Alan Butkovitz, Philadelphia City Controller, updated the Civic Association on the shortcomings of the 311 system and the police surveillance camera systems. He also addressed the issue of the proposed Actual Value property tax proposal which is under study by the city.
Also on the agenda were zoning issues:
- The owner of 4679 Darrah Street is seeking a variance for car repair at the location which is a limousine service. This would include auto repair and body work on the premises. He is also seeking approval to provide service to the public. He was accompanied by his attorney, Jack Bernard. However, upon examination, the zoning application held by the Civic was not the current one under consideration. The issue was tabled until the next meeting when all the paperwork is current.
- The operator of a family day care home at 4327 Penn Street is seeking a variance for increased capacity up to 12 children. She says she needs the larger capacity to cover times when care hours overlap. Day time children get picked up at 6 and late day children are dropped off starting at 5pm. So for a period of time she would be over capacity. No vote was taken on that issue at the meeting.
- An upcoming issue is an application by a business located at 2102 Bridge Street for a liquor license related to a restaurant to be opened. The owner is in the early stages of the process and has not provided more information to the Civic.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on November 1st at Aria Hospital in the 2nd floor conference room.