Leaders of the East Torresdale Civic Association had no new information to report about the community group’s opposition to a series of city zoning variances sought by a neighborhood tavern owner.
Taking names and handing out steep fines for broken windows and doors, the city is rolling out a tough new blight-fighting initiative in Port Richmond.
As residents continue to resist proposed plans for a methadone clinic in Holmesburg, two local politicians are attempting to give the community a stronger voice.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz last week visited the Holmesburg Civic Association to discuss two of his recently released reports.
Still riled over a mob attack, concerned citizens have been packing meetings in the river wards to demand more of the local police force.
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.
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.
“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.
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.