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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

Washington Square West Civic Association Jan. 23 Zoning Committee Agenda:

posted Jan 16, 2018, 5:11 AM by Wash West

The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 23 at 7pm. 233 South 10th Street, Room 101, Bluemle Life Sciences Building

702-714 Sansom Street and 128 South 7th Street (Jeweler’s Row),  CMX-5 Zoning District

Toll Brothers will be making its official RCO presentation to the WSWCA as required for the Civic Design Review Process.

The conditional zoning permit describes the project as follows:

FOR THE DEMOLITION OF MULTIPLE EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURES AND FOR THE LOT ADJUSTMENT TO CREATE ONE (1) NEW LOT FROM SIX (6) EXISTING LOTS.  FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE WITH ROOF DECKS AT THE 2ND, 3RD, 4TH, 15TH, 22ND, AND 24TH FLOORS; NO CHANGE IN HEIGHT OR AREA OF EXISTING ATTACHED STRUCTURE AT FORMER PROPERTY KNOWN AS 712-14 SANSOM ST. FOR USE AS A VACANT COMMERCIAL SPACE ON THE 1ST FLOOR FACING SANSOM ST (SEPARATE USE REGISTRATION REQUIRED PRIOR TO OCCUPANCY), WITH MULTI-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING (EIGHTY-FIVE (85) DWELLING UNITS) ABOVE, WITH ACCESSORY PARKING PROVIDED OFF-SITE AT 618 MARKET ST, AND 150 S INDEPENDENCE W ML THIRTY (30) ACCESSORY BICYCLE PARKING SPACES AND ONE (1) OFF-STREET LOADING SPACE (ACCESSED FROM S 7TH ST); NO CHANGE TO EXISTING USES OF RETAIL SALES OF WEARING APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES WITHIN EXISTING BUILDING AT 712-14 SANSOM ST; NO SIGNS ON THIS PERMIT.

The civic association will be sending a representative to the Civic Design Review presentation at the Planning Commission scheduled for February 6, 2018. That representative will convey comments on design based on public input at the committee meeting and the opinions of the zoning committee.

1326-28 Chestnut Street (The Hale Building),  CMX-5 Zoning District

APPLICATION IS FOR PROPOSED SIT DOWN RESTAURANT ON 1ST AND 2ND FLOOR, FOOD PREPARATION AREA AND ACCESSORY STORAGE IN BASEMENT WITH ALL OTHER USES AS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.

Refusal is for the following:

THE PROPOSED USE, SIT DOWN RESTAURANT, REQUIRES A SPECIAL EXCEPTION APPROVAL IN CHESTNUT/WALNUT STREET AREA.

January 9, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

posted Jan 8, 2018, 1:32 PM by Wash West   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 2:11 PM ]

I. Call to order

II. Approval of Minutes from December  2017 Meeting

III. Community Comment

IV. President’s  Report

V. Treasurer’s  Report

VI. Committee Reports

a) Development,  L. Chen 

b) Gov’t and Community Affairs, J. Applebaum

c) Zoning, J. Broh

d)  Membership, N. Pratt

e) Greening, R. Spitzborg

VII.  Announcements

VIII. Adjournment

BIKE LANES AND SAFE STREETS

posted Dec 3, 2017, 6:42 AM by Wash West   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 6:42 AM ]

On behalf of the entire neighborhood, the Wash West Civic Association joins other Philadelphians in mourning the death of Emily Fredericks. The tragic accident that took her life unites us all in an awareness that the streets of Philadelphia must be safe for everyone.

Last January the Civic sponsored an open discussion about the concerns of bicyclists, pedestrians, residents and motorists who live in or travel through our community. At that time the city spoke about several possibilities for the bike lanes and committed to returning to the community to present options for Pine and Spruce Streets.

We have asked the City again to prepare and share plans for bike lanes on Spruce and Pine Streets that recognize the need for safe use of our streets.

As soon as the City responds we look forward to sponsoring a full and timely discussion in a forum that welcomes everyone.

Washington Square West Candidate Submissions – 2017

posted Oct 31, 2017, 6:45 AM by Wash West   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 6:45 AM ]

Robert Sher
I am submitting my nomination for a term as a board member for the WashWest Civic Association. I currently serve as Secretary for the Association and am an active member of the WashWest Zoning Committee. I ask for your support to help the Civic continue to fulfill its mission of providing a cleaner, safer and greener neighborhood for the residents of Wash West.

Judy Applebaum
I have been a member of the WSWCA board since 1999. I had the privilege of serving as president for many years, during which time we introduced pedestrian friendly lighting and sidewalk sweeping. Currently I represent the Civic on the Crosstown Coalition of Neighborhood Civics, chair governmental affairs and serve as a member of WSWCA zoning committee. I am running for re-election in order to continue serving this great neighborhood.

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

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