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Maggie's Cafe is topic of East Torresdale meeting on Monday

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The East Tor­res­dale Civic As­so­ci­ation will hold a spe­cial gen­er­al mem­ber­ship meet­ing on Monday to dis­cuss sev­er­al zon­ing ap­plic­a­tions at Mag­gie’s Wa­ter­front Caf&ea­cute;, at Delaware Av­en­ue and Aren­del Street.

For much of the last two years, ETCA mem­bers and the own­er­ship of the bar/res­taur­ant have been at odds over qual­ity-of-life is­sues in­clud­ing park­ing, vehicle and ped­es­tri­an traffic, noise, ex­pan­sion of the busi­ness and the be­ha­vi­or of some of its pat­rons.

Kev­in Good­child, own­er of the busi­ness, has ap­plied to the city’s De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions for a series of new build­ing per­mits that will al­low him to ex­pand out­door ser­vice and de­vel­op ad­di­tion­al off-street park­ing.

Both the civic group and busi­ness own­er have re­tained leg­al rep­res­ent­a­tion and have at­temp­ted to ne­go­ti­ate a com­prom­ise, as in­struc­ted by the city’s Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment. Ul­ti­mately, Good­child will have to ap­pear be­fore the ZBA to seek its ap­prov­al for his pro­posed changes.

The civic as­so­ci­ation had planned to hold its monthly ex­ec­ut­ive board meet­ing this com­ing Monday, but last week de­cided to open the meet­ing to the gen­er­al mem­ber­ship, as well as oth­er mem­bers of the pub­lic. It will start at 7 p.m. at Liberty Evan­gel­ic­al Free Church, Linden Av­en­ue and Mil­nor Street. ••

— Wil­li­am Kenny

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You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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