On Tuesday 12/5/17, The Committee on Rules of City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 10:00 AM in City Hall, Room 400, to hear testimony on Bill 17082. This is the much anticipated Ordinance to establish a temporary Demolition Moratorium (entitled ‘Historical Preservation’) with respect to properties in the area of Ridge Ave between Wissahickon Creek and Northwestern Ave.
Written testimony from the 21st Ward RCO’s (Registered Community Organizations) will be entered into the record and we expect two representatives from our groups will be permitted to speak.
HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! All you have to do is attend! We want to fill the seats! Your attendance will speak volumes to City officials. Councilman Jones has walked along The Ridge with RCO representatives and understands our concerns. We are most grateful to him and his staff for drafting this ordinance.
See you there!
PennDOT is hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 29th at 7pm to provide an update on the upcoming Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Project. The open house will be held in the Downs Auditorium at Jefferson University – East Falls Campus at 4201 Henry Avenue. Visit PennDot.gov for details.
Join us on Saturday, November 4th 9am-12pm to help clean, green and LOVE LaNoce Park. All are welcome to intend – invite your neighbors! Supplies are limited so please bring work gloves, rakes, brooms, clippers, and shovels. Thank you to our sponsor Wissahickon Bar & Bistro.
There will be a Town Watch training on November 1st at 7pm at the 5th District. The 21st Ward Town Watch is actively looking for members. The overall responsibility of the group is to observe, document, and report. By being the “eyes and ears” and reporting concerns to the 5th District, they take a major part in assisting with crime prevention. For more information, please email the 21st Ward Town Watch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Philadelphia Planning Commission for a public meeting regarding the Wissahickon Gateway Multi-Modal Improvement Plan on October 30th at 6:30pm at Gustine Recreation Center.
Join Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and the Rebuild team at Roxborough Hospital from 6-8pm on Monday, October 23rd to learn more about Rebuild and what it could mean for our neighborhood.
Councilman Curtis Jones has introduced a bill that would institute a temporary moratorium on the demolition of properties on Ridge Avenue. This is great news for WICA as it gives us time to plan the preservation of our community.
Councilman’s Statement | Demolition Moratorium Bill
The Roxborough Review featured a story on WICA’s efforts to implement a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay (NCO) in the community, intended to help preserve the Wissahickon neighborhood’s historical appearance. Read the full article here: Wissahickon seeks Neighborhood Conservation Ordinance
A meeting was held with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Matt Wysong and staff on June 29, 2017. Present were: Jeannette Brugger-Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, OTIS, Amy Miller-City Planner, Sue Dannenberg-Bike Coaliton, Tim Carey-Philly Bike Club, Geoff Brock and Suzanne Hagner, WICA.
Ridge Ave from Kelly Dr to Righter St/Hermit St poses safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists due to its steep incline/decline and blind turns. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic has increased and is expected to continue as more people use public transportation and commute by bike. Development and businesses are also increasing along this corridor. (more…)
The committee has pursued trying to identify who is responsible for upgades to Hermit Lane..Streets Dept or Parks Dept?….and it is the Parks Dept. Speed and drivers cutting through from Henry Ave are a major safety problem for walkers, cyclists, & families going to Daisy Park. A request has been made for temporary speed cushions to be installed. There is also a problem with the lane being a single lane near Barnes St…and cars entering from Barnes resulting in stand offs with cars coming towards Barnes. Josh Cohen in Councilman Jones’s office is aware of this and has been asked to give support for both the speed cushions and new speed signage. The 5th district has been asked to increase their visibility esp at commuting hours.