Welcome to Central Roxborough Civic Association
The Central Roxborough Civic Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works
to maintain and enhance the qualities of our neighborhood that make it attractive to residents
and businesses. CRCA provides a forum for neighbors to learn about and give input into issues
that affect the community such as land use and zoning, safety, and environmental and economic sustainability.
Central Roxborough Civic Association is a
Registered Community Organization (RCO) serving the Central Roxborough community.
Please join us. You can join on-line or fill out and print our membership form.
CRCA meets on the first Thursday of each month, except July and August, at the
Leverington Presbyterian Church at Ridge and Hermitage streets at 7:30 PM.
Come to meetings and find out what's happening in your neighborhood! Make people aware
of your issues or concerns.
Next Meeting Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30 PM
Zoning: 344-50 Conarroe Street
A proposal to demolish the former Masonic Temple at 344-50 Conarroe Street and create a six-lot subdivision for rowhouse construction will be presented to the community for consideration. The property is zoned RSA-5 and requires minimum lot widths of 16 ft., and minimum lot areas of 1,440 sq. ft. As proposed, the six lots would each occupy about 1,004 sq. ft. and be slightly less wide than 16 ft.
See our Zoning page
for more information.
Philadelphia City Council Representative-at-large Al Taubenberger will attend our meeting to discuss various issues and address any community concerns.
Update on 4136-40 Mitchell Street
Update on status.
CRCA Executive Board
A slate of candidates for CRCA officer positions will be presented for consideration. Election of officers will take place at our January meeting.
Zoning: 4136-40 Mitchell
At the November 3 meeting, there was a presentation on a proposal to build a 38 ft. detached building with 72 single-family residential units with 8 space interior parking garage.
The property is zoned CMX-2. Because of its scale, this project requires a Civic Design Review
The Civic Design Review meeting is held at the City Planning Commission and is a public meeting. For contact information and details about meeting time and location see our Zoning page
Please take our Survey!
Recently, Roxborough is experiencing a wonderful trend of neighborhood involvement. Many people are taking action, working on things they care about or believe would be fun additions to the neighborhood. People help out with parks and community gardens. There are friends of local schools, and tenders of trees; sports coaches and civic activists; people who prompt spring cleanups, create summer markets, lead autumn celebrations, conduct winter bird counts.
The Central Roxborough Civic Association (CRCA) would like to help keep this momentum going by learning more about what people are doing, and the ideas and concerns they have that could lead to more good things happening. We would like to share information about what various groups are doing in Roxborough and in other parts of the City, too, because we believe this sharing will generate more ideas for solving problems and continuing to make Roxborough a community we are glad to call home.
To help, please answer these quick questions, anonymously or by signing at the end, as you choose.
Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition
The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition
is a coalition of Philadelphia civic associations which
have united to advocate on a non partisan basis for quality of life issues and to share resources,
best practices and economies of scale for the benefit of the Coalition and of its member organizations.
Visit their web site
more and sign up for their newsletter. CRCA is a member of the Crosstown Coalition.
Changing Skyline: Fighting the suburbanizing tide in Roxborough
"That village-in-the-city quality is what locals love about the quirky Philadelphia neighborhoods that hug the long ridge that follows the river
Read the article
by Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer
Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Signed by Mayor!
The Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay
has been passed by City Council. On December 11, 2014, Special Assistant to the Majority Leader
, Josh Cohen notified us that
"The NCO just received final passage
unanimously by the entire council." Mayor Nutter signed the bill
The Central Roxborough NCO is intended to protect the existing walkable character of Central Roxborough. Thanks to all those who put in many, many
hours of work to make this happen.
Conservation Overlay News Coverage
Nov 18 Newsworks
Nov 19 PlanPhily
Oct 4 Roxborough Review
Lower Northwest District Plan
See status of the
Lower Northwest District Plan (East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough).
New Dog Park at 4100 Block of Mitchell Street
It's official! There is a new Roxborough Dog Park at 4100 Block of Mitchell Street.
For more information go to their web site: roxboroughdogpark.com
On July 22, 2013, there was a Special Meeting re Zoning Remapping [Expand]
At the May 2nd CRCA meeting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission gave a presentation
explaining various tools which might be used to preserve the unique character of Central Roxborough.
One of these tools is a remapping of the zoning of a portion of Central Roxborough to make the
zoning designations more closely fit the existing properties. The Planning Commission
stated its intention, with neighborhood support, to write a bill, to be introduced to City Council in the fall;
and to meet with neighbors again in the summer to review the
revised zoning maps
and get neighborhood feedback.
Accordingly, on July 22, 2013, a special CRCA meeting was convened to host a presentation by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission
of its proposed zoning remapping
of a section of Central Roxborough.
UPDATE: On October 29, 2013, there was a public hearing at City Council on the bill (#130632) to implement the changes in
Final council vote will be November 14th. Mayor Nutter has two council session in which to sign the bill
so at the very latest this should become official law by Dec 5.
Shaping The Future of Central Roxborough
In addition to the rezoning effort that is currently underway by the City Planning Commission,
concerned residents are exploring other options for preserving the neighborhood character of Central Roxborough.
Some of the options being explored involve different types of historic designations for areas of Central Roxborough.
Here are some links to general information and recent articles about this as well as a facebook page
established for this effort.
Roxborough Preservation Effort on Facebook
Newsworks article re. historic designations
Roxborough Review: Another way to preserve Roxborough
Newsworks Roxborough explores strategies for preserving historic properties