News & Events

June General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is June 10th at 7pm and will be held via Zoom, which is an online application available on your computer or smartphone for free . The Zoom Meeting invite will come via email. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please make a request through the Contact Us form on the website.

All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Rescheduled: May General Membership Meeting

The General Membership Meeting scheduled for May 13th has been rescheduled to May 27th at 7pm and will be held in an online format (Zoom). You are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues. The Zoom Meeting invite will come via email. If you are not on our email list and would like to be, please make a request through the Contact Us form on the website.



In Memoriam Jeff Allegretti

We are very sorry to relay the passing of Jeff Allegretti, a former Executive Board Member and Zoning Chair of WICA and longtime champion of our neighborhood. His energetic spirit and commitment to our community will be greatly missed.

Our community has suffered a great loss and we are left better for his efforts. WICA offers our sincere condolences to the Allegretti family.

Jeffrey Allegretti, affordable housing innovator, dies at 65

Remembering Jeffrey Allegretti

Canceled: April General Membership Meeting

The General Membership meeting scheduled for April 8th has been canceled.

The next General Membership meeting is April 8th at 7pm. You are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Meetings are held in the board room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue).The easiest way to access the board room is via the 400 block of Righter Street near the field. Parking is available in front of the building.

Postponed: Philly Spring Cleanup – LaNoce Park

The Philly Spring Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been postponed.

It takes a team to make it clean! The 13th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 4th 9am-2pm. Volunteer registration is now open at PhillySpringCleanup.com. Get your family, friends, and neighbors to join us at LaNoce Park as we prep the park for the spring season.

Wissahickon Transportation Center Plan

SEPTA invites you to learn more about the upcoming Wissahickon Transportation Center Project at an open house this Wednesday, February 26 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at Gustine Recreation Center, 4868 Ridge Avenue.


On January 30, 2020, SEPTA issued a Community Update for the Wissahickon Transportation Center Project.


At the September 2019 meeting of the Coalition of Civics, SEPTA presented 15% conceptual plans for the Wissahickon Transportation Center Plan. You can access a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation below.

Update on 147 Sumac Street

To the Community,

A number of people from our neighborhood came to protest at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing (February 12) in protest to developer James Maransky’s proposal to build seven (7) new homes on 147 Sumac Street.

Prior to the meeting I had an email that Matt Wysong of the Planning Board would support five (5) new homes on 147 Sumac. Josh Cohen, from Councilman Jones’ office, attended the hearing, bringing a letter from Curtis Jones that stated he would support five (5) new homes. I was disappointed with them both recommending 5 homes because my understanding was it was zoned for 2 maybe 3 homes by right, but we at the meeting were open to consider 5.

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March General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is March 11th at 7pm. You are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Meetings are held in the board room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue).The easiest way to access the board room is via the 400 block of Righter Street near the field. Parking is available in front of the building.

3563 Retta Street

Update: At the Zoning Hearing on January 22, the ZBA granted the application.

The application is for the erection of a rear yard deck accessory to an attached single-family dwelling. The proposed use, rear yard deck with stairs from the ground level to the deck in the case of attached buildings, is prohibited in the zoning district.

Public Meeting Vote Results

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support412
Non-Opposition with Provisos01
Oppose12
Abstain01

Date of Meeting: January 6, 2020
Location of Meeting:  Northern Children’s Services, 5301 Ridge Avenue
Number of Attendees: 16, including WICA President and Zoning Chair

Links

Appeal Status

147 Sumac Street: Public Meeting Results

The application is for the erection of eight townhomes with roof decks, parking garages, and four surface parking spaces on the same lot as the existing duplex, which will remain and be converted back to a single family home. There will be a total of nine dwelling units and twelve parking spaces on lot.

The ZBA Hearing is scheduled for February 12, 2020 at 2pm at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor – Room 18-002. Any member of the public can send a letter to the Zoning Board in advance of the hearing or give testimony at the hearing.

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support827
Oppose3485
Abstain01

Date of Meeting: January 15, 2020
Location of Meeting:  Wissahickon Church, 5245 Ridge Avenue
Number of Attendees: 113, including WICA President

Appeal Status