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.
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Last year, a coalition of community and civic leaders in the Northeast organized around a common goal: splitting the 15th police district. Out of that effort, we were able to secure an unprecedented 30 new police officers to patrol our neighborhoods. It's that kind of focused, community-driven effort that inspired Northeast 2020.
The Mayfair CDC, along with partners Scioli Turco, Inc. and BSI Construction, is happy to report that 3446 Ryan Ave, seen below, will officially be fully rehabbed, returned to productive use and on the market in the coming weeks via local Realtor Jen Curran . This is the second conservatorship that we have embarked on, the other was corner of Sheffield and Frankford, but the first we have taken to completion.
We have since filed on a property at 6832 Revere St as well as one on 3300 Bleigh Ave and will be filing shortly on 3246 Ryan Ave. We are also reviewing a property on 7800 Lister St. Lastly, because of our efforts on 3446 Ryan, we were able to engineer the sale of 3448 Ryan Ave, also an eyesore where some squatters had taken refuge.
The Act 135 Conservatorship Law was championed by neighborhood State Rep John Taylor and allows CDC to take over blighted and abandoned properties that owe taxes and are an eyesore. Thanks to Mia Hylan and Marc Collazzo from Rep Taylors Office for helping us navigate this law.
We hope to have a ribbon cutting in the next few weeks for 3446 Ryan Ave and will keep you updated.
Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District
Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City Council last week would create a Business Improvement District (BID) for the area, capping off years of planning and community outreach.
BIDs, like the Center City District or Germantown Special Services District, fund street-cleaning, lighting, security, and business-support services through additional tax assessments on commercial properties. The Mayfair CDC and other civic groups have worked with the City's Commerce Department over the last few years to lay the groundwork for a Mayfair BID, and leaders there feel confident the current effort will succeed where other recent attempts in Chinatown, North Philadelphia, and Washington Square West have failed.
“I don’t see any opposition,” said Councilman Bobby Henon, who introduced the bill authorizing the Mayfair BID.
Henon noted that the steering committee charged with organizing the BID has made repeated contact with business owners in the affected area. Once Council holds a public hearing on the BID, affected property owners will have 45 days to send the city a letter saying they oppose the district. If 51 percent of affected owners state their opposition—or owners whose property represents 51 percent of the total commercial property value of the area—the BID cannot move forward.
“They were pretty thorough with their outreach,” said Denis Murphy, of the city’s Commerce Department. “I don’t expect them to have any problems.”
Joe DeFelice, a lawyer and president of the Mayfair CDC, said he first started thinking about creating a BID in the neighborhood during a continuing legal education (CLE) course on the topic six years ago. He said the steering committee has worked hard to figure out the right assessment—an amount that’s feasible for property owners and sufficient to fund a productive BID.
According to the preliminary BID plan, taxable commercial properties in the target area would pay either $365 a year or an additional 0.23 percent of assessed property value to the District, whichever assessment is greater. The plan estimates a first-year revenue of around $294,000, collected from a total of 321 commercial properties on Frankford between Sheffield Street and Harbison Avenue. The funds would be used to pay for a marketing campaign, a safety study, street cleaning and extra trash pick-up focused on problem areas, lighting for security and decoration, and a signage plan.
“We hope we start seeing more retail, more customers, more nightlife,” said DeFelice. “The more businsess that comes to Mayfair, the better.”
DeFelice said he’d like the corridor to capture the type of vibrancy seen on East Passyunk Avenue or East Girard Avenue, both of which have been transformed over the last decade. (East Passyunk has a BID; East Girard does not.)
Mayfair had previously flirted with imposing a zoning overlay on the commercial corridor, which would have banned certain types of businesses, including pawn shops, barber shops, nail salons, and group daycare centers. Both DeFelice and Councilman Henon said that proposal has been dropped for now.
Zoning Update: Last night we hosted a Mayfair Civic Zoning Meeting. here is the outcome:
1. 6501 E. Roosevelt Boulevard - Adult Day Health Center - Commercial
- NOT OPPOSED W/ PROVISOS - Applicants agreed to all provisos including reverting zoning back to original designation should they vacate the premises as well as an agreement not to dispense methadone
2. 7213 Frankford Avenue - Psychic Readings by Sandra - Commercial -
- CONTINUED - Applicant failed to notify other RCOs. Also both Civic and applicant will determine prior to next meeting if State Law making it a crime to Palm Read for Profit squares with City regulations.
