While the Port Richmond thoroughfare of Richmond Street has been plagued by vacant properties for decades, new construction in the area and enthusiastic new business owners could help usher the corridor into a brighter, busier future.
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.
A representative from RecycleBank last week offered Northwood Civic Association members the chance to sign up for a sticker that can earn them points for discounts, deals and gift cards at local and national merchants.
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.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz last week visited the Holmesburg Civic Association to discuss two of his recently released reports.
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.
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.
Still riled over a mob attack, concerned citizens have been packing meetings in the river wards to demand more of the local police force.