FAQ

May 2015 Community Meeting

The following table lists questions and comments provided in writing on the Evaluation/Comment forms and submitted at the end of the May 28, 2015 Community Meeting held at the Enterprise Center. Responses are provided by the Project Team.

Q. What is the numerical breakdown of those employed in the 5 ZIP codes? Of the total employed in those ZIP codes, what percentage have been residents for 5 years or more in those ZIP codes? How is this money impacting/trickling down to the resident of the 5 ZIP codes?

A. The project has an Economic Opportunity Plan, which includes workforce goals for the neighborhood and residents from the 19131, 19139, 19104, 19143 and 19151 ZIP codes. The City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) has approved an Economic Opportunity Plan for this project that has defined workforce goals and ranges for MBE and WBE participation. The OEO manages an Economic Opportunity Review Oversight Committee for this project, which includes a representative from the surrounding community.

The following table details the total hours worked by individuals in each category during the initial work phase from August 2014 through May 31, 2015. Personnel records do not record how long a person has lived at their address.

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Q. I would love to know the results of the traffic report. What are the plans to deal with the parking and traffic issues on the 48th Street corridor and around the perimeter of the campus? Is there any plan for public street parking on 48th Street? Will parking meters be added? Will there be a solution for non-residents using and blocking residential parking?

A. The project is not planning to request any changes to the current street parking rules or signage around the campus. The traffic c study is still being reviewed.

Q. Who is Ballinger?

A. The architect firm, Ballinger, has the contract to design the campus, including entryways and parking. Their design will also encompass all building renovations and upgrades, new buildings, as well as the interior design of these buildings to meet the needs of the Police Department and Medical Examiner’s Office activities that will take place on this campus.

December 2014 Community Meeting

The following table lists questions and comments provided in writing on the Evaluation/Comment forms and submitted at the end of the December 11, 2014 Community Meeting held at the West Philadelphia High School. The second column provides responses from the Project Team.

