The Somerton Civic Association on Sept. 13 gave nearly unanimous approval for the legalization of a commercial martial arts studio in a light industrial property on Damar Drive.
Still riled over a mob attack, concerned citizens have been packing meetings in the river wards to demand more of the local police force.
“I’m still trying to work with the community, but it seems like they won’t let go of some of the problems from the past,” the owner says.
In a move to help Port Richmond shake off years of concerns over absentee owners, Maura Kennedy, director of strategic initiatives for the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that for the past three months, Port Richmond has been part of a pilot program to get blighted and abandoned properties back into being functioning elements of the community.
That’s the message foes of a planned drug center on Frankford Avenue have for the owner of the property.
Attorneys representing residents of the Fountain Pointe condominium complex and the owner/developer of a site that houses a new business took part in a sometimes-heated court hearing last week, but they began working on a possible compromise in a City Hall corridor.
Laborers with the city cleanup program used it to evict homeowners under bogus pretenses and steal their possessions. Nine of them admitted their roles.
A Sergeant Street family has lived in the shadow of an abandoned home for years, and it isn’t getting any better.