Category Archives: Secane Station

Outdoor Storage Area and Garage application update

The Friends of Nick Micozzie recently received this update from Nick on an issue that could have affected our region…

“7-6 of 15: Application of Zuriel Nagar, for a Special Exception to permit an outdoor storage area for the storage of taxi vehicles; situate 870 Bunting Lane, Primos, Pennsylvania. C-4 Commercial Industrial District. 2nd. District.

The above Upper Darby zoning application if approved would have created a traffic nightmare for residents of Clifton Heights and Primos Secane on Bunting Lane and from Oak Avenue to Springfield Road and the surrounding areas

The property is zoned C-4 Commercial Industrial District located in the 2nd District of Upper Darby Township that abuts Clifton Heights Borough at Oak Avenue and Madison Avenue, respectively.

On July 6, 2015, an Application was submitted by Zuriel Nagar to the Upper Darby Township Zoning Board to permit an outdoor storage area and garage for the storage and maintenance of 60 plus taxi vehicles and Limousines at 870 Bunting Lane, Primos, Pennsylvania. The vehicles would service areas as far away as Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

The lot is located in the rear of a lot located across the street from Primos Elementary School adjacent to the AMPRO Lot, behind the Primos Swim Club and behind the twin properties that front Ashurst Avenue and the Muckinipates Creek.

On July 30, 2015 at 7 PM, the Upper Darby Zoning Board heard pro and con testimony as to whether to approve or disapprove the application.

Primos Secane neighbors as well as Father Joseph McDermtt of St. Eugene’s’, Mayor Micozzie, State Rep. Santoro, Upper Darby Councilmen Bierling, Bonnett, Rankin and I attended; all testifying against the application. My testimony was essentially about the past history of the property and the adjacent areas.

In the mid 80s, as an Upper Darby Councilman and a State Rep. because of severe flooding and traffic congestion, my office and residents fought a developer at the Upper Darby Zoning Board hearings and in the DelCo Courts on 3 occasions to construct apartments on Ashurst Avenue adjacent to the Primos Swim Club and just in front of the 870 Bunting Lane property. We were successful in defeating the proposed development.

The above application to permit an outdoor storage area and garage for the storage and maintenance of 60 plus taxi vehicles and Limousines was denied.

– Nick Micozzie”

SEPTA Updates Act 89 Projections and Progress for Trains and Trolleys

The Secane station which was recently highlighted on this website, was earmarked for $20 million for station renovations, tunnel and platform. At Secane, plans for the inbound side were to construct a station building with a canopy and expand parking for an estimated 100 spaces. While the Primos station costs were projected at $14 million for station renovations, parking and platform.

Delco Trolley Line Upgrades from ACT 89

This summer, as part of this program, SEPTA will initiate a series of improvements to the Media/Sharon Hill/101-102 trolley lines in Delaware County through a program entitled 101/102 Trolley Modernization. This program will involve capital improvements to buildings and bridges, tracks, communications, signalization and power systems all along Trolley Routes 101 and 102, from 69th Street Transportation Center to Media and Sharon Hill.

Because these capital improvements will require the temporary interruption of service to both the 101 and 102 trolley lines between June 15th and September 6th, SEPTA is providing substitution buses that will collect passengers from temporary bus stops located close to each trolley route. In order to provide residents, businesses, transit riders, elected officials, community and faith-based organizations and all other stakeholders with the most accurate and up-to-date information throughout the summer, SEPTA will be:

  • Holding community meetings
  • Distributing informational flyers and project fact sheets across affected communities
  • Reaching out directly to individual residents, business owners, institutions and others potentially affected
  • Posting notices along detour routes in and around the 69th Street Transportation Center
  • Hosting and monitoring an information hotline (1-800 834-5564), project website (www.septa.org/rebuilding/101-102-modernization), and email address (trolleymodernization@septa.org).

WORK DATES: Between Mid-June and Early-September 2015

WORK HOURS: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Daily-Monday through Friday

LOCATION: Turner Avenue to Shadeland Avenue, and between Hillcrest Road and Garrett Road

WHAT TO EXPECT

Work to begin in mid-June and continue through the Summer

  • Replacing the Overhead Catenary System
    The wire that supplies power to the trolley will be replaced from Drexel Hill Junction to Scenic Road, and from Drexel Hill Junction to 69th Street Transportation Center.
  • Track Surfacing
    The material under the tracks (ballast) will be leveled and regulated from Drexel Hill Junction to Scenic Road, and from Drexel Hill Junction to 69th Street Transportation Center.

