By: Christine DeJesus
Kimberly Washington, Esq., of the Frankford CDC presented and informed the community about the project and beautification efforts that will be happening on the 4600 block of Paul Street. The FCDC has received a gardening agreement from the City to keep up the lot. Hopefully this will prevent illegal dumping. Ian Litwin of the City Planning Commission has already done work on the Daral Building which is located next to the lot. FCDC has received three grants, one for a pop up garden (like PHS does), sign improvements, and permanent park.
Community Design Collaboration will design the lot. There will also be a design of new signage for the neighborhood. This signage will be placed high enough so they will not be tagged with graffiti. They will be made with anti-graffiti materials. FCDC is working with the same group that makes the Fairmount Park signs. There will be 5 to 10 signs, one of each type and placement is still being worked out. The developer can put up a temporary fence.
The lot will have Art Shows every Saturday starting April 19th to July 26th and will be open from 12 noon to 5pm. The Daral building will be used if needed. Womrath Park – Christine Rojek who was the winning artist, designed a 16 foot tall structure that looks like water and two artistic screens which represents Frankford’s past, present, and future. They are anticipating November for the installation of the art piece. Kimberly will be in touch with Keith Green from PHS, to see what they can offer to the project. He may be able to clear the back of the lot and put up a fence.
Kimberly is shooting to get the Art Gallery Showcase going as early as Saturday, April 19th which will feature Dumpster Divers a five week series, May 24th photographers, and June 28th Philadelphia Sculptures. Food trucks and live entertainment will be happening on the opening day.
Design Wish List
• Lighting- Lighting should be functional.
• Possibly string lights from building to building (Mike Galdi disapproved that idea, he mentioned that it would look trashy)
• Lighting from the walkway
• Cobblestone walkway with lanterns
•Post lighting especially towards the back of the lot
• Motion sensors (for Security)
• Lighting on the Murals (both walls, down lighting from the top
• Removal of pre-existing trees
•Hostas (plants) on the walkways
• Raised beds near the sunny part of the lot (up front) so you can see it from the street
• Murals on both walls
• Have lot open in the front but closed off in the back to prevent cars from parking on the lot
• Existing fence will be painted (temporary fix)
• Window installed on the side of the building to look out onto lot
• Temporary Stage
• Seating- tables and chairs (possibly something that can be moved, storage will be something to work out)
• Bushes installed so that lot won’t look barren in the winter Example: Speckled Acuba, Witch Hazel, Mahoney, Holly
Programming Wish List
• Live Music
•Music Festivals (Jazz)
• Event to showcase businesses on the Frankford Corridor
• Movie time- screening on the wall of the Daral building.
•Saturday- produce market – invite the owner of the produce market on the 4600 of Frankford Avenue
• Outside performances- Freedom Theatre/ Arden
•Plant a Plug- Mother’s day event for the children
• Puppet shows
The lot will be open for the community to use. (Will need a permit if you make people pay for the space) The idea is to have the space be permanent with an internet café inside the building, a permanent garden, and possibly the FCDC occupying the office space on the second floor. This information will be taken back to the Community Design Collaborative group and a follow up meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 21st at Frankford Aria Hospital from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to go over what the neighborhood wants to see in the space. There will be a landscape Architect with options and will cost everything out. The pop up garden will be done next year; however, programming will take place in the space.
The Zoning Board heard two cases:
1000-38 Orthodox Street:
Amy Hollister, Kristie Dugan and Charles Durkin from Northwood Academy (Located at Castor and Adams Avenue) presented to the zoning board their plans to take the corner of Orthodox and Adams Avenue and make 30 parking spaces. There was a Cora Building which was demolished a year ago. The lot right now is dirt and rubbish that sits behind Kmart. They have implement trees and shrubs in their design. Northwood academy stated that they have notified the neighbors in the area of their plans for the vacant lot. One person from the neighborhood was present, and voted in favor of the plans. The Frankford Zoning Board will send a letter of approval.
2153 Haworth Street:
Christian T. Johnson, Esq. representing Ms. Jane Novawicky, stated that the neighbors were notified. He would like to legalize the subdivided property: 9 garages is Parcel B and a single family dwelling is Parcel C. When Parcel C was sold to Ms. Novawicky, the ownership of the nine garages was not legal. They were rejected because Parcel B (garages) had no open air and no access to them. Christian stated they only want to legalize the long standing use and will not change anything. They want this done to separate the deed for each parcel. Ms. Novawicky already has potential buyers for the garages, but does not know his/her intentions for the use of the garages.
The Frankford Zoning Board will send a letter of support to ZBA for the Parcels to be separated.
The next NAC meeting is scheduled for May 8th at 7:00 PM at Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.