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FYI: Letter on repair work sent to Streets Deputy Commissioner

Lynn L.
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Philadelphia, PA
----- Original Message -----
From: Lynn's mail
Cc: ; Councilman Mark Squilla ; Marice Spaventa
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 13:23
Subject: Jessup Street crack and some cumbling mortar

Dear Deputy Commissioner Perri: We again want to thank you and the Streets Department very much for the repair work done on Jessup, Warnock, Cypress, and Panama Streets last year. They look great, however some predicted problems have developed.

A crack going the entire width of the street has developed in front of 215 S. Jessup Street. The crack has broken through two of the huge historic granite gutter stones. We suspect it developed as a result of the cement foundation work that encased all the elements of the street into one solid mass and appeared to lack expansion seams.

In addition, the mortar between the bricks near the 3-space parking lot is crumbling. See attached photos.

These two problem areas are good examples of why we advised against the use of the cement as a foundation and mortar between the bricks. Hopefully, one day the Department will change its policy on these issues.

Again, we want to stress that we greatly appreciate the fact that we have a street that is much safer and far more beautiful thanks to you and the employees of the Streets Department and Historical Commission.

(sent in a separate email)

PS: We forgot to mention that although specific drainage problems were corrected, over the entire area of these streets, rainwater is pooling more than in the past. This, we believe, is due to the use of cement and mortar.

Lynn and Cliff Landes­
217 S. Jessup Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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