Minutes


Minutes06 Nov 2013 07:20 pm

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 outreach@passyunk.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!).

Presentations:

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

 

Minutes03 Oct 2013 08:39 am

Minutes from October 1, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:40 pm, ended at 7:50 pm. Attendance: Approximately 45.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Wilder, Knapp, Emma, Anton, Geary

Absent: Fioretti, DiCapua, Knox

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked Chickie’s Deli for their food donation. She also introduced Father John from Annunciation and thanked him for the use of their space for our monthly meetings. Pam also announced that we have won a PCA grant of $1600 to use to enhance the arts in the neighborhood. We have also just reached 1,000 likes on our Facebook page.

House Tour: Caroline New and Jen Barr, co-chairs, discussed the upcoming Annual House Tour on October 12 from noon-4pm, advance tickets are $20, day of are $25. Admission also gets you discounts at the Devil’s Den after party from 3-6pm and a free slice of Slice Pizza during the tour. There will also be a raffle at the after-party. Tickets can be purchased online, or day-of at Columbus Square Recreation Center, which will be open from 11am-2pm that day for ticket and home tour guide/map pickup.

Zoning: Tina Geary reported that the next Zoning Committee meeting will be Tuesday Oct. 8 at 7pm at Annunciation and they will vote on two cases: 1535 S. 11th Street, application for the first story addition to an existing attached structure (max. height not to exceed 38’-0”) for use as an eating & drinking establishment (sit-down restaurant) at 1st floor level with accessory storage at basement, and a single family dwelling unit located at upper level with accessory rear roof deck located at second (2nd) story roof. Zoning refused because the proposed use of an eating & drinking establishment is not permitted in this zoning district; and 1203 S. Clarion Street, application for the change in use from existing one story garage to a three story single family dwelling with one attached off street accessory parking slot inside the residence, and the use of a rooftop sundeck. Zoning refused as the open area of lot and rear yard depth are under the minimum required amounts. The Zoning Committee will also hear three other cases that have not received formal refusals from the ZBA yet, but the applicants want to present their plans for input. These include: 1304-06 9th Street, El Zarape Restaurant from Passyunk and Morris signed a lease for this space and will present their plans; 1235 Federal Street, plans for adding a third floor and building 10 apartment units with 10 parking spaces; and 3) 1403-1409- Darien Street, plans for the construction of 6 single family homes.

PWD Stormwater Planters: Christine Knapp reported that PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist us in monitoring the stormwater planters around the neighborhood, and alerting us if you see trash or debris in them, which limits their effectiveness at absorbing rainwater. The volunteer commitment would be filling out a form for each planter once a month, and different folks can take different planters. Two volunteers raised their hands, and PSCA will be in touch. The planter locations will be listed on our website. These planters are part of PWD’s Green Cities, Clean Water’s program to green 1/3 of the city’s impervious surfaces over the next 25 years, to aid in reducing sewer runoff into our rivers. Email beautification@passyunk.org if you would like to help.

Planning: Karin Morris reported that the Philadelphia City Planning Commission has begun work on the Washington Avenue Roadway Design Study investigating bicycle and pedestrian safety and a new roadway design for Washington Avenue, and will host a public meeting on October 23, time and location TBA. All are invited to offer input on the possible redesign of Washington Avenue to better accommodate all users. Also, the Planning Committee is continuing to solicit ideas for properties to nominate to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, so please send ideas to planning@passyunk.org. Listing in the register protects the property from significant alteration and/or demolition. Possible candidates include schools, churches, cemeteries, or sites with social significance.

AVI: Angel D’Ippolito reported that property assessment appeals are due Oct. 7 to BRT. Your appeal must be postmarked no later than that date, or you can hand deliver the appeal application to the BRT offices in the Curtis Center at 601 Walnut. Appeal applications are at www.phila.gov/brt. You should appeal if you received a first level decision that you disagree with, or if your first level review has not been decided yet, or if you chose to skip the first level review and were waiting for the appeal. Pennsport Civic is hosting Councilman Squilla tonight, October 2 at 7pm, to answer questions about AVI, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 2329 S. 3rd.

Education Committee: Tom Wyatt handed out a brochure about the education committee’s work. He reported the happy hour fundraiser for education raised $500. Back to School Night at Jackson is October 3, and the committee is looking for more raffle prizes. The rooftop garden at Jackson will have a build day on November 24, and they need volunteers. The education committee’s next meeting is Oct. 15 at 7pm at Columbus Square.

