Liddonfield tops Holmesburg agenda once again


Stan Cy­w­in­ski, pres­id­ent of Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation, spoke at last week’s Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation meet­ing about plans for the former Lid­don­field Homes hous­ing pro­ject site.

Cy­w­in­ski’s group is sup­port­ing an ef­fort by Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity and BSI Con­struc­tion to re­devel­op the 32-acre site, which is bordered gen­er­ally by Megar­gee to Tol­but streets and Cot­tage Street to Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue.

The plan calls for, among oth­er things, a 300-bed as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­ity; four NCAA-ap­proved ath­let­ic fields; shops; and din­ing spots.

There are about 20 bid­ders, but state Rep. Mike McGee­han, state Sen. Mike Stack, City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady are sup­port­ing the Holy Fam­ily/BSI pro­pos­al.

Writ­ing let­ters of sup­port were civic as­so­ci­ations rep­res­ent­ing Holmes­burg, Holme Circle, Ta­cony, East Tor­res­dale, Mor­rell Park and Ashton Square.

More than 6,000 in­di­vidu­als signed a pe­ti­tion in fa­vor.

“There’s def­in­itely strength in num­bers,” Cy­w­in­ski said.

The civic lead­er hopes the back­ing of pub­lic of­fi­cials and neigh­bor­hood groups will sway PHA. He’s play­ing the “com­munity card,” not­ing that some oth­er bid­ders — in­clud­ing one that would bring hun­dreds of low-in­come hous­ing units — have deep­er pock­ets.

“I’m sure they’re not the highest bid­der,” Cy­w­in­ski said of Holy Fam­ily/BSI.

Cy­w­in­ski ex­plained that his group is sup­port­ing the part­ner­ship be­cause it be­lieves the con­struc­tion will serve as a cata­lyst for Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue.

In oth­er news from the Feb. 14 meet­ing:

• Sgt. Kev­in McDe­vitt, of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, said of­ficers will be ready for the March 3 Sham­rock Shuttle, which at­tracts hun­dreds of parti­ers to bars gen­er­ally loc­ated near Frank­ford and Cottman av­en­ues.

Com­plaints from pre­vi­ous years in­clude pub­lic ur­in­a­tion, lit­ter and open con­tain­ers of al­co­hol.

McDe­vitt said po­lice will try to “keep a lid on it.”

“We do the best we can,” he said.

McDe­vitt said there have been some burg­lar­ies of houses with “for sale” signs on the lawn or lock boxes on the door handle. He said the burg­lars usu­ally knock on the door first. If someone an­swers, they’ll ask a ques­tion such as, “Is Tony there?” be­fore walk­ing away. If there is no an­swer, they’ll try to enter.

The ser­geant en­cour­aged the crowd to call 911 any­time they see sus­pi­cious be­ha­vi­or.

“We love lock­ing people up,” he said.

• The Holmes­burg, Ta­cony and May­fair Town Watch groups will hold a beef-and-beer fund-raiser on Sunday, March 11, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Reale’s Sports Bar & Grille, at 7233 Frank­ford Ave.

The cost is $25, pay­able at the door. Pro­ceeds will go to­ward ex­penses such as li­censes, ra­di­os, flash­lights, safety vests, log books and equip­ment main­ten­ance.

For more in­form­a­tion on the Holmes­burg and Ta­cony Town Watch or­gan­iz­a­tions, vis­it

More in­form­a­tion on May­fair Town Watch can be found on the group’s Face­book page.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, March 13, at 7:15 p.m., at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. ••


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