common.

They were both born in the 1950s, two years apart. They both grew up in General Warren Village, the modest, working class subdivision located south of Lancaster Avenue near the intersection of Route 29, and named for the historic General Warren Inne.

Like many of their neighbors in General Warren, Hartman and Worst worked at the nearby Bishop Tube Co.

Most significantly, the two men know of former Bishop employees who suffer from potentially fatal illnesses that they believe may have been caused by their exposure to trichlorethylene (TCE), a suspected carcinogen, during their tenure at the plant.

Hartman’s father, Lester Hartman, who worked alongside him at the plant, suffers from Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease. Worst has stage two melanoma and lesions on his liver and kidneys that his doctors are monitoring.

According to a report from the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, breathing high levels of TCE may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma and possibly death.

Hartman and Worst can also run off a list of fellow Bishop Tube workers who either died from cancer or nerve diseases, or currently suffer from them.”

Ok so then you peruse all the East Whiteland Planning Commission meeting minutes you can find online that discuss Bishop Tube and here is a sampling:

EAST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING February 25, 2015

ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT; CONSTITUTION DRIVE PARTNERS (BISHOP TUBE) – RRD RESIDENTIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT.
Represented by Lou Colagreco, Esquire and Bo Erixxon and Chuck Dobson
The proposed ordinance is amending the “Table of Development Standard for Residential Districts” for the RRD Residential Revitalization District for the maximum tract density by reducing the number from 20 units to 12 units per developable acre. Other changes provide for reduction in setbacks from street and building spacing. The applicant had held a meeting with the adjacent tank farm owners and residents from General Warren Village. They have been able to satisfy the access of school buses, tanker trucks and emergency access under the railroad overpass. The total number of units being proposed has decrease from 303 to 264 units.

EAST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING April 23, 2014

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AND MAP AMENDMENT – RRD –RESIDENTIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT – SOUTH MALIN ROAD – BISHOP TUBE

Represented by Lou Colagreco, Esquire, Brian O’Neill, Frank Tavani, John Benson

The applicant is requesting to add a new permitted residential district by amending Section 200-19 “Permitted Uses for Residential Districts.” The property is located on the south side of Malin Road formerly known as Bishop Tube property. The intent of the RRD Residential Revitalization District is to provide for and encourage reuse, redevelopment and revitalization of tracts that have undergone remediation. Mr. O’Neill advised that he has partnered with Benson Companies to construct townhouses on South Malin Road.

Mr. O’Neill stated that he met with the Township’s Fire Marshal who expressed his concern with the ability to handle a fire for multi-story structures at this location. Therefore, Mr. O’Neill has reduced the number of units to 305 down from 537 units. Density has been reduced by two-thirds from the original proposal. There will be no building on “hot spot” within the property, thereby, providing more green space. These “hot spots” will be capped. The new design is a rear entry building with 16 or 20 foot widths, three stories and approximately 1,900 sq. ft. The issue of a school buses being able to maneuver was investigated and determined not to be a problem. Changes to the intersection timing at Route 30 and South Malin Road will require modifications. Emergency vehicles only will have access to a keyed gate through Village Way. Members were advised that stormwater runoff will be controlled and the water will be cleaning before discharged to protect the Valley Creek. Discussion ensued.

Mr. David Babbitt presented his finding of the Fiscal Impact Study. He advised that the financial impact is positive for all entities: township, school district and county. He reviewed the report and stated that this development will not have a negative impact on the school district. Discussion ensued.

Members were advised that stacked townhouses are three and one-half stories tall and approximately 1,600-2,300 sq. ft. Mr. O’Neill addressed the screening for the units on the west side facing the tank farm and the exterior building materials being proposed. He offered to provide a four foot berm in front of the homes facing the tank farm for additional protection. Members suggested: 1) further review by the Fire Marshal for the new plan configuration; 2) traffic study review; and 3) approval of the building heights.

EAST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING February 26, 2014

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AND MAP AMENDMENT – RRD –RESIDENTIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT – SOUTH MALIN ROAD – BISHOP TUBE

Represented by Lou Colagreco, Esquire, Brian O’Neill, Guy Wolfington

They are requesting to add a new permitted residential district by amending Section 200-19 “Permitted Uses for Residential Districts. The property is located on the southeast side of Malin Road formerly known as Bishop Tube property. The permitted uses are by right, special exceptions and conditional uses. The intent of the RRD Residential Revitalization District is to provide for and encourage reuse, redevelopment and revitalization of tracts that have undergone remediation.

