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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 is Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7:30 PM

Treasurer's Report

Updates on zoning issues

  • 348 Green Lane is postponing their presentation to a future meeting, not yet scheduled
  • 283 Gay St has a new ZBA hearing on Feb. 19, 2:00pm, due to their attorney successfully gaining the ZBA’s agreement to reconsider their decision to deny.
  • 132 Shurs Lane: MNC is the coordinating RCO for this project, which plans on keeping the existing house and building a detached house on the new subdivided lot. There are two Refusals: new lot is undersized (1200 + sq.ft. instead of minimum 1440 sq.ft.) and steep slope. MNC meeting will be on Wednesday March 4th at VIPARC starting at 7.30pm.

Other Announcements

  • Two on Tuesdays
    Two on Tuesdays 2020 season is getting underway. Join this group that makes a big impact on our green spaces!
  • The Schuylkill Center
    On February 13 from 7 - 9 PM, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will host a town hall meeting: Roxborough Green: Preserving Open Space, The 9th Annual Richard L. James Lecture.

Census Job Opportunities

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring Census workers for the 2020 enumeration. See flyer.

Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District

The Philadelphia Historical Commission held its final hearing regarding the Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District on October 12, 2018 and the district has been adopted.
Nomination: https://www.phila.gov/historical/Documents/Ridge-Ave-Nomination.pdf
Inventory: https://www.phila.gov/historical/Documents/Ridge-Ave-Inventory.pdf
More info and background is on the Roxborough Developemnt Corporation site.

How does it affect you if your property is in the Historic District? See the Historical Commission's list of Frequently Asked Questions for answers.

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).

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