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559 Righter Street: Public Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 7:00pm via Zoom

All neighbors are invited to attend to review of the below application proposal. An official vote will be taken and a summary of the results sent to the Zoning Board.

Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 874 1721 7610
Passcode: 633406

The application proposes:

For the erection of a detached structure on the same lot as another existing detached structure (no change to height or area of existing detached structure), size and location as shown on plan/application. For use of business and professional offices within the existing detached structure, for use of multi-family household living (21 dwelling units total) within both the existing and proposed detached structures, with 21 accessory surface parking spaces (including one van-accessible ADA space and one electric vehicle parking space), and seven Class 1A bicycle parking spaces located along an accessible route; no signs on this permit.

Date of ZBA Hearing: April 19, 2023 at 2:00PM (Appeal #ZP-2022-007493)

Notice of Refusal: 559 Righter Street >>

Zoning Plans for 2/15/23 RCO Meeting >>

Notice from Zoning Applicants to RCOs and Neighbors >>

Historical Commission Application: 559 Righter Street >>

View Video Recording of Historical Commission Presentation – July 8, 2022 (559 Righter starts at 33:45) >>

View Video Recording of PHC Architectural Committee Presentation – June 21, 2022 (559 Righter starts at 1:15:51) >>

February General Membership Meeting

Join us for our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Agenda items include:

• Friends of the Wissahickon Park Signage Presentation (Sumac Street Trailhead)
• 559 Righter Street Community Zoning Meeting
• 90 Rochelle Update

Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 811 7794 2380
Passcode: 19128

242 A/B Kalos St: Voting Results

Neighbors attended a community meeting via Zoom hosted by WICA on Wednesday, January 4th at 7pm to review the design for the proposed project at 242 A/B Kalos Street. After sharing feedback with the developers, the community took a vote on the design.

Voting Results

240 (242A) Kalos St
Do you support the erection of an attached structure, including a roof deck and roof deck access structure, for single-family household living and for one interior accessory parking space, all of which would require the variances listed below, as determined by the City?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(Including Near Neighbors)
Support17
Oppose1243
Abstain02
Total1352

242 (242B) Kalos St
Do you support the erection of an attached structure, including a roof deck and roof deck access structure, for single-family household living and for one structured (garage) accessory parking space, all of which would require the variances listed below, as determined by the City?

Near Neighbors
(250 feet + Same Block)
All Meeting Attendees
(Including Near Neighbors)
Support06
Oppose1243
Abstain13
Total1352

WICA will share the results of this vote at the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) hearing, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 2022 at 2:00pm.

January General Membership Meeting

Join us for our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Agenda items include:
2023 Membership Drive and Raffle
• 90 Rochelle Ave Update
• 147 Sumac Street Update

Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 811 7794 2380
Passcode: 19128

Start Your Bidding: WICA Winter Online Auction

The WICA Winter Online Auction is live! Get some of your holiday shopping done with us. Dozens of items are available for you to bid on. Donated by your neighbors, items include:

• Air fryer
• Handcrafted wooden bowls
• 100 Steps Tshirts
• Vintage plates and other items
• Christmas decorations
• Holiday wreaths, and more!

Special thanks to Stanley’s Hardware donating the air fryer!

The WICA Winter Online Auction is hosted through Bid Beacon. Once you create an account, you can place bids on items, track progress, and receive updates. The auction ends on Wednesday December 21st at noon.

We are still accepting donations. Send a picture, description, dimensions, and suggested starting bid to lisa@wissahickon.us. We will upload your item to the auction and if it sells, we’ll arrange pick up.

All proceeds for the yard sale will go directly to the WICA legal action fund.

240 and 242 Kalos Street: Public Zoom Meeting

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 7:00PM via Zoom

Thank you to everyone who attended this meeting. Voting results will be posted soon.

All neighbors are invited to attend to review of the below application proposal. 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. The boundaries of the Civic are from Ridge Avenue to Hermit Street to Henry Avenue to the border of the Wissahickon Valley Park.

Join by phone: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 858 8151 0130
Passcode: 19128

The applications propose:

240 (242A) KALOS STREET: The erection of an attached structure including a roof deck and roof deck access structure for a single-family household with one interior accessory parking space.

242 (242B) KALOS STREET: The erection of an attached structure, roof deck and roof deck access structure for a single-family household and for one (1) structured (garage) accessory parking space.

Date of ZBA Hearing: March 15, 2023 at 2:00PM (Appeal #ZP-2022-006957 and #ZP-2022-003881)

Notice of Refusal: 240 (242A) Kalos Street ››

Notice of Refusal: 242 (242B) Kalos Street ››

Renew Your WICA Membership and Enter to Win!

It’s time to renew your membership or join Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association (WICA) for 2023.* All memberships expire at the end of each calendar year. Membership is only $10, and this year we have a special treat. If you renew or join by 5PM on January 11, 2023, you are eligible to win a great Wissahickon-themed prize.

Raffle items include 2 blank note cards featuring Hermit’s Cave (left) and Lincoln Drive Trail (right) and a black squirrel sticker. Items retail at $15 – more than the cost of your membership. Two winners will be selected live and announced at the January 11, 2023 membership meeting at 7pm (via Zoom).

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.

December General Membership Meeting

Join us for our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise noted. All neighbors are invited to hear, participate, and learn about neighborhood concerns and current issues.

Love Your Park 2022 Fall Service Day Recap

Thank you to every friend and neighbor who volunteered!

Because of our volunteers, WICA was able to clean up three neighborhood public spaces: LaNoce Park, Wissahickon War Memorial, and David P. Montgomery Field.

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SEPTA Bus Revolution

Virtual Community Conversations November 11 & 22, 2022 6:30-7:30PM
In-Person Open House December 6, 2022 5:30-7:30PM

SEPTA is sharing a draft bus network that combines your feedback with the Bus Revolution team’s ideas into an updated—but still draft—bus network. SEPTA recently announced changes to their bus service, including the cancellation of the 27 bus and alteration of the 9 bus, among other routes. A virtual meeting to hear the concerns of NW Philly residents was held on Monday, November 7, but was capped at 100 participants, and thus many people could not join. SEPTA held a second virtual meeting to accommodate more people on Tuesday, November 22 from 6:30-7:30pm.

Officials from SEPTA will be in Roxborough to hear and address the concerns of neighbors at an in-person open house on December 6, 2022 5:30-7:30PM at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium, 5800 Ridge Avenue. No registration required for open house.