The main presentation at the June 7th Frankford Civic Association meeting was by David Orphanides on behalf of the Harry Patel, owner of the Quickie Mart at Frankford and Unity. A zoning application and liquor licencing is in the works to allow for beer sales at the Mart. The owner says he needs to the new business to stay competitive. The result would be a remodeled Quickie Mart with indoor seating for over thirty with tables and chairs where you can eat in or take out. There was some fervent discussion on both sides of the issue. Mr. Patel is seeking community support for the change.
The possible opening of the property at Hawthorne and Margaret Sts. formerly known at the T&T bar as a bodega has been dropped and another more community friendly use is being explored.
Manny Citron of PhillyRising talked about CLIP citations which are now coming out as the summer growing season arrives. CLIP gets complaints and send and investigator to see if your grass it too high or whatever. If the investigator issues you a notice at that first inspection, it is not a citation. He will be back in ten days to see if corrective action has been taken. At the second visit, he may issue a citation. You should appeal that citation by calling the L&I Review Board at 215-686-2428.
Jason Dawkins of Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez office announced that zoning has approved the application of an institution to open
a 36 unit drug rehab facility for men at 4834 Penn Street (corner of Penn and Harrison). No community input was heard by the zoning board. An investigation is underway as to how this could be done behind the back of the Councilwoman’s office when it is publicly known that there is a moratorium on opening new facilities of this type in Frankford.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association is on July 5th at Aria Health.
The 4800 block of Penn Street is a quiet residential block and is not the appropriate location for a facility housing 36 men in recovery. Frankford has carried a disproportionate share of the burden of rehab and other neighborhoods need to start carrying their share of the load. The argument will be made that the facility is located where it is needed. The reason why we have so many people in recovery in Frankford is that for years the facilities have been put here. If they start locating them on Society Hill or Chestnut Hill then the need will suddenly be in those neighborhoods.
Last year a clinic tried to open in a commercial area of Holmesburg. It was passed by zoning but the neighborhood came together and it did not open. The time to come together has arrived in Frankford.
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