Minutes from November 5, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Zoey’s Yogurt Bar
Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 7:50 pm. Attendance: Approximately 45.
Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, DiCapua, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Fioretti
Absent: Wilder, Knox, Geary
Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked Zoey’s Yogurt Bar for hosting the meeting. Pam reminded members that we are always looking for volunteers to slot into one-time commitments or more involved work on our committees. We are specifically looking for volunteers to help with our upcoming Art Auction and to fill some recent vacancies on our Zoning Committee. Pam also alerted everyone to the home tour booklets on their seats, which have valuable coupons to use at neighborhood businesses. Also, our annual appeal is coming up in November, so look for that letter. Also announced was that the city-owned building at 11th and Reed that is used for fleet services may be put up for sale by the city, so look for information and future neighborhood involvement. Also, PARC will soon be collecting leaves in the neighborhood, and residents should look for more info at www.passyarc.com. PARC will host a neighborhood meeting on Nov. 25th from 6-7pm regarding the sale and renovation of 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue, currently Karina’s.
Outreach: Angel D’Ippolito announced that the next NAP meeting is Nov. 19 at 7pm at 1326 S. 9th Street. NAP will be trying out a new monthly coffee “get to know your neighbors” meet-up at a local coffee shop for an hour every 2nd Saturday, kicking off on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at B2. PSCA is also looking for residents to visit the 3rd District police station (11th & Wharton) this Friday Nov. 8 at 8am to take a tour of the facilities, and then complete a questionnaire which will be used to i) improve the 3rd District station and help officers learn how to best gain public acceptance, and the support and trust of the community; and ii) support the international Altus Police Stations Visitors Week effort through which police stations from all over the world will help to identify some of the best practices in use by police. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Trash and Recycling: Carmela Fioretti announced that the next monthly cleanup is Nov. 30. The next e-waste event is Nov. 16 from 10am-2pm at Acme.
Zoning: Gary Tumolo reported that the following four cases will be heard at the zoning committee meeting on Nov. 12 at 7pm at Annunciation: 1203 S. Clarion Street: Application for the change in use from existing 1 story garage to a 3 story single family dwelling with one 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. 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. 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. 1304-06 S. 9th Street: (El Zarape) Commercial ground floor restaurant with dwelling unit above. There will also be a pre-zoning presentation for a proposed coffee, bakery and desert bar idea for 1149 S. 12th.
Beautification: Sarah Anton and Andrew Emma announced that the next tree planting of 11 trees will be Nov. 23, and volunteers should meet at 9am at Columbus. Also on Nov. 23 at 2pm is the ribbon cutting for Jackson School rooftop garden, so please come for both events if you can. There will be a free yard tree giveaway on Sun. Nov. 10 at Columbus from 11am-1pm. Also this Saturday Nov. 9, volunteers are needed to help distribute 85 lbs of donated mulch for the police station garden at 11th and Wharton. Passyunk Gardens is now closed for the winter. PSCA is still looking for volunteers to assist with monitoring and reporting on PWD’s green infrastructure sites in the neighborhood.
Parks: Chris DiCapua introduced the new recreation leader at Capitolo, John Medica. Mr. Medica introduced himself and said he wants to be involved in the civic and welcomes input into what type of programming should go on at Capitolo. He also introduced another new member of his team.
Planning: Karin Morris invited neighbors to attend a free workshop of Hidden City Philadelphia and the Preservation Alliance on Nov. 7 from 6-8pm on How to Nominate a Building to the Historic Register, at Cultureworks at 1315 Walnut, Suite 320. To register, please visit http://hcp.memberlodge.com/events?eventId=775600&EventViewMode=EventDetails. Also, she
reported that the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s work on the Washington Avenue Roadway Design Study continues, and a successful public meeting was held Oct. 23 at the Mummer’s Museum, with about 60 neighbors in attendance. The purpose of the study is to propose alternative roadway striping to better organizes movement within the cartway for pedestrians, bikes, cyclists, and vehicles. The plan will result in re-striping of Washington Avenue by the Streets Department in 2014 or 2015. Various alternative lane configurations can be reviewed at: http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/plans/Pages/washingtonavenue.aspx. The plan considers various options including reducing the number of through lanes, buffered bike lanes, more room for curbside loading/unloading, and back-in angled parking, among others.
Events: Upcoming events include our 10th Anniversary Party on Dec. 3 and our annual Xmas tree sale on Dec. 7 from 2-6pm at Urban Jungle, organized by Erin Osenbaugh, with caroling coordinated by Gary Tumolo (carolers needed!).
Steve Viscelli of the Jackson School rooftop garden presented the upcoming plans to install the rooftop garden, with the assistance of Penn and Swarthmore students, and hopefully some neighborhood volunteers. The rooftop will contain a community garden on one side, a garden lab on the other side for students, along with movable earth boxes that can be moved into and out of classrooms for instruction. There will also be programming around nutrition for the students, and later on a mushroom farming program whereby students will be able to sell mushrooms to the community, and hopefully eventually an aquaponics garden. Steve needs volunteer help to install the garden, along with equipment to move soil from the ground to the roof, and for the mushroom farming, he is looking for used coffee grounds and large food-grade containers. Please come to the garden ribbon cutting on Nov. 23 (rain date Nov. 24) from 2-4pm at the school at 12th and Federal. There will be food trucks, kids’ activities, live music, and more.
Dan Pohlig from the South Philly Food Co-op gave an update about the Co-op’s organizing efforts. They have been meeting since 2010, and are now up to 518 member-owners, with the next member goal set for 600, at which time they could pursue a real estate lease with certain contingencies. Their real estate committee has been investigating locations and studying their market feasibility. Dan expects that they will need somewhere between 900-1000 member-owners to open. For more information, visit http://www.southphillyfoodcoop.org/.
To recap, mark your calendars for the many ways to become involved in the next few weeks!
Nov. 7: Historic Designation Workshop
Nov. 8: Tour of 3rd District Police Station
Nov. 9: Mulching at the Police Station
Nov. 9: Meet and Greet at B2
Nov. 10: Free Yard Tree Giveaway
Nov. 12: Zoning Committee Meeting
Nov. 16: E-waste Recycling
Nov. 19: Neighborhood Ambassador Program Meeting
Nov. 23: Tree Planting
Nov. 23: Jackson School Rooftop Garden Opening
Nov. 25: PARC meeting about 1520 E. Passyunk Avenue
Nov. 30: Neighborhood Clean-up
Dec. 3: PSCA 10th Anniversary Party
Dec. 7: Annual Christmas Tree Sale and Caroling on the Avenue
–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, November 6, 2013