It was a crowded and interesting Frankford Civic Association meeting on September 3rd with Rep. Jason Dawkins discussing the budget crisis. Citizens will start feeling the effects of the failure to pass a new budget in Harrisburg. One of the results could be no payments to subsidized child care centers. He talked about the causes of the impasse. One of the Republican proposals is the privatize the state liquor stores. The Democrats do not see how that can be accomplished without losing a major source of income. It is also projected that many of the liquor sales licenses that would be sold would end up in the hands of existing stores. That would result in the overall loss of jobs.
Jim Hannigan, who is the owner of the property at 4834 Penn met with a small work group before the meeting. He brought his plans for the new unit which is being built at the rear of the property with an entrance on Harrison Street. it will be 19 one bedroom apartments with parking on the property for 5 cars.
Veronica Daniel updated the group on the zoning situation related to the Amuneal Manufacturing Company. Amuneal, which occupies two buildings in Frankford, needed more space and expanded into a building on Torresdale Avenue. They were told they needed a zoning approval for the paint booth used in their business. They appeared at the Frankford NAC and 4 residents local to the business address voted against the application. The Northwood Civic and Frankford Civic associations both sent letters to the zoning board supporting the application. It was eventually approved. Both Civic associations have said that they believe the present system of only permitting residents within 2 blocks to vote on an issue is too restrictive and are looking for improvement in that process.
The next Frankford Civic Association meeting will be held on October 8th at 7 PM at St. Marks Church 4442 Frankford Avenue.
Comments by Joe Krause:
No mention here of the complete monopolization of the 4700 block of Leiper Street by boarding/recovery houses and the lone resident on that block seeking relief for their family. That resident was in attendance I believe. That family is in a dangerous environment and it is only getting worse.
Thank you Joe!!! Yes, I was there- (back right side of room in picture above). I am really feeling outnumbered and unheard!?! I stood up in the center aisle and openly addressed the Civic and attendees about what is happening on Leiper Street. I was interrupted at the end and discouraged from continuing. I left this meeting feeling so sad…Where can I go from here when it appears as though speaking out doesn’t even get heard? (at least not heard enough to even gain mention in the article above..)