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249 Rochelle Ave: Voting Results

Neighbors attended a public RCO Zoom Meeting hosted by WICA on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 in regards to 249 Rochelle Avenue. The application is for:

The creation of one (1) accessory parking space access from the front street for an existing single-family household living.

Vote Results

Do you support the creation of one accessory parking space access from the front street?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support 7 11
Oppose 13 39
Abstain 0 0
Total 20 50

A summary of these results will be sent to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in advance of the ZBA Hearing scheduled for 2:00pm, March 24, 2021.

The mission of this process is to ensure that community members have a chance to learn about and give feedback on nearby developments that affect them. WICA appreciates you taking the time to participate and have your voice heard.

February General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, February 10th 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.

5103 Rochelle Ave: Voting Results

23 neighbors attended a Public Zoom Meeting hosted by WICA on Monday, January 25, 2021 in regards to 5103 Rochelle Avenue. The application is for the use of:

1. The first floor as a business and professional office.

SUPPORT19
OPPOSE2
ABSTAIN1

2. The variance to allow four (4) residential dwelling units, one more than the three (3) allowed by right.

SUPPORT20
OPPOSE2
ABSTAIN0

A summary of these results will be sent to the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) in the form of a letter. The ZBA Hearing is scheduled for 9:30am, April 14, 2021.

The mission of this process is to ensure that community members have a chance to learn about and give feedback on nearby developments that affect them. WICA appreciates you taking the time to participate and have your voices heard.

249 Rochelle Ave: Public Zoom Meeting

The application is for the creation of one accessory parking space access from the front street for an existing single-family household living.

The city-mandated public meeting, hosted by WICA, will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7pm. All neighbors are invited to attend. An official vote will be taken and a summary of the results sent to the Zoning Board. Proof of residency within WICA’s boundaries is required to vote.

License and Inspection Notice of Refusal ››

Notice from Zoning Applicants to RCO and Neighbors ››

249 Rochelle Site Plan ››

5103 Rochelle: Public Zoom Meeting

The application is for 1. use of the first floor for the first 33 feet and basement as a business and professional office and 2. a variance to allow four residential dwelling units rather than the three units allowed byright based on lot area. No addition is proposed.

The City-mandated public meeting, hosted by WICA, will be held January 25, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom. All neighbors are invited to attend. An official vote will be taken and a summary of the results sent to the Zoning Board. Proof of residency within WICA’s boundaries is required to vote.

Visual aid, courtesy property owner

January General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30pm.* 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.

*Please note that this is an earlier start time than usual.

The meeting will kick off with David Decca and John Hunter of the Northwest Coalition of Civics and Matt Wysong of the City Planning Commission giving an overview and status update of the Wissahickon Transportation Center expansion project.

Other Agenda items include:
• Membership Drive
5103 Rochelle Ave
• 249 Rochelle Ave

Enter the Membership Raffle!

Renew or become a Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association member for 2021. Membership is only $10, and this year we have a special treat. If you renew your membership in December, you are eligible to win a great Wissahickon-themed prize.

A Valley Green Inn pint glass (left) or a set of 4 Wissahickon-themed note cards (right) are the potential prizes for the membership raffle. Winners will be announced at the January 13, 2021 meeting.

Raffle items include a pint glass featuring Valley Green Inn or a set of 4 blank note cards featuring landmarks close to our neighborhood. Both items retail at $15 each – more than the cost of your membership. Winners will be selected live and announced at the January 2021 membership meeting.

We’re grateful to all of our members! WICA Members enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the direction of the future of the neighborhood, to get involved in neighborhood issues, and to help maintain and improve the community.

December General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, December 9th 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.

This meeting, Representative Pam DeLissio will be joining us to share updates and answer your questions.

Zoom link ››

November General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is Wednesday, November 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.

Zoom Link ››

Update: Wissahickon Transportation Center

Representatives from the Coalition of Civics – a partnership of local civic associations including WICA, Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association, Manayunk Neighborhood Council, Ridge Park Civic Association, Central Roxborough Civic Association, and Upper Roxborough Civic Association – have met with SEPTA to address questions and concerns raised at the July 1, 2020 Art Commission meeting. Mediated by Alan Greenberger, chair of the Art Commission, SEPTA has updated the overall design of the Wissahickon Transportation Center.

See updated design here ››
Designs last updated November 2020

Rendering Courtesy SEPTA. This design shows one alternative. See link to updated design above for other alternatives.

Design updates by SEPTA include:

• Pulling back the building and canopy structure on the front island to widen the sidewalk
• Addition of a vertical clock tower element to improve the scale of the intersection
• Adjustments to the layout of the front island, including moving the location of the supervisor’s booth to provide a clearer path and better sightlines across Ridge Avenue
• Alleviation of pedestrian pinch points on the side where Deke’s BBQ is currently located to create more comfortable entry points
• Addition of green space and edging to create screening by the storage facility and the existing WTC building

Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, recently published an article discussing the importance of the Wissahickon Transportation Center. “This is where the Schuylkill River meets the Wissahickon Creek, where the Kelly Drive bike path links up with the Wissahickon trails, where the hard, gridded streets of Philadelphia’s center relax into the greener, gentler neighborhoods of the Northwest,” she writes.

“SEPTA has now revised the station to the point that the design of the building is almost acceptable. Instead of a Jetsons-style space port, the main passenger area looks like a modern interpretation of a Frank Furness Main Line station, with a gently sloped hip roof and a brick-and-stone facade.”

Plan Courtesy SEPTA

The Coalition of Civics has still expressed concerns, including lack of public restrooms, lack of an enclosed waiting space, and treatment of the area where Deke’s BBQ is currently located with the proposed plans calling for rock removal and the construction of a retaining wall.

In Saffron’s article, she observed that “the project remains deeply flawed in ways that have nothing to do with architecture. SEPTA continues to hedge on whether it will provide basic amenities, such as public restrooms and an enclosed waiting area. The project still fails to make the most of its location where the region’s most heavily used bike paths meet. Even worse, the additional road infrastructure planned for the new transportation center could undermine the area’s park-like character.”

Since the City of Philadelphia will not be attributing funds towards the project, the next design phase will no longer be presented to the Art Commission as previously planned. However, SEPTA has agreed to hold another community meeting for public feedback at a date yet to be determined.