November 2013

Beautification and Trees21 Nov 2013 04:58 pm

Tree Planting

November 23rd from 8:45am-1pm
Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal)

Come help us plant and mulch a few trees and install tree fences at Capitolo Playground. We’ll have some coffee and snacks to get you started then discounts at Slice and Zoey for lunch.

After the tree planting, we’ll be heading over to Jackson school to help with the launch event for their new rooftop garden! (see below) RSVP to, RSVP on Facebook or just meet us at the playground.

If you’re interested in having a tree planted in front of your house, we are now encouraging you to apply through the city at We’ll be focusing future tree events mostly on tree care rather than planting so stay tuned. If you had applied for a tree through PSCA and still haven’t heard word on the status, or have any questions about the tree request process, feel free to email us at

Jackson Green Day
Andrew Jackson School, 12th and Wharton

Come celebrate the opening of Jackson’s new rooftop garden!

¡Celebremos la inauguración del nuevo jardín en la azotea!

FREE Fall Festival for Families
• Philly’s best local food trucks
• Kids’ Activities- games, crafts, face painting
• Live music, including Jackson’s own rock band, HOME!
• Great raffles, vendors and more!

Festival de otoño gratuito para familias
• Los mejores camiones loncheros de Philly
• Actividades juveniles – juegos, artesanías, pintura de caras
• Música en vivo
• ¡Rifas, vendedores y más!

RSVP on Facebook or just stop by!

-Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma, Beautification Co-Chairs


Zoning13 Nov 2013 12:55 pm

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

1203 S. Clarion Street: 

Application for the change in use from existing 1 story garage to a 3 story single-family dwelling with 1 attached off street accessory parking slot inside the residence, and the use of a rooftop sundeck.  Zoning refused due the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts.  7 votes in non-opposition.  New plans now have a rear yard (previous plans did not) 5 feet in length; will install a new alley gate; and will comply with the standard construction provisos.

1308 S. 7th Street: 

Application for the erection of an addition to an existing 1story structure in the rear of an existing 3 story single-family dwelling.  Zoning refused due the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts.  Neither the owner nor the architect was present; the refusal is not correct and will need to be changed to the “legalization of an addition”.  Will present at a future hearing.

1235 Federal Street: 

(Jehovah’s Witness building) Proposed 3rd story addition above existing attached structure with 10 dwelling units and 9 separate roof decks, each with a separate pilot house; with 6 interior parking spaces and 14 interior bicycle parking spaces.  Refused for multi-family household living, open area and rear yard depth.  Strong community/neighbor presence at this meeting. 7 votes of non-opposition. Initially, plans were changed to 9 units but as a result of this meeting, the owner agreed to 8 dwelling units using the current 2 stories. No 3rd story; no roof decks; new roof will provide a 3 foot setback on second story.  There will be no parking spaces provided but owner will pave Bocci Alley; will provide safety lighting and cameras; bike and trash storage to be inside of building; will comply with standard construction provisos.  Since a new refusal is needed, the non-opposition letter will not be mailed until refusal and new plans are received.

1304-06 S. 9th Street: 

(El Zarape) Commercial ground floor restaurant with dwelling unit above.  **Rescheduled for December Zoning Meeting** 

*Also, a pre-zoning presentation for a proposed coffee, bakery and desert bar idea for 1149 S. 12th. Property already zoned for first floor commercial.  Bakery/Dessert bar to be open Mon-Sat 6:30 a.m. to 10:00-10:30 pm; Sun from 10:00-10:30 a.m. to 4:30-5:30 p.m. Will present at hearing once refusal received.


The PSCA Zoning Committee meetings are opportunities for neighbors to hear the details of zoning applications within our civic association boundaries. The Zoning Committee does not make final decisions on the applications, but it does send letters to the Philadelphia Zoning Board Administration. Check or for any last minute changes Please email with any zoning-related questions.


Event12 Nov 2013 04:53 pm

10PSCA_3This year, the Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) is honored to be celebrating our 10th anniversary! It’s hard to believe that ten years have gone by, and yet there are so many accomplishments worth celebrating.

Since its inception, PSCA has pursued every opportunity to improve our already great neighborhood. This includes taking on everything from zoning, town watch, litter clean-ups, tree plantings, community gardening, school engagement, and of course hosting many events that bring neighbors together. Through it all, our mission of “neighbors helping neighbors” has led our work to make Passyunk Square the best neighborhood in Philadelphia.

We invite you to celebrate with us at our 10th Anniversary event on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Annunciation BVM Church Hall at 10th and Dickinson streets. It promises to be a fun night of food, drink, memories and celebrations. Please RSVP at

As we head into the cold weather season, PSCA will be collecting winter clothing and accessories for children in the neighborhood. Please bring a new or like new children’s sized coat, cat, scarf, or gloves to the party to make the season warmer for us all.

Thanks for all you have done to help support PSCA over the years, and we look forward to celebrating with you!


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