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Monday, June 15, 2015

Newsworks: Mayfair business improvement district moving forward in Philly City Council


A business improvement district aimed at bringing some extra services to Mayfair has gotten through a first round of City Council committee approvals. 
Merchants testified one by one that a business improvement district is urgently needed in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.  

Mark McCafferty grew up there and came back to live and to run the family business.

"It will mean a livelier, more vibrant, more attractive and safer business environment, with better marketing and outreach," he told Council members. "All this spells prosperity for the future for those who work live and own property in Mayfair, for many of us that is all rolled into one."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Zoning Decision - 6300 Frankford Ave

Via Email                                                                                                                                June 10, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:                          Letter of Non-Opposition
6300 Frankford Ave
Applicant – Mamraj Singh represented by Shawn Ward
Special Exception to sell hot food
Appeal No. 24430 Permit No. 582909
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO) as a Letter of NON-OPPOSITION with Provisos.  A second meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday May 18, 2015, at 7PM due to Applicant’s Lack of Preparation at first Meeting.  Fortunately, Applicant corrected prior issues and came prepared for this meeting. Therefore, our Members decided, by a count of 12-3, to NOT OPPOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING 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 -
                                                - 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
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;
8.       Removal of Clothes Drop-off Box;
9.       No seating for Food Consumption;
10.     Trash Cleanup/Pickup 3x a day; and
11.     Food cannot be sold after 10:00 PM.

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:            Andrew Dick, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Larissa Klevan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

                Shawn Ward, Attorney for Applicant

Zoning Decision 2000 McKinley Street

                     
Via Email                                                                                                                              June 10, 2015
Ms. Julia Chapman
Chairperson
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Re:          RCO Meeting Summary (2nd Meeting)
Re: 2000 McKinley Street
Dear Ms. Chapman:
                Please accept this letter on behalf of the Mayfair Civic Association (“MCA”) which represents the neighbors of the Mayfair Community as their Registered Community Organization (RCO).  A second meeting for this applicant was held at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St on Monday May 18, 2015, at 7PM to address some issues put forth by the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Our Members decided OVERWHELMINGLY to NOT OPPOSE WITH THE FOLLOWING 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 -
                                           - 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
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; and
7.       Notify the MCA and Mayfair Business Association that you are seeking new hires and hire within the community if possible

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:           Chris Creelman, Councilman Bobby Henon
                Mike Scotese, Mayfair Business Association
                Donny Smith, Mayfair Civic Association
                Alonzo Coates,  Petitioner

                Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Timeline Re: Devon Zoning from President Donny Smith

To clear up any confusion and to hopefully answer as many questions as as I can, below is a "Devon Timeline" of sorts
The Mayfair CDC (previous administration) purchased the Devon and completely restored it to the beautiful building that it is today. It was restored and zoned to be used as a theater, and at that time it was operating as such. Its restoration was intended to revitalize Frankford avenue, and to bring the arts to Mayfair and surrounding neighborhoods.
Sadly, the CDC lost the Devon due to lack of funding, and the CDC returned the Devon back to the bank in lieu of foreclosure
The bank sold the Devon well below market value in February of 2014. It was valued at over $1.5 million dollars, however it was purchased for $487,500. by The Devon Frankford LLC / Mark Riscioli
The exact arrangements are complicated, however it appears as though Roscioli sold the Devon to Kingdom Life Christian Center in December 2014 for $500,000., however the mortgage is for $950,000.
Mark Roscioli is now the former owner of the Devon, however he is now acting as the banker and is holding the mortgage
The Kingdom Life Christian Center, after signing the agreement with Roscioli and finalizing the deal, apparently then discovered that the Devon was not zoned to be used as a church, and it required a Special Exception from the Philadelphia Zoning Board in order to be in compliance.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center went to Councilman Henon for help in getting zoning approval, and Councilman Henon's office contacted the Mayfair Civic Association (the coordinating Registered Community Organization or RCO) to set up a meeting.
On February 28th, The Kingdom Life Christian Center held a "Building Dedication" at the Devon.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center has opened and is currently operating a Food Bank at the Devon location
Without the proper zoning in place, The Kingdom Life Christian Center is currently operating illegally at the Devon
A meeting was held at the Devon and it included representatives from the Mayfair CDC (new administration), Mayfair Civic Association, representatives from the Kingdom Life Christian Center, and representatives from Councilman Henon's office. Since Mayfair currently has several Daycare facilities located along Frankford avenue which Mayfair orgs. are working hard to revitalize, and a Food Bank already in operation at St. Johns church on Tyson avenue, Mayfair representatives asked the Kingdom Life Christian Center to withdraw from using the Devon as a Daycare Facility, or as a Food Bank Center. During the meeting, Mayfair representatives also asked Kingdom Life Christian Center to allow the Devon to become a polling location, to keep the Devon marquee in place, and to allow community usage of the Devon (school plays etc) up to 12 times a year.
During follow up conversations and meetings, the Kingdom Life Christian Center agreed to allow the Devon to become a polling location up to 2 times a year, and to keep the marquee intact, however the church felt that the 12 times community usage was excessive, and the church refused Mayfair's requests to refrain from opening another Daycare center on Frankford avenue, or another Food Bank in Mayfair
On Sunday May 31st, there was a "Grand Re-Opening" titled "The Broadway On The Delaware". The organizer of this event had an arrangement with the Kingdom Life Christian Center for this event, and there are no guarantees that these performances will continue in the future.
The Mayfair Civic Association is hosting a Special Zoning Meeting on Monday June 15th at 7:30pm at the Mayfair Community Center. During this meeting, Mayfair Civic Association Members and neighbors residing in the immediate RCO's will have the opportunity to voice their opinions, and to vote on this issue.
The Kingdom Life Christian Center is scheduled to appear before the Philadelphia Zoning Board on June 23rd 2015 to obtain the Special Exception required to legally operate. Part of the requirement needed to obtain proper zoning approval will be for the Kingdom Life Christian Center to be able to provide 1 parking spot for every 10 seats at the Devon. The Devon has approximately 440 seats. This would require the Kingdom Life Christian Center to provide no less than 44 off street parking spots. All residents are invited to this hearing as well.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Movie Night at Pennypack on the Delaware

Hello Mayfair Civic,
Please share with colleagues, family and friends! 
DRCC is presenting a FREE outdoor Movie Night on Wednesday, June 17at 8:30PM. Location is at Pennypack Park on the Delaware (see attached flyer). Thanks! 


Alexia Sotirchos

Friends Program Coordinator
Delaware River City Corporation
3460 N. Delaware Ave. Suite 306