Planning


Newsletter and Planning01 Dec 2014 01:07 pm

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the South Philly District Plan meeting on Thursday, December 4, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, at South Philadelphia High School (2101 S Broad Street). More information is available at Plan2035.com.

Beautification and Capitolo and Columbus Square and Education and Event and Gold Star Park and Minutes and Planning and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning12 Oct 2014 07:00 pm

October 7, 2014 General Meeting Minutes

Submitted by Chris DiCapua. Meeting began at 6:36 pm, adjourned at 7:27 pm.
Present: Wilder, Klein, DiCapua, Knapp, Antonellis, Zenzola, Emma. Anton, Silva.
Absent: DiGiulio, Wyatt

Welcome and Introductions:

Pam welcomed guests. She invited the Board to introduce themselves, then encouraged meeting guests to introduce themselves and greet one another.

Pam announced that the PSCA will be using a new Salesforce database to keep track of volunteers and events. She announced that a new volunteer, Tom Gavaghan, will be handling it.

Pam announced that the PSCA Holiday Party is scheduled for Tuesday December 2, and that she is looking for a volunteer leader for the upcoming Tree Sale at Urban Jungle on December 6 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Christine Knapp announced the winners of the 2014 Block Party Award. A representative from the 700 block of Medina, one of the awarded blocks, reported that the block party was a huge success with more than 100 attendees. The program will continue and be announced earlier next year.

Zoning

Jared announced that zoning meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month and are held at Annunciation. He invited residents to attend these meetings, then summarized this month’s zoning cases as follows: 600 Washington Ave (Special exception for a take-out license), 1246 Federal (Legalization of multi-family use), 1213 Peters Street (Single family home with roof deck. Refused for open space), and 827-829 Wharton (Informational presentation for mixed-use development).

Home Tour

Caroline New and Jennifer Barr, event chairs, reminded residents of the upcoming Home Tour, scheduled for October 11 from noon to 4:00 pm. Thus far $2500 from advertisers has been raised and 42 tickets have been sold to date. Brigantessa, the soon-to-open restaurant from the team behind Le Virtu, is the after-party location. Wood-fired grilled pizza is on the menu.

Caroline announced that she is accepting payment at tonight’s meeting – by cash and checks or credit cards. Advance tickets are $20, and can also be purchased through PayPal. Jennifer Barr announced that among the many discounts participants will find in the guide book, each participant will receive a free slice of cheese pizza from Slice.

Three more volunteers are needed for the day of the Home Tour, especially from 1:30-4:00 pm. Volunteers are admitted to Home Tour for free. If you are interested, email hometour@passyunk.org. Pam awarded Jennifer and Caroline with a P’unk t-shirt for their hard work and dedication.

Fundraising

Ilene named all of our current sponsors and asked residents to patronize and support their businesses. The newest sponsors are Noord, Garage and Francoluigi’s.

Beautification

 Mural Arts is finishing up the mural at Capitolo Playground and beginning work on a new mural at 10th and Washington. Shira Wallinsky, the artist creating the 10th and Washington mural, will likely speak at our November general meeting.

This year’s final tree pruning event took place one October 5 from 10 am-12 pm. Andrew asked residents for recommendations of blocks that need tree pruning.

A tree planting will take place on Saturday, November 15 at 9 am. 25 trees will be planted. Sarah announced that the she is looking for volunteers to arrive at 8:45 am. Volunteers should bring a shovel and gloves and food will be provided.

Applications for street trees in front of residents’ homes are due on October 27 and are available on the PSCA website. Street trees applied for by October 27 will be planted in the spring.

A yard tree giveaway will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 12 pm – 2 pm at Columbus Square Park. Pre-registry is recommended.

Sarah announced that Passyunk Gardens is closing down for the season. Sarah invited interested residents to get involved.

Sarah asked for volunteers who would like to be trained to care for the 5 storm water sites in the neighborhood. We have 4 volunteers so far. We need a fifth and one back up for each site. Please email Sarah if you are interested at beautification@passyunk.org. She will give those interested a tour of the site.

