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NFRs2000nyc 10-04-2012 11:04 AM

City May Sue Developer for Cleaning 40 Tons of Trash...
 
Dude uses his own money to clean 40 tons of trash and build a park, and now the city may sue him.....

Quote:

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.

The situation is almost like a reverse case of eminent domain, in which a private owner is attempting to revitalize a piece of public property.

For his part, Feibush thinks the city agency is jealous.

"For a private developer to create a garden, it's a question of who gets credit. To do it without their blessing, you're basically insulting them," he said. "I'm not looking for a thank-you, but I'm not looking for a big F.U."
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...200922350.html

Gobnent.....doin it's thang.

roastbeef 10-04-2012 11:24 AM

i'm skeptical. 40 tons of actual garbage? scrap metal? i'm curious what the hell it actually was.

ghorn 10-04-2012 11:25 AM

Beyond retarded. The city should give that guy a medal

xxcosmicxx 10-04-2012 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by ghorn (Post 14787345)
Beyond retarded. The city should give that guy a medal

Agreed. WTF is wrong with people. The guy should get a thank you, not a lawsuit.

IdahoToyo 10-04-2012 11:56 AM

JonJon probably complained :eeps:

That's fvcked up though...guy did the city a great service and then for them to come back around and sue him. This reminds of an episode of Hey Arnold.

Edit: Yup, there was one http://heyarnold.wikia.com/wiki/The_Vacant_Lot :rofl:

flashmeow 10-04-2012 12:06 PM

Government at its best

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325inthe510 10-04-2012 12:55 PM

mericah strong

Raymond42262 10-04-2012 01:14 PM

I bet it is because it was not union.....

cjrivera 10-04-2012 02:15 PM

... or it was the protected habitat of some rare species of rat or spider.

cd330 10-04-2012 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by roastbeef (Post 14787341)
i'm skeptical. 40 tons of actual garbage? scrap metal? i'm curious what the hell it actually was.

40 tons of trash / debris / etc..... so we are talking like an 18 wheeler trailer full of crap.... But unfortunately for him, it was not his property to clean up.

Here is what he did ....

http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/0Q...eshow/ALot.jpg

more pics... at bottom of article there is a slideshow, no before pics though.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...200922350.html

Xcelratr 10-04-2012 02:37 PM

Never underestimate the power of bureaucracy to torpedo common sense.

On one hand, I understand that there needs to be a permitting process and so on for this kind of stuff.

If the guy did a half ass job, cut corners, created a dangerous situation, that's not good for the community, and the liability to the city is very real. For example, if there were oil drums on the site and his clean up crew drained the drums into the soil before hauling them away, that's a problem. And since it's city property, it's a city problem. If some youngin' plays on the new structures and falls and cracks his head open, the city will certainly be named in the zillion dollar lawsuit because it was their land and they failed to make sure it was safe. :blah:

The city also has to be wary of setting a precedent. If they pat this guy on the back or even look the other way because the end result is nice, they open themselves up to not being able to come down on the next person that takes a similar action, even if that person's results aren't as favorable or popular.

But the city HAS to be able to take a step back, evaluate what this guy has done, and (if it's as good as it's been portrayed) find a way to accept that an improvement has been made without setting themselves up for future problems.

RKiepper 10-04-2012 02:41 PM

Cleaning up the area next to his business, coffee shop, would also help his business.

Customers are more likely to buy there when there is basically a park next door now.

Increased business, park, cleaned up the city a bit.. Triple win.

Ohhh My 10-04-2012 06:28 PM

The guy is a freakin' genius. His month old coffee shop is getting nationwide coverage and exposure. He did it even after the city told him no because in reality, they're not going to throw him in jail for beatifying the city, it would make the city look bad and there would be protest. He played his risk cards right!

deafboy 10-04-2012 06:38 PM

I'm curious to see what it looked like before hand....

deafboy 10-04-2012 06:53 PM

Alright...so going off of Google Maps, who knows how accurate it is since the name of the market has changed and that building that the coffee shop is in is redone, google street view from 2009. But the only thing in that vacant green lot is large cement blocks. Neighborhood looks like ****.

http://imageshack.us/a/img43/5581/storeul.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img163/9251/store2.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img14/5148/store3j.png
http://imageshack.us/a/img339/6854/store4.png

NFRs2000nyc 10-04-2012 08:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cd330 (Post 14788040)
40 tons of trash / debris / etc..... so we are talking like an 18 wheeler trailer full of crap.... But unfortunately for him, it was not his property to clean up.

Here is what he did ....

http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/0Q...eshow/ALot.jpg

more pics... at bottom of article there is a slideshow, no before pics though.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...200922350.html

His cafe was suffering because of the trash. He reached out to the city for help, who refused. I think the guy is a hero, and the city should make the owner of the garbage property pay the cost, and if its city property, they should pay him.

deafboy 10-04-2012 09:51 PM

Are there any more current pics of "trash" aside from the google maps pics?

Cause by the looks of it...he knew what he was getting into.

rsxstock 10-05-2012 12:02 AM

maybe the city was hiding a secret in the middle of that pile and now they are suing to get it back

deafboy 10-05-2012 12:16 AM

http://imageshack.us/a/img836/5205/store5.png

BreakfastBurrito 10-05-2012 12:31 AM

The before pix looks worse than some third world countries.


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