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Meeting Agenda: February 14, 2017

posted Feb 14, 2017, 11:25 AM by Wash West   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 12:13 PM ]

This meeting, which will be preceded by our Police Service Area meeting at 6pm in the Zubrow Auditorium at Pennsylvania Hospital, will be held in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building on Jefferson’s Campus, Room 101. Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm and are open to the public.

AGENDA:
  • Welcome & Call to Order 
  • Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting 
  • Community Comment 
  • President’s Report 
  • Treasurer’s Report 
  • New Business 
  1. Civic Design Review: Toll Brothers 
  • Committee Reports 
  1. Zoning Committee: U Bar 
  2. Membership Committee 
  3. Marketing/Communications 
  • Adjournment

Zoning Meeting Agenda: January 24th

posted Jan 20, 2017, 11:01 AM by Wash West

Tue, January 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where  233 South 10th Street, Room 101, 19107

This meeting will be held in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building on Jefferson’s Campus, Room 101.

Toll Brothers will be presenting to the Zoning Committee the proposal for the project that is being submitted to the Planning Commission for Jewelers Row and will be addressed by the Civic Design Review. As the Civic will have a seat on that committee, our discussion will focus on what the CDR evaluates.

The general intent of the CDR is to assess the proposed characteristics and quality of the public realm that is an integral part of any development project.  

The CDR will address the way in which a large proposed development may have an impact on its neighborhood (the ground floor where the relationship of outside spaces to inside spaces can be understood, landscape, parking, public open space and the relationship of the proposed development to adjacent buildings and spaces).

Fall Clean Up Day, December 3rd

posted Nov 21, 2016, 7:56 AM by Wash West   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 7:57 AM ]

It's that time of year again for our annual Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The Streets Department and Wash West Civic met to discuss the special needs of our neighborhood. The Streets Department no longer has smaller trucks to navigate the narrow streets like Hutchinson, Latimer and Quince, so they are sending a crew out on Friday December 2 to pre-clean these streets. We are working with the neighbors to come out and work with the crews to help clear their streets of leaves and any debris. There were a few problem streets that were overlooked last year: Rodman between 12th and Broad and Juniper Street. We provided a very detailed map and made it very clear that these streets need to be swept as well. The other two streets: Rodman between 7th and 8th and Rodman between 11th and 12th will have "No Parking" allowed on both sides of these blocks. This will allow sweepers to clean the blocks effectively. 

We will post No Parking signs from 7th to Broad and Rodman to Locust during the week prior to the clean up day. Flyers will be placed on cars. Cars can be moved by 8:00 pm on December 2 to the opposite side of the street unless otherwise posted. Cars that are not moved will be ticketed. After 3:00 pm cars must be moved back to the correct side of the street or they will be ticketed. 

Leaf bags, rakes, brooms and shovels will be provided at Seger and Kahn Parks. The event begins at 8:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Whole Foods and Acme will be providing food and drinks for volunteers. 

The drop off sites for leaves and bagged litter are: 13th & Rodman, Locust and Camac, 11th and Pine, 10th and Lombard, 9th and Clinton, 8th and Locust.  No household trash allowed

Be sure to help other neighbors who can't participate or attend to rental properties that need some special attention. 

Special thanks to Whole Foods and Acme for providing generous gift cards for foods and drinks for all our volunteers. Let's have a record turnout. 

WSWCA Annual Meeting & Board Election

posted Oct 24, 2016, 8:29 AM by Wash West   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 4:38 PM ]

WSWCA Annual Meeting and Board Election


Discussion for November 15 board meeting: What is a historic district and what would it mean if Washington Square West became one?
 
The recent Jeweler's Row discussions have renewed the topic of historic preservation within our community.  While the focus of the discussion has been preserving the Jeweler's Row buildings, the topic of establishing preservation districts for Jeweler's Row and Washington Square West has come up... but what would that mean?
 
At our board meeting on November 15 we would like to discuss: What is a historic district? What does it mean for a property owner to live in a historic district? How does an area become a historic district?
 
Patrick Grossi of The Preservation Alliance will be in attendance to explain the process of becoming a historic district and what it means to become one.  The Preservation Alliance has written an excellent guide to the historic review process which can serve as an introduction to this topic.  The guide can be found here: 

 
Hope to see you on Tuesday the 15th!

Proposed Changes to WSWCA Bylaws

posted Oct 4, 2016, 8:58 AM by Wash West   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 8:59 AM ]

Changes to the WSWCA bylaws will be voted on by the membership at the October Board Meeting, to be held on October 18th at 7pm. This meeting will be held in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building on Jefferson’s Campus, Room 105/107. This meeting date has been changed to accommodate schedules, but board meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 pm. All board meetings are open to the public.

