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Council Member Squilla to Attend March 12th Meeting

posted Feb 26, 2019, 6:01 AM by Wash West   [ updated Feb 26, 2019, 6:03 AM ]

Have a question about property taxes, want to weigh in on development in the neighborhood, trash, trees, city services, etc? Please come out for the March 12th meeting of the Washington Square West Civic Association with special guest Councilman Mark Squilla. The Councilman will be there to listen and answer your questions.

The meeting is at 7 pm in room 101 of Bluemle Hall (corner 10th and Locust).

Washington Square West Zoning District Remapping Presentation

posted Jan 2, 2019, 7:02 AM by Wash West   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 7:02 AM ]

The Zoning Committee of the Washington Square West Civic Association will host the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) for a presentation of the proposed Washington Square West zoning district remapping on January 15, 7pm. 233 South 10th Street

Members of the PCPC will present a proposed remapping of the zoning districts located between South Street and Walnut Street; Broad Street to 7th Street.  The proposed remapping intends to:

  • Protect commercial districts such as Antique Row and 10th street (prevent residential on ground floor).
  • Protect rowhome fabric and single-family homes.
  • Better manage the transition between neighborhood scale to the south and commercial scale to the north.
  • Correct districts which don’t match the current built condition.
  • Other case by case changes. 

Members of the PCPC will make an initial presentation of the proposed changes, explain the legislative process by which the changes will become law and then will remain in the lecture hall to answer questions and record community comment in an open house format. 

The meeting will be held at the at 233 South 10th Street, The Bluemle Building, room 101. January 15, 7pm-9pm.

The meeting is intended to serve as a dialog between the community and members of the PCPC regarding the proposed zoning changes. Based on this initial meeting there may be additional meetings/ presentations to address changes to the remapping based on community comment.

There will be a separate meeting(s) for community input to the WSWCA board once the proposed remapping is close to being finalized.  That meeting will be scheduled at a later date.

10th & 13th Streets Roadway Reconfiguration and Bike Lane Projects

posted Jan 2, 2019, 7:00 AM by Wash West   [ updated Jan 2, 2019, 7:00 AM ]

Come to the January board meeting to learn about the proposed roadway reconfiguration and bicycle lane projects on 10th and 13th Streets. 

The Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) will be there to present the proposed projects and get your feed back. OTIS will also provide an update on the Spruce and Pine Streets projects. 

This discussion will be from 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm, followed by the monthly business meeting at 8:00 pm this Tuesday, January 8th, at 233 South 10th Street, Room 101.

WASH WEST IS CLEANED UP!

posted Dec 6, 2018, 1:36 PM by Wash West   [ updated Dec 6, 2018, 1:37 PM ]

Wash West is Cleaned Up
Saturday was an opportunity to clean it out and get rid of it. And many residents of Wash West did just that.

The shredding truck at Seger Park was grinding away the entire 3 hours as folks continuously brought documents for disposal. Neighbors picked up hundreds of compostable leaf bags and borrowed the dozens of rakes and brooms provided by the Civic to help people clean their sidewalks. And Streets Department personnel and equipment roamed the neighborhood to clean the gutters and streets of litter, debris and leaves.  

If it was a perfect world we'd be spotless: every resident would have swept their sidewalks, everyone would have observed the temporary parking restrictions, and the Civic would have had enough money to pay for more Streets Department services. Every year we get closer and closer to that goal, thanks to all of you who help make the Wash West Neighborhood Clean Up Day successful. 

Clean Up Day is one of the services provided by the Civic Association in response to your requests to make Wash West a cleaner neighborhood. We also contract for sidewalk cleaning and graffiti abatement. And while we are very grateful to Jefferson Health and the offices of Senator Farnese and Representative Sims for their support, it is the Civic who pays the lion's share of these costs.

It costs close to $30,000 a year to operate these clean up programs. To continue them in 2019 we need your support. Please make a donation now in support of our fund raising campaign. Every dollar you contribute is spent in the neighborhood — your neighborhood.

Fall Clean Up Day, December 1st

posted Nov 13, 2018, 7:10 AM by Wash West   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 10:19 AM ]

Neighborhood Clean Up Day is all about removing the litter, debris and leaves from our sidewalks and streets. We're bringing in lots of personnel and equipment to blow out the small streets, sweep up the big streets and wash down Wash West. And we need your participation to make the day a big success.

Here's what we've arranged for Saturday:

  • 8:30 am: Crews with high power leaf blowers will begin blowing out the small streets, starting on the western side and moving east. Vacuum trucks will dispose of the debris.

  • 9:00 am: Seger Park is the place to come. Pick up everything you'll need to participate in Clean Up Day: brooms, rakes, shovels, gloves, leaf bags are all there for you a shredding truck will be there until noon, for your personal and household items. A big thanks to the Representative Sims and Senator Farnese for this service.