Parks and Immigrant Outreach

Chris announced that the Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee’s “View From the Top” rooftop fundraising event took place at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6:00-8:00 pm. With more than 200 people in attendance and about $10,500 raised towards the renovation of the park, the event was a great success. Columbus Square’s new website www.mycolumbussquarepark.org was launched also on September 12. He invited guests to stay tuned for upcoming fundraising events.

Columbus Square is planning a flea market for October 25 from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, as well as a Pumpkin Painting Celebration for kids on the same date from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Capitolo Playground will be hosting a Fall Flea Market with live bands on Saturday, November 1st from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gold Star Park’s Campfire Night will be held on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Gold Star Park (on Wharton, between 6th & 7th Streets). Plan to bring your family and friends. Join neighbors to bring a bit of country into the city! goldstarphilly@gmail.com with any questions. Rain date will be October 16th.

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) began the week of September 8 at the Columbus Square Recreation Center. Residents should stay tuned for information about future ESL sessions.

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly.

The next Language Exchange event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at Taquitos de Puebla (1149 S 9th St). All are welcome.

Speakers:

Danielle Saletta from Wells Fargo specializes in working with small businesses. Danielle offered her services to meeting guests. She is available to talk about retirement planning or answer any questions about banking in general.

Nicole Ozdemir from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (Nicole.Ozdemir@phila.gov) announced that a comprehensive plan for all of South Philly is being completed. The plan addresses physical improvements, open space, transportation, and remapping for zoning (i.e., updating zoning to match land use). This is the first new plan in about 50 years. Nicole announced that land use surveying has been completed. The City Planning Commission is planning to hold the first of three public meetings the first week in December. The other two meeting are being planned for the spring. Nicole fielded a number of questions, among them one about the future use of the Municipal Complex behind the fire station. Nicole assured meeting guests that the Planning Commission will get community input to begin to address this underutilized space. For more information, residents can go to Philadelphia2035.org.

Announcements:

Pam announced that the 10th Street Laundromat will be holding a Community Art Fiesta from 6pm-8 pm this coming Friday, October 10th. All are welcome. She also reminded meeting guests of a second Community Volunteer Day that will be held at Jackson School on October 25th at 9 am. Those interested should gather at the school.

Passyunk Square Civic Association’s general meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month (September through June) at Annunciation BVM Church (10th and Dickinson).

Newsletter and Planning06 Oct 2014 06:20 pm

The October general meeting is this Tuesday, October 7, at 6:30 pm, in our usual location in the Annunciation BVM Church hall (10th and Dickinson St., entrance on Dickinson). If you’ve never come to a meeting, why not check us out this month? At the meeting each of the PSCA committee leaders will present updates on their events, and our guest speaker this month, city planner Nicole Ozdemir of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will speak about the upcoming South District Plan. You can also buy tickets to the annual Home Tour! We hope to see you at the meeting!

Planning04 Nov 2013 04:57 pm

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the first public meeting for the Washington Avenue Transportation and Parking Study on Oct. 23. For more information and to view the presentation, visit:

Press coverage:
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/A_fix_for_South_Phillys_crash-plagued_Washington_Ave.html

To access the meeting presentation:
http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/plans/Pages/washingtonavenue.aspx

-Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair

 

Planning03 Sep 2013 01:11 pm

Did you know that not a single building, structure, site, object, or interior in the PSCA neighborhood is listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places? Listing in the Register protects the property from significant alteration and/or demolition. Such protection offers a way to preserve the character of the neighborhood. Because of this, PSCA is creating a “watch list” of properties we think are valuable to the neighborhood, and beginning a process to nominate some of these to the Register. Please send your ideas about what should be on this “watch list” to Karin Morris at planning@passyunk.org. Possible candidates include schools, churches, cemeteries, or sites with social significance, as the building itself does not need to be architecturally significant if something important occurred there. For more information on the designation criteria, visit http://www.phila.gov/historical/designation/Pages/criteria.aspx

-Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Chair

Planning03 Jun 2013 07:58 pm

Interested in helping PSCA nominate buildings in our neighborhood to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places? Listing in the register protects the building from demolition or adverse alteration. Properties should possess historical, cultural, architectural, archaeological or educational value to the city, state, or nation. PSCA is looking for volunteers to assist in identifying buildings and preparing nominations. Please email planning@passyunk.org if you are interested.

