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Sandwich shop on Mayfair's menu

May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation last week re­jec­ted one zon­ing pro­pos­al and gave pre­lim­in­ary ap­prov­al to two oth­ers.

The group met on Aug. 8 at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter.

An­thony and Ana Di­Gi­ulio own a corner prop­erty on the 3300 block of Brighton St. (at Crispin Street). It’s a du­plex with a base­ment that was built dec­ades ago for a barber­shop, though it nev­er opened.

The Di­Gi­ulios and zon­ing ex­pediter Be­ditza Ca­dillo told the crowd that they are look­ing for a barber to work week­days and Sat­urday morn­ing hours.

Neigh­bors wer­en’t re­cept­ive, not­ing the ten­ants’ past fail­ure to cut grass and shovel snow. They also poin­ted to sev­er­al oth­er hair salons in the area and cited traffic con­cerns, par­tic­u­larly with the lack of a stop sign at the corner. And they wor­ried about vehicles driv­ing up a back al­ley where chil­dren play.

Res­id­ents of Brighton Street and Prin­ceton Av­en­ue presen­ted pe­ti­tions with sig­na­tures on eight sheets of pa­per op­pos­ing the idea.

After hear­ing the neigh­bors balk, the Di­Gi­ulios asked about the pos­sib­il­ity of a pro­fes­sion­al of­fice, which would not be as busy as a barber­shop. But that idea was dis­missed as well.

At­tor­ney John Sabat­ina had bet­ter luck present­ing cases for two cli­ents.

An eat-in and takeout sand­wich shop will open at 6716-18 Frank­ford Ave. (near Knorr Street). The prop­erty, which in­cludes res­id­en­tial space on the second floor, formerly housed a “cash for gold” busi­ness.

Neigh­bors had some con­cerns, such as late hours of op­er­a­tion, trash in a Dump­ster and more cir­cu­lars dropped off at door­steps.

One wo­man, formerly of Gil­ham Street, said blight is “creep­ing up” from her former block.

“We’re go­ing down, and it’s a sin,” she said, though oth­ers re­jec­ted her state­ment.

Sabat­ina showed pe­ti­tions and let­ters of sup­port from nearby res­id­ents and busi­ness own­ers.

The shop would be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and some neigh­bors ques­tioned that late clos­ing hour.

“If no one wants a sand­wich after nine o’clock, they’re go­ing to close,” Sabat­ina re­spon­ded.

In the end, neigh­bors gave their OK.

Res­id­ents also backed a bid by Casper’s Place, at 3510-12 Cottman Ave., to re­new a per­mit that al­lows the bar to con­tin­ue us­ing a juke­box. Last year, the bar was cited by the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions for un­know­ingly let­ting the per­mit ex­pire.

Bar op­er­at­ors ex­plained that they are good neigh­bors. They have not been cited by the state Li­quor Con­trol Board for al­low­ing un­der­age drink­ing, adding that agents have carded pat­rons who were, in­deed, of leg­al drink­ing age.

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In oth­er neigh­bor­hood news, May­fair Town Watch re­cently held elec­tions for board mem­bers.

The new board con­sists of Anna Sta­cey (pres­id­ent); Joe Con­boy (vice pres­id­ent); Stephanie Kramer (sec­ret­ary); Mia Hylan (treas­urer/fun­drais­ing co­ordin­at­or); Donna Con­boy (com­munity re­la­tions/re­cruit­ment); Joann Wyjadka-Candy (mem­ber co­ordin­at­or); John Jen­kins (pub­lic re­la­tions); and Rob Pasco (equip­ment/lo­gist­ics).

The group still is look­ing for someone to be the edu­ca­tion/cer­ti­fic­a­tion co­ordin­at­or.

Mem­bers thanked former pres­id­ent Milt Mar­telack for his con­tri­bu­tions. They plan to work with Capt. Frank Bach­may­er, com­mand­er of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, and neigh­bor­ing Town Watch groups.

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May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, at 2990 St. Vin­cent St.

The city com­mis­sion­ers’ of­fice will bring a vot­ing ma­chine and show a video on the elec­tion pro­cess. Voter re­gis­tra­tion forms will be avail­able, and there will be a dis­cus­sion of the new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law.

The group will also talk about a planned Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Dis­trict and the neigh­bor­hood’s up­com­ing farm­ers mar­ket.

Also, mem­bers will de­bate a zon­ing is­sue on the 7600 block of Roosevelt Blvd. A prop­erty that once housed Dr. Stan­ley Feld­man’s dent­al of­fice and HG Re­alty Ser­vices has been pur­chased for pos­sible use as a du­plex. ••

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