Opponents derail Bridesburg trash-transfer station

The com­pany be­hind the pro­ject has de­cided to give up the fight for its con­struc­tion.

Plans to put a trash trans­fer sta­tion in a sec­tion of Brides­burg near Frank­ford have been scrapped.

John Ry­an, a part­ner from the New York-based Ara­mingo Rail Trans­fer LP, which was hop­ing to bring a new trans­fer site to the 9-acre site at 2580 Church St., told the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment on Aug. 5 that his com­pany was drop­ping the pro­ject.

The plan would have come be­fore the zon­ing board Aug. 10.

Ry­an didn’t re­turn re­peated calls for com­ment.

Alan Lev­in, pres­id­ent of nearby North­east Build­ing Products, said the neigh­bor­hood has been against the plan for three years.

Brides­burg res­id­ents and busi­ness own­ers, in­clud­ing Lev­in’s wife, Fran, last year asked mem­bers of the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation to join their op­pos­i­tion to the pro­ject.

Dur­ing a com­munity meet­ing in Brides­burg last year, Ry­an said his com­pany was pro­pos­ing a green­er, eco­nom­ic­ally friend­li­er way to handle mu­ni­cip­al waste.

Ry­an’s com­pany wanted to cre­ate an en­closed build­ing along the train tracks at that site. Trash trucks from all over the city would have been able to trans­fer their load to a wait­ing train that would then move the waste out of the city.

Ship­ping by rail, Ry­an said, would help cut down on the harm­ful emis­sions from the trash trucks that cur­rently are used to drive waste products out of the city.

However, at full ca­pa­city, the pro­jec­ted trash trans­fer fa­cil­ity would re­ceive 2,500 tons of trash per day. This would ac­count for about 325 garbage trucks a day trav­el­ing through Brides­burg to get to the trans­fer site.

Also, while the busi­ness could have been built as a mat­ter of right be­cause the area is zoned for prop­er­ties such as the trans­fer fa­cil­ity, when the pro­ject ori­gin­ally was pitched, there was no men­tion that it would also be deal­ing with mu­ni­cip­al waste. It was the in­clu­sion of mu­ni­cip­al waste that needed a zon­ing vari­ance.

Once that was made clear, many groups, in­clud­ing the Brides­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation, re­fused to sup­port the pro­ject. ••

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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