Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting Minutes

Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
Monday, September 17, 2012
Mayfair Community Center

Board Members Present
Joseph DeFelice, Mike Williams, Pete McDermott, Kevin Leonard, Mike Serverson, Donny Smith, Lisa Greco, Mia Hylan, John Jenkins, Melinda Mulvenna, Suzann St. Marie, James Ortlieb

Board Members Absent
Anna Stacey, Dana Lambie

Meeting called to order at 7:02 pm by President Joe DeFelice.
Prior to continuing with the meeting, President Joe DeFelice asked attendees to participate in a moment of silence to honor Ed Kelly, who recently passed away and had been an integral part of building the stage that the Pennypack Concert series is held on.
Membership and By-Laws Update
Review of by-laws changes from previous meetings requires that voting members be paid members of the civic association. If interested in membership, attendees were asked to see Sergeant at Arms, Donny Smith or Assistant Sergeant at Arms, John Jenkins to obtain an application and pay for membership. Applications can also be obtained at the Mayfair Civic Association website at
Treasurer's Report
Treasurer Kevin Leonard reports that the current balance is $4114.85.
Previous Balance as of 5/15/12: $3833.69
Deposits:  $1186.39
Withdrawals:  $900.00

Konrad Plaque Dedication
The MBA and MCA co-sponsored the dedication of the plaque honoring fallen firefighter, Joseph Konrad. This dedication will be held this Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Engine 25 at Boudinot St & Hart Lane in Kensington starting at 11am. All are welcome to attend.

501c4 Update
Lisa Greco and Vice-President Mike Williams are working on obtaining board insurance and completing the 501c4 paperwork.

Methadone Clinic Update
The Healing Way is still going forward with the oral arguments hearing scheduled for  11/05/12. Currently, via donations, $3000 has been raised for the neighbors defense fund to help offset ongoing legal costs incurred by the case. The Mayfair Civic Association will arrange for buses to bring neighbors down to the hearing.

Local neighborhood civic associations were notified that Northeast Treatment Centers is exploring the opening of another methadone clinic potentially attached to Sweet Lucy's on State Road.

Stueben Day Parade Update
The Stueben Day Parade honoring German heritage will be held Saturday, 10/22/12 starting at noon. The parade route will be from Solly Ave.  to the intersection of Cottman and Frankford Starting at10:30am the day of the parade there will be no parking on Frankford Ave.

Updated Zoning
3510-12 Cottman Avenue.
Applicant, Shawn Kilkenney of Casper's Bar at 3510-12 is seeking to renew a permit to continue using a jukebox. The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections had cited the bar for unknowingly letting the permit expire. Mr. Kilkenney presented letters of support from Father Judge, St. Matthew's CYO, and Jack Costello's Boxing Club. Mr. Kilkenney is seeking to renew a permit to continue using the jukebox and allow acoustic music and dancing. A review of the bar's Liquor Control Board file was pulled and there have been no violations and no underage drinking citations. The applicant was asked to join the Mayfair Business Association within 3 months, implement a consistent litter and refuse removal plan from the front of their store, and continued compliance with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Not Opposed With Provisos.

New Zoning

7635 E. Roosevelt Blvd. (Northeast corner of Revere St.)
Zoning Consultant Tom Citro was presenting for applicant,_____________. The applicant wishes to convert the ground floor of a single family home into an apartment. The ground floor was  zoned as a dentist office from 1963 to 2006 before becoming a real estate office.

This type of zoning is not allowed in this district. The newly renovated space is 621 square feet and would rent for about $850 a month. The single-family dwelling is also for rent. Neighbors in opposition to this conversion were present and stated that the applicant has already made the renovations prior to zoning approval and had placed a "For Rent" sign in the window of the property. Mr. Citro states that the applicant has since removed the sign. On the client's behalf, Mr. Citro asked neighbors if they would consider a temporary proviso or variance which can be revisited in 5 years if needed to see if the applicant has complied by the provisos.

