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Renew Your WICA Membership and Win Prizes!

It’s time to renew your membership or join Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association (WICA) for 2024.* All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year. It is only $15 for an individual membership or $25 for a family membership, and this year we have a special treat. If you renew or join by 5PM on January 10, 2024, you are eligible to win a great prize.

There will be three winners this year. Items include 2 $15 gift cards to Unity Java or 1 bag of the Unity Java Holiday Blend coffee. The three winners will be selected live and announced at the January 10, 2024 membership meeting at 7pm (via Zoom). Thank you to Unity Java for their coffee donation.

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.

* All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year and must be renewed on an annual basis to maintain active membership status.

Fall 2023 Love Your Park Event

Saturday, November 11th at David P. Montgomery Field (formerly Daisy Field)
5000 Hermit Lane | Philadelphia, PA 19128
9:00am-12:00pm

Join your neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and Impact Softball in cleaning up the leaves in this large park! A fitting tribute to Dave Montgomery, a fixture of the Phillies and a long-time champion of Philadelphia’s parks, who as a Roxborough native played Little League baseball at this field.

General Membership Meeting

December 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for our next General Membership meeting. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month virtually via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

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Agenda items include:
– Membership Raffle
– Committee Reports
– February General Membership Meeting Date Change

General Membership Meeting

November 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for our next General Membership meeting. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month virtually via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

Update: 90 Rochelle Ave Multi-Family Building – 10/18 ZBA Hearing Postponed

As we reported at the WICA meeting earlier this week, the developer submitted a request for a continuance of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th. That hearing will be continued to a later date, and there’s no need for community members to log on. WICA’s zoning attorney will confirm the continuance.

The additional time is being requested because the developer is proposing a new concept for our consideration. The concept is for 12 homes, most of which are semi-detached buildings, commonly called twin homes. This is the basic style of building type of RSA-3, which is the zoning for the site.  The developer has provided us with a draft plan, which is described to us as a “starting point.” The developer is still evaluating business and financial issues. For our part, we have not reviewed the plan and provided any feedback. Nor has any feedback been provided by the near neighbors. 

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90 Rochelle Ave 2023 Multi-Family Building Application: Voting Results

Neighbors attended a community meeting via Zoom hosted by WICA on Monday, July 24th at 7pm to review the design for the new 2023 application for a Multi-Family Building at 90 Rochelle Ave. After sharing feedback with the applicant, the community took a vote on the proposal.

Voting Results

Do you support the erection of a detached structure (described as being 38-feet high) for multi-family household living with 48 dwelling units and 53 parking spaces, which would require the zoning variances listed on the refusal, as determined by the City?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(Including Near Neighbors)
Support08
Oppose39311
Abstain00
Total39319

WICA will share the results of this vote at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) Hearing, which has been scheduled for October 18, 2023 at 2PM.

Community Zoning Meeting: 90 Rochelle Ave Multi-Family Building

Monday, July 24, 2023 at 7 PM via Zoom

Update 7/25/2023: Thank you to all the community members who attended the meeting. We are verifying the votes and plan to share the results soon.

Join us for the developer’s presentation of the new 2023 proposal for 90 Rochelle Ave. We will review the design and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. This meeting is open to any member of the public.

The application proposes the erection of a detached structure (described as being 38 feet high) for multi-family household living with 48 dwelling units and 53 parking spaces.
View Zoning Refusal >>

Additional information is available on our 90 Rochelle Ave Page.

A vote will be held during this meeting to gauge the community’s opinion on the new design. The vote is open only to adults (ages 18+) that reside within WICA’s boundaries (no membership required). The boundaries of WICA are from Ridge Avenue to Hermit Street to Henry Avenue to the border of the Wissahickon Valley Park.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing is scheduled for October 18, 2023 at 2PM.

5th District Community Events

National Night Out

Tuesday August 1, 2023 from 4 to 8 PM
Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave

Dunk tank, DJ, face painting, and balloon artists will be there as well as SWAT, Highway, Tac-air, etc., and the fire department.

Community Zoning Meeting: 90 Rochelle Ave Multi-Family Building

July 24, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Community Zoning Meeting on July 24th at 7 PM

Join us for the developer’s presentation of the new 2023 proposal for 90 Rochelle Ave. We will review the design and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. This meeting is open to any member of the public. Additional information available on our 90 Rochelle Page.