Questions/Comment Response
1.
  • The community appears to have been informed lastly. There is no transparency on this project.
  • Seven to 14 days before each of the 2014 community meetings on August 14th, October 23rd, and December 11th, 2,500 meeting flyers were passed out door to door from 44th Street to 52nd Street and from Chestnut Street to Fairmount Ave. In addition poster sized versions of the flyer were placed on the fences at 4601 Market. We gathered individuals and organizations in our project database and each received a flyer in the mail for all three meetings. As people have registered at the meetings their names have been entered into the database. The contacts in the database now total 510. For the December meeting 171 of those who provided email addresses received an electronic flyer.
  • In addition to community meetings, information on the project is available online at pssc.phila.gov.
2.
  • The suggestion of having a bulletin board in our community to put question or concern is necessary to keep information flowing.
  • There are signs posted at the project site that are visible from the sidewalks which display the project information number 1-800-718-6690. Calls to this number are monitored daily, as is the project email address pssc@phila.gov.
3.
  • Is it too late for a MBE professional services company like mine to participate in the project. I would like to receive assistance in obtaining minority certification and also doing business on this project.
  • The project has conducted business development meetings and will hold more. If you are interested in participating call the project information number 1-800-718-6690 or send an email to pssc@phila.gov.
4.
  • What mechanisms are in place to insure West Philly residents and businesses are represented on this project. What kind of business opportunity will be available for those in the community?
  • The project has an Economic Opportunity Plan, which includes workforce goals for the neighborhood and residents from the 19131, 19139, 19104, and 19143 zip codes.
5.
  • I would like to know about safety considerations with cars going in and out quickly.
  • The project team is conducting a traffic study to determine this answer.
6.
  • Is there a plan for how the center will integrate socially with the community? How will the campus improve residential facilities?
  • The City will continue to hold meetings with the community to address the impact of the Public Safety Services Campus.
7.
  • I want to know about the verification process in regards to minority inclusion. Quite frankly I have absolutely no confidence in the numbers presented.
  • The City’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) has implemented an Economic Opportunity Plan for this project that has defined workforce goals and ranges for MBE and WBE participation. The OEO manages an Economic Opportunity Review Oversight Committee for this project, which includes a representative from the surrounding community.
8.
  • Is any of this demolition bad for the residents’ health?
  • All work is being performed under the strict guidelines of the City Of Philadelphia’s Air Management Office.   Full time inspectors monitor all work procedures to guarantee that there are no contaminants leaving the building. Please call 1-800-718-6690 if you experience issues with construction.
9.
  • Can we invest in our unemployed and underemployed through getting the trained for some of the 3-year building plan? Apprentice/training for long-term residents of zip codes. Include training opportunities for ex- offenders in the zip codes.
  • The Economic Opportunity Plan’s goals for Apprentices are 50% Minority and 7% Female. The EOP’s goals for Journeyman are 32% Minority and 7% Female Journeypersons. There may be possible re-entry opportunities provided by contractors who are awarded project contracts.
10.
  • Formulation of questions does not appear to address many of the participants concerns.   Many appear self-serving to the project goals.
  • Time is allotted at each meeting for questions and comments from meeting participants. We are hopeful that the questions asked reflect the concerns of the community members speaking.
11.
  • Will this have an affect with the new natural gas line traveling up and down the whole Philadelphia area?
  • Philadelphia Gas Works does not have plans to replace natural gas lines near this project.
12.
  • Will parking meters be installed?
  • The project is not planning to request any changes to the current street parking rules or signage around the campus.
13.
  • How can I get a job there? (Laborer).
14.
  • Dunlap community wasn’t in the polling or concerns of our boundaries.
  • The polling map did not include the Dunlap neighborhood. However, the project is holding conversations with community organizations in the neighborhoods beyond the polling map, including some from Dunlap. Please call 1-800-718-6690 to request an update or meeting on the project.
15.
  • Good meeting.   Too much focus given to disruptive attendees in the front. Let others in the room speak too. Thank you!
  • Limit one question per person. Move microphone around more. Problem two people next to me talked loudly throughout the entire meeting about personal problems. Nothing to do with your topic – it made it difficult to hear.
  • Maybe in the beginning of these meetings make it very clear that the focus is on the building project…and anything else they can write down their concerns to be addressed at a more appropriate time…to keep the meeting on track.
  • Better facilitation is necessary! You allowed two loud mouths to dominate the meeting.
  • For this December meeting we revised the agenda to allow for questions throughout the meeting. For future meetings we will complete the presentations and then provide time for questions and comments.
16.
  • I would like an electronic copy of the paper documents and the Power Point presentation. Can you email those to me?
  • The information sheets are available on the project website as are select slides from the presentations.

October 2014 Community Meeting

In the following table the column on the left lists questions provided in writing on the Evaluation/Comment forms and submitted at the end of October 23, 2014 Community Meeting, held at the  Juvenile Justice Center. The column on the right provides responses from the Project Team.

