December 2012

Town Watch31 Dec 2012 09:17 am

General Meeting Thursday 1/3 6:30pm at Columbus Square Park

Our January General Meeting will be held on Thursday 1/3 this month due to the holiday. The location is also different, we will be meeting at Columbus Square Park (corner of 12th and Wharton).

Our guest speaker will be Joel Palmer from Scioli Turco Inc. Scioli Turco is a 501 c 4 (not for profit) corporation that rehabilitates derelict properties in the Philadelphia area in order to beautify neighborhoods while increasing tax revenue to the city. Using private resources Scioli Turco returns them to habitable homes benefiting neighbors who already live there while adding active new members to the community.

If you know of any abandoned properties in our neighborhood, please fill out the survey at the link below to help us build our inventory of abandoned or blighted properties.


Fundraising28 Dec 2012 09:56 am

Thanks to you, Passyunk Square Civic Association has had another successful year!  We have accomplished so much and look forward to continuing to make our community an even better place to live in 2013.  Whether you chipped in at a clean-up, participated in our home tour, volunteered on a committee, or simply attended our general meetings and shared your ideas, you were critical to our success and we hope you will keep on participating.

The PSCA is a volunteer-led and self-funded non-profit, and we run on your donations of money and time!  Every dollar raised will directly support weekly litter pick-up, tree planting and maintenance, education reform, neighborhood beautification and more!

Please consider making a fully tax-deductable donation to the Passyunk Square Civic Association, to help us maintain our momentum.  You can donate on our website, or send us a check payable to Passyunk Square Civic Association, at P.O. Box 18052, Philadelphia, PA 19147.  If your company or organization participates in the annual United Way Appeal, Passyunk Square Civic Association is a listed donor.  Or, if your company offers a match program, we hope you will consider our organization.  Whatever way you decide to contribute, we will put every dollar to good use here in our community. 

Just a reminder, there are only a few days left to make a 2012 tax deductible donation to the PSCA.  You can make your donation right now by using the PayPal button on the right sidebar under “Donate to PSCA”.  If you have any trouble, please email us at
Here are some of our great accomplishments this past year and a look ahead:


  • Planted over 80 trees, and pruned and watered many more. Started pruning club..
  • Created Passyunk Gardens working with the Camden Children’s Garden. Held regular Sunday hours and hosted several well-received events, such as Leekapalooza and various potlucks.
  • Arranged and funded the Eder Muniz mural at Capitolo playground.


  • Continued weekly sidewalk litter pick-up program!
  • Held targeted block and park clean-ups.
  • Held e-waste recycling event and Christmas tree chipping.
  • Created the Trash Think Tank, to educate local businesses that offer food or beverage take-out about new code requirements to provide a trash receptacle outside of their premises during business hours – separate from the big belly or city trash cans;  a collaborative effort with LoMo, Newbold, and East Passyunk Crossing civic associations.


  • Held Education Forum with the Jackson School principal, Philadelphia School participants included PSCA Education Committee, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, and Juntos.  Recruited education volunteers.  We held a supply drive to make sure every student has the tools they need for a successful year.


  • Became a Registered Community Organization through the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
  • Created an online business directory with 145 local businesses.
  • Installed bike racks in front of several businesses through the city’s adopt-a-rack program.
  • Designed and installed new neighborhood “Welcome to Passyunk Square” signage.


  • Held Fall Home Tour – this year’s tour was in conjunction with Design Philly – great turnout!
  • Held PSCA Plant Sale (in collaboration with Urban Jungle)
  • New this year – Holiday Tree sale at Urban Jungle
  • Hosted Arden theatre social event

Community Outreach

  • Conducted parking safety survey, working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
  • Reinvigorated our Town Watch program.
  • Started the Neighborhood Ambassador Program.
  • Applied for and received a $3000 Activities Fund grant for the purpose of translating meeting minutes and other announcements into Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.


  • Grew our online social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Grew our email distribution list.
  • Updated website on a regular basis.
  • Sent monthly e-blast newsletter.
  • Started an opt-in text message service

Sponsorship Program

  • Started the Business Sponsorship program for businesses in the civic area.
  • Signed on 15 sponsors in inaugural year; seven of the 15 made multi-year commitments.

Board Governance

  • Recruited new Board members and rewrote PSCA Bylaws.

the year ahead

  • Fill education committee volunteer positions in the coming year.
  • Grow the Neighborhood Ambassador Program
  • Translate meeting minutes and other materials into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
  • Hold events that attract a greater diversity of residents.
  • Expand our email distribution list and online media presence, and increase general meeting attendance.
  • Plan a springtime art show and a pet-related event.
  • Coordinate events between our three parks. Explore a pop up park.

Your donations keep us running for you!

Thanks so much for your support!

Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice President


Zoning14 Dec 2012 11:29 am

The PSCA Zoning Committee reviewed the following cases at its December meeting. Results are below.

600-36 Washington Avenue
Applicant seeking to renew the license for an existing pool and billiard hall as part of a sit-down restaurant within an existing shopping center, which is prohibited in this zoning district. Moved to January.

1216 Annin Street
Application is for a two-family dwelling in an existing structure, which is not permitted in this zoning district. Vote pending receipt of pictures of the interior of the units; will update once vote completed.

1218-20 South Juniper Street
Application is for a two-family dwelling in an existing structure, which is not permitted in this zoning district. Case was continued to January meeting so that applicant can provide site plan and show that conversion back to single family homes would be a hardship.

1304-06 Dickinson Street (Green Eggs Cafe)
Applicant is requesting to add outdoor seating on Dickinson and Clarion St which requires a letter from the Councilman. Councilman Squilla has requested that we get neighbor feedback. Non-opposition with the proviso that there must be at least 5 feet of space between table and curb and approval will be rescinded if three citations from L&I are received.

1331 South Alder Street
Applicant is seeking the partial demolition of an existing building (2 story rear) and the erection of a new rear addition not to exceed 38 feet. Unanimous non-opposition; neighbors supportive.

1536 South 8th Street
Applicant is seeking to erect a rear two story addition and received refusal due to the proposed addition not meeting the required open area and rear yard depth for the portion above the first 12’ above the grade. Application withdrawn.

1215 Peters Street
Applicant is seeking to erect a four story attached structure for use as a single family dwelling with roof deck and one off-street parking space. Non-opposition with 5 votes for and 1 vote opposed with applicant agreeing to make the following changes: 1) Shorten house by 2 feet to bring rear yard depth to required 9.2 feet; 2) Shorten the length and slope the roof of the pilot house; 3) Set the third story back 3 feet; 4) Yard cannot be cement but must be permeable/drainable.


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