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Greater Bustleton league nominates board members

Great­er Bustleton Civic League mem­bers nom­in­ated board can­did­ates and dis­cussed at length a pro­pos­al to put gas pumps at the B.J.’s whole­sale club dur­ing a long ses­sion April 23 at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on’s Car­riage House on Red Li­on Road.

After about two hours of listen­ing to and dis­cuss­ing a present­a­tion about B.J.’s ex­pan­sion and mod­ern­iz­a­tion plans for its store at Red Li­on Road and Jam­is­on, mem­bers voted to sup­port the whole­sale gro­cer’s plan to in­stall gas pumps near the front of the prop­erty. 

League at­tor­ney Joe Guerra told mem­bers that the com­pany is not seek­ing any kind of zon­ing vari­ance to put in the pumps. Rather, he ex­plained, B.J.’s is ask­ing for a spe­cial ex­cep­tion. That, he said, puts the bur­den on the neigh­bor­hood to show the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment reas­ons why the pumps shouldn’t be al­lowed.

Com­pany rep­res­ent­at­ives dis­cussed put­ting the pumps be­hind or be­side the store, al­though an ori­gin­al plan was for situ­at­ing them close to Red Li­on. Neigh­bors who live be­hind the store said they didn’t like the idea of the pumps be­ing close to their prop­er­ties. They said they were wor­ried about safety and noise, es­pe­cially since gas pumps will be­gin daily op­er­a­tions at 6:30 a.m.

The com­pany reps also said they will sell pro­pane from a 1,000-gal­lon tank. That, league vice pres­id­ent John McK­eever said, was a new top­ic, as did Rich Has­son, a vice pres­id­ent at Amer­ic­an Her­it­age, whose prop­erty is across Jam­is­on from B.J.’s and also fronts on Red Li­on.

At their May meet­ing, league mem­bers will elect board mem­bers. Ac­cord­ing to Tommy James, nom­in­a­tions chair­man, Jack O’Hara, the in­cum­bent pres­id­ent, was nom­in­ated to keep his seat. So were John McK­eever, cur­rent vice pres­id­ent; Jack Bon­ner, re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary; and Joan Rhodes, treas­urer. No one is seek­ing the board’s cor­res­pond­ing sec­ret­ary post, James said. Mem­bers were asked if they had any nom­in­a­tions, but no one sub­mit­ted any.

McK­eever said April 24 that the po­s­i­tion has been va­cant for a while. Since it will re­main open after next month’s elec­tion, O’Hara likely will ap­point some­body to the post, McK­eever said.

At the April 23 meet­ing, City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) an­nounced he had ar­ranged for a $2,000 Phil­adelphia Activ­it­ies Fund Grant for the league.

Be­sides elect­ing board mem­bers next month, mem­bers will give out $100 Com­munity and School Ser­vice awards to pu­pils from five neigh­bor­hood schools. They’ll also dis­cuss a few zon­ing is­sues.  But one that was dis­cussed last week was a plan to put a house on a tree-filled par­cel on the 9700 block of Ver­ree Road. In an in­ter­view April 25, O’Neill said he and some neigh­bors are op­posed to erect­ing a home at 9785 Ver­ree be­cause he said the street front­age is only 50 feet, and that cur­rent code re­quires 75 feet. He said the city’s De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions had is­sued a build­ing per­mit, but that he and neigh­bors are go­ing to ap­peal the de­cision to the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

A pe­ti­tion was cir­cu­lated at the April 23 meet­ing and signed by those who don’t like the pro­pos­al to build on the lot. Ac­cord­ing to city on­line re­cords, the prop­erty was pur­chased by Sandra and Sal­vatore Be­rardi in late 2003 and is zoned for res­id­en­tial use. Rev­en­ue De­part­ment re­cords show there are eight city li­ens on the prop­erty, and that there are pay­ment agree­ments in place to clear up more than $8,600 in de­lin­quent taxes, in­terest and pen­al­ties.

Next month, mem­bers will look at plans to put a day-care cen­ter in a res­id­en­tially zoned build­ing on the 800 block of Char­ette Road as well as a pro­pos­al to de­mol­ish a struc­ture on the 900 block of Al­bur­ger Street, sub­divide it and build two homes.

The May 28 ses­sion will be­gin at 7 p.m. at the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on, Red Li­on and Jam­is­on. The league’s hot line is 215-676-6890; its web­site is www.gb­c­league.com  ••

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