Holmesburg Civic has big plans to clean up the neighborhood

The Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation is push­ing ahead on sev­er­al ways to beau­ti­fy the neigh­bor­hood.

A cleanup is planned for April 20 for the por­tion of Pennypack Park near Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues. It will be fol­lowed by a pic­nic.

Also, a cleanup of Frank­ford Av­en­ue, from Shef­field Av­en­ue to Solly Av­en­ue, will take place either April 27 or May 4. It’ll be held in con­junc­tion with an ef­fort to clean up the av­en­ue in May­fair, south of Shef­field Av­en­ue.

The May­fair Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion will be pla­cing three trash­cans along the heav­ily used two-mile stretch around Pennypack Park, Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and Aus­tin Mee­han Middle School. They will be loc­ated at the in­ter­sec­tions of Ry­an and Row­land av­en­ues, Ry­an and Lex­ing­ton av­en­ues and Rhawn Street and Lex­ing­ton Av­en­ue. Walk­ers, run­ners and stu­dents make fre­quent use of the loop.

The civic group is hop­ing U.S. Rep. Bob Brady ful­fills his prom­ise to have the train trestle at Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues painted. Brady made the pledge in Oc­to­ber, when the com­munity cel­eb­rated the in­stall­a­tion of a state his­tor­ic­al mark­er at the Pennypack Creek Bridge.

Many neigh­bors con­sider the trestle, owned by Con­rail, to be an eye­sore, but the rail­road has no plans to paint the met­al span.

 “If they do one, they have to do a thou­sand more,” said Ilene Jen­of­sky, Brady’s dis­trict ad­min­is­trat­or. “That’s what the prob­lem is.”

Jen­of­sky said the paint job would be too costly, but that Con­rail would be will­ing to in­stall signs or a ban­ner.

Those sug­ges­tions were re­jec­ted. Rich Frizell, the civic group’s pres­id­ent, said the ban­ner would not with­stand bad weath­er. Oth­er neigh­bors noted that the ban­ner and signs would not cov­er the whole bridge and they would merely be a “Band-Aid.”

Jen­of­sky in­dic­ated that Con­rail would be will­ing to waive the ap­plic­a­tion and in­sur­ance fees, if the civic as­so­ci­ation would fund the paint job.

In the most re­cent re­dis­trict­ing, Brady took over many areas pre­vi­ously rep­res­en­ted by Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who closed her Frank­ford Av­en­ue of­fice and moved to a loc­a­tion on Castor Av­en­ue in Rhawn­hurst. Brady has of­fices in Chester, South Phil­adelphia, Fishtown and Port Rich­mond.

Jen­of­sky ex­plained that con­stitu­ents should con­tact their mem­bers of Con­gress with any ques­tions or con­cerns, but said her of­fice would help any­one, es­pe­cially since the bound­ary lines are so new. The phone num­ber for the of­fice at 2637 E. Clear­field St. in Port Rich­mond is 267-519-2252.

In oth­er news from the Feb. 12 meet­ing:

• Frizell said he ex­pects at least three more days of hear­ings be­fore the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment con­cern­ing a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at 7520 State Road. North­East Treat­ment Cen­ters has asked for a vari­ance that would al­low it to open the clin­ic. The ZBA opened a hear­ing on the vari­ance with two hours of testi­mony on Jan. 23. 

 • Nat­alie Crone has re­placed Rudy Muller as com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer in the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict. Muller re­mains as­signed to the 8th.

• On zon­ing mat­ters, the group voted un­an­im­ously not to op­pose a plan by the homeown­ers at 3316 Rhawn St. to in­stall a drive­way. They want to add the drive­way to avoid park­ing on the busy street. •• 

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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