Northwood Civic met last night with a crowd of about 40 people.
Discussion about the Volunteers of America Property at 4871 Roosevelt Boulevard which violates the deed restriction focused on strategies for dealing with the organization. The VOA is a huge, well funded organization that has the resources to overwhelm a much smaller civic like Northwood. However, the fight will continue. The civic does not oppose the individuals who currently reside in the property. The issue is that the property is not a single family dwelling and therefore violates a deed restriction previously upheld by the courts. The VOA could resolve this situation but chooses to ignore it.
The big issue at the meeting was the proposal to support the Bridge in their desire to move into the property on Adams Avenue. The Bridge is a residential and out patient drug treatment facility for adolescent boys. Barry Howell, President of the Civic announced that the Juniata Civic Association at their last meeting had unanimously voted to support the Bridge.
In a vote by the Board of Directors of the Northwood Civic taken prior to the meeting, they had unanimously approved the issue. A detailed explanation of the reasons for support was given to the members in attendance and a vote was held. The members gave their approval with one or two dissenting votes.
The overriding reason for supporting the Bridge at this point seems to be the threat that if its not the Bridge, it could be something else much worse. My point is that it might be something better. Threats to turn the old Parkview Hospital on Wyoming Avenue into a huge drug rehab were opposed and eventually the Cancer Treatment Centers came in and took over the property.
Have a look at NEastPhilly for their coverage of the meeting here.