Apply for the Citizen's Planning Institute

Apply now for the Fall 2016 Citizens Planning Institute course on the new website!

Who Should Attend?
"Whether you are a seasoned neighborhood leader or a new resident eager to be more active in the community, CPI will help you in envisioning the necessary steps to create and follow through on a plan" 
2013 CPI Grad
What will I learn?
"CPI opened by eyes to all the resources, data and tools available to community groups" - 2015 CPI Grad
How Do I Apply?
More information and the application form are available on the new Citizens Planning Institute website. Classes are on Wednesday evenings (6-9pm) from October 5 - November 16. Course fee includes dinner.
Application deadline: September 19
For more information, contact: cpi@phila.gov or 215-683-4648

CPI Fall 2016

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Residents Vote on New Name for Civic Association

We have a new name: East Point Breeze Neighbors

On Wednesday evening, dozens of neighbors gathered in the community room of the Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments to discuss the name of a local neighborhood association.

Currently known as Newbold Neighbors Association (NNA), the organization was founded nearly a decade ago and operates several traditional civic committees. However, the name of the association was often a source of contention in the community and came to inhibit the mission of the organization.

The name “Newbold,” coined by a local real estate developer, is also found in two other neighboring civic groups (Newbold Civic Association, Newbold Commercial Development Corporation) and has often been interpreted as being divisive and attempting to “rebrand” an area. The name was also the reason given to board members on an ongoing basis as the reason that many residents chose not to get involved.

While a previous attempt in 2012 to change the name failed by one vote, last month’s vote passed with a resounding 18-5 result to move forward with changing the name.

And tonight in the community room, neighbors gathered to decide exactly what name the group would take on. While the organization’s bylaws only allowed for those residents who had attended a certain number of meetings and events a year to have their ballot counted, the meeting was open to residents from the neighborhood and beyond to come give input on the options listed on the ballot.

Board members responsible for each name were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on the options presented:

  • Neighbors Together in Point Breeze

  • East Point Breeze Neighbors

  • Point Towards Broad Neighbors

Attendees were given the opportunity to provide feedback. Concerns about further divisiveness as well as praise for listening to the community and providing a platform for feedback were shared.

In the end, the tally showed that voters preferred the name East Point Breeze Neighbors. The group will begin the process of making the change official within the coming months. While there were dissenting opinions, the group and many residents are looking forward to working more closely together for the community they love.

Miguel Garces, president of the 501(c)3 and resident of the 1600 block of Manton, said “I’m proud of our neighborhood, this community for their participation, and I’m proud of this group for listening to its residents. We look forward to the work we’ll do together as East Point Breeze Neighbors.”

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South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Public Zoning Meeting Next Monday

South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Public Zoning Meeting

When: August 22, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Where: Church of Redeemer – Fellowship Hall, 1440 S. 24th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19146

1315 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA  19146

PERMIT FOR ONE (1) SURFACE PARKING SPACE (SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN THE APPLICATION) ACCESSORY TO AN ATTACHED TWO STORY SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING.

1508 Point Breeze Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19146

FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF ONE (1) ACCESSORY STATICALLY ILLUMINATED AWNING SIGN WITH THREE (3) FACES (ONE ON EACH BUILDING FRONTAGE), SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON PLANS/APPLICATION. SIGN APPROVED USE OF TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT WITHIN AN EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE. PERMIT ACCESSORY TOO PREVIOUSLY

1700 S. 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA  19146

PERMIT FOR BUSINESS/PROFESSIONAL OFFICE ON 1ST FLOOR WITH EXISTING TWO (2) FAMILY DWELLING ABOVE IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE CREATES A CONDITION OF MULTIPLE MAIN USES ON A LOT.

2054 Ellsworth Street, Philadelphia, PA  19146

PERMIT FOR USE AS a TWO-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING IN AN EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE

2119 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, PA  19146

PERMIT FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE ( NTE 38' HIGH) ; ROOF DECK ACCESSED BY A PILOT HOUSE FOR A SING

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Take the Broad Street Median Parking Survey

During the DNC last month, the City of Philadelphia banned cars from parking on the Broad Street median between Washington and Oregon avenues. Although it’s technically always illegal, the City only enforces the ban on parking in this median during special events, such as the DNC, the Broad Street Run, and the Pope’s visit. Some advocates are now calling on the city to permanently enforce the ban on parking on the Broad Street median. We want to know what you think!

Take the survey: https://isrtu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_74aLdHlX8mym9JX

This survey is brought to you by The Philadelphia Citizen and is powered by BeHeardPhilly at Temple University. Special thanks to our other partners, Passyunk Square Civic Association, Newbold Civic Association, Point Breeze Community Development Corporation, Girard Estate Area Residents, Newbold Neighbors Association and West Passyunk Neighbors Association.

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SBSNA Public Zoning Meeting This Tuesday

South Broad Street Neighbors Association Public Zoning Meeting
When: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Where: Constitution Health Plaza, 1930 South Broad Street (NWC of McKean Street / Passyunk Avenue), Conference Center – 1st Floor

1606 South Broad Street - The application is for the erection of One (1) Awning Sign (80 Sq.ft.) for a Prepared Food Shop (Less than 20 Seats) on the 1st Floor with existing 3-Family dwelling above (Previously approved).
Zoning = RSA-5 (Single-Family Residential)
Zoning Hearing – Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 2:00pm

1220 South Carlisle Street - The complete demolition of the existing structure. The revised application is for the erection of a new 3-Story structure for Two (2) Dwelling Units with roof deck.
Zoning = RSA-5 (Single-Family Residential)
Zoning Hearing – Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 4:00pm

1217-19 South Broad Street - The application is for an Urgent Care (Group Practitioner) on the 1st Floor of an existing structure with previously approved parking. No signs on this application.
Zoning = RSA-5 (Single-Family Residential)
Zoning Hearing – Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 2:00pm

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August Zoning Meeting Cancelled

Our regularly scheduled zoning meeting for August (normally the second Tuesday of the month) has been cancelled because we have no cases this month. At our last meeting, the attendees supported both 1532-36 S. Bouvier Street (approved by the ZBA on August 2nd, 2016) and 1112 S. 17th Street (to be heard by the ZBA on September 13th at 9:30 am).

Please join us for our September meeting on September 13th at 6:30pm at Reed Street Presbyterian Apartments.

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