Frankford Civic Association meeting on March 2nd took up the pending application for a special exception zoning variance at 4200 Torresdale Avenue. Local residents received notice of the ZBA hearing to be held on March 15th. The application reads as follows: SPECIAL EXCEPTION FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ONE (1) STATICALLY ILLUMINATED FLAT-WALL SIGN AND THE DOCUMENTATION OF THE ERECTION OF THREE (3) AWNINGS (NO SIGNAGE) AND STAIRS & RAMP IN RIGHT-OF-WAY (PROPERTY IS LOCATED IN THE AREA FLOOD ZONE). SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN APPLICATION. FOR USE AS PERSONAL VEHICLE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE WITH ACCESSORY SIGNAGE.
The Frankford NAC will hear a presentation from the owner of the property at their meeting on March 9th. Any resident who received a copy of the notice should attend that meeting which will be held at 2nd Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street at 7 PM.
Car dealer cars parking on the 4800 block of Oxford Avenue has been discussed at previous meetings. At the latest walk through the parking of cars without licenses was down to one. There is a lot of transient parking however which is to be expected in that area.
The Frankford NAC heard a presentation at the January meeting by ArtisanSmiles, a dental practice, who wants to open up a full service office at 4821 Frankford Avenue. The NAC had to delay a vote on the issue due to a problem with the posting of the zoning notice.
A new Verizon wireless store opened up at Frankford Avenue and Foulkrod Street. That is good news for the area.
The Daral building has seen the Frankford CDC, NAC and Representative Jason Dawkins move in. Good news for that intersection of Paul and Frankford Avenue.
Kim Washington, Christine DeJesus and Pat Smiley at the new office of the Frankford CDC in the Daral Building.
The owners of 4150 Kensington llc attended the meeting to discuss their interest in using the corner of their property at Adams Avenue and Kensington Avenue for used car sales. The folks attending spoke about concerns the community might have should they look for a zoning variance. At present the lot is zoned residential since it actually fronts on Adams Avenue. They were advised to contact the Frankford NAC for further guidance.
Kat Hardy of Senator Tartaglione’s office attended and announced the office will be offering SEPTA KEY application help to seniors. The new card will be necessary when SEPTA KEY is operational to ride for free. They will take your picture, help with the application and send it to SEPTA for you. SEPTA will then process your application and send you the new card in the mail. You need to bring your id with you when you come to the office. Whatever you use to ride SEPTA will will do it.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on April 6th at 7 PM at St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Avenue.
Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University appeared at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on June 4th to bring some reality to the discussion about crime in Frankford. Since crime has been an ongoing theme of the civic meetings in the past, his attendance was welcome.
The crowd of about 20 regulars listened attentively to his presentation. He is an engaging speaker and has a wealth of expertise beyond the academic world.
- On the Philadelphia police – maybe not the best but they are getting better compared to where they were. They have moved from just responding to 911 calls to planning and deploying police where they will be needed.
- Demands on the police are far greater than they can meet so choices have to be made. There is never enough funding for manpower and equipment.
- Foot patrols, which everyone loves, can be effective in a limited area but every man you take out of a patrol car slows down response time overall.
- We need some creative ideas to shut down the drug corners. We are not going to stop people from using or selling drugs with policing. There has been success in other parts of the country by re-engineering the places where drugs are sold to make it less attractive for that place to be used. Block through traffic where drugs are sold to people in autos etc.
- Surveillance cameras do prevent certain crimes but they tend to be non violent in their nature. A guy who is going to steal a car will look around to see if anyone is looking. The other guy who is high and with a gun will shoot you no matter who is watching.
Also on the agenda was Michael Calderone Principal of Harding Middle School at Torresdale and Wakeling. An issue was raised at the last Civic meeting about the long time, ongoing construction project at the school. The job has dragged on due to problems in properly replacing Terra Cotta tiles on the roof line. The result is that a scaffold and fence has been up around the school keeping the grass from being cut and attracting trash.
After being contacted by Pete Specos, President of the Civic Association, Calderone immediately double-checked the stone on top to make sure it wouldn’t fall. Once it was deemed safe, they removed the fence and cleared the brush that was growing around it. He added that they do appreciated the letter, that it helped them move forward, and invited residents to please just call him whenever they have concerns. Residents appreciated his prompt action.
The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on Thursday July 2nd at 7 PM at St. Marks Church 4442 Frankford Avenue.
A report on the recent meeting of the East Frankford Civic Association is in the Northeast Times this week. Al Taubenberger, Republican party candidate for mayor, attended the meeting. Also, an interesting zoning issue for a building on Penn Street. The Civic will support the variance. Read the entire story here: http://www.northeasttimes.com/2007/0719/frankford.html