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Frankford Civic Association Meetings Update

October 2018 Meeting

The Frankford Civic Association meets monthly on the first Thursday of each month. Meetings are held from 7 -8 PM at St. Mark’s Church, Frankford, 4442 Frankford Avenue, with convenient parking in the lot which can be accessed via Frankford Avenue or Griscom Street. We’re on the main strip!!

This month, we held a meet and greet with Ellie Vamos, the Commercial Corridor Manager for the Frankford Community Development Corporation. Welcome, Ellie, and we’re glad you’re here! Ellie joined the staff there in September. She comes to us with a varied range of experiences and skills that she developed as a community engagement specialist. Ellie has done much to build partnerships using effective communication strategies to further foster a sense of community. Ellie shared with us her vision and what she is currently working on in her new position.

Ellie is a great listener and endeared herself to the group at large immediately. Ellie would like to build and develop our local business organization by recruiting new members and helping them to see the importance of their investment in Frankford and how it can improve their own business success. Partnering with the greater community, the Frankford Civic Association agreed to co-sponsor the Monster Bash on Halloween which was held at the Pause (Pink) Park. Due to a recent fire on Paul St., the planned movie had to be canceled unfortunately.

Ellie is scheduled to return for this month’s meeting, too, to continue our discussions of how we can support the CDC’s effort to revitalize our commercial corridor.

We also discuss upcoming issues for the Neighborhood Advisory Committee such as zoning, expansion of existing properties and other issues directly affecting the community. Christine DeJesus serves as Co-ordinator of the NAC.

So join us at our next meeting on Thursday, December 6! There’s always something new to learn about Frankford!

 

 

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Transit-rich and ripe for revival, Frankford struggles to make space for Penn Fruit landmark – Philly

Philly.com turns the spotlight on Frankford today and aims it at the old Holiday Thriftway at Pratt and Frankford.  It is a landmark and yet it is still vacant 2 years after Thriftway closed.

It sounds like either nobody wants to use it or more likely, Rite Aid, the owner of the property, has no incentive to cooperate in turning it over to a new owner.  Read the story at the link below.

An iconic 1950s supermarket is now shuttered, and a debate has grown over how best to reuse the historically preserved property in Frankford, where revitalization is much needed.

Source: Transit-rich and ripe for revival, Frankford struggles to make space for Penn Fruit landmark – Philly

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Congratulations to the Frankford CDC

On October 18th, at the Kimmel Center, the AIA (American Institute of Architects)  presented the Community Design Award to the Frankford Community Development Corporation and Richard Carroll, Brad Springer, Robin Miller, Sophia Lundeholm, Carrie Sauer and Michael Williams for excellence in design, collaboration  and community impact in the conceptual design of the streetscape improvements planned for the intersection of Margaret, Arrott, and Paul Streets with Frankford Avenue.

Proposed streetscape looking from the foot of Oxford Avenue across Arrott Street.

The plan is to take some of the chaos out of the intersection and make it more than what it is right now.  The first piece of that project is the Frankford Pause pop up park which is now being constructed.

It will be bold and not easy to miss. It will be a place for the community to gather for events and being next to the Daral building makes that block a hub for all civic business in Frankford.

When the reconstruction of the Arrott Transportation Center is completed the area will be much different.  Now, if we can get some of those stop and go stores out of there, things might really start looking up.

 

 

 

 

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Business Development Workshop Series Starts September 26

Are you interested in starting a business? Are you a current business-owner? Join us for an interactive workshop series to establish and grow your business!

  • Business Planning for Success

    Attracting & Keeping Your Customers
    Basic Accounting: How to Keep Track of Your Money
    Tuesday, September 26th 6 PM – 8 PM
    Explore the steps of putting your ideas on paper, challenging your thinking, and positioning your business for growth.

  • Attracting & Keeping Your Customers

    Basic Accounting: How to Keep Track of Your Money
    Tuesday, October 10th 6 PM – 8 PM
    Explore the steps of putting your ideas on paper, challenging your thinking, and positioning your business for growth.
    Delve into the fundamentals of marketing with the primary purpose of finding new customers, keeping those customers and getting them to spend more of their hard-earned money with you versus your competitors.

  • Basic Accounting: How to Keep Track of Your Money

    Tuesday, October 24th 6 PM – 8 PM
    Explore the steps of putting your ideas on paper, challenging your thinking, and positioning your business for growth.
    Delve into the fundamentals of marketing with the primary purpose of finding new customers, keeping those customers and getting them to spend more of their hard-earned money with you versus your competitors.
    Learn the fundamentals of accounting, specifically for operating a small business and assessing the financial health of your business.