Posted by Eric Horvath on October 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM
October 31, 2014 (Philadelphia) - Councilman Bobby Henon has worked with National Grid, owner of a vacant 67-acre parcel in Bridesburg known as the 'Coke site,' to implement security patrols of the site over Halloween weekend. The measure is meant to both monitor and prevent illegal activity. It follows recent allegations of drinking, drug and gun use on the site after a video showing such activity recently surfaced.
"The latest news is a stark reminder that this property, and the surrounding community, have dealt with these issues for far too long,” Councilman Henon said.
The Coke site is the former home of the Philadelphia Coke Company, and has been vacant for decades. The vast interior of the site has since been a magnet for blight and suspicious activity. Henon hopes the weekend patrol will discourage more suspicious activity over Halloween, normally a very active weekend for police.
"The more these incidents continue, the more it shows that we would benefit from smart, practical re-use of this site,” Henon continued. “I will continue to engage with National Grid and its representatives toward that goal."
Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity along or near the site to call 911.