Please see the attached file (below) for all proposed changes.

Zoning Agenda for September 27

posted Sep 22, 2016, 5:37 PM by Wash West   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 5:37 PM ]

Zoning Agenda for September 27, 7pm 233 South 10th Street Room 105/107
 
1. 1217 Spruce Street- CMX-1 (2nd presentation)
APPLICATION IS FOR THE PROPOSED SIT DOWN RESTAURANT TO INCLUDE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR MAXIMUM NINETY SEVEN (97) PEOPLE (NIGHT CLUB/PRIVATE CLUB) AND EXPAND TO THE BASEMENT FROM 1ST FLOOR FRONT AND 2ND FLOOR FRONT IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH EXISTING THREE (3) FAMILY DWELLING ON THE REAR AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Refusal: THE PROPOSED USE, NIGHT CLUB/PRIVATE CLUB, IS PROHIBITED IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT AND THIS HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED BY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (ZBA) AND ANY EXPANSION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ZBA APPROVAL
 
2. 704 Sansom, 706-708 Sansom (Jeweler's Row)
Discussion on the historical merit of 704-708 Sansom which have been nominated to receive historic designation from the Philadelphia Historical Commission.  Washington Square West Civic Association will send a representative to the designation hearing scheduled for October 21. The zoning committee meeting will serve as a forum to discuss the historic merit of the buildings and determine if the civic association is in support of the buildings receiving historic designation.  Toll Brothers will not be presenting their proposed development at this meeting as the designation of the building is a separate issue from approval of the proposed Toll Brothers project. 

Due to the importance of this project, we will also have an additional discussion with community comment at our board meeting on October 18.

Information on the designation process can be found here: http://www.phila.gov/historical/designation/Pages/default.aspx

Nominations can be found here:
 
3. Discussion of Bill 16071000
This bill would increase the parking minimum for several zoning districts. The civic association will be taking a position on the bill and will voice that opinion in a letter to Councilman Squilla and the Planning Commission. Information on the bill and a link to the bill can be found here:

Zoning Meeting for August 23rd, 2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 2:42 PM by Wash West

Agenda for the WSWCA zoning committee meeting on August 23 at 7pm, 1001 Locust Street, Room 210/211 Dorrance Hamilton Building:
 
329-35 South Broad Street- CMX-4 Zoning District
FOR THE ERECTION OF ONE (1) ACCESSORY BANNER SIGN (IN THREE (3) SECTIONS) ON THE FRONT FACADE OF AN EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE, SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON PLAN/APPLICATION. SIGN ACCESSORY TO EXISTING USE OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES.
 
Refusals:
Maximum area (per linear ft. of ground floor frontage) Allowed: 178 SF, Proposed 9,762 SF
Maximum area (per sign) Allowed: 100 SF, Proposed 9762.5 SF
Maximum Height: Allowed: Below Second Floor Window Sill; Proposed: Above Second Floor Window Sill
 
1217 SPRUCE ST (CAMAC STREET FRONTAGE) THRU TO MANNING STREET; CMX-1 Zoning District
APPLICATION IS FOR THE PROPOSED SIT DOWN RESTAURANT TO INCLUDE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR MAXIMUM NINETY SEVEN (97) PEOPLE (NIGHT CLUB/PRIVATE CLUB) AND EXPAND TO THE BASEMENT FROM 1ST FLOOR FRONT AND 2ND FLOOR FRONT IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH EXISTING THREE (3) FAMILY DWELLING ON THE REAR AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED.
 
Refusals:
THE PROPOSED USE, NIGHT CLUB/PRIVATE CLUB, IS PROHIBITED IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT AND THIS HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED BY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (ZBA) AND ANY EXPANSION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL ZBA APPROVAL.
 
702-710 Sansom Street CMX-5 Zoning
This will be an informal discussion about the reported Toll Bothers project in Jeweler's Row.  The purpose of the meeting will be to better understand the project and understand the concerns of the community. Representatives from The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia will be in attendance.

Some Additional Information about Tuesday’s WSWCA zoning committee discussion of the proposed Toll Brothers project in Jeweler’s Row:

The meeting is NOT the official meeting for the Civic Design Review as has been incorrectly reported in a flyer which is being distributed to the neighborhood.

The Washington Square West Civic Association will NOT be taking an official position on whether or not we object to the project as a result of the meeting. However, we will take a position prior to The Civic Design Review.

