Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-District 8, opposes a proposal to build a large apartment complex on now-vacant land in Eastwick, he wrote in a letter to City Council President Darryl Clarke.
In his Oct. 12 letter, Williams references testimony given during an Oct. 9 City Council hearing on flooding issues in Eastwick - a hearing that was called after a zoning bill Korman Residential needs to move forward with the project was tabled in response to residents' concerns about the impact it would have on existing flooding issues and the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.
In the letter, Williams said residents feel shut out of the process, and that more information is needed about the project's potential impacts on flooding and the refuge. He also said a "cooperative, well-planned and systematic effort on behalf of everyone is needed to fix the problems in Eastwick."
"I strongly advise City Council to take my opposition into consideration before moving forward with any plans," Williams wrote.
During the Oct. 9 hearing, residents and environmentalists testified that the Korman proposal would certainly exacerbate flooding problems, and would also put about 1,000 additional residents in harm's way should the area need to be evacuated in a castastrophic flood event, such as what happened during Hurricane Floyd.
But city officials said stringent water department regulations meant the new development would have to improve current storm water runoff conditions on the parcel, or Korman would not get its building permit.