July 18, 2011
Dr. Eli Avila, MD
Secretary, PA Department of Health
8th Floor West
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Re: The Healing Way Inc 7900 Frankford Ave
Dear Secretary Avila:
Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Business Association (“MBA”) which represents the businesses of the Mayfair Community as well as the businesses along Frankford Avenue from Solly Ave. to Harbison Ave. in Northeast Philadelphia. We stand in opposition to the above referenced business and support the Holmesburg Civic Association (“HCA”) and the Mayfair Civic Association (“MBA”), of which I serve as President, in their opposition as well. The location of the property is within one city block of three day care facilities, a Christian elementary school, hundreds of houses, a public library that attracts many young students and in addition to these properties; other schools including JH Brown Elementary are all within a very short walking distance of the location. Since this issue came to light, many businesses have stated that they would sell their property and move outside the City if this is approved. We have worked very hard over the last five years to restore “the Avenue” to a place where people want to come for both leisure and shopping essentials. An establishment like the one above would drastically decrease the quality of life and make this destination less desirable and, in our opinion, less safe.
Since our organization was reformed, we started our annual “Mayfair May Fair” which highlights the businesses along the Avenue complete with an action packed weekend of giveaways, safety expos, rides, performances, etc. We have also restored our annual Thanksgiving Parade which brought thousands of people back to our neighborhood as well as our annual Christmas Tree lighting which also is featured prominently along the Avenue. We feel that opening an establishment like the one above will negatively impact all the work we have put in and force residents and neighbors alike to give up on our community. We will not give up and therefore, we urge you to deny the application of the above referenced business for the reasons stated above. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.
Very Truly Yours,
Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.
cc: Seth Kaplan, State Representative Kevin Boyle
Michael Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
Suzann St. Marie, Mayfair CDC
Fred Moore, Holmesburg Civic Association