Mayfair is a vibrant Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood, home to a variety of stores, pubs and restaurants and the proud host of community events all year long. The Civic Association consists of volunteer citizens focused on the betterment of their Community.
Our General meetings are held the 3rd Monday of March, May, September and November and the 4th Monday of January at 7PM at the Mayfair Community Center, St. Vincent St. and Battersby St.
Yesterday (10/1/19), the School District of Philadelphia as well as the developer (Gilbane) and their attorneys presented their case before the Philadelphia Civic Design Review Board for approval. We were VERY fortunate to have representatives / residents from the community there as well fighting for what is in the best interest of the community.
Attached is one of the photographs that was used during the presentation, which is very misleading.
The Community Field pictured as well as Field 1 and Field 2 are NOT included in this project and will NOT be built during construction of the new school!
The School District has replied to our Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) and they have stated that they intend to develop the fields, however they have not given a timeline for this project. The School District has also remained vague with our other requests as well. Follow up questions remain unanswered.
After seeing the presentation during our September 16th Civic meeting (our first time seeing it), we realized that there is insufficient parking, the roadway to the new school is narrow, and were left wondering why the new school isn't being built to house the larger number of students projected to attend in the very near future.
The next public hearing is before the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Approval on Wednesday October 16th, and we'll need as many people as possible to attend in order for our voices to be heard. If you can attend this very important hearing, please email us at MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com
Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Monday September 16th, 2019 • 7pm • Mayfair Community Center
As a sign of respect to your neighbors, we kindly ask you to please refrain from conversing among yourselves during our meeting. If you feel as though you need to hold a private conversation, please step into the lobby area before doing so.
Pledge of Allegiance - (Please silence all cell phones)
President: Donny Smith
Vice President: Kevin Leonard
Secretary / Zoning Chair: Michael Serverson
Treasurer / Membership Chair: Christina Loughrin
Sgt. at Arms: Joe Valecce
Mayfair Business Assoc.: Lisa Greco
Mayfair Memorial Playground Co. Chairs: Dana Lambie, Mia Hylan, &
Announcements and Updates
Treasurers Report: Christina Loughrin
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Applications available at the rear or online at MayfairCivicAssociation.com
(Must reside within Civic boundaries)
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American Flag Project: Our flags are scheduled to come down right around Veteran’s Day. Some are missing and need to be replaced. Please donate here, or visit our website to make a donation via Paypal to keep these flags flying in 2020. Thank you!
Mayfair Tee Shirts : Available at Bellalisa Hair Studio – 3530 Cottman Ave, 19149
Small to XL tees are $12 each / 2 for $20 • 2X tees are $15 each / 2 for $25
Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade : Sunday November 24th starting at Noon.
Email info@ThanksgivingParade to become a 2019 Sponsor, or to enter the Parade.
Create a family oriented float and enter it into the Parade!
“LIKE” Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade on Facebook for updates.
Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest : Nominate homes and businesses that you think best capture the spirit of Halloween on our Mayfair Civic Association Facebook page, or via email.
The deadline to enter a home will be at midnight October 24th. Details and updates also on our Facebook page.
Prizes donated by Mayfair Business Association Members will be delivered on Wednesday October 30th to the three best-decorated homes and businesses in Mayfair.
Mayfair Business Improvement District & MCDC Updates: Marc Collazzo
“LIKE” Mayfair Business Improvement District and Mayfair Community Development Corporation on Facebook for daily updates.
Zoning in Mayfair
Applicants were instructed to provide the Mayfair Civic Association with a Certificate of Mailing via U.S. Mail to residents and businesses within 250 feet of the property, and properties located on the same block as the project (as per Philadelphia Planning Commission) prior to our meeting.
Applicants were also asked to bring the same exact presentation to our meeting as what will be presented during the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing including photographs, descriptions, and drawings.
Applicants will be called in the order that they were received.
1. 2843 Rawle St. • Commercial
Applicant : Ilva Duda (tenant)
Application # : 971758
Appeal # : 37582
ZBA Hearing Date : 9/18/19 • Time 9:30am • Zoning Board of Adjustment 1515 Arch st, 18th floor
Application for: A HAIR SALON (PERSONAL SERVICE) IN THE BASEMENT WITH SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING ABOVE IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE CREATES A CONDITION OF MULTIPLE MAIN USES ON A LOT.
2. 3201 Ryan Ave • Commercial • K-8 Elementary School at Lincoln H.S.
Applicant : Eileen Quigley Esq. (Attorney for the Applicant)
Application # : 985674
Appeal # : N/A
ZBA Hearing Date : N/A This project is to go before a Civic Design Review (CDR) before being heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). A meeting with the CDR has yet to have been scheduled.
Application for: FOR THE ERECTION OF ONE DETACHED STRUCTURE ON THE SAME LOT WITH OTHER EXISTING STRUCTURES; AND RETAINING WALLS AND ACCESSORY DECORATIVE FENCING. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON THE APPLICATION.
