Bustleton mulls dental lab

Des­pite the op­pos­i­tion of mem­bers of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League last to a pro­pos­al to house a dent­al labor­at­ory in a Hal­de­man Av­en­ue res­id­ence, the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment gave a tem­por­ary OK to the plan.

Jack O’Hara, the league’s pres­id­ent, said the zon­ers last week ap­proved a three-year tem­por­ary vari­ance.

“It’s so blatantly wrong,” he said in a phone in­ter­view Monday.

League mem­bers un­an­im­ously re­fused to back Flore An­dresi’s plan for 9997 Hal­de­man Ave. dur­ing their monthly meet­ing Oct. 24 at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on on Red Li­on Road.

The prop­erty is zoned res­id­en­tial; the block is all res­id­en­tial. In its monthly news­let­ter, the league stated the busi­ness would re­quire pickups and de­liv­er­ies at an already busy in­ter­sec­tion.

The league is con­tem­plat­ing ap­peal­ing the zon­ers’ de­cision, he said.

“It’s like the zon­ing doesn’t mat­ter,” O’Hara said. “It’s like a slap in the face to us. It’s clearly man­u­fac­tur­ing in a res­id­en­tial neigh­bor­hood.”

Mem­bers were un­an­im­ous, too, in sup­port of a Politz Hebrew Academy plan to erect a new boys school on its 3.5-acre cam­pus at 9225 Old Bustleton Ave.

Politz is on the site of what has been known as the Fay­ette School and the Jac­ob School. Since 1854, there has been a school on the prop­erty. A wood struc­ture went up that year. In 1915, a brick build­ing was ad­ded.

Most of the 1854 wooden build­ing will be torn down, but 10 per­cent will re­main and will be part of the new build­ing. That part of the build­ing has a his­tor­ic mark­er. A new boys school will be built next to the 1915 red brick build­ing.

Politz sought league back­ing for a vari­ance needed for its park­ing lot.

Also on Oct. 24, Lt. Bet­tina Baldere of the 7th dis­trict’s Po­lice Ser­vice Area 2, told mem­bers how to keep them­selves and their prop­er­ties safe, es­pe­cially dur­ing the up­com­ing hol­i­day shop­ping sea­son.

Shop­pers who put their pur­chases in their cars and then re­turn to the stores run the risk of find­ing their cars broken in­to and their goods stolen, Baldere said.

Thieves are on the lookout for such op­por­tun­it­ies, she said.

In PSA2, one of three di­vi­sions of the 7th dis­trict, thefts from autos are up, she said. Be aware of your sur­round­ings, she told league mem­bers, and don’t leave valu­ables in your cars.

Baldere said her best ad­vice for keep­ing burg­lars at bay is to in­stall a burg­lar alarm.

The league’s next meet­ing will be on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., at the cred­it uni­on. ••

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com

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