The East Torresdale Civic Association voted to oppose a permit for the construction of a new house on Fitler Street after neighbors raised concerns about drainage and sewer issues.
Nicholas Pody is trying to build a three-bedroom house at 5021 Fitler St. on a previously subdivided lot next to a house he built several years ago for himself. The area is connected to a private sewer system.
Nearby residents said Pody’s current house has caused flooding issues and claimed the property’s design diverts stormwater into their yards. Another house would add to the runoff, they said.
In addition, some neighbors said Pody would need to get permission from current residents to add an additional line to the sewer system, but Pody’s attorney, Stephen Pollock, argued the right is guaranteed in the property’s deed.
Pollock, in making his case to neighbors, repeatedly referred to a 1929 atlas and a survey of the sewer line completed in 1898. Residents, meanwhile, presented photos of their flooded lawns.
Following a lengthy discussion, ETCA members voted 18-16 in a secret ballot to oppose the permit.
Pody needs a variance due to side yard and frontage requirements. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear his case Wednesday, May 22.
In other news from the May 13 ETCA meeting:
Residents voted 14-4 in support of a zoning application for the construction of a two-car garage for a house at 4500 Aubrey Ave.
Karine Shamlian, marketing director for Philadelphia Gas Works, spoke to residents about rebates and grants available to PGW customers who want to switch to more energy efficient boilers and furnaces.
Opportunities are available for residential, commercial and new construction properties. For more information, visit www.pgwenergysense.com.
The next ETCA meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Free Evangelical Church, Milnor Street and Linden Avenue. ••