Learn about and give input on the proposed creation of a Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District. The public meeting will be July 18, 2018 at 6pm at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
News & Events
The next General Membership meeting is August 8, 2018 at 7pm. Meetings are held in the Board Room of Northern Children’s Services (5301 Ridge Avenue). The entrance and a parking lot can be found on the Righter Street side of the main building. All are welcome to attend.
Join the conversation at State Representative Pam DeLissio’s 75th Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, July 17th at 7pm in Downs Hall of Jefferson–Philadelphia University, located at 3101 School House Lane. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, will be the guest speaker.
One hundred years ago the Wissahickon Businessmen’s Association, along with the Rexton Boys Club and other supporters, moved the Wissahickon War Memorial to it’s current home on Rochelle Avenue, across from the train station. The original wood memorial had been located at the corner of Osborn Street and Manayunk Avenue. Funds were raised for the permanent Memorial in existence today. The time has come to once again raise funds for the preservation of the Memorial.
Many thanks to those who came out last night to the Wissahickon Gateway meeting! The City Planning Commission has asked that WICA send our response as a group. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31st. The officers will review them and put together a combined report to be sent to the City.
This Memorial Day Weekend please consider helping to honor our fallen soldiers by assisting with the planting of the flower beds at the Wissahickon War Memorial on Rochelle Avenue across from the train station. Phil Moyer, the primary caretaker of the Memorial for many years, will be working Friday evening 5/25 and Saturday 5/26. If anyone could help with preparation, planting, and mulching, it would be greatly appreciated.
The next General Membership meeting is May 9, 2018 at 7pm. This month’s meeting will be held at the Wissahickon Presbyterian Church at 5245 Ridge Avenue.
Matt Wysong, the North/Northwest Senior Planner from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, will present the final Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) draft.
Per WICA’s Bylaws, nominations for the election of officers will be made – President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer – all of whom shall be elected at the June meeting.
Spring has sprung and the cleaning season has begun! Take part in the 11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup at these locations:
- Daisy Field – 5000 Hermit Lane
- LaNoce Park – 5119 Rochelle Avenue
- Retta Street Wooded Area – 3551 Retta Street
The City is supplying us with a limited number of tools, gloves, and debris bags. We encourage you to bring your own supplies if you have them available. Although not required, volunteers can register at www.philadelphiastreets.com
The appeal of the historic designation of 559 Righter Street was heard in Common Pleas Court on February 16th. The historic designation was upheld by the judge, meaning the appeal by the Barnes family to overturn the historic designation was denied. The Amos Barnes House, built circa 1850 of Wissahickon schist with Gothic stylistic touches, sits at the five-way intersection of Ridge Avenue, Hermit, and Righter streets. Full details of the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s nomination can be found here.