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City may sue developer who spent $20,000 to remove 40 tons of trash from vacant lot; Fair or Foul?

lil crazy 2012/09/20 18:48:59
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A business
developer in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Point Breeze is facing
legal action after voluntarily cleaning up more than 40 tons of trash
from a vacant lot neighboring his local business.

As the old adage goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Ori Feibush
says he visited the local offices of the Philadelphia Redevelopment
Authority four times, sent in seven written requests and made 24 phone
calls to the agency asking them to take care of a major eyesore: an
empty lot next to his coffee shop was home to more than 40 tons of
debris.


Not only did the agency fail to act but it also denied Feibush's offer to clean up the mess himself.


But the Daily News
reports that Feibush went ahead with his plans anyway, reportedly
spending more than $20,000 of his own money not only to remove the trash
but also to level the soil; add cherry trees, fencing and park benches;
and repave the sidewalk.


"This was a lot of garbage," local resident Elaine McGrath told the paper. "Now it's gorgeous. I'm excited."


However, the city agency was less
excited, demanding that Feibush return the vacant lot to its previous
condition and saying it is considering legal action against him.


"Like any property owner, [the
authority] does not permit unauthorized access to or alteration of its
property," Paul D. Chrystie, director of communications at the Office of
Housing and Community Development told the paper. "This is both on
principle (no property owner knowingly allows trespassing) and to limit
taxpayer liability."


And the situation is not without
irony. Feibush says he received a citation in August 2011 from the city
for litter on the same lot that the city now points out is not his
property.



Nonetheless, the city's request
puts Feibush in an unusual position. In theory, he committed a good
deed, investing his own time and money to improve the condition of his
neighborhood when city authorities refused to step up to the plate. But
he also knowingly did so after the city refused his request to
intervene.

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  • Rustie 2012/09/20 18:53:35
    Foul
    Rustie
    +9
    Again, proof the government is 100% opposed to people taking care of themselves (and their neighborhoods).

    You can't fill a pothole, remove trash from an empty lot, plant flowers in the median of a suburban roadway, or give people water on a hot day without facing a fine and or jail time.

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  • alw_ays 2012/09/23 23:37:34
    Foul
    alw_ays
    +1
    If I were Ori Feibush, I'd counter sue for causing his business detriment. The eyesore reduced his business. There's a lawyer out there who'd be better at coming up with something than I am.
  • Hawkeye 2012/09/20 22:44:24
    Foul
    Hawkeye
    +3
    Ladies and gentlemen.. I GIVE you the WISDOM of Government..

    But you KNOW what the scary part of this is??

    HALF of America thinks that GOVERNMENT is the answer to everything..
  • tony 2012/09/20 22:25:57
    Foul
    tony
    This has to be a union thing.
  • Georgia50 2012/09/20 21:46:51
  • draconiaregina 2012/09/20 21:36:15
    Foul
    draconiaregina
    +1
    What a load of bull$h!t.
  • exhon2009 2012/09/20 21:05:36
    Foul
    exhon2009
    +2
    This is easy to resolve. Engage an attorney, go to court, stack the jury pool with people from the neighborhood who benefitted from his actions, then shove the decision up the city attorney's @ss.
  • sglmom 2012/09/20 20:34:19
    Foul
    sglmom
    +3
    So ..
    the "Government" is going to sue someone who PAID To clean up the MESS of Government in the first place?

    TIME for this stupidity to stop ..
    there's plenty of real crime out there ..

    This gentleman already ENHANCED the area by cleaning it up (at his expense)
  • Trader1 is kerbonkin' 2012/09/20 20:33:43
    Foul
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +3
    Why, oh why, do we continue to put up with this crap?
  • holly go lightly 2012/09/20 19:45:11
    Foul
    holly go lightly
    +5
    Anyone that doesn't see the lunacy in this situation is an absolute indoctrinated idiot.This is bureaucracy run amok and like a herd of raging elephants it needs a couple of shots fired into the mess.
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/09/20 19:27:26
  • johnnyg 2012/09/20 19:26:22
    Foul
    johnnyg
    +3
    The lot got cleaned up. The state wants money from permits. So screw you where is our money.
  • holly g... johnnyg 2012/09/20 19:46:22
    holly go lightly
    +3
    He probably kept union workers from doing the job.
  • johnnyg holly g... 2012/09/24 18:57:14
    johnnyg
    +1
    You know that's right!!
  • **Bessie** 2012/09/20 19:19:08
    Foul
    **Bessie**
    +5
    Ridiculous!
  • Jimbo 2012/09/20 19:17:24
    Foul
    Jimbo
    +5
    It is HIS city. He pay taxes that pay for city hall.
  • holly g... Jimbo 2012/09/20 19:47:06
    holly go lightly
    +4
    He probably kept union workers from doing the job.
  • Kurbdog 2012/09/20 18:57:49
  • Rustie 2012/09/20 18:53:35
    Foul
    Rustie
    +9
    Again, proof the government is 100% opposed to people taking care of themselves (and their neighborhoods).

    You can't fill a pothole, remove trash from an empty lot, plant flowers in the median of a suburban roadway, or give people water on a hot day without facing a fine and or jail time.

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