Morning Headlines: Delco Residents Protest Strip Mall Proposal

 

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With clumps of vacant commercial properties already taking up room in parts of Brookhaven, it’s no wonder the borough’s council members are keeping mum on a proposal the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal calls “one of the borough’s only large parcels of open space.” Currently, the space is a baseball field and wooded lot.

The plan involves developing 26 acres of the 56-acre lot on the corner of Edgmont Avenue and Coeburn Boulevard, which the Chester Water Authority owns. Developers interested in the space plan to build a Giant Supermarket (the Giant currently across from the space would relocate to the new development), LA Fitness, restaurant, and retail space. Preliminary plans from developer Robert Hill included 770 parking spaces.

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Delco Team Wins the Babe Ruth World Series

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The Delco Daily Times reports:

Broomall-Newtown capitalized on 11 walks, seven errors, three wild pitches and one hit batter to win the Babe Ruth 13-15 World Series title with a 12-3 romp over Lumber River, N.C., Thursday night at Story Field in Longview, Wash.

It’s the second World Series title in a week for the organization. Broomall-Newtown won the 13 Prep crown last Friday in Glen Allen, Va. The organization has scheduled a parade for Sunday afternoon to honor both teams and the historic accomplishment.

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Morning Headlines: NIMBY Drama Stirs Up Between Residents and Swarthmore College

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Photo credit: Fritz Ward via Flickr.

Three things are set to happen once construction ends on the new development Swarthmore College has commissioned: First, more books will be available; second, the borough will get its first liquor license; third, Route 320 (Chester Road) will see a shift in traffic flow. Two of these are unwelcome changes for some Swarthmore residents.

As the Inquirer’s Laura McCrystal reports, an inn, bookstore, and roundabout are going to to be constructed in the area, the latter development starting this week. Hopes for the roundabout, which is planned for the intersection of Chester Road and Rutgers Avenue, include it “improv[ing] a dangerous intersection and connect[ing] the college to its community.”

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Expelled Swarthmore Student Sues College Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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Last April, Swarthmore students Mia Ferguson and Hope Brinn helped bring two very public complaints against their college, alleging that the prestigious liberal arts institution was in violation of federal law for misreporting and mishandling sexual misconduct cases.

In July, the Department of Education deemed those complaints serious enough that it opened an investigation of the school, which is still ongoing. Behind the scenes, as an increasing number of survivors of sexual assault came forward and reported their experiences to the school, Swarthmore took what many in the college community believe to be unprecedented disciplinary action against alleged perpetrators. Now, one student who was found guilty of sexual misconduct is retaliating.

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Swarthmore Punishing Frat for Racy Flyer

For several years, Swarthmore fraternity Phi Psi (one of two on campus) has been recruiting members using a flyer composed of little teeny pictures of naked women. This year, amid a set of ongoing controversies regarding the school’s alleged “rape culture,” that flyer’s generating more controversy than usual.

Earlier this week, a petition was started in response to the flyer, demanding that the college pull funding for frat parties (the school funds frat parties?) until ten percent of all campus members were women. The school’s not going that far, but they announced certain punitive measures yesterday.

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Chester Hasn’t Had a Single Grocery Store For 10 Years. Now it Does.

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The impoverished city of Chester has been trying for more than a decade to get a supermarket to feed its 37,000 residents, many of whom are impoverished. Bust since the last one closed in 2001, there have only been false starts. The highest profile came when the Philadelphia Union soccer stadium was built; the deal was supposed to include mixed-use retail development, featuring a supermarket. Now, thanks to local anti-hunger non-profit Philabundance (and $7 million in financial backing from local governments and foundations), it’s finally happening.
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