3. 6300 Frankford Avenue - Express Fuel Gas Station - Commercial - (2nd Meeting) Serve Hot Food
- OPPOSED - Applicant was a "no show" - Civic voted OPPOSED in absentia
4. 3224 Fanshawe Street – Residential – Vivek Nanda - Conversion from Single to Duplex
- OPPOSED - Applicant, a Montgomery County resident, could not recall who shoveled the snow in the winter time at this investment property nor did he have a designated local agent.
Monday April 20th 2015 – 7:30PM - Mayfair Community Center
Agenda • Pledge of Allegiance • Officers Present • Membership - (Must reside within Civic boundaries) - $10 per year / $40 - 5 year / $100 - Lifetime – Applications available at the rear or online atMayfairCivicAssociation.com
Announcements • This is a special meeting being held strictly to address zoning in Mayfair
1. 6501 E. Roosevelt boulevard - Adult Day Health Center - Commercial To include Accessory Food Services / Kitchen, Medical Clinic, Multipurpose Room with Incidental Administrative Offices (Day Care Center) (Medical, Dental, Health Practioner Category) (Group Practioner) in Store #1 as part of an existing area Shopping Center
2. 7213 Frankford avenue - Psychic Readings by Sandra - Commercial - Sandra Stevenson Application for the business personal services (Psychic, Palm and Tarot Readings) and the retail sales of Crystals, Books, Jewelry etc. on the first floor with existing single family dwelling on the second floor
3. 6300 Frankford avenue - Express Fuel Gas Station - Commercial - (2nd Meeting) Seeking a Special Exemption for Food Preparation including serving Hot Food
4. 3224 Fanshawe street – Residential – Vivek Nanda Permit for the Legalization of a Duplex
Voting Current Members of the Mayfair Civic Association have the following three (3) voting options
1. Opposed – Denying the applicant from getting zoning approval
2. Not Opposed With Provisos – Granting permission for the applicant to gain zoning approval with Provisos (Detailed below which may be added to if necessary)
3. Not Opposed – Granting the applicant zoning permission with No Provisos
Wrap Up - If anyone would like to get more involved with the Mayfair Civic Association, we could use volunteers! Please see any of the officers present, or send us an email – Thank you!
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Next Meeting - Monday May 18th - 7PM - Mayfair Community Center
Business / Commercial Provisos 1. Join and maintain Membership within the Mayfair Business Association 2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times 3. Signage to be kept to a minimum: a. No nailing of banners to the walls b. No excess signage in the windows - Windows should be easily seen through at all times c. No illuminated or flashing signs d. No advertising flags, banners, or freestanding signs of any kind 4. Add and maintain an outdoor trashcan, 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.
Residential Provisos 1. Join and maintain Membership with the Mayfair Civic Association 2. The outside of your establishment must be kept clean, maintained, graffiti free, and swept at all times 3. Snow removal to be done within 6 hours of the storm 4. Contact information (Name - Phone Number - Email) to be provided to the Mayfair Civic Association for the owner, as well as property manager
Each year we select a local resident or neighborhood organization to receive the Mayfair Award. This year's Honoree, to be given out at the Mayfair May Fair on Saturday May 16, 2015 at Noon at Cottman and Frankford Aves, is former Vietnam Vet, former Philadelphia Police Officer and longtime neighborhood resident and Mayfair CDC employee Jim Berghaier. Below is a copy of the letter we sent to Jim informing him of our decision.
***Text of the Letter***
April 9, 2015
Mr. Jim Berghaier
Re: 2015 Mayfair Award
Dear Mr. Berghaier:
Please accept this letter on behalf of
the Mayfair Civic Association as notification that you have been selected to
receive our Annual Mayfair Award; past recipients include Reese Hartey, past
Chairman of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, Monsignor Charles
McGroarty, Pastor of St. Matthew Parish, John Leong, unofficial neighborhood
photographer and the Lansing Knights and Holy Terrors Youth Organizations.
award is given each year to a neighborhood resident or organization that has
made a significant impact on our community and has done their part in making
Mayfair a better place to live. You have
served this community in several capacities:
First, in the Armed Services in Vietnam; Second, in the Philadelphia Police
where you served with Honor and Valor; Third, for your contributions as a
longtime staffer of the Mayfair CDC, where the work you do usually goes underappreciated
in the community, and finally as a neighbor and parent who raised their
children here. Because of people like
Jim Berghaier, Mayfair is still a great place to live and work.
on May 16, 2015 at 12PM at Cottman and Frankford Aves., during our Annual
Mayfair May Fair, we would like to honor you as a recipient of the Fifth Annual
Mayfair Award. Again, congratulations
and please contact me with any questions.
J. DeFelice, Esq.
cc: Michael Scotese,
President, Mayfair Business Association
Lisa Greco, Secretary, Mayfair