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CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK 2019

Sunday, December 15,

5 PM to 7 PM

Christmas Music

Carriage Rides

Snacks and refreshments

Toys for Tots

A Visit with

Santa Claus

All are welcome -- this is a free neighborhood event hosted by Friends of Girard Park, GENA and GEAR and sponsored by many generous local businesses

South Quarter Crossing

South Quarter Crossing-- Notes on the recent Design Review process-- and updates.

On Monday, 10-21-2019, Cedar Realty Trust held a design walkthrough of their new project for our neighborhood, called South Quarter Crossing.  GEAR (not GENA) hosted the meeting, but GENA was represented by several members and our zoning committee.

Two public Civic Design Review meetings were held by the Planning Commission at 1515 Arch, On November 5th and December 5th, 2019. These meetings were advisory only. The review panel made many suggestions for design changes, primarily regarding improved walkability and green space. The developers confined their improvements to a few additional trees and  providing stamped asphalt sidewalks.

 

 The October meeting, held in the neighborhood,  was well-attended. Neighbors had many questions and observations. Cedar’s chief presenters were Ronald Patterson, the lawyer assisting with the project; Robin McBride Ziegler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; Michael Sommer, Senior Vice President of Development and Construction, and Kristi Jackson, Marketing and Investor Relations Manager. They presented a combined video and slide show that depicted the project from many viewpoints, ranging from a promotional video and artistic renderings of the proposed buildings to specific and detailed maps and layouts, and followed up with an extensive Q and A. Here are some of the highlights:

 

The project is large and ambitious. It envisions tying the existing Quartermaster Plaza with the current South Philadelphia Shopping Center to create a new mixed residential and commercial area called South Quarter Crossing. There will be over 250 market-rate apartments ranging from studio to one and two bedroom, divided between two new residential-over-retail buildings. There will be a four-story stand-alone parking garage for both shoppers and residents, and extensive street level parking for the retail areas. There will be a purpose-build athletic facility. Some of the existing buildings, notably Shop-Rite and Ross, will remain but with facelifts. Permits for demolition of some of other existing buildings have already been drawn. 

Here is a link to Cedar’s brochure:

Here is a link to Cedar's presentation before the city:

Why did this project not go before the Zoning Board?  Cedar requested and obtained legislation, sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and passed by City Council, to rezone the area for the project to CMX-3, a mixed commercial use that allows for the size and uses of buildings envisioned for the project. That means that the development is now “of right” and not considered a zoning exception. As part of this process, Cedar did come before the neighborhood and also obtained approval from the Planning Commission.

 

What stays and what goes? Shop-Rite and Ross will remain, and the Burger King site will also get a makeover. The building that houses the Post Office and dollar store, and the large suite of stores to the south of Ross will be torn down and replaced, as will the old Drug Emporium building

 

What happens to the Post Office? As of Movember 27th, the Post Office is temporarily located at 2240 West Oregon. That's in the Quartermaster Plaza in the old Payless space, between Verizon and Madrags. The USPS is looking for a permanent spot. There is no guarantee that the new permanent location will be as convenient as the temp location or our old location.

 

What is the timetable for the project? Demolition to start as soon as possible; other than that, no specific dates. This is understandable early in the process; Cedar explained that the project will proceed in phases, with a first residential unit to be built; then upon completion of that, the second will be built.

 

What about parking and traffic? These were the most contentious issues for many neighbors. It is clear that there will be plenty of retail parking, and spaces in the proposed parking garage will be available (at a price) to the apartment residents. Many residents expressed worries that new residents would opt for street parking on 22nd street rather than pay to park in the garage. UPDATE AS OF 11-05-2019: At the Civic Design Review before the Planning Comission, Cedar stated that parking in the commercial lot will be available to residents of the development who purchase a sticker.

 

Won’t the parking garage be an eyesore? Cedar asserts that all of the buildings will be built so as not to disrupt the overall look and feel of the adjacent neighborhood using brick and earth tones. Also, pointing out the obvious, they state that the present site is far from beautiful.

GENA Elections 2019

This November, as specified in our bylaws, GENA held elections for President and Treasurer and a total of three board posts.

Jessica Frye was elected to President for 2020-2021 ; Rob Frye is our 2020-2021 Treasurer. With Jessica vacating her VP position, James Gitto was elected to fill that post for 1 year.

Because James will vacate his board post, we are still  looking for candidates to fill the rest of his term (1 year),

Also, we elected two  2-year open board positions: Pete Fry will take another term, and John Abbott will serve on the board for the first time after years of helping us out in various capacities.

Mark Leuzzi, who has stepped down from his office of President, will continue to serve on the board as President Emeritus, in accordance with the bylaws. Welcome and congratulations to all!

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GENA GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE, 2019

Monday,March 18

Wednesday,April 24

Wednesday,June 26
Wednesday,September 25

Wednesday,November 20

We are currently working on our 2020 schedule

All Meetings Take Place at

7:00 PM in 

the Abbey facility

the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Trinity

2336 South 18th St

(just north of Ritner)

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GENA ZONING COMMITTEE SCHEDULE, 2019

February 12

March 12

April 09

May 14
June 11

August 13

September 10

October 08

November 12

We are currently working on our 2020 schedule

All Meetings Take Place at

6:30PM in 

Donatucci Library

1935 Shunk Street

Tuesdays

ALL MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Programs for Seniors (50 +) at

Marconi Older Adult Center
2433 S 15th Street

215-218-0800

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Marconi Older Adult Program
Caring People Alliance

 

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