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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.

Zoning Chair Vacancy

We are seeking a volunteer to lead our Zoning Committee. The Zoning Committee facilitates public zoning meetings in which applicants seeking zoning variances present their plans and gather public feedback in advance of presenting their project before the ZBA. If you are interested in the Zoning Chair role, please contact us.

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

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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

February General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is February 12th 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.

200 & 214 Kalos Street

Update: At the Zoning Hearing on January 8th, the ZBA granted the application with provisos.

The Applicant’s revised plans (October 2019) propose to create six new lots from the two existing lots at 200 and 214 Kalos Street. All existing buildings are to be demolished. The development will include six semi-detached dwelling units (three twins), down from the original nine adjoined townhomes.

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(including Near Neighbors)
Support36
Non-Opposition with Provisos318
Oppose411
Abstain00

Date of Meeting: November 18, 2019
Location of Meeting: Wissahickon Presbyterian Church, 5245 Ridge Avenue
Number of Attendees: 35, including WICA President and Zoning Chair

Links

January General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is January 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.

December General Membership Meeting

The next General Membership meeting is December 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.