When residents accidentally learned about this proposed development, they organized to form the Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, and approached us for support. They were concerned about the impact of the Korman development on the health, safety, and welfare of this already overburdened neighborhood. Since 2012, we have supported EFNC in negotiating and developing relationships with city agencies, elected officials, and Korman to postpone pending development on the 128-acre parcel and work toward a community-based planning project. We are committed to working with Eastwick Friends to ensure their equitable and meaningful participation in planning for development of the future of their community.
Eastwick Advocacy and Community Development
Eastwick is a neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia. In the 1950s, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority condemned and seized more than 2,500 acres of land in Eastwick by eminent domain. 10,000 people were displaced from this integrated community, who lived amid marshlands and farms. The city granted Korman Company an option to purchase a 128-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in the future. In 2012, the Korman Company proposed to build a 722 rental unit apartment complex, with 1,034 parking spaces, on 35 acres of the parcel, which is near 86th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.