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Mayfair residents grant approval for two businesses

Two pos­it­ive out­comes emerged from a spe­cial meet­ing of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation June 24. Res­id­ents gran­ted their ap­prov­al for two new busi­nesses on Frank­ford Av­en­ue. And they also re­vived a dormant civic as­so­ci­ation in neigh­bor­ing Wissi­nom­ing.

May­fair Civic wasn’t due to meet un­til Sept. 15, but Pres­id­ent Donny Smith called the emer­gency ses­sion to settle a zon­ing case re­gard­ing 6101-37 Frank­ford Ave., where the prop­erty own­er wants to con­vert the former DeSi­mone Mit­subishi in­to two re­tail stores — Dol­lar Tree and Auto Zone.

Im­me­di­ate neigh­bors, par­tic­u­larly those from the 6100 block of Hawthorne St., had many ques­tions about the pro­ject, par­tic­u­larly its im­pact on vehicle traffic on their block. Prob­lem was, their block tech­nic­ally is not with­in the bound­ar­ies of May­fair Civic, so res­id­ents wer­en’t al­lowed to vote on the is­sue. Ac­cord­ing to its bylaws, the civic as­so­ci­ation’s ter­rit­ory ends at Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

Non­ethe­less, more than a dozen Hawthorne Street res­id­ents at­ten­ded the pre­vi­ous May­fair meet­ing on May 19 to ex­press their con­cerns, prompt­ing the civic group to table a vote and fa­cil­it­ate ne­go­ti­ations between the prop­erty own­er and his neigh­bors.

Dur­ing that pro­cess, some of the neigh­bors de­cided to or­gan­ize them­selves in­to a new Wissi­nom­ing civic group. They con­tac­ted City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on to help them with the pro­cess. Oth­er civic or­gan­iz­a­tions have served Wissi­nom­ing in the past, but not re­cently. Their first meet­ing is tent­at­ively sched­uled for Ju­ly 30 at 7 p.m. at Lower May­fair Play­ground, 6300 Hawthorne St.

In the mean­time, the Hawthorne Street res­id­ents also reached a com­prom­ise with the com­mer­cial prop­erty own­er on a few key is­sues. The own­er and rep­res­ent­at­ives for the pro­posed stores agreed not to open a Hawthorne Street en­trance to the busi­nesses, while keep­ing com­mer­cial signs off of Hawthorne. 

The busi­nesses also agreed to im­prove buf­fer fen­cing around the prop­erty and to stay on top of curb­side main­ten­ance, par­tic­u­larly after snowstorms. The busi­nesses fur­ther agreed to in­stall se­cur­ity cam­er­as along the rear of the prop­erty and to ad­here to the city code pro­vi­sions re­gard­ing light­ing.

The next reg­u­lar meet­ing of the May­fair Civic As­so­ci­ation will be on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. at May­fair Com­munity Cen­ter, 2990 Saint Vin­cent St. ••

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