USES: FOR EDUCATION FACILITIES AND TWO (2) ACCESSORY OFF STREET LOADING SPACES ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO (132) ACCESSORY OFF STREET SURFACE PARKING SPACES INCLUDING FIVE (5) ADA/VAN ACCESSIBLE SPACES AND TWENTY (20) OFF STREET BICYCLE SPACES ON AN ACCESSIBLE ROUTE; AND ALL OTHER EXISTING STRUCTURES ON THE SAME LOT USE AS EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES WITH OFF STREET PARKING SPACES AS PERVIOUSLY APPROVED. SIZE AND LOCATION ON THE APPLICATION (NO SIGN ON THIS APPLICATION)
3. 3461 Cottman Ave. • Commercial
Applicant : Wen Bin Liu (tenant)
Application # : 957484
Appeal # : 37546
ZBA Hearing Date : 9/11/19 • Time 9:30am • Zoning Board of Adjustment 1515 Arch st, 18th floor
Application for: APPLICATION FOR A TATTOO PARLOR (BODY ART SERVICE) IN THE BASEMENT IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH EXISTING TWO (2) FAMILY DWELLING ABOVE IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.
The applicant did not contact the Mayfair Civic Association to schedule a public meeting. As a result, the Mayfair Civic Association submitted a letter of refusal to the ZBA.
The applicant was a “no show” at the ZBA hearing on 9/11/19 and the case was dismissed.
Current Members of the Mayfair Civic Association have the following three (3) voting options
1. Opposed - The Mayfair Civic Association will send a letter to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment recommending that the applicant be DENIED from getting zoning approval
2. Not Opposed with Provisos – The Mayfair Civic Association will send a letter to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment recommending that the applicant be GRANTED zoning approval WITH PROVISOS (detailed below)
3. Not Opposed – The Mayfair Civic Association will send a letter to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment recommending that the applicant be GRANTED zoning approval WITHOUT PROVISOS (detailed below)
1. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
2. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm
3. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the owner, as well as property manager
Business / Commercial Provisos
1. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times
2. Signage to be kept to a minimum
No nailing of banners to the walls
No excessive signage in the windows (all windows should be easily seen through at all times)
Grand Opening signs, flags, garland, streamers etc to be removed within 30 days of store opening
3. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan
4. Participation in the Safe Cam Program
5. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm, and during business hours
6. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the tenant, as well as the property owner / landlord, and property manager
7. Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible
The Mayfair Business Improvement District (MBID) was chosen as the Coordinating RCO (Registered Community Organization) and will host the meeting for the following zoning matter.
Applicant : Kien Phung Contractors Inc. (Contractor)
Application # : 962535
Appeal # : 37803
ZBA Hearing Date : 10/9/19 • Time 9:30am • Zoning Board of Adjustment 1515 Arch st, 18th floor
Application for: THE ERECTION OF A ONE (1) STORY ADDITION BETWEEN AN EXISTING TWO (2) STORY STRUCTURE AND AN EXISTING ONE (1) STORY STRUCTURE. FOR USE AS A DAY CARE CENTER FOR CHILDREN AT THE FIRST FLOOR WITH ACCESSORY OFFICE IN THE BASEMENT IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH EXISTING SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSEHOLD LIVING AT THE SECOND FLOOR. SIZE AND LOCATION AS SHOWN ON APPLICATION / PLANS
Note: SEE AP# 010501029, CAL# 01-0597, ZBA GRANTED THE RELOCATION OF LOT LINES TO CREATE (1) LOT FROM (2) LOTS, THE LEGALIZATION OF A (1) STORY REAR CONNECTOR ADDITION AND CONVERSION OF A REAR ACCESSORY GARAGE INTO RESTAURANT AS PART OF AN EXISTING BAR/RESTAURANT AT THE 1stFLOOR IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH (2) APARTMENTS AT THE 2ndFLOOR ON 7/5/2001.
Wrap Up : If anyone would like to get more involved with the Civic, we could use volunteers! Please introduce yourself after the meeting or via email (MayfairCivicAssociation@yahoo.com)
Facebook: "LIKE" Mayfair Civic Association on Facebook to stay current on all things happening in Mayfair!
Pennypack Music Festival: “LIKE” Pennypack Music Festival on Facebook for updates. If you would like to become a 2020 PPMF Sponsor, please email info@Pennypack.org. Thank you!
Friends of Pennypack Park Update: Nance Kerns – “LIKE” Friends of Pennypack Park on Facebook for updates.
Mayfair Memorial Playground Update: “LIKE” Mayfair Memorial Playground on Facebook for updates.
PDAC Update: Joe Valecce (President) - “LIKE” 15th_PDAC on Facebook for updates.
Next Meeting : Our next regularly Civic Meeting will be held on Monday November 18th 2019 at 7pm. Check Civic Facebook page and or Civic Website for notices of possible Special Zoning Meetings before then.
Please fold your chairs and place them along the wall before you leave
From Rhawn to Unruh, and around the entire Lincoln Loop, the flags are flying!
We set a goal to have them all installed by Memorial Day weekend, and our volunteers worked very hard to accomplish that goal. We did it! We installed just shy of 150 American flags! PROPS to the neighbors who saw us coming, and moved their cars so that we could get a ladder up and install a flag at those locations. Thank you!
This project was funded entirely through your donations. If you donated money towards the Mayfair Civic Association's American Flag Project, take a ride around and you can see exactly where your money was spent. They look awesome ... Thank you!
We typically put the flags up before Memorial Day, and leave them up until Veterans Day when we take them down to preserve them during the winter months, however we were able to purchase Commercial Grade American Flags this time, so we are hopeful that we can now leave them up year round. We have also lowered each every one of our flags in hopes of keeping them from getting tangled in the wires.
This is an ongoing project, and flags will become tattered and will need to be replaced. If you enjoy the flags and would like to continue to see them flying in Mayfair, please visit the MayfairCivicAssociation.com website, "click" the American flag, and make a donation. Every penny helps!