The Northwood Civic Association met on Tuesday July 16th with about 15 people attending. There were no active zoning cases to discuss but the Board has taken action on an old issue concerning 5260 Castor Avenue. The owner applied for a variance for a beauty salon. The civic had previously voted to oppose that use. The owner made a presentation at a board meeting which included detailed plans and also signed petitions from local residents and businesses in support of the change. The Board then voted to send a letter on non opposition since it was clear the zoning board would approve the variance.
In other matters:
- The owner of the property at Dyre and Leiper is applying for a variance to use the property as a church. The owners are expected to present details at the next civic meeting.
- Simpson playground pool did open this year using porta potties and so far there have been no problems. Attempts to contact the city agency to get a timeline on permanent repairs lead to no answers. They claim there is no money to fix the problem.
- The neighborhood Security Patrol has discontinued operation. The civic will explore other options.
- Bandit signs are back all over Northwood.
The next meeting of the Northwood Civic Association will be on August 20th at 7PM at St. James Lutheran Church at Castor Ave. and Pratt St.