The election for the Passyunk Square Board of Directors will be held at the Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership meeting on May 2, 2017 from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. At the April 4, 2017 General Membership Meeting, the Election Committee will present a slate of nominees who will be on the ballot for the May election. YOU can be on that ballot.

Click on this link for more details and for the online candidate information form that must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 14th. Questions? Nominating Committee Chair Nick Ventrola will be at our March General Meeting.

Suggest a Nominee for the Board!

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for the Passyunk Square Civic Association Board of Directors? Nominate this neighborhood hero using the form at this link! Submissions are due by 11:59 pm on March 14, 2017.

     

SAVE THE DATE!
PSCA Art Auction

April 28, 2017
at St. Maron’s Hall

More information to follow. For now – please share the Call for Artists below! Artists – submissions are due March 1st. Contact us at PSCAartauction@gmail.com for more info (max size 50″x75″)

PSCA call for artists

Monthly Zoning Meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

PSCA holds public zoning meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at St. Maron’s Maronite Church, 1013 Ellsworth Street. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and typically end before 9:00 p.m.; this month’s zoning meeting has three applications for review.

  • 1509-11 South Franklin Street (second review of application)
  • 1165 South 12th Street (application for a duplex)
  • 1128-30 South 13th Street (partial demolition and subdivision creating two roof decks, three dwelling units, and a business and professional office)

Below are the results from our November 2016 Zoning Meeting:

  • 1212 S Mildred St- Proposal to use a household living two family dwelling in an existing attached two story dwelling.  Current zoning is RSA-5. The committee voted 5-1 opposition. No nearby neighbors in attendence for a straw poll.
  • 1509-11 S Franklin St- Proposal for lot adjustment to create two new lots resulting in four use refusals and 6 zoning refusals.  Current zoning is RSA-5. The committee voted 5-1 opposition. Straw poll at the meeting 12 of 19 in opposition including a vocal group of nearby neighbors. 
  • 1226 S Sheridan St- Proposal to erect a third floor addition with a roof deck and pilot house above an existing attached building.  The committee voted 6-0 non-opposition. Straw poll at the meeting 1 person out of 40 in opposition.
  • 610-612 Wharton Street. Application is for a change of use in the existing structure from (2) CMX-1 properties to (2) RM-1 triplexes.
    The committee voted 6-0 non-opposition. Straw poll at the meeting 1 person out of 40 in opposition with no nearby neighbors in opposition.
  • 1312-16 E Passyunk Ave, 916 Wharton Street – Proposal to create one lot from four OPA accounts, and for the erection of an attached structure (60ft high); Roof Deck at the third, fourth and fifth floors accessed by a roof access structure for a multi-family household living (12 Dwelling units) from cellar through fifth floors with common residential lobby/amenities with three accessory parking spaces including with one accessible space at first floor and with four bicycle spaces in an accessible route. Developers will be returning to the committee in January with revised plans based on neighbor input.

Additional letter sent from September meeting:

  • 1434 S. 9th Street – Application to use the property for multi-family household dwelling. The committee voted 8-0 in opposition. Near neighbors in attendance voiced some concern, although the overall straw poll vote was split.  The zoning committee suggested numerous changes and issues for the applicant to consider and never heard back from the applicant, except to request our letter to the zoning board.

Our next meeting will be December 13, 7:00 at St. Maron’s Church

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

The Passyunk Square Civic Association strongly condemns and deplores the recent incidents of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in and around our South Philadelphia neighborhood.  We live in the birthplace of American democracy; the City of Brotherly Love.  The message conveyed by these incidents is completely inconsistent with our American democratic principles and values.  We will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or place of birth, in our neighborhood or in our city.  If any resident or business person sees similar graffiti, please immediately contact the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 and the Police Department.

If you’re a business owner looking to participate in our community, consider becoming a PSCA Sponsor. For more information, email Henry Sullivan, henry@alterraproperty.com. Visit our Sponsor page and be sure to say, “Thank you” to all of our sponsors who help support PSCA’s community programs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Passyunk Home Tour! The beautiful weather and interesting homes welcomed tour-goers through our neighborhood. We had regulars who hadn’t missed a tour in more than decade to first time participants who were impressed with not only the renovations and decor but the warmth of our neighbors.

The biggest thanks goes to our home owners who opened their unique and spectacular homes as the foundation of the event, to our volunteers who helped everything run smoothly, and to our sponsors who ensured that our event was a financial success that will support PSCA’s programs.

If you’re interested in being involved in next year’s Home Tour, email Andrew Stober at hometour@passyunk.org

Finally, a big thank you to Erika Reinhard, who has been producing this newsletter for many months and whose last newsletter was the October edition. We so appreciate your time and hard work keeping everyone up to date!

1236-ellsworth 1234-warnock-bCongratulations to our November Stoop of the Month winners! This month we had a tie, and we are happy to present two winners. Both of these stoop gardeners have filled their space with a colorful variety of potted plants in a fun mix of sizes and shapes. The bright yellow sconce at 1236 Ellsworth is a nice complement to its blue door, the street tree at 1234 Warnock gives the stoop a cozy dappled light, and both houses have sweet, decorative address tiles. Kudos to the home owners, they’ll each be getting a $10 gift certificate to Urban Jungle.

Do you know a stoop that should be recognized as Stoop of the Month? Send us your nominations by Friday,November 25th!

To apply,

fill out this google form http://goo.gl/forms/7XutF5lqxh
OR

email us at stoopofthemonth@passyunk.org

 

We only need your name, the address, and a 1-2 sentence description of what makes this stoop special. Please include a photo of the house and, if it isn’t your house, the name & phone/email of the resident if possible.

 

It’s time for our Fall Planting! This is a fun way to help the neighborhood and meet others interested in beautifying our community.  We’ll be meeting at 8:45 am at Capitolo Playground Rec Center (900 Federal Street.) We’ll go through a brief training, then head out to plant the trees. We should be finished up around noon and will then meet up for a celebratory drink at The Garage.

If you’re interested in joining us, email Sarah Anton at beautification@passyunk.org, or just show up the day of the planting. No experience needed, bring tools if you have them or we can provide as well.

If you can’t attend the tree planting, there are lots of other ways you can help add trees to the neighborhood:

PSCA Tree Tenders Meetup

Meetup Wednesday, November 16th, 6:30-8:30 at Triangle Tavern (1338 S 10th St) with other tree enthusiasts! If you’ve been through the PHS Tree Tender program or are interested in learning more, join us for an informal meet-up about how this program works in our neighborhood. We’ll talk about plans to recruit more tree applications and to care for existing trees. Email us at beautifcation@passyunk.org if you plan to attend.
Apply for a Tree – Or Encourage Your Neighbors To! 

Tree applications for our Spring 2017 neighborhood planting are due November 25. You can download an application here or you can now fill out your form online through PHS Urban Forest Cloud website! If you have questions about filling out the online form or want to send us one you’ve downloaded and completed, email Sarah Anton at beautification@passyunk.org.

If you need coaching on reaching out to your neighbors or want help canvassing your block, email us and let us know. We’re happy to help! We’ll also be collecting forms and answering questions at the fountain farmers market (East Passyunk and Tasker) on Wednesdays until Thanksgiving from 4-6. Stop by and say hello!
Consider a Yard Tree

We still have a few yard trees to give away from our October event. You can arrange to pick one up at Passyunk Gardens any Sunday in November from 4-6. Register here – southphillygreen.ticketleap.com/yardtrees – and check back as more trees become available.

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