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New Police Captain Has Plans

The new 15th Police District Capt. John Walker led a community meeting on January 3rd amid heightened concerns about crime and drug use in the Frankford area.

Captain Walker takes questions from the audience.

The meeting, which was held at Simpson Recreation Center, came after several recent fatal shootings in Frankford and anxiety from residents about the opioid crisis in Kensington spreading farther north.

Read the rest of the story by Jack  Jack Tomczuk of the Northeast times at the link below.

Source: Violence, drugs among top concerns for Frankford and Northwood residents – Northeast Times

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PlanPhilly | Frankford Y’s new owner promises he won’t bring opioid recovery center to historic mansion

After a decade of vacancy, a new owner has taken control of a neglected 19th century Northeast Philadelphia landmark. Follow the link below for the rest of the story.

Source: PlanPhilly | Frankford Y’s new owner promises he won’t bring opioid recovery center to historic mansion

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Frankford Y Future

Steve Ostroff discussed the plans for the New Frankford Community Y building (4704 Leiper Street) at the Northwood Civic Association meeting on November 18th.  After a grilling by a skeptical audience concerned about the possibility of negative uses of the building, he managed to calm the fears of many in the Northwood residents.

Garsed Mansion from Google Street View

Although he and his partner, Mavrakis Stylianos, apparently have no specific plans, the objective is to get some tenant or tenants into the building to make some money.  Ostroff is a major investor in Frankford and he has a substantial investment in this building to protect.  He understands the mansion part of the property is on the historic register and as such cannot be altered. He said he had no plans to do so.

This deal could be a win for Frankford and Northwood.  A historic building will be protected and returned to some productive use.  The sale of the building could also become a windfall for other nonprofits in Frankford.  If the nonprofit Corporation which owns the building sells its property and then liquidates its assets, under those circumstances, the proceeds must go to another nonprofit.  How that is handled would be up to the Board of Directors but it should stay in Frankford.

 

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New Owner of the Frankford Y – Garsed Mansion

From Joe Kraus, President of the Northwood Civic Association

The Northwood Civic Association meeting will be Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 PM, at Simpson Recreation Center. The new property owner will be presenting plans for a zoning variance they applied for. Plans are to have an office space on first floor and residences on the above floors.  The new owner of the former Northwood Frankford Y may be present to introduce himself.

Bank owned property may be sued by neighboring residents with the support of the Civic. We will discuss the matter and make a decision as to what role the civic should take.

 

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Frankford Civic Association Meetings Update

October 2018 Meeting

The Frankford Civic Association meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are held from 7 -8 PM at St. Mark’s Church, Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue, with convenient parking in the lot which can be accessed via Frankford Avenue or Griscom Street. We’re on the main strip!!

This month, we held a meet and greet with Ellie Vamos, the Commercial Corridor Manager for the Frankford Community Development Corporation. Welcome, Ellie, and we’re glad you’re here! Ellie joined the staff there in September. She comes to us with a varied range of experiences and skills that she developed as a community engagement specialist. Ellie has done much to build partnerships using effective communication strategies to further foster a sense of community. Ellie shared with us her vision and what she is currently working on in her new position.

Ellie is a great listener and endeared herself to the group at large immediately. Ellie would like to build and develop our local business organization by recruiting new members and helping them to see the importance of their investment in Frankford and how it can improve their own business success. Partnering with the greater community, the Frankford Civic Association agreed to co-sponsor the Monster Bash on Halloween which was held at the Pause (Pink) Park. Due to a recent fire on Paul St., the planned movie had to be canceled unfortunately.

Ellie is scheduled to return for this month’s meeting, too, to continue our discussions of how we can support the CDC’s effort to revitalize our commercial corridor.

We also discuss upcoming issues for the Neighborhood Advisory Committee such as zoning, expansion of existing properties and other issues directly affecting the community. Christine DeJesus serves as Co-ordinator of the NAC.

So join us at our next meeting on Thursday, December 6! There’s always something new to learn about Frankford!