Throughout the city, Bustleton is recognized as a unique section in Philadelphia with its effective mix of commercial areas and desira-ble, tree lined family neighbor-hoods. The Haldeman Ave. appeal (updated on page 2) is one of many cases that demonstrate the determination and willingness of residents to insist that any changes that occur in our neighborhood are an im-provement to our surroundings and not a reduction in the character of Bustleton. This level of interest and involvement on the part of our resi-dents is recognized by many people and deserves applause. The GBCL remains committed to this cause and our persistence in resisting faulty development demonstrates our determined intent in preserving the best Bustleton has to offer and en-suring suitable development.
9997 Haldeman Appeal – The applicant of a variance to house a manufacturing busi-ness in a residential neighbor-hood has yet to commit to a second, court ordered, ZBA hearing date. In 2012 the ZBA granted the variance over strong opposition from Bustle-ton residents. The GBCL decid-ed to challenge that ruling in Common Pleas Court. The court decided to vacate the ZBA’s earlier decision and ordered a second hearing to establish hardship on the part of the applicant. We’re told now that the second hearing could take place some time in April.
9615 Evans St. – The request for a variance to demolish an ex-isting home and build two new homes did not get approval at the Feb. 19 ZBA hearing. A number of Bustleton residents in op-position to the request attended the hearing, as did a GBCL Board member and a representative of Councilman O’Neill’s office. After hearing the applicant’s presentation and neighbors comments, the ZBA decided not to rule on the request and rec-ommended the builder resubmit the application to L&I using amended lot lines that adhere to current codes. Whether or not the plan creates a new sub-divide, and whether or not it needs to conform to the current zoning code, were issues uncertain to the ZBA.
While the first day of spring is week s aw ay, the clean up of our streets and yards will start sooner. Months of snow on the ground tend s to collect and hide a lot of trash that soon becomes visible as the snow melts. Try to do what you can to pick up the trash that’s been left behind. Tree branches will need to be bundled and tied for easy trash pick up. It is known that people’s behavior is affected by the visual aspect of their surroundings. Small neighborhood clea n up projects eventually adds up to an overall appealing environment. A clean and visually attractive community is also attractive to businesses and home buyers. On Saturday, April 5th the GBCL will be joining the city-wide Philly Cleanup to target areas in Bus-tleton in need of some TLC. Please consider joining us.