Bicycle shop expansion wins support at Holmesburg Civic meeting

The Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation last spring over­whelm­ingly ap­proved a bid by Liberty Bell Bi­cycles for an ad­di­tion to be used for re­pairs, rent­als or more show­room space.

Own­er Phil McGurk built the 400-square-foot ad­di­tion, but with the cost of busi­ness rising, he was back at the civic’s meet­ing on Jan. 8. This time, he was look­ing for com­munity ap­prov­al for a wa­ter ice stand in the ad­di­tion. The shop would also sell ice cream, pro­tein bars and fit­ness drinks.

The ad­di­tion­al rev­en­ue would help McGurk pay for in­creas­ing prop­erty taxes, util­ity bills and city busi­ness fees. The bike shop is loc­ated at 7741 Frank­ford Ave.

Rich Frizell, the civic as­so­ci­ation pres­id­ent, wanted to wait un­til the group’s Feb­ru­ary meet­ing to vote on the mat­ter. But the ex­ec­ut­ive board voted 4-2 to hold the vote last week after McGurk and his at­tor­ney, Brett Feld­man, noted that their Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment hear­ing is on Jan. 30. 

In a show of hands, civic as­so­ci­ation mem­bers voted un­an­im­ously to sup­port McGurk’s latest ef­fort.

A rep­res­ent­at­ive from Liberty Bell’s next-door neigh­bor, Liv­ing Wa­ters Min­is­tries, also spoke in sup­port of the wa­ter ice stand, as long as there were no trash is­sues and crowds of kids.

In oth­er news from the meet­ing:

• Mary Mc­Phil­lips, a so­cial work­er with Cen­ter City-based Turn­ing Points for Chil­dren, told the crowd that her agency is look­ing to open an of­fice some­where in the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict bound­ar­ies. Fun­ded by the city De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, Turn­ing Points part­ners with care­givers to help fam­il­ies raise safe, healthy, edu­cated and strong chil­dren.

• A zon­ing board hear­ing is set for noon Wed­nes­day, Jan. 23, for a pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic at 7520 State Road. The hear­ing will take place at 1515 Arch St., 18th floor.

At­tor­ney Dan Mc­Caf­fery rep­res­ents State Road busi­nesses that op­pose the clin­ic. The own­ers of two of those busi­nesses — Ger­shel Broth­ers, which sells new and used store fix­tures, and Sweet Lucy’s Smoke­house — were in at­tend­ance.

• City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on will host an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency work­shop on Sat­urday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Ta­cony Po­lice Ath­let­ic League Cen­ter, at 4401 Aldine St. Res­id­ents will learn how to con­serve en­ergy and save on their util­ity bills. 

• State Rep. Kev­in Boyle will spon­sor a le­gis­lat­ive hear­ing on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m., at the May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, at 2990 St. Vin­cent St. The sub­ject will be meth­adone treat­ment fa­cil­it­ies and their ef­fect on sur­round­ing com­munit­ies.

• Lt. Collean Cook and un­der­cov­er of­ficers and broth­ers Mike and Bill Smith, of the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict, asked res­id­ents to re­port con­cerns. The po­lice of­fi­cials are aware of un­der­age drink­ing on the grounds of Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School and a vari­ety of is­sues on the 4700 blocks of sev­er­al streets just east of Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue. They also in­dic­ated they’d have no prob­lem ad­dress­ing is­sues in Pennypack Park, even in the parts of the park that are just across the bor­der in the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict.

• Rich Frizell, the civic group pres­id­ent, is still wait­ing to hear back from the city De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation about is­sues in the park area near Frank­ford and Solly av­en­ues. Frizell wants to work with the city agency to ad­dress drugs, home­less people and trash in the park.

The civic lead­er, who calls the park “an ab­so­lute gem,” is plan­ning a cleanup and pic­nic for April 20 or 27 to co­in­cide with Earth Day.

• Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation’s next meet­ing is sched­uled for Tues­day, Feb. 12, at 7:15 p.m., at Holmes­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Rhawn and Dit­man streets. Call 215-686-3444. ull;•

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