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Northwood Civic Association Meeting

The Northwood Civic Association meeting last Tuesday, October 12th saw nominations for association officers.

A significant topic of discussion was the recent shootings at the old Art Holiday at 4204-12 Kensington Avenue.  Chris Wink has done his usual excellent job of reporting the facts here on  Very little I can add to his account.  Councilwoman Sanchez takes the big picture approach to this issue, looking at the environment surrounding the use of this building and the inability of the city to monitor what absentee landlords are up to.

Councilwoman Sanchez also discussed at length her legislative agenda for this year.  I have a video of the highlights of her talk which runs to about 9 minutes.

Tony Bannister returned to the Civic and made it official that the deal to take over the Frankford Y could not be finalized.  He pointed the finger at the Y for not being able to provide necessary documentation.

Clear Cable is returning to the ZBA to appeal their case while not offering the Northwood Civic any reason to support them.  The hearing is scheduled for November 10th at 2 P.M.  Community members are encouraged to make a show of opposition at the hearing.

Also speaking was U.S.  Attorney Michael Bloom on the issue of mortgage foreclosures and what homeowners should do to protect themselves.

The owner of the auto repair shop at Adams and Castor Auto Repair appeared about a complaint.  Barry Howell said he would visit the shop to discuss the issue.

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Frankford Civic Meeting

The Frankford Civic meeting held tonight, was very well attended with about 30 people in the room.

There will be a SEPTA meeting at the Frankford Group Ministry building (4620 Griscom Street) on December 8th, to inform the community about the 7.5 million dollar rehabilitation of the Margaret-Orthodox El stop.  It was the first el stop rebuilt back in the 80’s and now they need to do it over again.  This time maybe it will be the right way.  See the community calendar for the details.

Rep. Payton has partnered with the Energy Coordinating Agency to offer a Weatherization Workshop in Frankford.   Weatherizing your home can reduce your heating bill dramatically, and provides a safer, warmer home for your family.  The Energy Coordinating Agency will show you how you can weatherize your home for little to no money.  They will also discuss assistance programs from the government that help pay for the cost of weatherizing your home.  See the community calendar for the details.  Please Call State Representative Tony Payton Jr’s Office at 215-744-7901 or email Simone Woods at if you plan to attend.

Zoning hearing at the ZBA for the conversion of 1522 and 1524 Church Street to multi family housing.  The community opposes the conversion and all concerned residents should attend the hearing to make sure the ZBA understands our position.

A contractor who owns the lot at 4205-07 Adams Avenue is seeking support for a zoning change to build a garage to store his equipment.  He came along IMG_3821croppedwith his architect to display his proposal.  He was advised to solicit support from the immediate neighbors adjacent to his property and to begin the application process.

It was anticipated that Anthony Bannister would appear to explain his group’s plan to purchase the now closed New Frankford Community Y property.   They have been in discussion with Senator Payton’s office as well as Councilperson Quinones Sanchez office.  No one from the group attended the meeting.  Reps from Sanchez and Payton’s office both said in the course of their meetings they had raised questions about the business plan and funding for the project. In addition,there is the issue of the sale of a non profit entity to a “for profit” corporation.   Barry Howell, president of the Northwood Civic was present and said that the Northwood Civic’s position at this point is to emphatically oppose the deal.

Good news to report. Somehow the long unmoving vehicle on Ruan Street that was discussed at last month’s meeting has been eliminated.  We’re not sure who deserves the credit for doing the right thing.

Next Frankford Civic meeting is January 7th.  Be sure all the details I forgot to report on