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Paul Street Zoning Meeting

Dear Neighbor:

This is a notification of a VIRTUAL, ON-LINE, VIDEO PUBLIC MEETING to discuss the project described below. All Registered Community Organizations that have geographic boundaries containing the project property and all community members are welcome to attend.

  • Property Description: Frankford CDC is the owner of the existing parcels, located at 4665 Paul Street.
  • Project Description: Frankford CDC proposes the alteration of an existing fire-damaged structure into an attached mixed-use structure with Commercial space on the 1st Floor and cellar and Four residential units on the 2nd and 3rd Floor. No change to existing building footprint or height.
  • The property is located in a CMX-2 Commercial Zoning District.
  • Summary of Refusal: In response to the Application, L&I issued a Refusal Letter because L&I states that the proposed structure lot area exceeds the maximum allowed and the proposed use of four (4) multi-family household is prohibited on this lot.
  • Upon receipt of the Refusal Letter, an appeal to Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) was filed on behalf of Frankford CDC for variance relief.
  • As a neighbor within 250 feet of this property we are notifying you of this matter. Frankford CDC is the coordinating Registered Community Organization (RCO) for this property as recognized by the City. We also notified Councilmember Maria Q. Sanchez’s office.
  • Councilmember Sanchez’s Office will be hosting a VIRTUAL, ON-LINE, VIDEO PUBLIC MEETING in advance of a public hearing to discuss the project on Thursday, Aug 20, 2020, 6:30 p.m., via ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING. Please register in advance for this meeting the going to the following link:
    • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Please review the zoning posters for the date of the PUBLIC HEARING to be held by the City of Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment, located at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, Philadelphia, PA.
  • For reference, contact information for all affected Registered Community Organizations and the District Councilperson is provided as follows:
    • Councilmember Maria Quinones-Sanchez, 7th Council District, 215-686-3448 (
    • Frankford CDC, 215-743-6580 (
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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 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.