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2060 Red Lion Road
A neighborhood discussion will take place at the February 24th membership meeting regarding a recent police incident at the Goodlife Lounge, 9859 Bustleton Avenue, in the strip center just north of the Firehouse. All concerned Bustleton residents are invited to attend. A representative from License & Inspection, 7th District Captain Michael Gormley and possibly the PA LCB will be present to take part.
We often talk about the impact visible attractiveness has on our neighborhood. If you had attended the GBCL’s March membership meeting you would have heard attendees discuss and express their displeasure with legislation that at the time was in front of City Council and would have allowed for very large 3-D billboard structures to be erected in various locations in center city. Many felt that even if it was just center city for now, the large, unsightly illuminations would negatively impact the city's visual character.
Having your current, and future Police Commissioner publicly state that there are absolutely no plans in place to increase the amount of police presence in Bustleton and other Far Northeast neighborhoods, is a bit unsettling. Despite an increase in burglaries, population, motor vehicles and other factors, there are no plans on growing the number of police to counter these growing crime contributing factors.
The Philadelphia Zoning Code is the rule book that regulates development within the city as it relates to land uses, the type, size, and height of buildings, population density, parking requirements, placement of signs, decks, fences and more. It’s the reference book that the GBCL looks to for direction when examining project proposals. Our zoning regulations ensure that land use and buildings are compatible with their surrounding area. While far from a perfect document, the GBCL supports the guidelines set forth in the Zoning Code. The GBCL feels zoning applicants should also look to the Code for direction and be thoughtful to the viewpoints of local residents. Bustleton is considered a jewel of a section within the city and one that’s obviously worth fighting to protect. The residents of Bustleton have been very consistent with expressing their desire to maintain its organized design as it’s been officially established. As a result of our current appeal and multiple hearing appearances, the GBCL and Bustleton residents have a reputation with zoning attorneys and the ZBA as a group who will consistently show up to oppose zoning matters that reduce the quality of life and neighborhood appeal we’ve all grown to appreciate. This is a reputation we accept and will definitely maintain.