Enterprise Car makes a permanent home in Somerton

After about a dozen years as a tem­por­ary Somer­ton res­id­ent, En­ter­prise Car Sales will be mak­ing a per­man­ent home in Somer­ton.

Dur­ing the monthly meet­ing of the Somer­ton Civic As­so­ci­ation on April 8, En­ter­prise at­tor­ney Wil­li­am Kerr de­tailed his com­pany’s plans to build a per­man­ent build­ing on its auto sales lot at 2001-19 By­berry Road. For the last 10 to 12 years, em­ploy­ees have worked out of a port­able, tem­por­ary struc­ture, Kerr said. It will be re­moved.

While En­ter­prise may build the new of­fice as a mat­ter of right, the com­pany needs a zon­ing vari­ance to erect a new free-stand­ing “pylon” sign on the prop­erty, ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­ney. The pro­posed sign would be double-sided with 168 square feet of dis­play. It will be in­tern­ally lit. City zon­ing laws re­strict the area of such signs to 100 square feet.

Kerr ex­plained that the com­pany already has a sim­il­ar sign on the lot, but hopes to re­lo­cate it so that it is clearly vis­ible to ar­riv­ing pat­rons. The ac­tu­al “En­ter­prise” logo is 5 feet high and 25 feet wide, with a green back­drop ac­count­ing for an ad­di­tion­al 43 square feet. The new build­ing will have one sim­il­ar sign on the facade, re­pla­cing two smal­ler facade signs that are on the tem­por­ary struc­ture.

The new build­ing will have 4,700 square feet of floor­space, Kerr said. Neigh­bors ques­tioned wheth­er the new sig­nage would pose a dis­trac­tion to drivers in the area of By­berry Road and Evans Street. Kerr replied that im­proved signs could re­lieve po­ten­tial haz­ards by giv­ing En­ter­prise pat­rons clear in­dic­a­tion where to enter the prop­erty. SCA mem­bers ap­proved the vari­ance by a 25-4 vote.

En­ter­prise Car Sales is where En­ter­prise Rent-A-Car mar­kets vehicles re­moved from its rent­al fleets.

In oth­er SCA busi­ness:

• City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill in­vited res­id­ents to at­tend a re­cyc­ling fair on Sat­urday, May 10, at his of­fice in the FOP Lodge 5 build­ing, 11630 Car­oline Road. Folks can get in­form­a­tion about the city’s re­cyc­ling pro­gram, sign up for re­cyc­ling re­wards and get a free re­cyc­ling bin.

• Phil­adelphia po­lice Capt. Frank Bach­may­er in­tro­duced him­self as the new com­mand­er in the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict. Bach­may­er has been on the po­lice force for 33 years, in­clud­ing the last 12 as a cap­tain. He is fo­cused on re­du­cing qual­ity-of-life crime as much as vi­ol­ent crime and prop­erty crime.

“If you have ten ju­ven­iles drink­ing with loud mu­sic, that both­ers a lot of people,” he said.

• As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jac­queline Coelho said that the DA’s Pub­lic Nuis­ance Task Force can ad­dress many com­plaints about trouble­some prop­er­ties in the com­munity. The task force works to shut down homes and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties where dis­turb­ances chron­ic­ally oc­cur. To com­plain about a nuis­ance prop­erty, call 215-686-5858.

• Wat­son T. Comly Ele­ment­ary School Prin­cip­al Terri Salv­ucci and third-grade teach­er Cindy O’Don­nell en­cour­aged Somer­ton res­id­ents to get in­volved in the neigh­bor­hood pub­lic school. There are a lot of vo­lun­teer op­por­tun­it­ies, par­tic­u­larly in work­ing with chil­dren on his­tory pro­jects. In ad­di­tion, O’Don­nell is work­ing with the North­east Phil­adelphia His­tory Net­work to de­vel­op a walk­ing tour of Somer­ton. For in­form­a­tion, call the school at 215-961-2008. ••

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