Lawncrest gives go-ahead for apartment complex


The Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation last week ap­proved a pro­posed con­ver­sion of an old hos­pit­al build­ing in­to a 20-unit apart­ment com­plex.

The site is the long-closed Ox­ford Hos­pit­al, at 623-27 Un­ruh St.

The spaces will be a mix of one- and two-bed­room apart­ments and stu­di­os/ef­fi­cien­cies. Each unit will have a park­ing spot. Out­side sur­veil­lance cam­er­as will be re­gistered with the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict. The pro­ject will take eight months to com­plete.

The own­er has a Ju­ly 10 hear­ing in front of the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment.

In oth­er news from the June 5 meet­ing:

• City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on does not rep­res­ent any­thing with­in the LCA bound­ar­ies, but he was on hand to dis­cuss his Bad Neigh­bor Ini­ti­at­ive.

The ini­ti­at­ive fo­cuses on prop­erty main­ten­ance is­sues such as trash, dog waste, weeds and broken win­dows. It also in­cludes nuis­ance ten­ants, un­li­censed own­ers and own­ers who owe prop­erty taxes.

“Bad neigh­bors de­serve a bad neigh­bor ini­ti­at­ive,” Hen­on said. “I’m try­ing to shame people in­to do­ing the right thing. I’m try­ing to change be­ha­vi­or.”

The coun­cil­man, a Demo­crat from the 6th Coun­cil­man Dis­trict, be­lieves poorly main­tained prop­er­ties de­crease hous­ing val­ues by 20 per­cent. He is work­ing with the city to use fines and en­force­ment ac­tion against vi­ol­at­ors.

Budget cuts have hurt the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions.

“L&I needs more in­spect­ors,” Hen­on said.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-686-3444 or go to www.bobby­hen­­neigh­bor

On an­oth­er mat­ter, Hen­on said he is work­ing with the De­part­ment of Streets to change a policy that pro­hib­its people from put­ting out their trash un­til 7 p.m. the night be­fore col­lec­tion. Some people are push­ing for an earli­er time be­cause it’s dark at 7 p.m. in the fall and winter.

• The 97th an­nu­al Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Cel­eb­ra­tion is ap­proach­ing. The rain date is Sat­urday, Ju­ly 7.

The theme is A Com­munity United.

A parade will be­gin at 9 a.m. at Rising Sun and Long­shore av­en­ues and pro­ceed south to the Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at Comly Street. The grand mar­shals will be cur­rent and former teach­ers and nuns at St. Wil­li­am School.

Activ­it­ies will take place at the rec cen­ter.

There will be an Amer­ic­an flag-rais­ing ce­re­mony, a flea mar­ket/craft show, car show, chil­dren’s rides, food court, live bands, ma­gic show, drill teams and fire­works at dusk.

Vendors look­ing to par­ti­cip­ate in the flea mar­ket/craft show can call 267-467-0034 or 215-287-7056.

Dona­tions can be sent to Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly Com­mit­tee, P.O. Box 24656, Phil­adelphia, PA 19111.

For more in­form­a­tion, e-mail lawn­crestju­ly4th@hot­ or check out the Lawn­crest 4th of Ju­ly page on Face­book.

• Mark Mroz, com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict, said there have been five purse-snatch­ings since March 25 in the dis­trict. The latest oc­curred June 2 on the 7000 block of Lyn­ford St.

In that in­cid­ent, the sus­pect threw the vic­tim to the ground. He is de­scribed as a black man with a dark com­plex­ion, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 220 to 230 pounds. He was wear­ing a white shirt and blue jeans.

In each crime, he was driv­ing a dark-colored Buick Ren­dez­vous.

• The zon­ing board ap­proved a busi­ness­man’s pro­pos­al to con­vert a long-va­cant prop­erty on the 500 block of Levick St. in­to a tax pre­par­a­tion of­fice. The prop­erty is zoned res­id­en­tial.

The LCA ap­proved the bid at its May meet­ing with pro­vis­os that the prop­erty re­main own­er-oc­cu­pied and a single-fam­ily dwell­ing, and must not have any off-street park­ing.

• Lawn­crest Lib­rary, at 6098 Rising Sun Ave. (at Ben­ner Street), is of­fer­ing a vari­ety of sum­mer pro­grams.

Lil’ Film­makers is a six-week course that will teach writ­ing, act­ing and video. The class meets on the fol­low­ing Tues­days at 2:30 p.m.: June 19 and 26 and Ju­ly 10, 17, 24 and 31.

The sum­mer read­ing pro­gram will kick off on Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m. with Sing and Move Along with Pete.

A com­ic draw­ing work­shop will take place on Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

A teen writ­ing work­shop will be held on Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 25 at 2 p.m.

Call 215-685-0549.

• The Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home Wo­men’s Aux­il­i­ary will spon­sor a chick­en din­ner on Thursday, June 21, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at the home, at 6500 Tabor Ave.

The meal will in­clude mashed pota­toes and gravy, cran­berry stuff­ing, cole slaw, glazed car­rots, pie, cof­fee and tea.

The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for chil­dren. Takeout is avail­able for $9.50.

In oth­er PPH news, the home will host two con­certs on up­com­ing Thursdays. The Daisy Jug Band will per­form on Ju­ly 19. The Midiri Broth­ers Swing Band will en­ter­tain on Aug. 23. Both con­certs will start at 7 p.m. and take place in the air-con­di­tioned so­cial hall.

Mean­while, PPH will hold a gala on Oct. 5 at Cannstat­ter’s. Call 215-697-8000.

• A mo­ment of si­lence was held for two neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents — Harry Sch­roder and Billy Kane — who died re­cently.

• The Great­er Phil­adelphia As­so­ci­ation of Re­altors and City Coun­cil­wo­man Mari­an Tasco will co-spon­sor a free hous­ing re­source fair on Sat­urday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Wil­li­am Me­mori­al Hall, at 6234 Rising Sun Ave.

There will be roundtable dis­cus­sions, free cred­it checks, cred­it coun­sel­ing, in­form­a­tion on mar­ket rates and vis­its from rep­res­ent­at­ives of banks, util­ity com­pan­ies and real es­tate of­fices.

Guests will re­ceive door prizes and be entered in a draw­ing for a Kindle. Call Tasco’s of­fice at 215-686-3454.

• The Ox­ford Circle Farm­ers Mar­ket will be open every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. through Oc­to­ber at the Ox­ford Circle Men­non­ite Church, at 900 E. How­ell St. Fresh fruit and ve­get­ables will be for sale. Vis­it foodtrust­mar­

• The city De­part­ment of Streets in­vites people to drop off tires on a couple of up­com­ing dates.

Among the dropoff loc­a­tions are Delaware Av­en­ue and Wheat­sheaf Lane on Ju­ly 21; and Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Ash­burn­er Street and Pen­n­way and St. Vin­cent streets on Aug. 11. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Lawn­crest Com­munity As­so­ci­ation will meet on Tues­day, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Wil­li­am par­ish hall, at Argyle and Rob­bins streets. ••


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