Questions/Comment Response
1.
  • Will this increase property taxes for the residents in the community?
  • At this time, it is difficult to predict how home values would be impacted.
2.
  • How do you learn about the apprenticeship opportunities to have young people participate in programs?
  • The project has an E.O.P. administrator, Camelot Development 800-718-6690, who can provide more information.
3.
  • Can there be a job fair on this project? And can the community groups get information to the community on job opportunities?
  • A job fair will be held for this project. Public bidding opportunities will be posted on the procurement and project websites.
4.
  • There is an old gazebo that is on the land of the building being refurbished. How can I get access to that gazebo if it is taken off of the back of the property?
  • The gazebo is in bad shape and will be demolished.
5.
  • Our concern is the dumpster that still remains near the 48th Street & Market side. Even with the area chained and security on site it is still unsafe for walking pedestrians. This dumpster is more than one year in place.
  • The dumpster has been removed. Any dumpster(s) on-site currently, are part of the selective demolition process and are removed and legally dumped on a regular basis.
6.
  • Please have separate meeting with labor unions and contractors.
  • The project will continue to meet with labor unions and contractors.
7.
  • When will the website be up?
  • The project website is pssc.phila.gov.
8.
  • Will the 16th Police District remain at its current location?
  • There are no plans to move the 16th Police District to the Public Safety Services Campus at 4601 Market Street.
9.
  • Are there any plans to support the improvement of West Park Apartments (Philadelphia Housing Authority)? Can this project help that area – reduce crime, health issues, public safety?
  • The project team is not able to respond to the improvement of adjacent properties and facilities. For issues outside the project area, contact 311 regularly until concerns are addressed.
10.
  • My concern is the employee parking lot behind the homes on 46th Street. Also the traffic and parking on 46th Street especially in the cul de sac on 46th Street.
  • There will be a landscape buffer between the employee parking lot and the homes on 46th Street. A traffic study is currently underway.
11.
  • Will all the streets be under 2-hour parking? Public parking – will it be metered? Will stop signs be available? Will senior citizens in the neighborhood be considered concerning stop signs, lights?
  • The project is not planning to request any changes to the current street parking rules or signage around the campus.
12.
  • Can you hold a community meeting around how and if the Public Safety Services Campus will be viable with the surrounding community?
  • What is the “win” for the community? How will the community directly benefit from this project?
  • What kind of positive activities could happen for our youth with all of these buildings being built in our communities?
  • How about safety for the neighborhood?
  • What happens when or if there is a crisis in our community with all of the Police, Juvenile Center, Childrens Hospital, etc. and are all affected from all of this activity set in place? What do you have as a protection in our community?
  • What plans are in the works for business development in the area to support this new population who will be working in the area since this will be a 24-hour operation?
  • The City will continue to hold meetings with the community to address the impact of the Public Safety Services Campus. The Economic Opportunity Administrator and the City will host business development meetings.

 

The following open mic comments with responses were collected at the October 23, 2014 Community Meeting, held at the  Juvenile Justice Center.

General Topic Questions

Q1: Will helicopters land on the campus? Will SWAT trucks and tanks be staged here?
A:1 No landing facilities for helicopters are planned. No facilities to support Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) vehicles are planned for this campus.

Q2: How much movement will take place underground?
A2: All tunnels on the campus will be removed.

Q3: How will this campus impact the power in our neighborhood?
A3: As required by City ordinance, the buildings will be designed to achieve an LEED Silver rating through the application of mechanical and energy technologies. The project team is working with PECO to ensure that the energy demands of this campus are achieved.

Q4: Children crossing 48th Street at Haverford Avenue was a major concern for the construction of the Juvenile Justice Services Center. How many public and personal vehicles will use the campus? Will the safety of the school children be looked at?
A4: The project team is conducting a traffic study to determine this answer.

Q5: Will there be a small oversight committee selected?
A5: Based on the interest in the community as indicated by the number of people attending community meetings, the project team will hold community meetings advertised to the entire community, not a select few.

Contractor Questions

Q6: What percentage of positions for men and women is allotted to apprenticeship?
A6: The Economic Opportunity Plan’s goals for Apprentices are 50% Minority and 7% Female. The EOP’s goals for Journeyman are 32% Minority and 7% Female Journeypersons.

Q7: If a person is not familiar with the DBE contracting process, how do they get prepared?
A7: Economic Opportunity Registry information for MBE, WBE, and DSBE businesses are available online at: www.phila.gov/commerce

Q8: Community people put in bids on work for the project. We need to know what happened to our bids.
A8: Bids on Public Works projects were posted at www.phila.gov/procurement. Bids made to Prime Contractors would have to be reviewed with the Prime Contractor.

Q9: Are all terms and conditions visible for all contracts?
A9: All Public Work RFP and contract awards were posted on the Procurement website: www.phila.gov/procurement. All Professional Service RFPs and awards were posted on eContract Philly: https://secure.phila.gov/eContract/

Q10: Can contractors be paid in 15-30 days, not 60-120 days?
A10: Payment terms are set in bidding opportunities and terms of the contract.

