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Frankford Civic approves of real estate plans

— Res­id­ents backed pro­pos­als to re­vive a Chinese res­taur­ant and wel­come re­tail space to former Globe Dye Works site.

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Al­though the li­on’s share of res­id­ents who came out to the Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation’s Ju­ly 5 ses­sion were there to talk about plans for 4834 Penn St., the or­gan­iz­a­tion’s mem­bers did hear about and vote on some oth­er real-es­tate pro­pos­als.

They backed a pro­pos­al to re­vive a Griscom Street Chinese res­taur­ant and wel­comed the idea of adding 39 units to the old Globe Dye Works build­ing on Worth Street.

Frank­ford res­id­ents also sup­por­ted an Ox­ford Av­en­ue gro­cery store’s re­quest for a zon­ing vari­ance to al­low its pro­pri­et­ors to sell hot take-out food. That pro­pos­al was sup­por­ted by ac­clam­a­tion as was the plan for the Globe build­ing.

Globe De­vel­op­ment Group LP took over the build­ing, which reaches Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue, a couple years after the dye busi­ness closed in 2005. The prop­erty’s his­tory dates to 1865.

Frank­ford Civic As­so­ci­ation’s pres­id­ent and zon­ing of­ficer, Pete Specos, said the own­ers were ap­ply­ing for an “open vari­ance” for the in­dus­tri­al-zoned prop­erty so that they could bring in re­tail space in the new units they are put­ting in­to the build­ing, and not have to con­tin­ue to ap­ply for vari­ances for each new ten­ant.

Those ten­ants will bring jobs to Frank­ford, Specos said.

“It’s a big boost to this com­munity,” he ad­ded in a phone in­ter­view on Monday.

And Frank­ford res­id­ents ap­plauded the idea.

They also barely heard a pro­pos­al for the gro­cery store’s vari­ance to al­low hot food takeout  at 4820 Ox­ford Ave. be­fore back­ing it.

Al­though a takeout Chinese res­taur­ant’s ap­plic­a­tion to re­open was ap­proved, it re­ceived a lot of op­pos­i­tion, much of it loud.

The “Chinese store” at 4761 Griscom has not been in op­er­a­tion for sev­er­al years so it needs a vari­ance to re­open in the res­id­en­tial neigh­bor­hood even though it has com­mer­cial zon­ing, Specos said.

The store is near Foulk­rod and Griscom, a corner no­tori­ous for drug sales, and Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, co­ordin­at­or of North­east EPIC Stake­hold­ers and pres­id­ent of the Frank­ford Parks Group, said the re­vived res­taur­ant could eas­ily be­come a hangout for drug deal­ers. She and sev­er­al res­id­ents said they op­posed a vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion that would al­low its re­open­ing.

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