Mr. O’Neill advised that the Bishop Tube property access is restricted due to the railroad tunnel. Various other development proposals have failed due to these restrictions. He is suggesting developing the property by demolishing the buildings. He will build 34 townhouses and 360 loft apartment with underground parking. There has been a cooperative effort from all parties to clean up the site. Discussion ensued concerning the safety limitations out of this area. Mr. O’Neill offered other developments where similar access limitation exists. He offered to provide the members a tour of these other locations he’s developed.

EAST WHITELAND TOWNSHIP PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING May 28, 2014

ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT AND MAP AMENDMENT – RRD –RESIDENTIAL REVITALIZATION DISTRICT – SOUTH MALIN ROAD – BISHOP TUBE

Represented by Lou Colagreco, Esquire, Brian O’Neill, Frank Tavani, John Benson

The applicant is requesting to add a new permitted residential district by amending Section 200-19 “Permitted Uses for Residential Districts.” The property is located on the south side of Malin Road formerly known as Bishop Tube property. The intent of the RRD Residential Revitalization District is to

provide for and encourage reuse, redevelopment and revitalization of tracts that have undergone remediation.

They are proposing to construct 305 townhouses. The density has been reduced by two-thirds from the original proposal. Mr. Colagreco stated that this most recent plan has been presented to Ken Battin, Building Official/Fire Marshal, and he gave a favorable review of this plan. Members were advised that they can satisfactorily comply with the items listed in McMahon Associates letter, dated May 23, 2014. Changes to the intersection timing at Route 30 and South Malin Road can be accomplished. A discussion ensued relative to the County Planning Commission review letter. The solicitor felt that they had not been given them credit for the revitalization. Ms. Woodman asked, if the two properties under agreement with the Benson Company, contained any contamination? She suggested that the applicant investigate Section 200-25.1 (A) which requires that the properties either will or have undergone remediation standards. To date, the Township has no “brownfield” notification on these two parcels. The applicant was advised the the surrounding community is interested in the status of the cleanup. Mr. Colagreco suggested that information be forward to the Township for incorporation on the website.

ACTION:

Mr. Laumer made a motion to recommend to the Board of Supervisors approval of the Zoning Ordinance Text and Map Amendments to creating a new RRD- Residential Revitalization District and applying this District in lieu of the current I-Industrial Zoning District designation on three parcels including the former

Bishop Tube property located on South Malin Road east of the Buckeye Tank Farm. The motion was seconded by Todd Asousa and the vote was unanimous.

Ok, so all this craziness mostly talks ONLY about HOW many units. From a couple hundred to over five hundred, to three hundred to two hundred and sixty four and apparently after last evening’s meeting oh goodie two hundred and thirty some odd units.

But where is everyone on where exactly is the remediation of this toxic site? As of April of this year (as in 2015 in case you read this post years from now), there is a Federal Law Suit filed that is NEW about this site. Filing a Federal suit (Bishop Tube et al 2015 litigation) is not something someone wakes up one morning and decides to do like putting on a blue shirt versus a pink dress. It is a little more complex and complicated is it not?

Oh and as pursuant to the resident remembering an evacuation in 1981:

So where is the remediation?  I have been checking old HSCA Remedial Sites Listing and De-listing Dates on the web from the state and have NOT found any de-listing of Bishop Tube, so what is going on?

If this site is NOT completely remediated , why the cart before the horse scenario? Isn’t it a little bass ackwards to be discussing a development plan if a site is not completely cleaned up?  And is it true it can take decades to properly clean up a site like this because you never know when little pools of toxic goodness will bubble up? And can’t these chemicals get trapped between rocks and stuff and get released anew if moved?

In 2007 State Senator Andy Dinniman talked a good game on TCE, or Trichloroethylene (reference July 2007 newsletter item “Dinniman Gets Tough on TCE“), so where is he now? Where is he on the Bishop Tube site? What about State Representative Duane Milne?

Ok so what about the court/legal pissing match between Constitution Drive Partners LP and the PA DEP?

