November 2011

Zoning16 Nov 2011 09:53 am

The following cases were heard by the Zoning Committee of the Passyunk Square Civic Association at tonight’s Zoning Committee meeting with the following results. Present were Chairman Digiulio and Mssrs. Gumbel, Wise, Pohlig and Fortino. Absent were Mesdames Geary and Fox and Mssrs. Martella and Stuart.

1. 1304-06 S. 9th St (thru to East Passyunk Ave)
: Applicant is seeking a permit for the retail sale and rental of mopeds and accessory equipment on the first floor front and for the retail sale of cell phones and accessories on the first floor rear in the same building with an existing two-family dwelling above. The proposed retail uses are not permitted in this R-10A (single family) zoning district. This case will be about the uses on the first floor, not the two-family dwelling above.

Proposed moped business was a rental operation run by the people who run the Philly Moped Rentals at 231 N. 2nd Street. The permit for sales of cell phone and accessories was to legalize an existing use, the Metro PCS store on Passyunk Avenue. After much discussion about the suitability of the location on S. 9th Street for moped rentals and the sequence of events that had led to the unauthorized use of the space by the existing cell phone store, the Zoning Committee voted 4-1 in opposition to this application. (Opposed: Digiulio, Gumbel, Fortino and Pohlig. Not opposed: Wise) It should be noted that members of the committee expressed support in general for the moped rental business but had concerns about the location of that business in an R-10A (single family) parcel and in the middle of dense, residential block. The committee also took an INFORMATIONAL vote (not official) to determine opposition or non-opposition to an application that would ONLY include legalization of the existing cell phone store and voted 4-1 in non-opposition to that.

Applicant’s Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing is Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM and their calendar number is 16154.

2. 704 Alter Street: 
The official notice from the Zoning Board of Adjustment continues to say that applicant is seeking a permit for the erection of a three-story addition with covered balcony from 2nd thru 4th floor on an existing one-story structure for use as a six-family dwelling total and four accessory interior parking spaces. This is what the applicant brought to the October Zoning Committee meeting. However, based on communications with a representative of the applicant, the Zoning Committee is expecting to see revised plans that would result in either a three- or a four-family dwelling (edited to clarify… applicant IS proposing a four-family dwelling). In October the Committee voted in opposition to the six-family dwelling plan but offered the applicant the change to revise the plans and come back.

Neighbors of the project expressed concern about the traffic on a very small side street that has very little room for existing cars and requires some amount of vehicle shuffling when large trucks such as city trash trucks need to navigate the block. The Zoning Committee voted in non-opposition by a 4-1 count. (Not opposed: Digiulio, Gumbel, Wise, and Fortino. Opposed: Pohlig) The Committee requested the following provisos be made a part of this application:
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Event and Fundraising16 Nov 2011 09:30 am

In the interest of transparency, we’d like to share with the community the results of our 2011 Home Tour. The net proceeds of this event will go to fund all of the great work that the Passyunk Square Civic Association has been doing to make our neighborhood a clean, beautiful, tight-knit and fun place to live. Also, if you missed the Home Tour you can read about it on the City Paper’s “The Great Indoors” blog which featured a few of the stops on the Tour.

Total sales less costs = $3,873.65!

Sales: $4,125

Online at $15: 30 = $450
Online at $20: 37 = $740
Meetings at $15: 2 = $30
Meetings at $20: 2 = $40
B2 at $20: 16 = $320
Benna’s at $20: 12 = $240
Columbus at $20: 1 = $20
Devil’s Den at $20: 0
At the door at $25: 21 = $525
Raffle tickets: $210
Sponsorship – cash: 16 = $1,550
Sponsorship GC: 2 ($125) = raffles

Expenses: $251.35

Balloons $29
Printing posters:$54
Printing postcards: $130
Paypal fees: $38.35

Last year’s net profit was $3,466…for a net increase of $446. We had 121 tickets sold, a decrease of 36 from last year.  We had an increase of 4 paying sponsors from last year + 2 sponsors with gift cards, which we used for the raffle.

Great, great job to Kelly, Chris, Natalia, Pam and our Home Tour Committee Chair Angel!

And we can’t thank enough all of the people who opened their homes for this event and all of the businesses who sponsored the event to cover expenses and add to the fund raising total.

We’re looking forward to another great Home Tour in 2012! If you would like to offer your house for  next year’s Tour, please keep your Saturdays in late October/early November open and we’ll try to nail down a date as soon as possible!

Planning14 Nov 2011 05:36 pm

We received the following from the City along with a request to push it out to folks in our neighborhood. Please help SEPTA and City plan new bus service by clicking on the link below and filling out their short survey. (Make sure to write in “Passyunk Square” for your neighborhood!)

As the number of Center City workers living in neighborhoods south of Market Street continues to grow, SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia and the Center City District have been exploring the feasibility of developing one-seat (e.g. no transfers) bus service from South Philadelphia (east of Broad Street) to the Center City Market West Office District.

To help determine the effectiveness of adding such service, we are interested in learning more about the commuting patterns of employees who live in South Philadelphia and work in Center City. We have developed a short survey for employees to fill out and would appreciate it if those who live in South Philly would fill out the following survey.

So if you live in South Philly and work in Center City, please fill out the survey. To access the survey, click on:

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Ariel Ben-Amos at or 215-686-9001.

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