The area under the Berks Street El subway is zoned commercially for a reason
it is not the most suitable place for people to live.However, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) wants to demolish historical Kensington bank buildings situated inthe area and build 25 low income residential units. These families will live under the noisy Berks El subway station, and their chil-dren’s back yard will be busy North Front Street next to a bar.Not only should the less fortunate have a better place to live, but WCRP’s proposal will hamper commercial development in an areaexperiencing revitalization. WCRP commissioned a study in 2011acknowledging that there are 93 businesses operating close to wherethis project was proposed
. But perhaps more telling is what WRCP’s 2011 study does
any commercial devel-opment that occurred a
er the study was conducted. This new de- velopment includes the Kensington High School for the Performing Arts, Liberty Choice Deli (which is directly across the street
omthe property), Feast Your Eyes Catering, Kung Fu Neck Tie, andthe Blue Line Market. Existing businesses like the El Bar and The Alley Bar have recently been renovated. The area around the BerksEl is experiencing a commercial revitalization consistent with therevitalization of the Fishtown and East Kensington neighborhoods.The WRCP cannot seriously argue it is impossible to use the prop-erty for commercial purposes considering this recent development, which includes a brand new market directly across the street. W CRPhas o
ered no evidence that commercial use of the property is anunnecessary burden, and WCRP has never even placed this property on the open market.
. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment,
Brief in Support of Overturning Decision of ZBA
om Urban Partners, who was retained by WCRP. Exhibit A.
Case ID: 120900976