Q11: Can these contracts not ask for a bond?
A11: Bonding, liability, and insurance terms are set in bidding opportunities and terms of the contract. The project EOP Administrator, Camelot Development 800-718-6690, can provide more information.

Q12: Who is cutting the lawn on the Campus?
A12: With the help of the EOP Administrator, a local landscape firm from the neighborhood was awarded the work.

Q13: Project Labor Agreement and Equal Opportunity Questions

  • Many African American-owned contractors aren’t union and can’t bid. The Project Labor Agreement cuts them out of work.
  • Can the Project Labor Agreement be between the City and the Community not the City and the Unions?
  • What can we do to get money into the community from this project?
  • How does project give jobs to African-American males?
  • Some projects have not met DBE contracting and Equal Opportunity goals in the past. Show us how we are going to do it. Show me the plan for doing it.

A13: Responses to Project Labor Agreement and Equal Opportunity Questions

  • Chapter 17-1600 of the Philadelphia Code requires an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) for projects over $250,000 and the Mayor’s Executive Order 15-11 requires a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on projects over $5 million.
  • The City of Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council executed a PLA, which includes EOPs for Public Works Projects.
  • This project’s EOP defines workforce goals and ranges for MBE and WBE participation which it will strive to exceed for the Selective Demolition Project: General Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 20-25% and WBE participation 10-15%. Electrical Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 16-20% and WBE participation 12-18%.
  • The Economic Opportunity Plan is monitored by the Office of Economic Opportunity and the EOP Administrator, which monitors workforce goals for the neighborhood and residents from the 19131, 19139, 19104, and 19143 zip codes.
  • A representative from the surrounding community will be a member of the Economic Opportunity Review Oversight Committee. The project EOP Administrator, Camelot Development 800-718-6690, can provide more information.

August 2014 Community Meeting

In the following table the column on the left lists questions provided in writing on the Evaluation/Comment forms and submitted at the end of the August 14, 2014 Community Meeting held at the Enterprise Center at 4548 Market Street. The column on the right provides responses from the Project Team.

  Questions/Comment   Response
1.
  • I am concerned about parking on 46th Street.
  • All contractors are required to park on site.
2.
  • I hope that efforts will be taken to maintain and improve the walk-ability and pedestrian friendliness of the sidewalks near and around 46th & Market. Please don’t prioritize cars and parking over people.
  • Improvements to sidewalks and pedestrian access are part of the project.

 

3.
  • How is the value of my home going to be impacted by this project?
  • At this time, it is difficult to predict how home values would be impacted.
4.
  • I was concerned about what efforts were made to preserve/record the historic exterior/interior structure of the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building.
  • The design professional for the project has hired a local subconsultant to assess and evaluate historic attributes of this project.
5.
  • Will the pay rates be consistent with all contractors?
  • All contracts are subject to the prevailing wage rates as required by Section 17-107 of the Philadelphia Code.
6.
  • Bidding process for minority contractors.
  • How can a small printing business get business (procurement) after the building is done?
  • I have a lead abatement company and a demolition company. Both companies are MBEC certified. How do I obtain job opportunity on the project?
  • All City of Philadelphia bidding opportunities are posted at http://mbec.phila.gov/procurement/proc.asp
  • The project has an E.O.P. administrator, Camelot Development, 215-219-9065, who can provide more information.
7.
  • In the first phase, who and what percent were MBE/WBE? When did bids for demolition go out and received?
  • What are the MBE/DBE goals?
  • The General Contractor requirements are 20–25% participation for MBE, 10–15% participation for WBE. The Electrical Contractor requirements are 16-20% participation for MBE, 12–18% participation for WBE.
  • Both contractors are exceeding participation goals at this time.
  • Bids were advertised in March 2014 and received on April 22, 2014.
8.
  • Location of RFQ information?
  • All City of Philadelphia bidding opportunities are posted at http://mbec.phila.gov/procurement/proc.asp
  • The project has an E.O.P. administrator, Camelot Development 215-219-9065, who can provide more information.
9.
  • Are the contracts going to be monitored by L&I the way it should?
  • This project will be monitored by multiple city agencies.
  • This project has an E.O.P. administrator, Camelot Development 215-219-9065, who can provide more information.
10.
  • What contractors, engineers and architects have been selected? Is the Separations Act applicable to this project? Will there be separate prime bids? Is this a BIM project? Will non-stocking suppliers be allowed to count towards the minority participation?
  • Winning low-bid contractor names and information are posted at the site, as with all city projects.
  • The Separations Act is state law and applies to this project. It is a BIM project.
  • Bids were advertised in March 2014 and received on April 22, 2014. All City of Philadelphia bidding opportunities are posted at http://mbec.phila.gov/procurement/proc.asp
  • The project has an E.O.P. administrator, Camelot Development 215-219-9065, who can provide more information.
11.
  • I am concerned about cabs parking in Mandela Way. When one cab comes in, there is other cabs parking in area.
  • Who will cut that grass on 46th & 47thHaverford Ave.
  • For concerns outside the project area, such as the 46th Street island and cabs parking in the area, contact 311 regularly until the problems are addressed.
12.
  • Can retired people also get work?

