Tinicum residents, airport officials hash out expansion agreement

Tinicum Township Commissioner Patrick McCarthy shows some of the features of the new expansion plan at a press conference announcing a plan to expand the Philadelphia International Airport, at the airports arrival wing on Monday. Credit: Charles Mostoller
Tinicum Township Commissioner Patrick McCarthy shows some of the features of the new expansion plan at a press conference announcing a plan to expand the Philadelphia International Airport, at the airport’s arrival wing on Monday. Credit: Charles Mostoller

A tentative deal to expand the Philadelphia International Airport after eight years of resistance by Tinicum Township residents has been reached, officials announced Monday.

“They wanted to push into Tinicum Township and take about 72 homes. This saves the homes, reconfigures the way they were going to do the expansion, and businesses that will be affected will be relocated,” said Delaware County Council chairman Tom McCarrigle.

The agreement still needs Federal Aviation Administration approval and will be put to a vote this Thursday for Tinicum residents, said Tinicum Township Board of Commissioners President Thomas Giancristoforo.

“Myself and the other four commissioners have worked vigorously to come up with something that we know we can live with and the residents are protected; that’s all we’re concerned with,” Giancristoforo said.

“Once we knew that our residents were protected, that 72 homes would not be purchased and that they would not be expanding into the residential area, that made us comfortable.”

The planned expansion includes the addition of a 1,500-foot runway and is expected to cut passenger wait times in half.

Instead of taking homes, the UPS Center near the airport will move to the former Scott Paper buildings nearby, the airport’s cargo facilities will be reorganized, and wooded land near the airport will be developed.

This decision comes after years of resistance by neighbors groups and high school students.

The community also stands to make about $11 million from the agreement in back taxes owed by the airport, held off due to litigation related to the expansion, according to sources familiar with the deal. About $1.86 million in taxes for each year since 2007, when four lawsuits over the expansion plan were filed against the airport by Delaware County, Tinicum Township and the Interboro School District, can now be paid, as this agreement effectively ends those lawsuits.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor pledges lower greenhouse gas emissions from New…

Just hours before the start of the People’s Climate March on Sunday, and two days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Mayor Bill de…

National

The best places to see the Northern Lights…

A large solar storm hit the Earth's atmosphere and will tonight illuminate the skies with aurora borealis -- also known as the Northern Lights.

Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Television

'How to Get Away with' mischaracterizing Shondra Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes read Alessandra Stanley's New York Times piece about her being "an angry black woman" and "a romance writer" and it did not sit well with her.

Gossip

New nude celebrity selfies leak … and Clay…

A new batch of nude selfies of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Lake Bell and Avril Lavigne hit the web and Clay Aiken has something to say!

Television

James Spader's route to villainy on "The Blacklist"

In honor of the second season premiere of "The Blacklist" tonight, where James Spader plays good guy/bad guy Raymond “Red” Reddington, it’s a good time to look back at Spader’s…

Television

True Detective

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

NFL

Jets vs. Bears: 3 things to watch

Jets fans likely chalked up Monday's matchup with the Bears as a loss when the NFL schedule came out. But given their team's play so…

NFL

Rashad Jennings carries Giants in first win this…

Rashad Jennings, who came to New York from Oakland last year, by way of Jacksonville, was highly coveted this offseason by general manager Jerry Reese.

NFL

3 things we learned as Giants pick up…

The Giants picked up their first win of the season over the Texans.

Career

Here's how to make the most of visit…

You’re primped, you’re looking polished, you’re prepared with a stack of resumes. Job fair hunters, unite! There are a few things to keep in mind…

Education

Learn how to study effectively and stop cramming…

Picture this: It’s midterm week, and college students everywhere are trying to frantically memorize all of the math formulas, political theories and historical facts that…

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.