6301 Frankford Ave—Strauss Auto
Applicant Strauss Auto, represented by _____ and attorney Brett Feldman. Signage STS Tire and Auto. The building is zoned C-7 commercial which only allows for one sign per building. Advanced Auto, which shares a building with STS, already has a sign so the sign for STS was not allowed. Currently there is a temporary banner in place for advertising. STS is seeking approval for an internally illuminated sign on the front of the building and signs over the car bays to advertise their business location. STS was asked to join the Mayfair Business Association as a proviso, along with ______.
Not opposed with provisos.

7416 Frankford AveSW corner of Vista St.
Applicant Steve Mangan of Healthy Concepts Gym is seeking permission to open up a gym at the site which is 3000 square foot (6000 if the basement is included) with a lease length of 3 years. Mr. Mangan currently operates Healthy Concepts Gym in Hatboro ( He is looking to open and operate a regular membership gym with the hours of operation from 6am to 11pm. Mr. Mangan is willing to possibly open 24 hours if needed to accommodate the varying schedules of police and firemen.. Amenities will include free weights and cardiovascular machines and membership will be $25 per month, there will be no contracts and no additional fees, open to all, and will be discounted for police and fire. Parking will be street parking and all staff available to gym members will be trained and have degrees or certifications in relevant fields. Mr. Mangan may possibly have water and protein bars for sale for gym members. Mr. Mangan may include children's membership starting at age 12 for sports teams and trainin. Mr. Mangan was asked to consider joining the MBA and to pledge to clean the external of the property as provios.
Not opposed with provisos

Mayfair Farmers Market/Fall Festival Update
The first Fall Festival is scheduled for this Sunday 9/23/12 at the intersection of Frankford Ave and Ryan Ave. Ryan Ave will be closed to vehicular traffic from 9am to 2pm. Farm fresh produce, baked goods, artisan bread, local honey, homemade pasta sauces, flowers, a beer garden sponsored by The Grey Lodge Pub, fresh bagels and organic bath and body products, and a representative from the Philly Mobile Food Association will be attending. Live music from 10-2 featuring the Father Judge Jazz Band, Mike Benner, Tricia Paffen and will provided and there will be face painting for the kids.
The second Fall Festival will be scheduled for Sunday, 10/14/12 from 9am to 2pm.
These are soft launches for full time farmers market for spring of 2013.

Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade Update
"Neighborhood Unity" is the theme of this year's parade to be held on 11/18/12 starting at noon (Rain date of 11/25/12). The parade route will be from Rhawn Street to Knorr Street. The Presidents of the 3 civic associations, Joe DeFelice (Mayfair), Mary Benussi (Tacony) and Rich Frizell (Holmesburg) are the Grand Marshals. There will be a stage set up at Frankford and Cottman and the participants in the parade are encouraged to perform in this area. Homemade floats can be made and entered by neighbors for prizes. For more information contact Lisa at or at 215-624-6660.
Vacant residential lot between Ryan Ave and Cottman Ave (3500 block) Update
The MCA is working with local attorney to parcel off the property to sell to neighbors. Extreme Towing will be towing unregistered cars off of the property.
Mayfair Dog Park Update
The committee met with Barry Bressler, Chief of Staff for Philly Parks and Recreation, who states that Parks and Rec is willing and interested in including a dog park somewhere in the neighborhood but the location is yet to be determined. Money for fencing and long term maintenance needs to be raised (approx. $10,000). A Beef and Beer event is being explored for the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving at a local hall with raffles, gift baskets, etc.
Mayfair Clean-up Committee Update
A volunteer team of neighbors led by Jim Ortlieb and Anna Stacey cleaned up both sides of Frankford Ave for approximately 30 blocks. They also recently held clean-ups assisted by CLIP at the Mayfair Playground at Mayfair Elementary and Mayfair Memorial Playground at Lincoln High School. The committee also removed the planter boxes from out front of Family Dollar on Frankford Ave which were being used as trash cans and ashtrays.
The next planned clean-up is Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10am at the Frankford/Cottman triangle prior to the second Mayfair Fall Festival. Fliers were handed out at the meeting and attendees were encouraged to get involved via Facebook at the "Mayfair Clean-up" page and click on "Events".
 Mayfair Town Watch Update
 A new board was elected in August. The new president is Anna Stacey, VP Joe Conboy, Secretary Stephanie Kramer, Treasurer Mia Hylan, Communications Director John Jenkins, Logistics Coordinator, Rob Pasco,  Community Relations and Recruitment Coordinator, Donna Conboy, Member Coordinator, Danny Mills. Former president, Milt Martelack, who is currently dealing with health issues was named an honorary founding member.
The group is still looking for volunteers to become regular patrol members. More information can be found on Facebook under "Mayfair Town Watch".
There is a Captain's Town Hall Meeting scheduled for 9/25/12 at 7pm. All members of the community are encouraged to attend to voice concerns in the neighborhood to 15th police district captain, Frank Bachmeyer.

