Dear Friends and Neighbors of Cedar Park,
Once again, Cedar Park Neighbors, in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season.
In 2012, we were able to reach over 660 people. As a continuation of this successful event, we need your financial help and support.
Please consider a suggested donation in the amount of $36. Support at this amount will help us feed two families and foster our commitment to “neighbors helping neighbors.”
We will be packing and distributing the baskets on Saturday December 21, 2013 from 8:30am -10:30am at Renewal Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 47th and Cedar Ave. All volunteers are most welcome! Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
We thank you in advance for your support!
Michelle and Beverly
To donate to our Holiday Basket Drive, please click here.
Remember: all annual CPN membership dues expire at the end of each calendar year. While you’re thinking about it, please consider joining or renewing today, by clicking here.
The City is rolling out its Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) this month. It could mean significant property tax savings for Cedar Park homeowners. This is a brand new program. It’s different than the homestead exemption. (Some have called it “Gentrification Relief.”) To qualify you (generally) need to have:
1. lived in the home you own since July 1, 2003.
2. a household income of less than 150% of the median area income (for example, one-person households must have income of less than $83,200/year.)
3. experienced a jump in the assessed value of your home of more than 300%.
Applications are due on 1/15/2014. If eligible, you will receive a significant discount on your property taxes for the next 10 years. You can find more information, including the application by visiting this City website: www.phila.gov/loop
It’s time for our Fall Love Your Park event. We will be raking, weeding and cleaning in Cedar Park on Nov. 16, from 9:30 am – noon. The day will be followed by a community Fall Picnic in the Park which will follow, weather permitting, at 12:30.
We hope you can consider volunteering with the clean up for an hour or so and then join us for the picnic.
You can also download the newsletter as a pdf from issuu.com
Cedar Park Neighbors hosted a workshop for over 50 neighbors on Wednesday, September 11. The workshop, co-sponsored with our friends at Walnut Hill Community Association and Garden Court Community Association, discussed how to apply for the homestead exemption, how to appeal your AVI assessment to the BRT, and much more. We were also joined by Rep. Jim Roebuck, Marty Cabry and Chris Riddick from Councilwoman Blackwell’s office, and Monty Wilson, an attorney with Community Legal Services.
For more information on the various tax programs, you can download the Crosstown Coalition of Taxpayers’ excellent guides at the links below:
AVI Survival Guide (includes information on various programs for low-income taxpayers, seniors, and people with disabilities.)
AVI Appeal Guide (includes step-by-step information on how to appeal your property assessment)
Building upon the “Future of the Neighborhood” survey results and Baltimore Avenue conversation, the Development Impact Task Force crafted development principles in the spring to aid our group, the Zoning Committee and Board towards guiding how the neighborhood grows and evolves. CPN developed the principles for both residential and commercial development that encourages investment in the community. Below are some of the principles.
Commercial development should add value and enhance the quality of life
As a community with a rich history and bright future, CPN prefers new residential and commercial development that adds value and meets unmet needs versus development for development’s sake. New residential or commercial developers should be able to talk about how their project will contribute to the community as a whole and specifically how the project will serve/enhance the quality of life for all neighbors.
Development should serve those of different backgrounds
Cedar Park residents value diversity in all forms and are particularly interested in new commercial and residential development that welcomes people of different races, classes, ages, sexual orientation and ability. New residential or commercial developers should be able to talk about how their project will contribute to the community as a whole and specifically how the project will serve/enhance the quality of life for neighbors of different backgrounds.
Value locally owned businesses and organizations
Cedar Park residents believe that locally-owned businesses (businesses owned by local residents and businesses with a history of involvement with the neighborhood) play a vital role in Cedar Park’s sustainable economic development. CPN values the presence of locally owned and operated businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations and wants to support their continued success.
Development should complement existing stock
Development should maintain or respect existing character of blocks, but more diversity already exists along the commercial corridor. Development is preferred that complements existing stock especially in terms of scale, proportion and architectural features, but higher density is preferred along the commercial corridor.
