July 2011


Columbus Square and Event and Town Watch27 Jul 2011 12:26 pm

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 17 from 5:30pm to 9pm.

In their continuing effort to make our community stronger and give neighbors a chance to get to know each other, Passyunk Square Civic Association and the Columbus Square Park Advisory Council are partnering up to host a National Night Out event followed by a Family Movie Night at Columbus Square Park (12th St. between Wharton and Reed).

National Night Out (NNO) is a nationwide event to promote neighborhood spirit and police and first responder partnerships in an effort to build a safer neighborhood. PSCA and CSPAC will give neighbors a chance to learn a number of safety tips from the police, fire, financial institutions (identity theft prevention), a local bike shop (bike security) and animal welfare (pet safety). And we’re following this up with a great night out at the movies!

Lawn Chair Drive-In is bringing one of its great outdoor movie experiences to South Philly and screening Iron Giant – a family friendly movie – for all to enjoy.

NNO events will take place from 5:30 to about 7:30 with the movie starting shortly after darkness falls. Come early to get a spot in front of the screen and enjoy what the NNO program has to offer (while also meeting some of your neighbors!).

Beautification27 Jul 2011 12:03 pm

We need YOUR help.  Many of you told us in our recent PSCA general survey that dealing with boarded up/vacant houses in the neighborhood is important to you.

In order to begin tackling this issue we first need to get an idea of the scope of the problem. To do this we want to inventory all the boarded up/vacant houses in the neighborhood. This is where you come in!

If you see a house that is boarded up/vacant we need you to send us the address or cross streets by clicking here to fill out this short form.

Thank you for helping to make our neighborhood a better place.

Zoning21 Jul 2011 01:02 pm

According to a representative of the ZBA reached by phone this morning, the Zoning Board of Adjustment has granted a variance for 4 apartments and height allowances for a pilot house and roof deck at 1332 S. 9th Street. However, they did not grant permission for an auto repair shop on the ground floor of the property. This is in line with the decision of the PSCA Zoning Committee which heard this case in at its June meeting.

The website PlanPhilly is reporting that the City Planning Commission has given its approval to a bill by Councilman DiCicco to transfer ownership of the property at 921-27 Ellsworth from the city to the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development, who will then transfer it to St. Maron’s Community Development Corporation. The Zoning Committee voted in non-opposition to the plan to build a senior citizen apartment complex on this site (921-931 Ellsworth) when it heard the case at its February Meeting. A copy of the committee’s letter of non-opposition can be found here (.pdf).

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