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TTF Moves into Historic Frankford

The Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) held a formal opening of their new offices in the Globe Dye works building at 4500 Worth Street on Tuesday, September 17th.  It was indeed a gala occasion for Frankford as well as the TTF.    Many of the attendees saw a new day for the area straddling the creek along the watershed with the TTF being a major force for change.

As Julie Slavet, Executive Director of the TTF put it: We’re here to celebrate our new home in Frankford. It’s great to get into a neighborhood next to the creek and by the park. There’s a community in the Globe we’re thrilled to be a part of.

Many in Frankford are equally thrilled to have the TTF now joining our community.

See slide show below.


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Globe Dye Works awarded 17K grant to capture and reuse rain water

Globe Dye Works

It was announced yesterday on the Philadelphia Water Department’s Watersheds Blog that the Globe Dye Works has been awarded a grant to capture rain water for reuse in the building.

The Stormwater Management Incentives Program(SMIP) was created by the city to help reduce the volume of stormwater runoff entering into the city’s sewer systems while also

The text of the grant proposal:

Globe Dye Works proposes to capture rainwater in an existing tank and reuse for processes
within the building. The installation will initially address 10,200 square feet of roof and capture
6387 gallons. The tank has the capacity to hold 40% more than the amount, and future plans
include capturing the water from adjacent roofs. Project benefits include a reduction in runoff
volume to the PWD combined sewer and a reduction in potable water demand for Globe Dye

Since reopening as a mix of light industry and artisan space, the Globe Dye Works, located on Torresdale Ave at Worth St, has been repeatedly cited for it’s leading use of new environmental building techniques.  Additionally, one of it’s newest tenants is the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.

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Frankford Civic Association Meeting 2/2/2012

Former T&T Bar

Mention of the T&T bar once again raised eyebrows at the Frankford Civic meeting on Thursday night.  Neighbors have been watching with concern as work has been going on at the now closed bar at Margaret and Hawthorne Streets. It has been not quite a year since young Christopher Spence lost his life there in a senseless shooting.   Jason Dawkins, Councilwoman Sanchez representative at the meeting assured everyone that the building was not ever going to open up as a bar again.  The building is for sale and the community will have input as to its future use.

In other news at the meeting, the representative of the owner of Torresdale Appliance and Furniture (4571 Torresdale Ave.) presented their zoning case.  The use of the building has changed and they are looking for support from the Civic.  They board voted unanimously to

Torresdale Appliances

support their application.

Stephanie Clymer made a presentation on behalf of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.  From Manny Citron of PhillyRising, they are working on a community garden or gardens in Frankford that will hopefully be available in the Spring.  From Edgardo Gonzalez of Tony Payton’s office, there is still interest from the The Center for Urban Theological Studiesin taking over the old Frankford Community Y building.  No decision has been made as yet.

The next Frankford Civic meeting will be on March 1st at 7PM at Aria Health.


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Environmental Fair at Friends Hospital December 17th

I’ve met the folks who are doing this fair and its the real deal.  It took me a while to catch on to this watershed idea but I get it now.  It’s where the water goes.  You can learn something about it and sign up for a FREE rain barrel or downspout planter.  Free cocoa and snacks, kids activities.  Fun for all.  Take a look below.

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Frankford Rain Barrel Workshop

The rain barrel workshop was held tonight at the Free Library starting at 5:30PM.  This is sponsored by the Philadelphia Water Department and the Energy Coordinating Agency.  There were about 10 people in attendance and I am happy to report that some of them heard about it from the Gazette.

They are giving out rain barrels to keep rain water out of the storm sewer system.  If you have a rain barrel, you get free water for your garden or hosing off the deck.  Just don’t drink it.

Janet Bernstein of the Frankford Garden club introduced the speakers.  Julie Slavet represented the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed.  She updated everyone on the activities of her group.  There is an event at Friends Hospital this weekend that  you might want to check out.  Take a look here.

Aaron Slater of the Energy Coordinating Agency gave the water barrel presentation with a lot of good information and good humor along with it.  You can check out their web site here. You apply for the water barrel at the workshop.  You can only get one per family.  There is no cost to you and it is installed for free.  They will be installed in the spring after the freeze danger is over.

This is a no brainer.  Free water barrels and they save you money on water.  Go to the next work shop as soon as you can.

Now for a first, this is a shout out to Linda and her son who I met at the workshop.  Email me and let me know how you are doing.