At the meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, the board of the Frankford Civic voted to support a zoning variance for an 8 foot tall fence to enclose the lot at 1709 Gillingham Street. The lot will be used by Karr-Parts for storage of its vehicles. The business has been a long time resident of the neighborhood and there were no objections to the fence. The variance is required for an 8 foot fence since it is outside of the standard for the code. A 6 foot fence would require no variance but would not provide the owner with the necessary security.
20 residents attended the meeting which also featured:
Peter McElroy from Philadelphia School Partnership made a presentation on the new web site www.greatphillyschools.org. The site provides a source of information for families to compare schools when making a choice for their child. It is user friendly and has information for comparing public, charter and parochial schools.
Kathy Kruz, Citizen’s Engagement Coordinator at Philly311, spoke about the 311 system and highlighted the new mobile app that was recently released.
Manny Citron of PhillyRising gave an update on their activities.
There was some informal discussion on the recent policing activities. In addition, the residents of the 5000 block of Griscom street noted that two properties are being rehabbed by new owners which has had a positive effect on life on their block.
The next Frankford Civic Association meeting will be on January 10th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.