Monday, February 24, 2014

Shamrock Shuttle Changes and Updates

The date of the 2014 Shamrock Shuttle has been moved from this weekend (March 1st) to Saturday March 15th from Noon - 6PM. The reason for the change was due to the poor weather foretasted for this weekend.

Participating in the Shuttle this year are:
Fluke's State Road
Sheffield Tavern

The Mayfair Civic Association has participated in 4 meetings with the bar owners involved in the Shuttle to ensure that the neighbor's concerns were addressed. (primarily urinating in public, and litter). We have also met with Captain McCloskey of the 15th to discuss police presence during the event, and the Captain has also met with the bar owners to discuss the same.

As a result of our meetings, the bar owners have agreed to place 70+ porta potties along Frankford ave and surrounding areas during the event, and they have hired the Father Judge football team to clean up the following day. We have also made arrangements with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to prevent parking in front of each bar so the the buses can pull right up to the curb instead of blocking the street. This will make the event safer for attendees, and easier for cars to pass. The bars are also using wristbands during the event to ensure that everyone is properly carded, and they have special event cups to prevent outside alcohol form entering the event. Captain McCloskey has said that he will beef up patrols, and these patrols will include patrols in the alleyways. Mayfair Town Watch will also be on hand patrolling as well.

While I understand that we can never make everyone completely happy, please keep in mind that this is a 6 hour event, and many of these bars rely heavily on the revenue collected during this event to get them through the summer months while people are vacationing.
This is also a huge day for other businesses in Mayfair, such as pizza places like Gino's, restaurants like the Mayfair and Emma's, and others like the Soft Pretzel Factory. 

I am happy that the participating bar owners have taken the neighbors concerns seriously, and that they have gone to great lengths and expense to ensure that the 2014 Shamrock Shuttle is fun, and safe for everyone visiting Mayfair!
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ZONING DECISION:3052 Fanshawe St - Variance for Two Family Dwelling


  February 17, 2014
Ms. Julia Chapman
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:          Appeal for Use Variance at 3052 Fanshawe St - Variance for Two Family Dwelling

Attorney:               Jim DeMarco        

Dear Ms. Chapman
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as a letter of Opposition, Re: the above.  The MCA heard facts from the owner, his attorney and several neighbors and took the following vote: Not Opposed – One, Not Opposed with Provisos – Nine and Opposed – Nineteen and issued our decision for the following reasons: 

1.        Owner failed to properly shovel the above corner property several days following a major snowstorm causing a severe inconvenience to many of the surrounding neighbors (Attached as “Exhibit A”),
2.        Residents have grown accustomed to this property serving as a single family residence and would like to see it remain the same,
3.        Owner, or tenant, erected a very large shed without approval from the City causing for poor visual guidance to residents exiting the shared driveway.  Such structure was subsequently removed by force of the City (Attached as “Exhibit B”),, and
4.        Three Violations with the City Of Philadelphia including 393711 Violation: CLIP VIOLATION NOTICE, and  Violation: LICENSE - RENTAL PROPERTY,  409047 Violation: PERM Z- NEW USE 365701 and Violation: PERM Z- NEW USE

Therefore, due to the reasons stated above, the MCA, i.e. the Controlling RCO for the neighborhood, asks this Zoning Board of Adjustment, to deny the request for variance. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the number below.  
                                                                                                Very Truly Yours,
                                                                                                Joe De Felice sig      
                                                                                                Joseph J. DeFelice, Esq.                      
                                                                                                Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                                         (215) 292-3926

cc: Jim DeMarco, Applicant/Attorney
      Lisa Deeley, Councilman Bobby Henon
      Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association

Monday, February 17, 2014

No Handbills? No problem!!

Are you tired of the 10 menus that accumulate in your door during a 24 hour time period? Tired of cleaning them up off of your lawn and your neighbors lawn on a windy day?

Click the link below and it will direct you to the City of Philadelphia Department of License and Inspections Circular Non-Delivery Decal Order Form.

City of Philadelphia Non-Delivery Decal Order Form

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Healing Way Methadone Clinic Appeal Hearing

The Widener Building 1339 Chestnut Street

Monday , 2/10 @ 1PM

2nd floor


Just a reminder about Mondays hearing , please feel to forward to whoever you wish

Prom Gown Exchange!!!

Hey Ladies!! Want to do some early spring cleaning? Do you or anyone you know have bridesmaid or prom dresses taking up valuable closet space? We would LOVE to give our local high school girls an opportunity to get their dresses for free at our Prom Gown Exchange sponsored by the Mayfair Community Development Corporation. Help us out by spreading the word and donating dresses, shoes and accessories!! We will also be holding raffles for beauty, tanning, and flower packages donated by Mayfair Business Association members!