South of Church Street is Changing
The old Art Holiday building at 4204 Kensington Avenue has permits for work to convert it to a day care center under the name Someone’s Brilliant Performing Arts LLC.
The owner, Tanya Newton, has another day care center, Bright Minds, at 910 1/2 Sanger Street. No word yet on an opening date.
Some may say we have too many day cares and not enough other businesses but until there is a demand by other businesses for this type of old building, keeping them occupied and in use is the next best thing.
Follow these links here here here and here for the ongoing saga of the renowned Art Holiday.
Residents of the 4700 block of Griscom Street want to keep the hard won ground on their block. That was the message heard by Sgt. O’Donnell and Officer Andrews at the PSA1 meeting held on March 20th. It’s not heaven over there but it is a lot better now than it was a few months ago.
Their concern stems from the proposed opening of a take out food establishment at 4731 Oxford Avenue (now closed Lee’s Shoe Repair Store). A zoning notice went up last week for a hearing to be held on April 17th. While most of us would welcome any new businesses along Oxford Avenue, past experience with take out food venues have always lead to crowds and late night mischief. Pete Specos, President of the Frankford Civic, will followup with an investigation of the details of the business and deal with it as the community wishes.
In other news, things are quiet in Northwood. The Cancer Treatment Center on Wyoming Avenue reports some issues with theft of pickup truck tail gates.
Shortly after the meeting a tip came in about the old Art Holiday. It is now called Eminence Hall and a poster was on display advertising an after hours club. The last time this place was open for business there was gunfire and people got hurt. Pete Specos is investigating this potential problem also.
The next PSA1 meeting will be held on April 16th at 7PM at Aria Hospital.
John Loftus reports in the Northeast Times that the unlicensed club operating out of the Art Holiday has been told it is no longer allowed to operate. Apparently it’s been going by the name Eminence Hall. We were the first to report that a shooting that happened by Womrath Park on October 15th involved the club’s patrons.
This is exactly the course of action needed to keep Frankford from sliding any further into the abyss. Many thanks to the West Frankford Town Watch for spying on this situation. And it’s great to see our civic organizations able to hold our officials accountable. But we have to keep an eye on this place in the future. Anybody seeing anything unusual should definitely let us know.
You may have heard about the shooting at Womrath Park the night of October 15th. I usually leave the crime reporting to the professionals but since they did such a poor job I have to step in. 6ABC made no mention of the former Art Holiday which was why the people were in the area. Read the report below from Mike Mawson of the West Frankford Town Watch:
This is a notice that a new club has opened up on the 4200 block of Kensington ave. last night Friday Oct. 15th. Myself and member Phil Papas while on patrol saw about 75 kids standing out front of this property, formerly know as the art holiday movies. We had our base opt. call 911 and report that there were about 75 kids standing out side and that the crowd was growing. We also called one of the board members of the Frankford Civic, Pete Specos, and he also saw this was a problem waiting to happen
Then at about 11:50 pm police received a call that a person was shot at 4200 Kensington ave. Upon our arrival we were told that witnesses heard about 5 shots. The police at that time had 3 males in custody for investigation after a brief search of the area police found 3 shell casings and had 3 autos with bullet holes in them. Police were holding the cars till detectives could get a search warrant for those autos involved. We also want to know why that there were 7 armed guards needed at that location. Wwere they expecting trouble?
I also spoke to a friend and was told that the kids that were coming to this club were not from Frankford. They were from west Phila., North Phila. and Southwest Phila. Why would a club open up in Frankford and not advertise it in the Frankford area?
According to the BRT, this property at 4204-12 Kensington Avenue is owned by Eaglehead Realty Inc, 6103 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220. You can see from the picture they want to operate below the radar of the public with the lack of identification on the outside of the building. The address is very prominent though and that must be how they advertise it to those unfamiliar with the neighborhood. I’ll be checking with our Civic to see if this place is legal and if any action is being taken against it. It sounds like, at the very least, its a nuisance.
Former Art Holiday
I know two things, they’re from New York, and they’re asian.