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Councilman Mark Squilla and the Philadelphia Water Department Host Water Town Hall

Councilman Mark Squilla and the Philadelphia Water Department will hold a Water Town Hall meeting at Our Lady of Port Richmond School, located at 3233 E. Thompson St., on Tuesday, April 25th from 6 to 8 p.m.


Click the image to invite your friends and neighbors on Facebook.

 

This event is the first in a series of Water Town Halls for Philadelphia City Council Districts.

Tour Two Point Breeze Vacant Lots Targeted for Green Improvements


The rendering at right shows a rain garden proposed for a vacant lot at 1900 Point Breeze Avenue. PWD will be touring this site and a second vacant lot on the 1700 block of Ringgold Street.

We kicked off October with a ribbon cutting at a formerly vacant lot at 55th and Hunter streets in West Philadelphia that is now a vibrant green space featuring a rain garden and hidden storage trench that manage stormwater and protect local waterways while adding a whole new asset to the neighborhood.

On October 18, we’ll be holding a walking tour at two sites in Point Breeze where similar rain gardens could bring flowers and plants to vacant lots, adding new green spaces to the area and helping to protect the local watershed. Join us at 5pm at 1701 Ringgold to start the tour:

This map shows where PWD will meet for the Oct. 18 vacant lot tour.

Second Round of American Street Open Houses: Join Us to Learn About Major Improvements

The City of Philadelphia is bringing some big improvements to North American Street with the help of a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, better known as a TIGER grant.

To get input from residents in neighborhoods along American Street, we’re holding two open houses as a follow up to the two events held in July. We’ll be providing more information about this $15 million project, which targets the two-mile stretch of American Street between Girard Avenue and Indiana Avenue.

The next open house events will be held in mid-November:

Tuesday, November 15:

Front & Palmer
1750 N. Front St., from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Thursday, November 17:


Pan American Academy Charter School (Cafeteria)


2830 N. American St., from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided, and we will have team members there who can answer any questions for Spanish speakers.
In addition to Philadelphia Water, the Streets Department and the Commerce Department will be working on proposed improvements that include:

• Removing the unused trolley tracks and installing landscaped green infrastructure that will manage water from storms and protect local waterways

• Additional landscaping and street amenities, such as trash receptacles and lighting

• Wider, accessible sidewalks

• Access to business properties

• Improved traffic flow for all users

• Shorter crossing distances for pedestrians

• New bicycle lanes
Construction on this work is expected to begin in January 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming open house events!

Please share this post or the flyer below with your neighbors:

The next open house events will be held in mid-November:

New Signs to Welcome Neighborhood Green Infrastructure Projects

New decals near Hagert and Coral streets announce an upcoming Green City, Clean Waters project. Credit: Philadelphia Water
New decals near Hagert and Coral streets announce an upcoming Green City, Clean Waters project. Credit: Philadelphia Water

With so many Green City, Clean Waters green infrastructure projects planned for neighborhoods all over the city, we at Philadelphia Water are always looking for ways to let residents know about upcoming work that will improve stormwater management in their area.

In that spirit, we created colorful new street decals that will be placed in neighborhoods where construction for Green City, Clean Waters projects is scheduled to start within six months.

Philadelphia Water to Provide Updates on East Park Reservoir Work

This graphic shows the location of two 30 million-gallon drinking water tanks currently being constructed at East Park Reservoir. Credit: Philadelphia Water
This graphic shows the location of two 30 million-gallon drinking water tanks currently being constructed at East Park Reservoir. Click the image to see the full project fact sheet. Credit: Philadelphia Water

Representatives from Philadelphia Water will be at the May 11 Strawberry Mansion CDC meeting to provide updates on construction at the East Park Reservoir.

Topics include the work schedule, progress on the project, upcoming work, and info on how residents can get newsletter updates. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Upcoming Community Meetings for Green City, Clean Waters Projects in Lawncrest and East Poplar

A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water
A map showing improvements to be presented at the April 28 Lawncrest meeting. Credit: Philadelphia Water

Residents are invited to join Philadelphia Water representatives on Thursday, April 28 at the Philadelphia Protestant Home Social Hall, 6401 Martins Mill Rd. to learn more about important stormwater improvements proposed for streets near the Har Nebo Cemetery and the Philadelphia Protestant Home. The meeting and presentation will start at 6:30 p.m.

These projects are part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program. Read our earlier blog about all of the green stormwater improvements planned for the Lawncrest area here: Lawncrest Residents Get Update on One of Philly’s Biggest Green Projects Yet

The April 28 meeting will focus on green infrastructure investments planned for the following streets:

• Martins Mill Rd. between Hellerman Street and Tabor Ave.

• Martins Mill Rd. between Tabor Ave. and Levick Street

• Levick Street between Martins Mill Rd. and Montour Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Trotter Street and Summerdale Ave.

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave. and Langdon Street

• Devereaux Ave. between Algon Ave and Langdon Ave.

• Algon Ave from Deveraeux Ave. to Oxford Ave.

• Oxford Ave. from Devereaux Ave to Benner St.

The purposed of the meeting is to provide a summary of improvements planned for these streets, and residents are invited to provide feedback on proposed designs. Representatives of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek Watershed Partnership will also be present to discuss the importance of protecting local waterways from stormwater pollution.

For more information about these Green City, Clean Waters improvements, contact Philadelphia Water Outreach Specialist Hailey Stern at Hailey Stern@phila.gov. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

East Poplar Green Infrastructure Meeting

Philadelphia Water representatives will also be hosting a meeting about Green City, Clean Waters investments in the East Poplar neighborhood on April 28. (You can read about the proposed work here.)

Meeting details:

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Meeting

Location: East Poplar Recreation Center, 820 N. 8th Street

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the projects and provide feedback on proposed designs. For more information, contact Maggie Dunn at maggie.dunn@phila.gov or call 215-971-6151. Click here to see a meeting flyer that you can share with neighbors.

We look forward to seeing you!

Guerin Rec Recap: We're Here to Listen

The proposed stormwater management plan for Guerin Recreation Center presented at the community meeting on October 26, 2015.

The proposed stormwater management plan for Guerin Recreation Center presented at the community meeting on October 26, 2015. Credit: Philadelphia Water.

We hold lots of neighborhood meetings for our Green City, Clean Waters projects because we value feedback from residents. Our meeting Monday at Guerin Recreation Center caught a lot of attention—over 90 people came to voice their opinions on the stormwater management project proposed for the site. We work hard to get community members involved, so we appreciate that kind of turnout.

As residents know, we've been working with Parks and Recreation and holding public meetings about Guerin improvements since 2012.

Not everyone may agree on the details of the project,

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