Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Police District Advisory Committee (PDAC)

Here are some safety tips issued at last night's PDAC meeting that are worth repeating. These may seem like common sense items but according to the police, lack of vigilance in following them is the major reason for burglaries in our area.

  • Remove temptations from your parked car (cell phone, lap-top, loose change, etc).
  • Turn on outside lights both in front of and behind your property.
  • Lock the front and rear doors of your home.
  • Keep your sidewalks clean of dirt and litter.
  • Be aware that window air conditioners can be easily removed to provide access into your home. 

In case of an emergency, call 911.

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Traffic from PWD Work

Here's an copy of an e-mail sent out by Andy from SOSNA about the impact the PWD activity is having on the area traffic.

Hey all

A few neighbors have reached out to me about the PWD work on 22nd Street, which is affecting traffic in at least a four-block radius in most directions. 

PWD told me today to expect work on 22nd Street to last 6-8 weeks.  When they are replacing the water pipe (as they are now) the street will be closed 7 AM - 4 PM.  When they get to the sewer replacement, the street will be closed 24 hours. 

They are issuing a traffic advisory to local media, which they will send me, so SOSNA can share with our email list.

I've seen traffic backed up as far as 20th and Carpenter because of this work.  Where else have people noticed back-ups? 

Also, big thanks to Zac [Igloo] for his efforts via Commerce Department to get the trailer/pipes removed from our Triangle!


Monday, February 17, 2014

City Robo-call on Trash Collection

Apparently the City has decided it needs its trash trucks to handle the expected 2-4 inches of snow arriving on Tuesday morning. A robo-call states that there will be no trash collection Tuesday morning. Hold it till next week!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Storm Changes Trash Pickup This Week and Next

From the Streets Department website:


SANITATION UPDATE - February 12, 2014
Due to the pending snow storm expected to begin late Wednesday, February 12:
  • Collection of trash and recycling will be suspended on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14. Residents must hold their materials until next Thursday and Friday and set out on their regular trash day at curbside.
  • Rear driveway collections are suspended for the week of February 17.
For the week of February 17th there will be a REGULAR Sanitation collection schedule.
  • Crews will NOT operate on a holiday schedule. Sanitation crews will be collecting items on Monday, Feb. 17th. Residents whose regular trash day is Monday should set these items out for collection on Monday at curbside.
  • Residents should place materials curbside on their regularly scheduled collection day. Materials should be placed on top of snow mounds and visible for crews to see.
Sanitations crews will strive to maintain the regular collections schedule (with all materials placed curbside). We ask residents for their patience as crews navigate through snow and ice.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baker's Jar

Naked Philly reports that a bakery is coming (close) to our neighborhood at 16th and Bainbridge, called Baker's Jar. According to Naked Philly, "this place will specialize in cakes and other sweet stuff in jars." Read about it here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

CHOP Meeting

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia held a community meeting last night at the Philadelphia School to present their current plans on development along Schuylkill Avenue at the South Street Bridge. The meeting was sponsored by SOSNA, South Street West Business Association, and South Street West Civic Association. There were about one hundred people attending, including City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and State Representative Jordan Harris.

CHOP has set up a web site with details on their development projects. At this moment it does not contain copies of the presentation made last night, but it does have prior presentation material which is not substantially different from what was presented last night. You can view it here.

There is also information about this on the SOSNA web page, but since it is not dated, it is not clear if this is a review of last night's meeting or a prior meeting. View it here. There's also an earlier report about the development from a meeting held May 15, 2012, here.

