News & Events

May General Membership Meeting at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church

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.

Philly Spring Cleanup – April 14th 9am-noon

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/philly-spring-cleanup.

Barnes House Historic Designation Upheld

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.

21st Ward Town Watch Training

There will be a Town Watch training on February 20th 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 tw21stward@gmail.com.

Wissahickon Presbyterian Church

Wissahickon Presbyterian is an historic 7,500 square foot stone church located on Ridge Avenue. The church is seeking a colocating entity for an income generating and synergistic partnership. For additional information, including pictures and site plans, check out their new website: wissahickonpresbyterianchurch.com

WICA Needs Your Support!

Support the critical work WICA does for our neighborhood. Become a new member or renew your membership today for only $10! This can be done online using PayPal or in person at a General Membership meeting. All memberships must be renewed at the beginning of each year.

Visit the Membership Page for more information.

Demolition Moratorium Update

On December 14, 2017, the Demolition Moratorium was read and passed by City Council. On December 20, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed the bill. The moratorium will take effect for one year and will prevent both demolition and construction on designated historically significant properties.

Ridge Ave Demolition Moratorium Public Hearing

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!

Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Project Open House

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.