The following open mic comments with responses were collected at the August 14, 2014 Community Meeting held at The Enterprise Center.

Q1: How will the community benefit?
A1: A West Philadelphia landmark underused for two decades, the building and property will be transformed into a city services campus for police and health department functions. Community meetings will provide insight into how the campus can be a good neighbor, and be part of the neighborhood’s stable growth.

Q2: Who can I call with a concern or question about the project?
A2: Please call 1-800-718-6690 regarding the project, and updated information about the project will be on the web at pssc.phila.gov. All questions and concerns will be documented.

Q3: How is this project being paid for?
A3: Philadelphia voters approved the City to sell bonds to pay for the project. No state or federal funds have been allocated for the project.

Q4: Has the City made a commitment to contract with minority-owned (MBE) and women-owned (WBE) firms for this project?
A4: The City is implementing an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP) which has defined workforce goals and ranges for MBE and WBE participation which it will strive to exceed: General Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 20-25% and WBE participation 10-15%. Electrical Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 16-20% and WBE participation 12-18%. A representative from the surrounding community will be a member of the Economic Opportunity Review Oversight Committee.

Q5: Will there be construction jobs for community members?
A5: All bids will have an Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP), monitored by the Office of Economic Opportunity and the EOP Administrator, which recommends workforce goals for the neighborhood and residents from the 19131, 19139, 19104, and 19143 zip codes.

Q6: What are the unions’ commitments for this project?
A6: The Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council and The City of Philadelphia executed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that provides workforce goals and the five zip-code target areas as part of the Economic Opportunity Plan (EOP).

Q7: How can I apply for a job with the City at this location after it opens?
A7: Jobs with the City, including at this location, are listed at http://www.phila.gov/personnel/jobs.html

Q8: What will be done about noise during construction?
A8: Contractors will follow City ordinances and be monitored by the City’s Construction Manager for the project. Please call 1-800-718-6690 if you experience issues with noise.

Q9: What will be done about dust and disposal of debris?
A9: Contractors will take precautions to limit dust from their work, remove debris off-site, and be monitored by the City’s Construction Manager for the project. Please call 1-800-718-6690, if you experience issues with dust.

Q10: Why does the building need selective demolition?
A10: Work began on an evaluation of the building, so that environmental remediation coincides with the design work, minimizing the project schedule. Selective demolishing began of interior partitions and debris removal. Upon completion 3-D laser scanning will document interior spaces from wall to wall and floor to floor. This approach will enable the best design and save time in construction.

Q11: What are the plans for employee and visitor parking?
A11: A traffic study is being conducted to determine parking requirements and traffic patterns.

Q12: When will we hear again about the project or progress?
A12: Project information will be updated on this website, with fliers, and at community meetings.