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A new park, art gallery discussed at Frankford zoning meeting

Mem­bers of the Frank­ford Neigh­bor­hood Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil’s Zon­ing Com­mit­tee on April 10 heard about plans to cre­ate a park and an art gal­lery on the 4600 block of Paul Street. They also listened to a pro­pos­al for a park­ing lot on Or­tho­dox Street for a North­wood charter school and a re­quest to cla­ri­fy a deed to gar­ages on Haworth Street.

There was no op­pos­i­tion to any of the plans presen­ted dur­ing the com­mit­tee’s ses­sion at the Second Baptist Church of Frank­ford, Mead­ow and Mull­berry streets.

Kim­berly Wash­ing­ton, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Frank­ford Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, talked up Des­tin­a­tion Frank­ford, a pro­ject to re­store and beau­ti­fy the 4600 block of Paul. Two of the first pro­jects will be a garden in a va­cant lot and a series of art gal­lery ex­hib­its in the old Dor­al build­ing next door.

She said the CDC might later move its of­fices in the build­ing. She said she was hop­ing to have a series of events in the lot be­fore it is trans­formed in­to a garden.    

The first “pop up” gal­lery open­ing was on April 19 and was ac­com­pan­ied by a block party from 2 to 5 p.m.

The ex­hib­it’s theme was “Re­claim,” and fea­tured the work of Phil­adelphia’s “Dump­ster Divers,” who cre­ate art­works us­ing dis­carded ma­ter­i­als. That ex­hib­it will run un­til May 17.

ZON­ING IS­SUES

What used to be the Neu­mann fa­cil­ity at Or­tho­dox Street and Adams Av­en­ue has been a va­cant lot for about a year and is not a par­tic­u­larly at­tract­ive par­cel.

The North­wood Academy Charter School wants to up­grade the lot and use it for park­ing. The school will add land­scap­ing and fen­cing to the lot.

Amy Hol­lister, the school’s chief ex­ec­ut­ive of­ficer, said the lot will provide the school with 31 park­ing spaces, free­ing up street park­ing for loc­al res­id­ents. Hol­lister said the plan re­quires a zon­ing vari­ance be­cause the land is com­mer­cially zoned.

Joe Krause, pres­id­ent of the North­wood Civic As­so­ci­ation, was the only nearby res­id­ent at the NAC’s April 10 meet­ing, and he had no prob­lem with the pro­pos­al.

Southamp­ton res­id­ent Ana Nowacki wants to sell nine gar­ages she owns on the 2100 block of Haworth Street, her at­tor­ney, Chris­ti­an John­son, told com­mit­tee mem­bers. But there’s a prob­lem with the deed, he said.

Nowacki has owned a prop­erty that ori­gin­ally in­cluded the gar­ages, a de­tached house and a de­tached gar­age since 1964. Over the years, the prop­erty was sub­divided and the house and de­tached gar­age were sold. The sub­di­vi­sion was done in­cor­rectly, so Nowacki, who thought her deed was just for the gar­ages, was be­fore the com­mit­tee on April 10 to ask for mem­bers’ sup­port in clear­ing up any prob­lems with the deed that ob­scured what she owned and didn’t own, John­son said.

“We would cre­ate a deed of cor­rec­tion,” John­son said, adding that Nowacki just wants to leg­al­ize long-stand­ing use. There will be no new con­struc­tion or changes to the prop­erty, he said.

Nowacki wants to sell, but doesn’t know what the prop­erty will be used for once it changes hands, the at­tor­ney said. ••

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