Following the recommendation of the borough Historical Commission, Upland Council voted 5-1 to deny a demolition permit for Sunnyside House, Upland Avenue. The home, on the campus of Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), is a former Crozer family residence.
CCMC representatives appeared before Council in December with a proposal for the 2.5-acre lot. Family Dollar, currently in the Upland Shopping Center, has expressed a desire to expand its 5,000-square foot location to a 9,200-square foot freestanding store and the medical center indicated a willingness to sell the parcel.
The project would require a zoning change. The tract is currently residential and institutional and would need to be re-zoned commercial.
The parcel previously contained three structures, two of which have been razed, and Sunnyside House, vacant for six years, is in disrepair. Retired code enforcement officer and Council member Lee Hunter, who cast the lone nay vote, made reference to the other houses.
“We issued demolition permits for them,” he said. “We have also torn down other properties in the borough.”
Grant Gegwich, vice president of public relations and marketing for Crozer-Keystone Health System, said, “Thanks for the opportunity (to offer comment), but I don’t think we have anything to add to your story at this time,” he said in an email.
In other developments, Council noted National Police Week by swearing-in three part-time members of the force. Jevin Downs, Bill Welsh and Carl White received the oath of office from Mayor Michael Ciach.
A native of Philadelphia, Downs, 28, graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School in 2008 and earned an associate degree in criminal justice two years later from Bucks County Community College. He completed the Montgomery County Police Academy in March and the borough department will be his first law enforcement assignment.
Welsh, 26, graduated from Garnet Valley High School in 2008. He served three years of active duty in the Army and is currently taking courses toward a major in homeland security through American Military University. He completed the Delaware County Police Academy in December and, like Downs, Upland is his first department.
A 1998 graduate of Interboro High School, White, 35, earned an associate degree in applied science/EMT-paramedic from All-State Career School. He has worked in the EMS field for a number of years and serves as a paramedic with the Collingdale Fire Department. White has been a part-time officer with the Collingdale Police Department since 2013.
Council also voted unanimously to:
Approve the resolution for Dick McClintock’s appointment. McClintock, who previously served on Council for 20 years, received the oath at the April 12 meeting. He replaced Ray Peden, whose resignation was effective March 22. McClintock must run for the seat in the first general election, which will be held in 2017.
Approve an $82,480 contract to A.F. Damon for the 2016 road program, including Eighth Street and Upland Avenue from Seventh to Eighth streets.