Points from my notes:
  • This is a multi-phase development project geared to give CHOP the ability to expand as it needs in the future, perhaps even as far out as 2030.
  • Phase I is for the development of a research facility with an estimated completion date of late 2016. Demolition of existing structures on the site is expected to start as early as March of this year.
  • The main building in Phase I will have twenty-two stories with about half-million square feet. It will service about a thousand employees.
  • A parking garage and a surface lot will accommodate a total of about five hundred cars. The garage will be an "invisible" three stories, since it will abut the elevated portion of South Street and not be higher than street level.
  • One of the access point to the facility will be via a new traffic light installed at the east end of the South Street Bridge, between the existing lights at 27th Street and the pedestrian crosswalk.
  • The site will have landscaped space open to the public. Access to the Schuylkill Trail will be provided with a bridge over the CSX railroad line. A promenade will feature a cafe that will be open to the public and operate during and after business hours and on weekends.
  • Storm water will be managed through the use of a Rain Garden, which will help clean the water before it empties into the Schuylkill River.
  • Quote of the evening, this will be a "world-class environment for world-class researchers."
  • Attendee concerns include the increased traffic on the South Street Bridge, the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists passing over the proposed entry to the facility, the lack of food amenities for the employees (no cafeteria is planned), the scale of the buildings relative to the neighborhood, the development of prime river-front real estate for institutional purposes rather than retail/public use.
A follow-up meeting should be expected in about one month.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

City Council Hearing on Water Main Break

City Hall Room 400
Philadelphia, PA
When: Tuesday, February 11 at 1:00pm 
From Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's Office . . .
Councilman Johnson introduced a resolution [read it here] calling for a hearing on the water main break. The hearing will take place on February 11 at 1:00 p.m. in City Hall, Room 400. It is important to have a strong showing from residents. Contact Steve Cobb at 215-686-3412 or if you would like to testify.

(Source: SOSNA's Newsletter)

Public Meeting with Councilman Johnson About LOOP Tax Relief Program

Location: 2040 Christian Street Shiloh Baptist Church
Philadelphia, PA 19146
When: Monday, February 10 at 6pm 

Please join SOSNA and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Monday February 3 at 6 PM at Shiloh Baptist Church (2040 Christian Street) for an important public meeting to discuss property taxes and the ongoing LOOP (Longtime Owner Occupant Program), applications for which are due February 17, 2014. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Trash Collection

I got a robo-call from the City stating that due to the snow, trash and recycling collection this week is "delayed." I guess that means it's pushed out a day like it is on holiday weeks. For more info, call the Streets Department or 311.

 ---- Apologies to those who took my advice. It seems that "delayed" meant "later in the day" and not "postponed until the next day."

Sunday, February 2, 2014

CHOP's Development Plans for Schuylkill Avenue

From the Center City Residents' Association Weekly Newsletter:

WED, 2/5, 6 PM, 2501 SOUTH ST
Representatives of Children's Hospital will reveal the architectural plans for their new Schuylkill Avenue campus (between Naval Square and the rail tracks) at a public meeting in the new facilities of  The Philadelphia School, 2501 South Street (across from the state liquor store).  The CHOP plans will contain more detail than the schematics displayed at last month's presentation. While the project is not within CCRA boundaries, its size is such that it will affect our neighborhood. The earlier renderings showed a 375 foot office tower for 1500 research and administrative staffers, a free standing garage, a public park and an elevated public promenade cantilevered over the railway tracks.

And from SOSNA:

SPECIAL ZONING MEETING - CHOP Informational Presentation

2501 South Street The Philadelphia School - Ellen Schwartz & Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19146
*** Attention Neighbors - Important Zoning Meeting Regarding CHOP ***
CHOP [Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] is officially applying for permits for their massive redevelopment of Schuylkill Avenue just south of the South Street Bridge.  Therefore the SOSNA Zoning Committee, jointly with the South Street West Business Association and South Street West Civic Association, is hosting an important INFORMATIONAL meeting to review CHOP's plans. This is the start of the RCO [Registered Community Organization] review process required by the City.

Please join us at the Philadelphia School's new facility, 2501 South Street (across 25th street from the Liquor Store) on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5 at 6 PM to review these plans and share your comments and concerns with CHOP.  (The meeting will be in the Ellen Schwartz & Jeremy Siegel Early Childhood Center - directions).

*** Please note:  This is the first of multiple meetings for the community to review this project. Informational meetings are designed to allow developers to fully inform the community about the project, but no vote is taken.  These meetings allow developers such as CHOP to incorporate neighbors concerns and then re-present revised plans at a future date.

To be clear, since this is an informational meeting, SOSNA will NOT be taking a vote of neighbors on February 5.  CHOP will return for a full presentation and vote at a later date. ***

CHOP has been meeting with neighbors and stakeholders about this important project for the past few years (most recently on December 2, 2013) . To get up to speed, please visit to download their master plan and notes from previous community meetings.