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Neighborhood-wide, sweeper trucks will pick up litter & leaves from the gutters and streets. Water trucks will hose down the streets during the last hour.

We need your help and participation

Side walk cleaning: The Streets Department will clean the gutters and streets. We are asking residents to clean the sidewalks. Please bag the debris and take the bags to any traffic light intersection (Streets Department roaming truck will pick them up).  

Parking restrictions: Notices will be put up Tuesday and Wednesday — check out when and where you may or may not park. For your convenience cars can be moved as early as 8:00 pm Friday.

Spread the word: Please share this information with your neighbors.

Thank you for helping to make Wash West a clean and wonderful neighborhood in which to live and work.

Free Shredding


June 12th Board Meeting

posted Jun 10, 2018, 3:33 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 3:34 PM ]

The June meeting will be at Jefferson Alumni Hall in the Atrium Center at 7pm.  Please note the alternate location!

BOARD MEETING AGENDA
  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of Minutes from May, 2018 Meeting
  3. President’s Report
    1. Proposed WAWA store
    2. Pine & Spruce Streets Project
    3. Community Gardens Day
    4. Wash West Clean Up Day 2018
  4. Community Comment
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Committee  Reports:
    1. Development
    2. Membership
    3. Zoning
      1. 217 S Jessup Street
      2. 1217 Spruce Street
      3. 1233 Pine Street
    4. Gov’t & Community Affairs
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

Spruce & Pine Repaving and Safety Project

posted Jun 6, 2018, 12:41 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:42 PM ]

At the June 4th meeting of the City Council Committee on Streets and Services the Committee voted in favor of bills 180512 and 180514, ordinances to revise parking regulations on Spruce and Pine Streets between Broad and Second Streets. The bills will now be introduced to the full Council for a vote, probably within the next three weeks. If passed by Council the ordinances will enable the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems to implement the Re-Paving and Safety Project, which will flip flop the current parking and bike lanes on both streets.

Your Civic Association president, Rick Spitzborg, testified at the Committee hearing in support of the bills.

For more than a year the Civic has fostered opportunities for public discussions on the bike lanes. We have been adamant about transparency and information sharing by OTIS. We reached out to the Bicycle Coalition, the Parking Authority and to the Councilman, to ensure that the conversations were inclusive. Most importantly we created opportunities for Wash West residents and businesses to be part of the dialogue.

The biggest take away from all that we heard is that safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers is compatible with our neighborhood values. On the subject of whether bike lanes should be situated on the north or the south side of Pine and Spruce Streets there was no consensus: the number of opponents and proponents were about the same.

Changes in vehicular lanes will have an impact beyond traffic flow and safety. Parking and loading zones will be changed. There is an opportunity  to revisit how on-street parking should be restricted, enforced and paid for. Sidewalk intrusions and amenities are also part of the equation. The Civic Association has negotiated successful outcomes in all of these areas. 

There will be a net increase in parking spaces on Spruce and Pine. There will be opportunities for businesses that rely on truck delivery to establish loading zones. On those blocks governed by residential parking permit (RPP) regulations parking will become governed by posted time limits and RPP override, but there will be no meter nor kiosk collection. In addition all existing single space meters will be removed and the sidewalks will restored to a flush, walkable and safe surface. 

We welcome your comments and observations at info@washwestcivic.org and we will continue to post updates on the Civic's electronic and social media platforms.

Corner Meetings: Repaving & Safety Project on Pine & Spruce

posted May 25, 2018, 4:47 PM by Wash West   [ updated May 25, 2018, 4:47 PM ]

Click here for a flyer detailing oTIS's schedule for corner meetings to discuss the localized impact of the Repaving and Safety Project on Pine and Spruce Streets, in WashWest.

Meet us on the corner on Wed. May 30th (weather permitting). Visit http://bit.ly/sprucepineotis to sign up.

March 27th Zoning Meeting Cancelled

posted Mar 25, 2018, 8:20 AM by Wash West   [ updated Mar 25, 2018, 8:20 AM ]

The Zoning and Governmental Affairs meeting for Tuesday, March 27th has been cancelled. We'll see you in April on the 24th

February 13, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

posted Feb 13, 2018, 5:46 AM by Wash West

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of Minutes from January 2018 and November 2017 Meetings
  3. Community Comment
  4. President’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Finance committee report and proposed 2018 budget
  6. Committee Reports
    1. Development – L. Chen
    2. Gov’t and Community Affairs – J. Applebaum
    3. Zoning – J. Broh 
    4. Marketing – T.  Sortman
    5. Membership – N. Pratt
    6. Greening 
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjournment

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