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Frankford Civic Takes on 311

The Frankford Civic Association met on September 1st with another group of new residents attending.

Franklin Daniel presented a first draft of the new mission statement for the group with discussion following.  More work is to be done before it is formally adopted.

The crime report for August shows an overall drop in crime in PSA1 but a significant increase in violent crimes and crime with guns.

311 reports:

  • Report made on 1841 Ruan Street.  the property had been sealed but vandals had taken off the covering on the second floor window for entry. 311 referred it to L&I who inspected it and found the report unfounded.  It has been resubmitted.
  • Report on the weeds growing 3 feet high on the Margaret side of the Harding Middle School property was made.  L&I did inspect and sent a notice to the owner.  A second visit has been made and the weeds continue to grow.  The next step is supposed to be compliance or court action.
  • Report on the property at 4101 Paul Street (formerly the Platinum Bar).  The property was cited for a violation.  This is a bar being renovated.  It has a pending liquor license which will become active when the renovations are complete.

New issues:

  • Car dealers on Torresdale Avenue park their cars for sale on the sidewalk. This has been an issue for years and will require a great deal of work to get corrected.
  • Partnership with the Ray of Hope project and working with Frankford Forward to do block cleanups.

The next meeting of the Frankford Civic Association will be held on Thursday, October 6th at 7 PM at St. Marks Church at 4442 Frankford Avenue.


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Frankford Civic Association Meeting

Some additional details from the meeting held last Thursday at Aria Health.

  • It was confirmed by Jason Dawkins of Councilperson Quiñones-Sánchez office that the new owners of the Art Holiday intended to use it as an Adult Cabaret (strip joint).  They were told that it was a not an option.  Art Holiday in Frankford For RantWorkers are in there just about every day doing something.  We still do not know what their intentions are.
  • The only open zoning issue is 1522/24 church Street.  The owner has an application for conversion of the properties into two family residences.  The community opposes this conversion and the second zoning hearing is scheduled for December 9th.  The applicant failed to show at the first zoning hearing.
  • The Platinum Bar at Torresdale and Paul Streets has been closed.  It was the scene of two shootings this year.  Not much more you can say about that place except hope it does not come back.
  • Citizen complaint about an abandoned car that was reported to the city and is still sitting on the street for three months.  I have had fairly good luck with reporting cars like this but the picture is below.  As of today it still sits.  Tags expired.  Why should it take so long.  Please don’t tell us why things don’t get done.  As was pointed out if it was Soceity Hill we would not be having this discussion.

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