The propose of the meeting is to hear from neighbors about their concerns, discuss the process moving forward and discuss what actions are available to the civic association for an of right project requiring Civic Design Review.

Due to the flyer which inaccurately portrayed tomorrow’s meeting as pertaining to the CDR, Toll Brothers will not be in attendance as they are not in a position to make a full presentation of the proposed design.

DINE OUT Wash West, June 23rd!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 3:35 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 3:35 PM ]

Dine out at Valanni, Mercato or Varga Bar on Thursday June 23rd and 25% of your food bill will go to the Washington Square West Civic Association to support our efforts in the neighborhood.


Dine Out Wash West


Zoning Agenda for 4/26/16

posted Apr 21, 2016, 7:37 PM by Wash West

Agenda for WSWCA zoning committee, April 26, 7pm. 233 South 10th Street, Room 105, Bluemle Building.

115 South Broad Street, CMX-5

APPLICATION FOR: THE USE OF A TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST FLOOR WITHIN AN EXISTING OFFICE BUILDING WITH USES AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED, AND ACCESSORY SIGNAGE (SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN THE APPLICATION).

The project received a referral for the following: THE PROPOSED USE, TAKE-OUT RESTAURANT REQUIRES SPECIAL EXCEPTION APPROVAL.

1223 Walnut Street, CMX-5

APPLICATION IS FOR A SIT DOWN RESTAURANT ON 1ST FLOOR WITH ALL OTHER USES AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.

The project received a referral for the following: THE PROPOSED USE, SIT DOWN RESTAURANT, REQUIRES A SPECIAL EXCEPTION IN CHESTNUT/WALNUT STREET AREA WEST.

 

219-229 South Broad Street, CMX-5

APPLICATION FOR: FOR CREATION OF UNITY OF USE BETWEEN 219-25 S BROAD STREET AND 227-29 S BROAD STREET FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE (MAXIMUM HEIGHT NTE 198 FEET) WITH A ROOF TERRACE, FOR USE AS VISITOR ACCOMADATIONS FOR 220 ROOMS EXPANSION OF AN EXISTING SIT DOWN RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST FLOOR  WITH ONE LOADING SPACE AND NO BICYCLE SPACES SUBJECT TO CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW.

The project received (1) referral and (1) refusal for the following: THE PROPOSED USE, ‘SIT DOWN RESTAURANT’ REQUIRES SPECIAL EXECPTION APPROVAL IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT. REQUIRED BICYCLE SPACES: 15, PROPOSED 0

 

1300 Spruce Street. CMX-2

FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ADDITION (1ST FLOOR IN AN EXISTING INTERIOR COURT) TO AN EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE.  SIZE AND ATTACHED STRUCTURE. STRUCTURE FOR USE AS MULTI-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING (TWELVE (12) DWELLING UNITS).  NO SIGNS ON THIS APPLICATION. 

The project received a (3) refusals for the following

LOT AREA FOR (16) DWELLING UNITS REQUIRED: 8159 SQ FT; PROVIDED: 5737 SQ. FT. 

ORDER TO PROMOTE ACTIVE USES AT THE STREET LEVEL, AN ATTACHED BUILDING IN THE CMX-2 DISTRICT MUST CONTAIN A NON-RESIDENTIAL USE ALONG 100% OF THE GROUND FLOOR FRONTAGE AND WITHIN THE FIRST 30 FT. OF BUILDING DEPTH, MEASURED FROM THE FRONT BUILDING LINE; WHEREAS THE APPLICATION PROPOSES TO ELIMINATE THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVE VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACE ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND PROPOSED TO USE THE ENTIRE STRUCTURE FOR A RESIDENTIAL USE. OCCUPIED AREA REQUIRED 80% (4590 SF); PROVIDED: 82% (4688 SQ FT)


1330 Walnut Street (Boxers)

Extension of liquor license to roof deck.


Protected bike lanes

There has been press on the installation of protected bike lanes throughout the city including Washington Square West. We would like to begin a dialogue with the community on their merits and problems.  This will not be the only meeting regarding this issue and there will be no formal opinion issued by WSWCA based on this meeting.

Zoning Agenda for 03/22

posted Mar 18, 2016, 3:37 PM by Wash West   [ updated Mar 18, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

Zoning Committee meeting Tuesday, March 22nd at 7pm. 233 South 10th Street, Room 105. Bluemle Building

711 Walnut Street: CMX-5 Zoning

Application for a prepared food shop in the ground floor of an existing multi-family apartment building.  The proposed use, prepared food shop, requires a special exemption from the ZBA.

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