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Frankford NAC Votes No to Car Repair Shop

The Frankford NAC zoning meeting was held on January 9th, the following cases were heard:

5343 Horrocks Street – legalization of a duplex. Non-opposition

5343 Horrocks Street

4260 Tackawanna Street – car repair shop-  highly opposed. Operating without a business license, illegal spray painting and cars dumped onto Cloud Street.

4260 Tackawanna Street

 

The next Frankford NAC zoning meeting will be held on February 13th at 7 PM at Second Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street.

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Stay Strong

Stay Strong

There comes a time in everyone’s life,
Whether you go left, or you go right,
You will still feel the pain.
STAY STRONG.

The loss of a loved one,
The loss of a child,
And airplanes falling out of the sky,
STAY STRONG.

Tornadoes walking over mountains high,
Wildfires blowing out of control,
Snow so high you can’t see the road,
And rain coming down with nowhere to go,
STAY STRONG.

Sometimes life is out of control,
But you must stand fast and get a hold,
STAY STRONG

Tomorrow could be a brighter day,
Whether you’re right,
or whether you’re wrong,
You will still feel the pain,
STAY STRONG

By Lenny Jaynes

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Frankford CDC Gets Funding for Paul Street

State Senator Christine Tartaglione visited the headquarters of the Frankford Community Development Corporation (CDC) on January 14th to deliver a $54,610 state grant that will help the CDC to stabilize and rehabilitate a fire-damaged mixed-use property in the heart of the local commercial district.

“The CDC has made great strides in recent years to revitalize the Frankford Avenue corridor, remove blight, and promote the growth of new businesses. This public investment will enable the CDC to continue its work, which has had a tremendous positive impact throughout the community,” Senator Tartaglione said.

The grant was awarded through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Local Share Account program, which reallocates a portion of the funds generated by casinos that operate slot machines within Philadelphia.

“The Local Share Account grant will allow the Frankford CDC to stabilize what is now a hazardous and blighted site at 4663 Paul Street,” said Kimberly Washington, Esq., executive director of the Frankford CDC. “This vacant property is the last remaining site on the block in need of improvements, making it vital to the Frankford CDC’s goals to revitalize Frankford Avenue as set out in its Reimagining Margaret-Orthodox initiative.”

4663 Paul Street shown before the fire

On October 26, 2018, flames ravaged the three-story storefront, which is just two doors from the Frankford CDC office and less than a block from SEPTA’s bustling Market-Frankford El. The multi-alarm blaze largely gutted the property, which was being used as an unlicensed boarding house. It burned for several hours and spread to a neighboring building, causing severe damage to the second and third floors of both structures.

Frankford CDC bought the property last fall and will use the new grant funding for the first phase of its rehabilitation, including cleanout, demolition, framing, roof replacement, and floor stabilization. These measures will address any immediate safety issues and prevent structural damage to neighboring buildings.

The non-profit CDC will seek to raise additional funding to complete final renovations that will include commercial space on the ground floor, as well as four affordable housing units on the second and third floors.

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Frankford Library Winter Programming

Adults/Teens
Teen Third Thursdays
Come have fun doing various activities and games. Teens Only
Every 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:30pm.
Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 19

FRK Fitness
Get fit and have fun with Frankford Staff. Adults and teens welcome.
Every 2nd Monday at 5:30pm.
Jan 13, Feb 10, Mar 9

Children’s Programming
Tuesday morning Storytime, 11 – 11:30 am (ages 0-5 instead of 2-5);
Zombie Preparedness Program, 2nd Thursday of the month, Jan – May, 4 – 5:30 pm, ages 8-15, must signup, 20 participants max;

PAWS for People, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 4 – 5 pm, ages 6-12, sign up encouraged.