Victory came to the residents in the area of Hawthorne and Margaret Streets this Tuesday at a zoning hearing. A core group of activists has been working diligently for over two months in opposition to the zoning application of the owner of the property at 4691 Hawthorne Street to open a grocery store. This is the location of the former T&T bar which was the scene of repeated problems and finally the murder of Chris Spence.
Neighbors organized and collected 350 signatures on petitions opposing the zoning variance. Attending the hearing was a representative group of neighbors, Pete Specos (President of the Frankford Civic Association), Tim Savage and Scoot Clay (Democratic candidate for State Representative).
The case was dismissed before any testimony was heard from the opposition due to a lack of documentation on behalf of the applicant. The owners cannot apply for a variance for at least one year.