Street level development should encourage foot traffic
Commercial development should make best use of street level space by housing operations there that encourage high-volume foot traffic, make best use of display windows, include signage and lighting and offer hours of operation that extend until at least 8pm.
Commercial activities should generally not occur on residential blocks and be focused along commercial corridors. There is however existing precedence for some “corner stores” within residential areas.
Respect character of residential blocks
Residential development should maintain or respect existing character of blocks and the scale of building stock. Aesthetic consistency is of a higher importance within residential blocks, particularly with regard to architectural features such as porches, bay windows, and detail and building lines.
Here is a link to the full development principles.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email contact at cedarparkneighbors dot org
Chair, CPN Development Impact Task Force
Starting in September, Soccer Shots will bring their youth soccer program to Cedar Park. Soccer Shots is a national program created in collaboration withchildhood education specialists, professional soccer players, and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. They use creative and age-appropriate curricula, infusing each lesson plan with enthusiasm and structured activity through a mixture of play and learning basic soccer skills. The program will serve kids ages 2-4 will divide participants into two potential age groups: 2 year olds, 3 to 4 year olds. This will supplement the neighborhood’s Clark Park Youth Soccer League, which serves youth aged 5-11.
Starting September 14, Soccer Shots will run for 2 hours once a week on Saturday mornings. This season runs from September 14th thru November 16th. During each week’s 2-hour time frame, they will provide two to three session times, which are 30-40 minutes each. Session will occur on two small grass sections of the park, which will allow Soccer Shots to provide classes for a maximum of 15-17 children during each 40-minute time slot. There is a registration fee to participate this activity, and registration is online at http://philly.ssreg.org
CPN is excited to bring this youth program to Cedar Park and look forward to fun and active fall season.
Download the Cedar Park Soccer Shot flyer
In the summer of 2012, over 500 Cedar Park residents participated in a survey about the future of the Cedar Park neighborhood. Over several months, members of the CPN board and Development Impact Task Force have analyzed and compiled the data from the survey. CPN also researched recent census data to contextualize the changes seen and experienced over the last decade.
Within the survey responses, there was wide agreement from survey respondents on many important topics. Almost universally, there was excitement about increased vitality of the Baltimore Avenue commercial corridor, the decreasing number of blighted/vacant properties and the sense of community that residents feel here.
Sense of community, access to public transit, walkability, bikeability, green space, architectural character, affordability, and racial & economic diversity are the top reasons that Cedar Park residents choose to live in the neighborhood.
On matters of zoning, residents want to see more growth and amenities along commercially zoned areas of the neighborhood, and a majority of respondents preferred that new commercial development be led by local business owners. Most neighbors desire future development that is compatible with the character and style of existing architecture. See the attached report for the full analysis and data.
Download here: CPN Future of the Neighborhood Report Findings
Contact david.hincher at gmail dot com if you have any questions or comments regarding this survey.
Chair, CPN Development Impact Task Force
Each year, Cedar Park Neighbors raises money to award scholarships to help neighborhood students attend college. Since its inception the scholarship program has awarded over 134 scholarships to more than 60 of our young neighbors. That is truly amazing when you think about how those funds were raised by neighborhood residents, who have chosen to give generously over the years to assure the youth in our community have the opportunity to pursue their aspirations!
This year, we’ve fallen about $400 short of our fundraising goal.
If we don’t raise this amount, we will need to deny one more worthy applicant or reduce the total scholarship amount.
Will you help us raise this last $400?
Click here to contribute to the fund. (Please write “scholarship” in the comment box.)
PS. Zachary Spence, a junior at Howard University and one of our current recipients, shared that “as tuition continues to increase, the scholarship is greatly needed.” Zach continues to immerse himself in his collegiate experience, majoring in engineering and participating on the Howard University travelling basketball team. He maintains a 3.5 grade point average and spent the summer interning at the Navy Yard. He got hands on experience as a computer engineer as he helped develop a simulator for the Navy’s submarine ships, composed of two tanks which transfer water between themselves and a reservoir. He constructed a computer program that controlled the simulator and allowed users to conduct preferred functions.