Work to begin in July

  • Installing Catenary Foundations
    Drilling, pouring concrete, and setting steel poles for the overhead contact system near Drexel Hill Junction.
  • Preparation Work for the New Signal System
    Cabling and digging trenches in the vicinity of Drexel Hill Junction.
  • Renewing Two Grade Crossings at Turner Road
  • Additional Work Items
    As time permits, SEPTA may perform additional track work near Drexel Hill Junction Station and the grade crossing at Shadeland Avenue. SEPTA will continue to provide updates about the schedule and work to be completed.

We will be contacting you again in the near future with more detailed information about upcoming projects, bus substitution service and public outreach within your own municipality, but we wanted to let you know in advance about the broader context of the individual projects and bus detours you might observe this summer.

Secane Station upgraded due in large part to Nick Micozzie

Posted by Friends of Nick Micozzie

A fitting tribute to Nick Micozzie

Written by Phil Heron, the Editor of the Delaware County Times in his blog and partial in the Times Edition

May 22, 2015, http://delcoheronsnest.blogspot.com

If you’re one of those harried folks who scramble every morning to arrive early and snag a precious parking spot at the Secane Station to start your commute into the city on the Media/Elwyn line, you owe a debt of gratitude. 

Nick is pictured with daughter Kelly Aguire Micozzie and son Tom Micozzie
Nick is pictured with daughter Kelly Aguire Micozzie and son Tom Micozzie
There are 60 brand new parking spots at the transit stop this week.

They are there for one reason: Act 89. That is the massive transportation package that was passed by the Legislature. It is providing critical funding for infrastructure and transit work across the Commonwealth.

Act 89 happened in large part because of one man.

That would be former state Rep. Nick Micozzie. The longtime Upper Darby Republican, who retired last fall after representing Upper Darby in Harrisburg for more than three decades, deftly shepherded this crucial piece of legislation through the mine field known as Harrisburg.

Make no mistake, Act 89 was not a particularly popular piece of legislation, especially among Republicans. The GOP folks from the middle of the state very often turn a deaf ear to packages they believe are tilted to giving aid to the southeaster portion of the state. Add in what many believe were thinly disguised tax hikes, and they consider it something akin to anathema.

It was left to Micozzie to pick up the ball and run with it for Governor. Tom Corbett.

Few people know the intricacies of how Harrisburg works – and how legislation gets passed – better than Micozzie. He not only managed to get the crucial funding through his Transportation Committee, he got it passed and onto to Corbett’s desk.

The result is a lot of critically important projects such as the one unveiled at Secane Station this week.

Nick is pictured above with Tom Micozzie, Senator Tom McGarrigle and State Rep. Bill Adolph
Nick is pictured above with Tom Micozzie, Senator Tom McGarrigle and State Rep. Bill Adolph
That’s why it was particularly poignant to see a phalanx of local and SEPTA officials gather at the station this week to cut the ribbon and show off their new toy.

And to honor the man who made it possible.

There will be a road sign at the station marking it ‘Nick Micozzie Way.’

It was a nice gesture for a nice man.

A guy who was not afraid to reach across the aisle to get something done, whether it be more funding for local schools, or important infrastructure projects.

The moment also comes with a tinge of sadness.

Delaware County has no idea how much they will miss Nick Micozzie looking after their interests in Harrisburg.

That’s a lot of clout that just left town.

But Act 89 – and the projects it will fund – will remind us just how important Nick Micozzie was.

Secane Station Project Overview

Conditions Prior to Construction:

  • Historic station building built 1871.  Original name: Spring Hill.
  • Service: Media Elwyn Rail Line with connecting service Route 107 bus.
  • Parking lot with 40 permit spaces.
  • Low level platforms
  • Not ADA accessible

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Project Scope

Phase 1 Inbound Parking Expansion:

  • Relocated entrance to lot to improve traffic movement
  • 60 new additional spaces with an improved wider driveway -100 spaces total.
  • Provide ADA compliant parking stalls and ADA compliant path improvements.
  • Environmentally friendly bio-detention system.
  • New energy efficient lighting.
  • New landscaping beds and buffer along property.
  • New signage

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Phase 2 Station, Platforms and tunnel:

  • Fully ADA accessible station and site
  • New High Level platforms with canopies and shelters
  • New Station Building with waiting room and restrooms
  • Passenger Access Tunnel
  • Traffic improvement to Providence and South Ave.by relocating platforms away from intersection
  • Exterior Refurbishment of the existing station building
  • New energy efficient lighting, landscaping, signage and station amenities
  • Pedestrian access to Bishop Avenue
  • Crosswalk improvements.

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Construction Schedule:

  • Phase 1:  Construction to be completed April, 2015
  • Phase 2:  Construction to begin October, 2015; 2 year duration.