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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 CRCA Meeting Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:30 PM

Agenda to be announced

State Representative Pam DeLissio Upcoming Town Hall Meetings:

These town hall meetings are a great opportunity to meet our State Rep in person, ask questions and hear what's going on in Harrisburg.

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 to read 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 Architecture Critic

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 on 12/19.

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).

See our latest CRCA Newsletter, View past issues or Subscribe.

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 zoning classifications. 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.

Historic Designation

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

Preservation Alliance

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