51st & Baltimore Avenue development

Baltimore Avenue Business Association & Cedar Park Neighbors invite you to a public meeting to discuss development around 51st & Baltimore, including:

  • Clarifications of blight certification in Philly 2035 Southwest District Plan
  • Proposed expansion of Wellness Center
  • Advocating for community input regarding development of city owned vacant land parcels

This is an important meeting to learn about development and contribute your input. Please attend and spread the word.

Time: January 30, 6:30PM

Location: People's Baptist Church at 5039 Baltimore Avenue


Cedar Park Neighbors guiding principles for development

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. Overarching 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.

Commercial Principles

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.

Residential Principles

 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

David Hincher

Chair, CPN Development Impact Task Force

Future of the Neighborhood Report

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.


David Hincher

Chair, CPN Development Impact Task Force