The Passyunk Square Civics Association’s zoning committee voted unanimously this week for Urban Jungle’s application to create loading zones outside the store at 1526 E. Passyunk Ave. during store hours. The store also agreed to give plenty of room to pedestrians who walk through the plant-sale forest that blooms daily on the sidewalk.
Neighbors had been complaining that the racks of plants cause a bottleneck on the sidewalk and that the daily loading from trucks parked on Passyunk backs up traffic on 11th Street down to south of Tasker.
Curt Alexander, store founder, told the committee as well as 60 to 70 attendees at the Annunciation BVM church hall that he plans to use the loading zones in the morning to stock plant deliveries, then move the racks of plants onto the street to make more room for passersby, about seven feet. The loading zone would be about 45 feet long.
“The reason I started this business originally was to soften the city and to create a greener environment,” said Alexander, “and the way to do that is to have access to your plants, trees, etc.”
Some neighbors worried that Alexander would still park his company trucks outside the store after hours, which are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. But he vowed that if the street was allowed to become his during the day, he would clear the way for neighbors to park at night. ”The only problem we may face is come 9 a.m., if there’s a car there and I have to start business, we need to permits there to ensure no arguments when cars get towed,” Alexander said.
To compromise! Cheers.