Planning10 Nov 2012 02:27 pm

Have you seen our new “Welcome to Passyunk Square” signs? We have installed 30 “Welcome to Passyunk Square” aluminum signs on key blocks throughout the neighborhood. Many thanks to board member Karin Morris for all her hard work on this project!

PSCA initiated the project based on the results of a neighborhood survey that found support for signage that provides an overall image for the neighborhood.

The signs will also serve to let residents know about the local civic association and its website: www.passyunksquare.org as well as mark the edges and entry points into the neighborhood.

Working with Councilman Mark Squilla’s office and the Streets Department, PSCA came up with a plan to replace many of the outdated “No Parking due to Street Cleaning” signs with the new Welcome signage. PSCA has fully funded the signage project through fundraising efforts.

“The signs give a face to the neighborhood, and help support local businesses and residential investment, by demonstrating that there is an active civic association”, said Karin Morris, a board member of PSCA.

The 12 X 18 inch aluminum signs will be at pedestrian height on existing poles on most major streets, except Broad Street, Washington Avenue, 11th Street, 9th Street, and Passyunk Avenue, which have their own business-related signage or already have an abundance of traffic-related signs. The signs will be mostly mid-block, avoiding signage-filled intersections.

Beautification and Capitolo and Cleanup and Columbus Square and Communication and Education and Event and Fundraising and Gold Star Park and Planning and Town Watch and Trash & Recycling and Trees and Volunteers and Zoning01 Jul 2012 09:20 am

We’re giving you a summer vacation from General Meetings for July and August, so we’ll see you in September with updates from our committees who have been busy working straight through these hot months to make Passyunk Square even better!  Speaking of committees, our 2012 Board of Directors and Committees have been announced:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pam Zenzola, President
Angel D’Ippolito, Vice-President Outreach
Sarah Anton, Treasurer and Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair
Christine Knapp, Immediate Past President
Andrew Emma, Beautification Committee Co-Chair
Chris DiCapua, Parks Liaison
Ilene Wilder, Fundraising and Events Committee Chair
Carmela Fioretti, Trash and Recycling Committee
Cassie Knox, Communications Committee Chair

COMMITTEES
Beautification Clean-ups, plantings, banners, block efforts
co-chairs: Andrew Emma and Sarah Anton
Communications Public relations, external communication
chair: Cassie Knox
Zoning Monitoring zoning change requests
chair: John Digiulio
Outreach Giving every resident of the neighborhood a chance to become involved
chair: Angel D’Ippolito
Safety / Passyunk Square Town Watch
chair: Kim Davis
Trash & Recycling
chair: Carmela Fioretti
Planning Convening stakeholders to help choose what we want the area to look like in the future
chair: Karin Morris
Fund Raising/Sapling Program For association activities
chair: Ilene Wilder
Education Supporting schools in the neighborhood
chair: Open

Beautification and Philadelphia and Planning01 Jul 2012 08:29 am

A mix of stormwater trenches, sidewalk planters and rain gardens will be installed on various blocks in Passyunk Square, after a collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department identified community members that were eager to see greening projects on their block.  The projects will help green and beautify the blocks, but will also help manage stormwater which can cause flooding and degrade our waterways.

The projects will be located on:
PASSYUNK AVE from REED ST to DICKINSON ST
10TH ST from REED ST to DICKINSON ST
12TH ST from DICKINSON ST to TASKER ST
12TH ST from REED ST to WHARTON ST
REED ST from 12TH ST to 13TH ST S
WASHINGTON AVE from 18TH ST to 19TH ST
19TH ST from WASHINGTON AVE to ELLSWORTH ST
ELLSWORTH ST from 18TH ST to 19TH ST
18TH ST from WASHINGTON AVE to ELLSWORTH ST
LINN ST from TASKER ST to 12TH ST S

PSCA is also participating in PWD’s RainCheck program, which will allow residents to split costs with PWD for green infrastructure improvements to their property that will help manage stormwater.

If you have ideas for other areas where a green stormwater management project could be conducted, fill out the Community Input form here www.phillywatersheds.org/CIF and also let us know by emailing contact@passyunk.org

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