Groundhog Day arrived a bit late for members of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association.
Voters who hope to get a last look, or even a first look, at hopefuls for the May 19 municipal primary election may want to head to East Torresdale in the coming weeks.
Neighbors received no new information regarding a proposal to build a new credit union office or the redevelopment of the former Liddonfield Homes housing project.
A proposal to build a new credit union branch on the James D. Morrissey Inc. property dominated the agendas of two civic association meetings in the Northeast last week. Residents in East Torresdale unanimously rejected the plan on Jan. 12, while their neighbors in Upper Holmesburg postponed their Jan. 15 vote indefinitely.
The Philadelphia Housing Authority has killed a plan to convert the former Liddonfield site into a Holy Family University campus.
Complaining of chronic dirt clouds and fumes outside their homes, neighbors asked the operators of a Torresdale Avenue landscaping materials yard for some relief last Thursday during the monthly meeting of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association. But on Friday, it appeared to be business as usual at Britton Industries Inc., as a backhoe and trucks of all shapes and sizes continued to kick up dusty debris.
A new business has taken over the property at Torresdale Avenue and Tolbut Street, and neighbors say some zoning requirements have been forgotten.
Upper Holmesburg Civic Association President Stan Cywinski proclaimed the group’s Oct. 4 Oktoberfest an unequivocal success as both a celebration of the civic group’s 10th anniversary and a much-needed fundraiser.
Like most strong alliances, residents of Upper Holmesburg unified as a result of a common enemy. And as is the case in many neighborhoods, the Upper Holmesburg folks saw misplaced development as the enemy.