Bella Vista Neighbors Association coming to an end?

The trouble started back in 2012 when Joel Palmer, one of Philadelphia’s professional blight busters, had the audacity to try and take over a tax delinquent property in the Bella Vista neighborhood.

Photo by Naked Philly
Photo by Naked Philly

Some folks didn’t like that and filed a lawsuit against Joel and the civic association he just happened to be president of. The Bella Vista Neighbors Association was ultimately dismissed from the suit but by then, the damage was done.

As first reported by PlanPhilly, the BVNA is now faced with possibly having to dissolve because their insurance company, Twin City Fire Insurance Company, which has now spent over $100k defending Joel, has dropped them. It’s because of this, that BVNA has not been able to find a new carrier willing to offer reasonable premiums and deductibles. The group is holding a special meeting this Monday at the Palumbo Recreation Center to decide its fate.

PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart reports how this has and could effect other RCO’s and what local officials are doing about it.

6 thoughts on “Bella Vista Neighbors Association coming to an end?

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    If only he had devoted his efforts to creating more parking spots, the neighborhood would have hailed him a hero and created a holiday in his honor. Lesson learned!

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    That vacant lot in the above picture sure is some wasted space. You could pave it and park at least two dozen cars there!

    • August 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      by “the vacant lot” you mean Cianfrani Park??

      • August 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

        I am pretty sure it was a joke

  • July 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Classic neighborhood short-sightedness. These guys (Joel and Jeff) are already heros!

    • July 31, 2017 at 11:19 am

      The number of tax delinquent properties in this city is astonishing. I guess it’s audacious to think that tax delinquency is harmful to the neighborhood and that the people who live in the neighborhood should do nothing about it.

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