|Sent on:||Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:01 PM|
Hi all - Today we received the official letter from the Streets Department kicking off the Plumber’s Ditch Restoration Pilot project -
It announces a pilot program to avoid asphalt “plumbers patches” on our historic streets. This program is the result of three years of meetings, correspondence, and lobbying by this group and with the assistance of John Andrew Gallery, former director of the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia. So, we are really pleased to have finally received this letter.
The gist of the program is that the Streets Department is now allowing residents on
historically designated streets, (who have hired a contractor to do plumbing, etc. in the street), to immediately have the bricks or stones put back into the street after repairs are done. Residents will save $450 on their permit fee if they do so. Previously, contractors were directed by the Streets Department to make the hole safe, which meant to fill it with asphalt. After that, years would go by before the street was properly restored by the Streets Department, if ever.
We have been pointing out that these plumbers patches are unsightly and unnecessary, as our historic streets were engineered to be picked up, repaired, and put down again. Simple and effective. So, today it is “back to the future”, and a great day for our historic streets.
Let's thank Commissioner Perri ([address removed]) for this important step, but tell him that what we really need is to make this "pilot" program "permanent", and the "option" to restore plumbers ditches, a "requirement".
Lynn and Cliff Landes, founders