Excerpt:

Philadelphia (July 18, 2014, 5:09 PM ET) — A Pennsylvania court ruled Thursday that the owner of a contaminated tract of Chester County land could not appeal a Department of Environmental Protection letter ending an agreement in which the landowner agreed to take measures to rehabilitate the site in exchange for protection from liability.   

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board said that the letter the DEP sent to Constitution Drive Partners LP — which purchased the site of a former precious metals and steel processing facility in 2005 — was not appealable because the letter itself had no effect on the company…..When CDP bought the former Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland Township, it reached an agreement with DEP to take certain steps to remediate the existing soil and groundwater contamination, according to the opinion.

Then, in 2011, an independent contractor hired by CDP damaged piping and protective covering on a soil vapor extraction and air sparging system while conducting salvage operations on the site…..But in January, DEP sent the company the letter citing the 2011 damage and accusing the company of breaking the 2005 agreement…..CDP is represented by Jonathan Sperger and Lynn Rauch of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP.

The DEP is represented by in-house counsel Anderson Lee Hartzell.

The case is Constitution Drive Partners LLC v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, case number 2014-019-M, in the Environmental Hearing Board.

So how  does the above affect this potential development?  And should there even been anything in the approval process of a municipality when remediation doesn’t appear to be complete and there is a Federal level law suit pending?

In 2007 the PA DEP out a press release which says in part:

DEP TO HOLD HEARING OUTLINING TREATMENTS FOR CHESTER COUNTY SITE CONTAMINATION

Public Invited to Comment on Plans for Bishop Tube Property

NORRISTOWN — The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, to give residents the chance to comment on a proposal to address soil and groundwater contamination at the Bishop Tube site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The former industrial facility is being cleaned up under the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA), a 1988 law that authorizes DEP to investigate and clean up hazardous waste sites. “We have a unique opportunity at this site to partner with the current property owner to make sure that groundwater and contaminated soil can be treated simultaneously and efficiently,” DEP Southeast Regional Director Joseph A. Feola said. “We will present these plans at the Jan. 30 hearing for public comment.”

The site consists of a large area of contaminated groundwater associated with the former Bishop Tube Company. The company used, and most likely released, hazardous substances into the environment, including trichloroethylene (TCE), nitric acid, hydrofluoric acid and various heavy metals including nickel and chromium. TCE is of particular concern since it has been detected in groundwater on the former Bishop Tube property and in wells and springs off-site.

Although DEP activity on this site began in 1999, most recently, the agency has been concentrating its efforts on three distinct source areas of contaminated soil.

Last September, a DEP contractor installed monitoring wells to help determine the extent that contaminated groundwater from the Bishop Tube site is affecting the Little Valley Creek, part of the Exceptional Value Valley Creek Watershed.

From 1999 through 2006, DEP completed three phases of remedial investigation work at the site, mapping onsite soil contamination and conducting stream and sediment sampling while conducting groundwater investigation work. Within the last year, the agency has initiated a feasibility study to evaluate options for addressing the discharge of contaminated shallow groundwater to Little Valley Creek.

The 13.7-acre Bishop Tube property is currently owned by Constitution Drive Partners (CDP), who purchased the site in 2005 to redevelop it for commercial or light industrial use. As part of the site purchase agreement, CDP will finance the purchase and installation of equipment needed to remediate contaminated soils in the three source areas and work with DEP to address groundwater contamination issues. This will enable DEP to better coordinate cleanup actions with the developer’s plans to renovate the site for productive use.

So what happened? What is the latest? My research thus far that save development discussions as in how many units, will there be playing fields and so on I can’t find anything much over the past few years about where the clean up process is can you? Now yesterday on this contractor builder “smart bid” site I found an interesting drawing: So these are hot spots and contaminated areas that they know of? (And isn’t it amazing this project is being all put out for bid consideration like it is a done deal? Is it a “done deal”?)

Last night I heard a handful of residents attended the East Whiteland Planning Commission Meeting. Early reports of citizenry perspective can be summed up in one word: disappointment.  East Whiteland has a grave responsibility here don’t you think? Shouldn’t a plan with so many external balls in the air be tabled until things are settled? Like any litigation involving the site and site remediation being completed? What happens if they just close there eyes, hope for the best and approve without all of that stuff being taken care of? Litigation where the township could be added to, correct?

