Good news in a July 19th, 2013 email we received from Streets Commissioner David Perri, "The pilot program to allow homeowners to contract historic street restorations through their plumbing contractors is now available." See link: http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/transportation-highways-historical-streets.aspx
Previously, plumbers felt that they had to pour an asphalt or concrete patch. Homeowners had to wait years for the city to get around to restoring the patch, which rarely occurred. Now, homeowners have the option to contract for the restoration work to be done immediately!
Although they will have to pay for the restoration out of their own pocket, Commissioner Perri said in a July 23, 2013 email to us, that homeowners would receive a $450 discount off of their permit fee. However, we pointed out to the Commissioner that the discount has not been included on the website, and we waited to announce the program until that was done.
We recently asked the Commissioner again to update the website with that important incentive, but nothing has happened thus far. So, we thought it was time to go ahead and let you all know about the program. The Streets Department also said that they would notify homeowners through a press release and other means.
So, congratulations to everyone. We think that this is a good first step toward putting an end to unsightly "plumbers patches", and it wouldn't have happened without your support. Thank you!
Lynn and Cliff Landes
Edited by Lynn Landes on Sep 13, 2013 11:22 AM