Mayfair Memorial Playground (at Lincoln High School) Update
There will be a first birthday celebration and Halloween Spooktacular at MMP, Saturday, 10/27/12 from noon to 2pm. The cost is $2 per child. Kids under 10 will be able to decorate a mini-pumpkin and play Halloween themed games. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating at tables set up by businesses, organizations and politicians. All proceeds will go towards new fencing and equipment at the playground.

Mayfair Christmas Tree Lighting
The tree lighting is scheduled for December 2, 2012 with the location to be determined.
Mayfair CDC update
The CDC continues to explore a Business Improvement District (BID) for Holmesburg/Mayfair to spur business development.
The CDC is also exploring a Greening Grant of $30,000 from the city for cleaning graffiti off the poles and cleaning up the business corridor.
BPT grant business can push it's business privelage tax ? Clarify this for me...I have no idea what that means!
CDC is working with a conservatorship of a house at Sheffield and Frankford, take the property, and  clean it up. The CDC would be granted temporary custody of the property, do work and improvements, and try to collect the amount spent from owner. If not, the property would be put on the open market.
CDC was granted several city Activities Grant totaling $4000;  $1000 will go towards the Mayfair May Fair and $3000 will go towards the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run.
Open Discussion
  • Neighbors raised concerns regarding the vacant Wawa building at Tyson and Brous Ave. They were informed that the owners appeared at a previous zoning meeting and  it will be a laundromat that is in the process of opening. The weeds and maintenance of the property needs to be addressed with the owner.

  • Lisa Deeley, representative from Councilman Bobby Henon's office informed neighbors that a new constituent office is open at 6730 Torresdale Avenue.

  • There is a Senior Fair scheduled for the Mayfair Community Center for Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Mayfair Community Center at 2990 St. Vincent St. There will be health screenings, raffles, a light lunch and information from local businesses and government agencies. Voter ID registrations will also be available from Kevin Boyle's office

  • Jim Ortlieb of the Mayfair Clean-up Committee asked if  trash cans can be installed and picked up by the city of Philadelphia around the 2 ½ miles "Lincoln Loop". there are very few there currently.

  • Joe Lynch and Rich Vito, of the County Board of Elections, brought a voting machine for attendees to try out. Applications for alternative and absentee ballots and written explanations about the state’s new voter identification law were also available.
  • Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election. Voters must present a photo ID card at polling places. You can use a passport, senior facility id with picture, or a driver's license that hasn't been expired for more than a year.

  • The next MCA meeting will be scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012 at 7pm at the Mayfair Community Center.

  • Secretary and Zoning Committee Chair, Pete McDermott stated that on 8/22/12 the Philadelphia Planning Commission changed the zoning code to give neighborhood organizations more power over what goes into their business districts. The code was expanded the code and classifications for zoning were changed. Civic groups will now have to decide on a new overlay for Frankford Ave. The MCA will be working with the neighborhood for feedback either via Facebook and email about which stores and which uses will be allowed (i.e. cash for gold, medical, retail, etc.)

Meeting adjourned at 8:19pm.

Meeting minutes submitted by Communications Secretary Mia Hylan on 9/28/12.


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