Community Opposes Another Torresdale Avenue Zoning App

4343 Torresdale Avenue

At the Frankford NAC Zoning meeting on January 12th, the applicant was seeking a: PERMIT FOR AUTO SPRAY BOOTH (VEHICLE PAINT FINISHING SHOP) AS PART OF AN EXISTING AUTO REPAIR SHOP WITH BODY AND FENDER WORK (PERSONAL VEHICLE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE) WITH ACCESSORY OFFICE AND ACCESSORY PARKING FOR 13 VEHICLES AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED.

The applicant’s representative made the case to the residents attending and fielded questions about the business which was formerly DiCicco Auto Sales.  The residents concerns were more about parking and congestion in general from the auto related businesses on Torresdale Avenue.  The auto dealers park their cars on the sidewalks and block pedestrian traffic.  They also take up resident parking spaces on the side streets with excess inventory.

Residents have been complaining at civic meetings, to the police and elected officials and have found no help with the issue.

The vote was unanimous to deny the application.  Notice of the vote will be sent to the ZBA.

5300 Marsden Street

The applicant has applied for a variance to legalize an existing car port.  The zoning notice had not been displayed to the public on the property so a continuance was granted until that requirement is met.  They will return to the NAC at a future meeting.

Frankford Pause Park

Ellie Devyatkin, Frankford CDC Commercial Corridor Manager, updated the meeting on the progress of the Frankford Pause park which will be located on Paul Street right off Frankford Avenue.  Construction on the park has been delayed due to the construction bids coming in well above previous estimates.  The plan is now to do the park in stages with the first phase to be in ready for use this Summer.  Funding is in place for that part of the project.

The next meeting of the Frankford NAC zoning board will be held on February 9th at 7 PM at the Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.