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DINE OUT WASH WEST, Thursday, October 19

posted Oct 13, 2017, 1:53 PM by Wash West

Dine at Valanni, Mercato or Varga Bar on Thursday, October 19, and 25% of your food bill will go to the Washington Square West Civic Association to support their efforts in our community!

Dine Out Wash West, October 19

Zoning Agenda

posted Sep 22, 2017, 1:47 PM by Wash West   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 1:47 PM ]

Agenda for September 26 the WSWCA zoning committee meeting. Meeting begins at 7pm and will be held at 233 South 10th Street, Room 105/107, Bluemle Building.
 
222 Quince Street, CMX-1 and RSA-5 Districts (Second Presentation)
The applicant will be making their second presentation to the community for the proposed development. The description below is for their original zoning application and does not reflect any modifications to the design since the applicant's presentation to the zoning committee in June.
 
FOR RELOCATION OF LOT LINES TO CREATE TWO (2) LOTS (PARCEL # A & B) FROM TWO DEEDED LOTS AND ONE OPA ACCOUNT. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN THE APPLICATION. FOR PARCEL # A (CMX-1 DISTRICT):   FOR COMPLETE DEMOLITION OF EXISTING STRUCTURE ON LOT AND FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE (MAX HEIGHT NTE 38 FT) WITH CELLAR. USES - VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACE (USES PERMITTED IN CMX-1, USE REGISTRATION PERMIT REQUIRED PRIOR TO OCCUPANCY) ON FIRST FLOOR AND ABOVE  HOUSEHOLD LIVING THREE (3) FAMILY DWELLING UNITS.. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN IN THE APPLICATION. PARCEL # B (RSA-5 DISTRICT): FOR HOUSEHOLD LIVING ONE FAMILY DWELLING IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.
 
Refusals:
THE PROPOSED USE, HOUSEHOLD LIVING THREE (3) FAMILY DWELLING UNITS (FOR PARCEL A)  IS PROHIBITED IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT
 
THE PROPOSED ZONING IS REFUSED FOR THE FOLLOWING:       
MINIMUM LOT AREA FOR - PARCEL# A  Required: 1440 SF, Proposed: 603.21 SF
MINIMUM LOT WIDTH FOR - PARCEL # A Required: 16 FT, Proposed 15.50 FT
MINIMUM LOT AREA FOR - PARCEL # B  Required: 1440 SQ FT, Proposed  424.46 SF
MINIMUM LOT WIDTH FOR - PARCEL # B  Required:16 FT, Proposed  13.92 FT
MINIMUM OPEN AREA (% OF LOT) PARCEL # A  Required: 20% (181 SF), Proposed: NONE
MINIMUM OPEN AREA (% OF LOT) PARCEL # B Required: 30% (127.3 SF), Proposed 9.16% (38.9 SF)
REAR YARD SETBACK FOR PARCEL # A Required: 9 FT, Proposed: NONE
REAR YARD SETBACK FOR PARCEL # B Required: 9 FT, Proposed: 2.75 FT

Civic Receives State Grant

posted Aug 30, 2017, 7:50 AM by Wash West   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 7:50 AM ]

The Civic's grant application for $18,050 has been approved. The award is from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, under the Heritage and Other Parks Appropriation. 

The funds will enable us to purchase a new utility/storage shed for the Waverly Street community garden and plant 19 substantial size street trees throughout the neighborhood.   

No Board Meeting in August! Zoning Meeting Agenda:

posted Jul 12, 2017, 8:44 AM by Wash West   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 11:45 PM ]

There will be no WSWCA Board meeting in August. Our next Board Meeting will be Sept. 12. Our next Zoning Meeting will, however, take place on August 22nd.

The Police Safety Meeting will be held at its regular time at 6pm on August 8th.



Zoning committee agenda for August 22, 2017

Meeting begins at 7pm and will be held at 233 South 10th Street, Room 101, Bluemle Building.


238-240 South 8th, Zoning: RM-1

APPLICATION IS FOR A PERSONAL SERVICE (YOGA CLASS) AT FIRST FLOOR SPACE # B IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH ALL OTHER USES AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED. NO SIGN ON THIS APPLICATION.


Refusal is for use: THE PROPOSED, PERSONAL SERVICES , IS PROHIBITED IN THIS ZONING DISTRICT


337-South Broad Street, Zoning: CMX-5 with multiple overlay: CDR Presentation

Dranoff Properties will be presenting their proposed mixed-use development: “The proposed project is a 28-story luxury mixed-use building located at the northeast corner of Broad and Pine Streets. This new project will consist of 56 for sale residential units, underground resident parking and ground floor retail. The project is being designed by local architectural firm Cecil Baker + Partners and developed by Dranoff Properties.”


This will be the official neighborhood presentation required as part of the Civic Design Review process. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed development; these comments will be taken into account by the Washington Square West Civic Association who will have a representative at the Civic Design Review meeting.


To learn more about the Civic Design Review Process please use this link:

http://www.phila.gov/CityPlanning/projectreviews/Pages/CivicDesignReview.aspx

A District Attorney Candidates Forum at the May WSWCA Board Meeting

posted Apr 24, 2017, 4:40 PM by Wash West   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 4:40 PM ]

The Washington Square West Civic Association presents a District Attorney Candidates Forum at its next meeting, Tuesday, May 9th at 233 South 10th Street, Room 105/107, 7 pm.
 
All of the candidates were invited. Larry Krasner, Richard Negrin, Jack O'Neill and Joe Kahn have accepted the invitation. There will be a presentation by the candidates, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions. 

The Wash West board meeting will follow  the forum.

The Civic Association is non-political and is not endorsing any candidates.

March Meeting Cancelled

posted Mar 13, 2017, 2:00 PM by Wash West

Our March meeting has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

Meeting Agenda: February 14, 2017

posted Feb 14, 2017, 8:25 AM by Wash West   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 9:13 AM ]

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, 8:01 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, 4:56 AM by Wash West   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 4:57 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, 5:29 AM by Wash West   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 1:38 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!

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