NO to 120755: STOP THE LAND GRAB IN POINT BREEZE
  • Petitioned Councilman Clarke

This petition was delivered to:

Councilman Clarke, President - City Council
Councilman Clarke
Councilman O'Neill
Councilman O'Niell
Councilwoman Tasco
Councilwoman Tasco
Councilman Goode
Councilman Goode
Councilman Greenlee
Councilman Greenlee
Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown
Councilwoman Reynolds-Brown
Councilman Kenney
Councilman Kenney
Councilman Green
Councilman Green
Councilman Bass
Councilman Bass
Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez
Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez
Councilman Henon
Councilman Henon
Councilman Jones
Councilman Jones
Councilwoman Blackwell
Councilwoman Blackwell
Councilman Johnson
Councilman Johnson
Councilman O'Brien
Councilman O'Brien
Councilman Squilla
Councilman Squilla
City Controller Alan Butkovitz
City Controller Alan Butkovitz
David Oh
David Oh
Mayor Michael Nutter
Mayor Michael Nutter

NO to 120755: STOP THE LAND GRAB IN POINT BREEZE

    1. Christopher Sawyer
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Sawyer

      Philadelphia, PA

Please help us make Council Bill No. 120755 DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

 

Developer Ori Feibush, a Philadelphia entrepreneur who is also building his own home in Point Breeze, has this to say about Council Bill No. 120755:

We need your help friends. Kenyatta Johnson just introduced BILL NO. 120755 to the City Council Committee on Rules. 

Mr. Johnson wants to take $1.7million from your teachers, fire fighters, and police officers to pay my clients for vacant land we are ready to build on. We don't want your money. We want to build a better Point Breeze and maintaining blight does not build a better Point Breeze!

Please call your City Council representatives and tell them to VOTE NO to my councilman's petty effort to subvert small business owners in his district. He calls it BILL NO. 120755. In plain English it's called retaliation. 

Kenyatta has no plan in place, and no available money to build on these lots. This is not about building affordable housing vs. market rate housing. The City owns 14,000 lots (300 of which are within 2 blocks of the condemned parcels) which they could build on. He wants these lots so he can stop all development in one part of his district by taking land BOUGHT by one constituent to then GIFT to another.

Members of City Council - The Citizens of Philadelphia demand a RESOLUTION of the blight issue, not a PRESERVATION of the blight issue plaguing our City.   If we are going to build affordable housing in Philadelphia, we must SECURE THE FUNDS FIRST before building.  That's what private developers do.  That is what private non-profits do.   This is what the City of Philadelphia must do.

The City of Philadelphia owns vast acreage of land already in its inventory on which to build housing that it can sell to the public at an affordable price.

Can anyone on City Council explain to the Citizenry why the City must condemn and then own all of the vacant land in Point Breeze?    There is no logic in this, and it is fiscal suicide for City Council to even entertain the idea.   The City needs to scale its plan for affordable OHCD housing to the parcels that it already has available and source the funds to start construction, and dispose of property that cannot be developed within a reasonable timeframe within areas where there is a better financial interest for the City to sell the land and repurpose the funds to the betterment of the community.

That is the responsible way to go about redevelopment, but that is not what this bill has in mind.

Reject this bill.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • nancy wysemen PHILA, PA
      • 8 months ago

      The City needs financing and movement on land ALREADY held. Something may not be "wholesome " here. I would rather see land held temporarily by garden,school,or civic associations with a DOABLE plan. HMNnnnn. thank-you

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Tharon Judd OREM, UT
      • over 1 year ago

      The land should be of use to every one not just those who can walk. Some people can only ride in order to see our beautiful country.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • jean flanigan PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I totally disagree with eminant domain.

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Greg LeMay VOORHEES, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      My wife and are building a new duplex on 17th and Titan. The lot was an overgrown, trash filled, human diaper and dog waste toxic dump site. Not any more. We are improving the neighborhood now with no involvement from the City..

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Pat Cavalieri PHILADELPHIA., PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      An absolute idiotic plan. The city is actually discouraging development in an area that is less than a mile from center city and SHOULD be a beautiful place to live!! What the he'll is goin on!

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the Change.org API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.