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Central Roxborough Civic Association Meeting Minutes

February 5, 2015

5th Police District Report

5th District Community Relations Officer Charlie Kline introduced Lt. Howard, the PSA officer for PSA2. They reported that while Central Roxborough remains low in crime, the most common problems are burglaries and car break-ins. Lt. Howard reminded us that the best way to prevent crimes of opportunity is by removing the opportunity through locking doors, setting alarms, and removing valuables from vehicles.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen, Special Assistant to City Councilman Curtis Jones, reminded us of his office location at Ridge & Hermit streets and that while he is usually there Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, it is best to call in advance to confirm he is in the office (215-685-2547).

Treasurer’s Report

CRCA Treasurer Gordon Cohen presented the organization’s annual financial report. 2013 outflows exceeded inflow. The primary sources of inflow were membership, the community garden, the Adobe Café fundraiser, and donations. The major source of outflow was approximately $5,300 in legal fees, mostly related to ongoing court cases about the former Bunting House property at Ridge & Roxborough. There were also costs associated with the removal of a tree at the community garden. Legal fees will continue to accrue as an appeal to the Commonwealth Court regarding proposed development at 5901 Ridge Ave.

Clean Air Council

Don Simon told the audience that the Clean Air Council would be holding a workshop on Saturday, February 7th at the Kendrick Recreation center to discuss how homeowners could use collective buying power to get reduced costs on solar panels for their homes.

Legal Update

An appeal is pending in the Commonwealth Court regarding property at 5901 Ridge Ave. It is unknown when the hearing will take place.

Steep Slope

Members of the Planning Commission were unable to attend the meeting as scheduled. The provisions and interpretation of Philadelphia’s Steep Slope Ordinance are unclear even to members of the Planning Commission. They will present at a time when they are better able to provide accurate information and respond to questions.

Knight Cities Grant

CRCA is sponsoring the application for a grant from the Knight’s Cities Foundation. Money from the grant would be used to create a toolkit that would help other parts of our community design and implement a neighborhood conservation overlay such as the one recently enacted for Central Roxborough.

March Meeting

At the March CRCA meeting, look forward to a presentation from the recently opened Urgent Care clinic on Ridge & Lyceum. There will also be a presentation on an application for a zoning variance at 6182 Ridge Ave (site of former Tiny Bubbles Laundry) where there is a proposed Domino’s Pizza.

InterAct

Steve May, Development Director for InterAct, presented on the services provided by his organization. InterAct stands for Intercommunity Action and is about 45 years old.

Behavioral health is the organization’s primary focus. Services are based out of the “Greenridge” building at Green Lane & Ridge. Services include outpatient and substance abuse programs. Anyone may receive services there.

New services are expanding into the educational realm. InterAct will now perform psychoeducational assessments and autism screenings for a fee.

InterAct also maintains a senior center under the brand name “Journey’s Way.” Services there are open to anyone 55+ Journey’s Way offers activities throughout the day, as well as assistance with government benefits/entitlement programs.

InterAct runs several community homes for adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Manayunk/Roxborough area.

InterAct also provides housing for senior citizens of limited means. Income guidelines vary from facility to facility. All facilities presently have long wait lists. The most recently opened facility was Fairthorn, located across from Daiva’s Diner on Ridge Ave.

Jim Petkovits commented on a group home on East Street that was recently vacated. Mr. May did not know the specifics of that property. Jim gave praise for InterAct’s social services.

Don Simon asked if InterAct had a contract with any hospitals. Mr. May was unsure. All substance abuse programs through InterAct are outpatient only, although there is an intensive outpatient program for those who are unable to work and need to focus on recovery.

Gordon Cohen inquired about InterAct’s funding sources. Mr. May responded that about 90% is comprised of state and federal dollars. The rest comes from the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging and grants/contributions.

Bylaws

The CRCA by-laws are currently under revision.

Other Matters

A citizen asked about the house on Roxborough Avenue across from the Bunting House property. Don Simon responded he believed the developer planned to demolish and construct new housing, which he could do by right. Vaughn Buckley said he believed the plan was for four single-family homes, likely two twins, with rear parking.




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