Building projects get E. Torresdale’s attention

The East Tor­res­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation wants to keep a close eye on sev­er­al an­ti­cip­ated con­struc­tion pro­jects in the neigh­bor­hood.

Dur­ing the civic group’s monthly gen­er­al meet­ing on Oct. 10, of­ficers said that at least two home-con­struc­tion jobs could gen­er­ate new zon­ing is­sues for neigh­bors in the com­ing months.

At 9314 He­ger­man St., a crew de­mol­ished an old single house early this month. Now, a sign pos­ted on the prop­erty de­clares that a new house soon will be built.

But no zon­ing no­tices have been pos­ted on the site, said ETCA pres­id­ent Lew Halas. So, as of now, it ap­pears that the build­er plans to erect a house that would meet the di­men­sion­al and use re­quire­ments of the city’s zon­ing code.

Neigh­bors should look out for any new post­ings there, however, ac­cord­ing to Halas. The build­er is be­lieved to be the same com­pany that erec­ted sev­er­al single homes re­cently on Au­brey Av­en­ue at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue, Halas said.

Mean­while, on the 5200 block of Linden Ave., it ap­pears that someone is plan­ning to do some work, but nobody in the civic as­so­ci­ation knows what it will be.

In Septem­ber, Halas said, an ar­chi­tec­tur­al design com­pany con­tac­ted the civic as­so­ci­ation to ask how to go about get­ting neigh­bors’ ap­prov­al for “some work on the block.” No ad­dress was spe­cified, nor was the nature of the pro­ject.

Halas re­spon­ded in writ­ing but has yet to re­ceive a reply.

The 5200 block of Linden Ave. stretches from Mil­nor Street to Delaware Av­en­ue. Houses line one side and the city’s Pleas­ant Hill Park the oth­er.

Con­versely, the civic as­so­ci­ation is get­ting a much clear­er pic­ture of what the own­er of Mag­gie’s Wa­ter­front Caf&ea­cute; has planned for the de­vel­op­ment of his busi­ness at Delaware Av­en­ue and Aren­del Street.

While the civic as­so­ci­ation and Mag­gie’s own­er Kev­in Good­child each await the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment’s rul­ings on sev­er­al pending ap­peals at the bar/res­taur­ant, Good­child is mov­ing for­ward with a plan to erect a fence around an ad­ja­cent un­oc­cu­pied lot he owns at 9230 Delaware Av­en­ue.

Good­child re­por­ted that he has in­struc­ted the own­ers of a neigh­bor­ing house to re­move some wooden steps and shrub­bery that he claims crosses the prop­erty line onto his lot. Good­child said he has city per­mits to build the fence and has already sur­veyed the site.

Good­child also dis­cussed is­sues about his out­door light­ing. Some neigh­bors have com­plained that the Mag­gie’s flood­lights shine in their yards and on their houses. Good­child said he in­stalled the lights to stop tres­pass­ers from dump­ing trash and steal­ing items from the rear of his busi­ness.

Halas said that neigh­bors wel­come the idea of ad­ded se­cur­ity around the busi­ness, but asked Good­child to make sure that the lights are aimed away from the neigh­bors. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or

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