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Zoning Taken Up at Frankford Civic Meeting

T&T Bar, 4691 Hawthorne Street

It was all about zoning at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on August 2nd.

4327 Penn Street – Angela Raymond operates a family child care center and has an application to increase it to a group day care center which has a maximum of 12 children.T&T Bar, 4691 Hawthorne Street

4691 Hawthorne St. – Cecilia Reyes has applied for zoning for a retail grocery store at the former location of the T&T bar (corner of Hawthorne and Margaret).  Due to the history of this location in the community, the Frankford Civic Association will hold a neighborhood meeting (date and time to be announced) on the issue before a decision is made.

4834 Penn St. – Deacon Lamont Purnell made a presentation on the plans for Innovative Treatment Alternatives Inc. (INA) to open a Veterans Shared Living environment.  His presentation was the same as we previously covered at the Northeast EPIC Stakeholders meeting.  Documentation was provided at the meeting which you can review here.  The next step is or INA to prepare floor plans for the property that will meet the zoning requirements of the 11 family building.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be on September 6th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.


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Northwood Civic Takes Vote on 949 Foulkrod Street

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.




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Frankford Civic Association Meeting Agenda for 8/2/2012

The next Frankford Civic Association meeting will be held at Aria Health, 4900 Frankford Avenue at 7 PM in the 2nd floor lunch room.  The agenda is as follows:

  • 4691 Hawthorne Street – Ongoing discussions about the proposal by the owner to open a grocery store
  • 4327 Penn street – Zoning application for a day care
  • 4834 Penn Street –  Frankford Civic will be joining with Northwood Civic at a special meeting at the St. James Lutheran Church hall at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street at 7 PM on Tuesday July 17th to discuss the issue.  We urge all Frankford and Northwood residents to attend this meeting.

For further information, call Pete Specos at 267.738.3103

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36 Unit Drug Treatment Facility Slated for Penn and Harrison

The main presentation at the June 7th Frankford Civic Association meeting was by David Orphanides on behalf of the Harry Patel, owner of the Quickie Mart at Frankford and Unity.  A zoning application and liquor licencing is in the works to allow for beer sales at the Mart.  The owner says he needs to the new business to stay competitive.  The result would be a remodeled Quickie Mart with indoor seating for over thirty with tables and chairs where you can eat in or take out.  There was some fervent discussion on both sides of the issue.  Mr. Patel is seeking community support for the change.

The possible opening of the property at Hawthorne and Margaret Sts. formerly known at the T&T bar as a bodega has been dropped and another more community friendly use is being explored.

Manny Citron of PhillyRising talked about CLIP citations which are now coming out as the summer growing season arrives.  CLIP gets complaints and send and investigator to see if your grass it too high or whatever.  If the investigator issues you a notice at that first inspection, it is not a citation.  He will be back in ten days to see if corrective action has been taken.  At the second visit, he may issue a citation.  You should appeal that citation by calling the L&I Review Board at 215-686-2428.

Jason Dawkins of Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez office announced that zoning has approved the application of an institution to open

4834 Penn Street

a 36 unit drug rehab facility for men at 4834 Penn Street (corner of Penn and Harrison).  No community input was heard by the zoning board. An investigation is underway as to how this could be done behind the back of the Councilwoman’s office when it is publicly known that there is a moratorium on opening new facilities of this type in Frankford.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association is on July 5th at Aria Health.

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The 4800 block of Penn Street is a quiet residential block and is not the appropriate location for a facility housing 36 men in recovery.  Frankford has carried a disproportionate share of the burden of rehab and other neighborhoods need to start carrying their share of the load.  The argument will be made that the facility is located where it is needed.  The reason why we have so many people in recovery in Frankford is that for years the facilities have been put here.  If they start locating them on Society Hill or Chestnut Hill then the need will suddenly be in those neighborhoods.

Last year a clinic tried to open in a commercial area of Holmesburg. It was passed by zoning but the neighborhood came together and it did not open.  The time to come together has arrived in Frankford.

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