It was a packed house (about 70 in attendance) at the Northwood Civic meeting on Tuesday night, July 17th, when the members voted unanimously to take legal action against the owner of 949 Foulkrod Street for violation of the deed restriction against multi family residences. The board is seeking donations to the legal fund to finance the law suit.
A presentation by Harry Mearing of Neighborhood Security Patrol offers security patrol service to residents of Northwood for a monthly fee of $40 per household. Sgt. Al Revel speaking on behalf of Captain Frank Backmayer, 15th District Commander said that the service is legal but is neither encouraged nor discouraged by the police department. Clearly the police have reservations about the use of private security in this capacity.
There has been continued vandalism of the vacant property at 1142 Kenwyn. Board members had secured the property last month but vandals have found a way in again. Similar situation is developing at 5030 Oxford Avenue.
A representative from Organizing for America Pennsylvania handed out information on the new voter ID law. (See related article from the Inquirer here).
Deacon Lamont Purnell made a presentation on his plans for the property at 4834 Penn Street. (video here) His plan now calls for establishing a personal care boarding home for 24 residents with a variety of disabilities. You can view some of the video here. Discussion on the issue was thorough and the Deacon made every attempt to explain to the audience his plans. The audience was overwhelming against the use of the property as proposed.
The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be held on August 21st at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church.