Don’t miss the General Meeting this Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm – this time we will meet at St. Maron Church Hall (1013 Ellsworth Street). Join us to hear from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) about a proposed pop-up garden in our neighborhood to run in the warmer months of 2015. Since 2011, each year PHS has created a unique public garden space on an underutilized lot. The projects were each custom designed to highlight the transformative power of horticulture and bring attention to the surrounding neighborhood. Hear about the vision for this temporary use of a space in our neighborhood and sites under consideration – including the lot at 9th and Wharton.
Photo of 2013 Pop Up Garden on Broad Street – courtesy of PHS
Run for the PSCA Board of Directors!
The election for the Passyunk Square Board of Directors will be held at the Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership meeting on May 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm. At the April 7, 2015 General Membership Meeting, the Election Committee will present a slate of nominees who will be on the ballot for the May election. YOU can be on that ballot.
All mediums accepted. Maximum artwork size is 50″ x 75″. Framed or unframed pieces welcomed. Artists will be notified in early March regarding their participation in the auction.
South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? If so, stay tuned on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for details on our next Language Exchange event! We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!
New five-week sessions of ESL classes for Level 0 and Level 1 are underway on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbus Square Rec Center. Level 1 began on January 27, and Level 0 will begin on Tuesday, February 3. Watch for information on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for upcoming sessions.
Soak It Up! Adoption Program
PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean. Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email beautification@passyunk.
The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 10, 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). There are five cases for consideration this month:
- 1225 E. Passyunk – Legalization of outdoor neon sign
- 1331 S. Juniper – Application to erect three-story addition with commercial and multi-family use
- 1151 S. 7th – Legalization of two-family use
- 827-29 Wharton - Second information presentation
- 1024 Ellsworth - Application for three-family dwelling
The first public meeting regarding the South District Plan took place on December 4, and a summary of the discussion so far can be found on the Plan 2035 website. The second public meeting will take place Monday, February 9 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (901 S. Broad Street). You can also contribute feedback on the Plan 2035 website if you are unable to attend the meeting.