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Frankford Civic July Meeting

President Pete Specos returned to the Civic for the first time since his illness and lead the meeting on July 7th.

There were block party discussions about who can have them, why are some denied and that there are some having them without permits.  Some residents organize a block party and then people on the block do not move their cars.  Can they be ticketed.  There is a process but it required another permit and fee.

We need to follow up with SEPTA regarding the need for them to cooperate in keeping the area around the El stops clean.  They do it in other neighborhoods but not in Frankford.

Residents on Trenton Avenue had a block party and got cooperation from Rep. Dawkins office to paint the wall on the street that day.  Home depot donated the paint.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on August 4th at 7 PM at St. Mark’s Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue.



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Frankford Civic June Meeting

President Pete Specos remains sidelined but the meeting rolled on anyway with about 15 attending on June 2nd at St. Marks.

Pastor Larry discussed the possibility of “Operation Clean Sweep” to be implemented as a demonstration of support to residents on those blocks most heavily infested with crime and drugs.  It would be a clean up and informational event.  It will be discussed at the next Frankford Forward meeting on June 13th.

Residents on the 4700 block of Griscom discussed tenants dumping trash in the alley that runs in the back of the block.  Reports to 311 may be the only option however it usually falls to other residents to clean up after them.

Construction is going on at 4101-07 Paul Street without permits at a location that was formerly a cabaret until it was closed following a shooting.  The Civic will investigate and report it to 311 if the allegation is true.

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On the crime front, the trend over the last 5 years has been downward.  There were no homicides in May for the second month in a row.

The Civic is no longer the designated RCO (Registered Community Organization) for zoning in Frankford since that function was assigned by the ZBA to the Frankford NAC.  The same situation had prevailed with the Northwood Civic until a recent case of an application to convert a duplex to a triplex at Castor Ave. and Dyre Street.  That application has been assigned to the Northwood Civic and will be discussed at their June meeting.

Most RCOs believe that these cases should be handled by the RCO closest to the address of the case.  It would make more sense to divide Frankford into 3 geographic zones to cover our large area.  Formerly an applicant would often have to make a presentation to 2 or even 3 RCOs which is an unreasonable burden.

A suggestion was made to rotate the location of the Civic meeting to give more residents the opportunity to attend.  The Civic meeting had to move out of Aria Hospital due to a scheduling conflict in the use of the meeting room and has been meeting at St. Mark’s since the beginning of the year.  That issue will be discussed at a future meeting in discussions about increasing community engagement.

A resident of Margaret Street raised the problem of L&I issues and difficulty to getting simple things done with them.  One result of the last PSA meeting where the L&I Commissioner attended, is that we now have a direct line of communication to that office in order to work more effectively with them.  When specific problems are reported, we can find out what happens and hopefully take corrective action.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on Thursday, July 7th at 7 PM at St. Mark’s Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue.

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Frankford Civic Meeting Brings on Racism Conversation

There were no big issues on the agenda at the Frankford Civic Association meeting on April 7th.  The meeting was taken up with past issues and discussing future events on the calendar which lead to a rare discussion about race in Frankford.  Several people reflected on their experiences in the past in Frankford and Philadelphia.

Father Jon Clodfelter offered to have a meeting on the subject at St. Marks to go into depth on the issue and everyone agreed that it would be a good opportunity to have an exchange of ideas.  That meeting is now scheduled for April 21 at 7 PM at St. Marks.

Other upcoming events are:

  • Mayfair Community Day where the 15th District will be holding forth with free hot dogs, chips and sodas at the intersection of Cottman and Frankford Avenue.  It runs from Noon to 3 PM.
  • 15th District PSA1 meeting will be held at Aria Hospital on April 28th at 7 PM.
  • The next Frankford Civic meeting will be held on May 5th at St. Marks at 7 PM.