Thursday, July 2, 2015

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You hate to see the city lose any jobs, but few will be crushed if a scrap yard moves from South Philadelphia to Delaware County.

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Camden Iron & Metal Inc., near the Platt Bridge in Philadelphia, is one of the first sites seen in the the city by visitors landing at the airport. (LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer)
Camden Iron & Metal Inc., near the Platt Bridge in Philadelphia, is one of the first sites seen in the the city by visitors landing at the airport. (LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer)

You hate to see the city lose any jobs, but few will be crushed if a scrap yard moves from South Philadelphia to Delaware County.

The eyesore, owned by Camden Iron & Metal Inc., greets visitors entering the city via the George C. Platt Bridge.

It’s right across from the pretzel vendors, at 26th Street and Penrose Avenue.
 

The recycling center’s owner has an agreement to buy a 63-acre site in Eddystone. If the deal goes through, the scrap yard would move to an indoor facility.
 

Philadelphia would lose 25 jobs as a result, but Pennsylvania would gain 200 jobs because the company would move its headquarters from Camden to the Eddystone site.
 

Such a deal would be a win all around. Camden Iron gets a new home, after spending a dozen years looking for a new location. The city could expand industrial development in that part of South Philly. And Eddystone could see $31.1 million in state grant money for pier and port development.
 

And instead of crushed cars, visitors driving into the city from the airport can train their eyes on the pretzel vendors and the mural on the refinery tank farm.
 

Even as mayor, Gov. Rendell was working hard to facilitate such a move. Keep at it, and get this long-overdue deal done.

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