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Fox Chase Expansion Moves Forward

City Council's Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs this afternoon unanimously approved legislation proposed by Councilman Brian O'Neill to allow Fox Chase Cancer Center to expand onto 19 acres of Burholme Park. That legis

Fox Chase Expansion Moves Forward

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City Council's Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs this afternoon unanimously approved legislation proposed by Councilman Brian O'Neill to allow Fox Chase Cancer Center to expand onto 19 acres of Burholme Park. That legislation will be considered by the full Council on Thursday and could be passed on Feb. 28.

Mayor Nutter is likely to sign the legislation into law since he brokered the meeting last month that brought together hospital officials and neighborhood residents who had been at odds.

"Everyone gave a little," O'Neill said today. "Everyone got a lot."

But not everyone is happy.  Fox Chase resident Jean Gavin told the committee the legislation will ruin the park. "Fox Chase Cancer Center intends to take the guts out of our park."

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