A huge THANKS to our community for joining us at the rally to oppose the development proposed for 90 Rochelle Ave. Your participation will speak volumes at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing.
Important Updates and Next Steps: • We have scheduled a new community meeting for Wednesday, July 6th at 7PM with the developer to present their latest design. • A continuance was granted on 6/21 by the ZBA. Both the developer and WICA requested the delay of the hearing. We will update the community once a new date has been scheduled. • Please consider contacting Councilmember Jones and Representative DeLissio to thank them for attending our rally.
After months of open communication, the design proposal at 90 Rochelle Ave has remained unchanged since the first CDR Committee meeting held in October 2021. We invite the community to join us for a rally to oppose the current development.
On October 5, 2021, WICA hosted a Community Zoning Meeting and Official Vote on the proposed design for 90 Rochelle Avenue. 496 votes were cast and verified – a record turnout for the neighborhood. Of those votes, 491 participants opposed the proposal and 100% of the near neighbors were against the current design. The community made it clear that we want to see a new proposal for the site.
Let the Zoning Board of Adjustment know that we want the developers to build something better.
The ZBA Hearing has been scheduled for June 21st at 9:30am. The date for the 2nd CDR Committee Meeting has not yet been scheduled. We will update the community once we are informed of any additional details.
Join us for our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, June 8th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.
Join the 21st Ward Veterans Association at 10am on Memorial Day (Monday) for their annual services at the Wissahickon War Memorial located at Rochelle Ave and Sumac St.
Schedule of Events
Call to Colors
Pledge of Allegiance
Placement of Wreath
Flowers will be planted at the War Memorial this Saturday, May 28 after 9am for those interested in helping out.
Thank you to our awesome volunteers who came out for the Love Your Park event on May 14 to prep the Memorial for this weekend. We also owe a debt of gratitude to neighbors Phil Moyer and Jim McLaughlin who maintain the Memorial year round.
Help us honor and prep the Wissahickon War Memorial (100 Sumac Street) for the Memorial Day Services! As part of Love Your Park week, join WICA in cleaning up the Memorial on Saturday, May 14th, 9am-12pm. We’ll be picking up trash, weeding, and mulching. With your help, we’ll have the space looking its best for Memorial Day weekend.
This Friday, May 13th at 7pm there will be a moderated forum at Roxborough Memorial Hospital. Hear from the democratic candidates for State Representative of the 194th Legislative District at this free event.
The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, May 11th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free online application available on your computer or smartphone.
All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues (membership not required, although greatly appreciated).
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Zoom link forthcoming ››
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Donate to WICA
WICA is a community-based, volunteer organization. We welcome your support and generosity. All donations are tax deductible.
ShopRite Save-A-Tape Program
Turn your ShopRite purchases into funds for WICA! ShopRite reimburses WICA for 0.5% of the total receipts we turn in. Save your receipts and bring them to any of our meetings, send them to Lisa Wetzler at 124 Sumac Street, or we can arrange to pick them up from your home. Receipts must be no older than 5 months.
What is WICA?
WICA is the Civic Association representing the Philadelphia, PA neighborhood between East Falls and Manayunk at the gateway to the park where the Schuylkill River and the Wissahickon Creek merge.
There are multiple things you can do to get involved in the Wissahickon community. Become a member, attend monthly meetings, join a committee or make a donation. Every little bit helps.