Volunteer Opportunities: Pam Zenzola encouraged folks to volunteer with the civic, especially because we can scale your involvement to what you are comfortable with, whether it is volunteering for a few monthly cleanups a year to leading other larger efforts. Please sign up and we will find something valuable for you to do!

Presentations:

Ace Delgado from the Philadelphia Police Department once again encouraged residents to be safe, through installing security cameras, keeping one’s windows clean so the police can dust for fingerprints if necessary, putting one’s address on the back of one’s house, being aware when you are out walking with your cell phone, and being aware of some recent thiefs on bicycles. Ace also reported that there was a burglary on the 900 block of Ellsworth on Oct. 1 where the burglar kicked in the front door.

Cathy Harris from the Mural Arts Program spoke about the soon-to-be-installed mural at 910 Dickinson (next to Annunciation parking lot). The artist Joe Burchero spoke about his black and white mural and revealed the final design. The mural will be completed by the second week of November.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, October 2, 2013.

 

Minutes04 Sep 2013 01:42 pm

Minutes from September 3, 2013 PSCA General Meeting @ Annunciation BVM

Meeting began at 6:35 pm, ended at 7:40 pm. Attendance: Approximately 35.

Board Members Present: Zenzola, D’Ippolito, Morris, Wilder, DiCapua, Knapp, Knox, Fioretti

Absent (excused): Emma, Anton, Geary

Welcome and Introductions: Pam Zenzola welcomed guests and thanked J&J Pizza for their food donation. A summary of this past year’s accomplishments (August 2012-August 2013) was handed out, that also highlighted some of our goals for this upcoming year, including growing the Neighborhood Ambassador Program, as well as doing more business engagement and translating more of our materials into Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Education Committee: Tom Wyatt described the recent work of the committee, including creating a vision statement (to be a vital community partner to our neighborhood schools), holding a supply drive for our schools that ends this Saturday at Acme (most needed item: copy paper), hosting Back to School Night on October 3, building relationships with other civics in South Philly that are working on school issues, and growing their social media presence (currently at 61 twitter followers). Their next meeting is Sept. 17 and all are invited to attend. Tom also mentioned that a local teenage girl was able to get 400 backpacks donated to Jackson School!

House Tour: Caroline New, co-chair, discussed the upcoming Annual House Tour on October 12 from noon-4pm, advance tickets are $20, day of are $25. Admission also gets you discounts at the Devil’s Den after party from 3-6pm and a free slice of Slice Pizza. Prize donations are still needed for that day’s raffle. The fundraising goal for this year’s tour is $3,000.

Zoning: Pam Zenzola reported for Tina Geary that the next Zoning Committee on Tuesday Sept. 10 will hear three cases: 1217 Gerritt, an application for a 3rd story addition with roof deck and Pilot House to existing single family dwelling, refused for open area and no 3rd floor setback (8′ required, 0′ proposed) in RSA-5; 1535 S. 11th, an application for ground floor side yard addition and eat-in restaurant with apartment above, refused for open area and use as eat-in restaurant in RSA-5; and 1509 S. Iseminger, an application for ground floor side yard addition to single family dwelling, refused for open area in RSA-5.

PWD Stormwater Planters: Christine Knapp reported that PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist us in monitoring the stormwater planters around the neighborhood, and alerting us if you see trash or debris in them, which limits their effectiveness at absorbing rainwater. These planters are part of PWD’s Green Cities, Clean Water’s program to green 1/3 of the city’s impervious surfaces over the next 25 years, to aid in reducing sewer runoff into our rivers. Email beautification@passyunk.org if you would like to help.

Sponsorship: Ilene Wilder reported that businesses can get involved in numerous ways in PSCA, such as sponsoring events (like 10th Street Laundromat’s upcoming art auction on Nov. 2, a fundraiser for PSCA’s trash and recycling efforts), buying an ad in the house tour program book, or becoming an annual or multi-year sponsor. All sponsors receive decals (“Proud Sponsor of PSCA”) that they can display in their business window.

Presentation:

Donna Carney from the Citizens Planning Institute, an arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, spoke about their mission to educate citizens about the role good planning plays in creating communities of lasting value. Each semester they accept 30 students to take their evening courses to become a Citizen Planner. The coursework provides practical tools individuals can take back to their neighborhood organizations or communities. CPI strives for geographic diversity in each cohort–for that reason, they generally do not accept more than one person from any one community organization for each semester. So far, 180 people across Philadelphia have become Citizen Planners. To learn more and download an application, visit  http://citizensplanninginstitute.org.

–Submitted by Karin Morris, PSCA Secretary, September 4, 2013.

 

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