UPPER DARBY, PA - Mayor Tom Micozzie welcomed today's approval by the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas of a settlement agreement negotiated between Upper Darby Township, the Upper Darby Township Zoning Hearing Board, and the developer of Drexeline Town Center with township residents who filed a lawsuit opposing the zoning board's approval of the project. The agreement followed discussions that Mayor Micozzie initiated in August between the appellants and the developer to attempt to resolve their differences so that construction of the project could move forward.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the appellants have agreed to drop their opposition to the project. In exchange, the developer has agreed to provide a community garden consisting of 70 foot by 20 foot area along Darby Creek; seek approval of a land development plan that reduces the initial plans 80 percent impervious coverage to 75 percent; utilize pervious materials to construct the walking path-along a portion of the trail along Darby Creek; use energy efficient windows, as well as paints and stains with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In addition, the Mayor agreed to appoint one of the appellants to the Township's Environmental Advisory Committee. The appellants have agreed not to challenge the land development in the settlement agreement.
A separate provision of the agreement memorializes a priority established by Mayor Tom Micozzie: coordinating a meeting with the building and construction trade unions and the developer to discuss opportunities for union labor on the project. "I am pleased that all parties were able to come together, work through these issues, and reach a compromise that allows this project to move forward and make much-needed improvements to the current shopping center," said Mayor Micozzie, who noted that the redevelopment of the Drexeline property will result in the creation of jobs in the building and construction industry, result in increased tax revenues for the township and Upper Darby School District, and reduce the property's current level of stormwater runoff.
Mayor Micozzie also highlighted the developer's acceptance of a provision in the agreement to meet with building and construction trades. "I am pleased that the developer has agreed to my request that their team meet with leaders from our local trade unions to discuss opportunities for union workers on this project," said Micozzie. "This is an important provision for our trade unions."
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