And a word to the wise to residents who think this plan doesn’t affect them: even if you don’t live in or around General Warren Village this affects you. Traffic, infrastructure, and costs associated with any future litigation over a site contaminated with toxic waste for starters, right? Couldn’t any potential township involved litigation related to this site be economically crippling to a municipality?

Residents in East Whiteland should stand with the residents of General Warren on this. Those people in General Warren have taken it on the chin with things like Cube Smart (and the stories of how some residents were treated are a little alarming, right?). The negatives thus far outweigh the positives of any development at Bishop Tube, don’t they?

And there is another thing to consider  – so once upon a time there was this moratorium on development in East Whiteland. See:

Fate Of Debated Building Moratorium Hinges On E. Whiteland Race By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF Posted: October 28, 1999 Town Eyes Construction Moratorium East Whiteland Would Take 18 Months To Develop A Comprehensive Plan. Some Say The Proposal Would Not Stand Up In Court. By Susan Weidener, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF Posted: February 23, 2000 East Whiteland has no regrets on moratorium Such measures were recently struck down. Still, the break from development was valuable, officials say. By Susan Weidener INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF

Posted: July 05, 2001

Ok so this went all the way to the State Supreme Court. And it was struck down. Which isn’t any great surprise given things like, oh I don’t know…. the Municipalities Planning Code and whatnot?  At the time former supervisor Virginia McMichael was quoted as saying:

“We knew we were sticking our necks out a little bit, and people said we should wait to enact a moratorium,” Virginia McMichael, vice chairwoman of the East Whiteland supervisors, said recently.

“But by not waiting, we did have a year to work on our comprehensive plan without having to accept new plans, and that was helpful to us. Now, we’ve lost one of our arrows.”

The article continued:

The township’s 18-month moratorium was adopted in February 2000. It was suspended last July after the Zoning Hearing Board found it invalid because proper review procedures were not followed. Supervisors reinstated the moratorium in September.

On June 20, the state Supreme Court ruled that while a municipality can regulate land development, it cannot suspend it through moratoriums.

Eyes rolling. How much did Virginia’s Folly cost East Whiteland tax payers? We may never know, right? And the irony of this woman championing a moratorium on development back then and by the time she skeedaddled to  wherever she went after she stepped down she was a champion of development and do I have that straight?

Who says you can’t have it both ways?

So if you do the math starting with plans that started getting presented when McMichael was still supervisor to the present day how many living units are in the works for East Whiteland?  1200+?   1500+?   Or more?

East Whiteland is awash in a Where’s Waldo of development. But hey, since East Whiteland is working on another comprehensive plan maybe they should have a Groundhog Day and try another moratorium on development? (Kidding but if only it could happen, right?)

Look Bishop Tube is scary stuff. Why can’t they clean it up completely and get some sort of cleaned up certification from PA DEP or the EPA before proceeding on anything else? And why can’t East Whiteland ask for that?

And as far as development goes East Whiteland would be best served by taking a breath just because a developer decrees build it and they will come, it doesn’t make it so. Especially when you are talking about sites like Bishop Tube which have the distinct potential of becoming Silkwood meets Erin Brocavitch, right?

The bottom line here is we all have to care, all of us. We just have to.  Can we say  that lives and future lives depend upon it? Here is hoping in a strange collision of the universe that politicians and developers and municipal folk care about doing this one right.

Bishop Tube 20140908_Report_of_Findings Bishop Tube

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Bishop Tube Environmental Impact Assessment

Chester County Hazard Vulnerability Analysis July 2009

PRESENTATION ON HAZARDOUS SITES CLEANUP FUND REPUBLICAN POLICY COMMITTEE HEARING DECEMBER 6 2007

Bishop Tube Earth Engineering Report Letter


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Lower Merion Police To Host 'Coffee With A Cup' Community Meeting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-07-23 16:33
Police in Lower Merion Township will host an informal meeting next week shop to discuss community issues and drink coffee.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lancaster Ave. Furniture Store Hit With Lawsuit From State AG

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-07-23 16:03
The state attorney general on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the store commonly known as Furniture Sir-Plus.
Categories: Lower Merion

Electrical, Sanitation Issues At Closed Upper Merion Pool, Officials Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2015-07-23 14:20
An inspection of the recently closed Upper Merion Swim and Tennis Club (UMSTC) has uncovered electrical and other issues.
Categories: Lower Merion