CPN Zoning Hearing for the Bar(n)

Neighbors, We hosted a community meeting on Wednesday, June 8 regarding The Bar(n) (located at 4901 Catherine Street) request for an outdoor seating permit. Below is our official letter to the City is support of a temporary 3 month outdoor seating permit. Below is a link to the full 8 page letter.


David Hincher, President Cedar Park Neighbors

CPN Zoning letter regarding Bar(n) outdoor seating

Bar(n) letter outdoor seating Page 001

Zoning Notice: 5037 Baltimore & 5039 Baltimore Ave (April 11, 2013)

5037 Baltimore Avenue

5037 Baltimore Avenue and

5039 Baltimore Avenue

Cedar Park Neighbors (CPN) would like to inform local residents of 2 distinct applications submitted to the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) regarding 5037 Baltimore Avenue and 5039 Baltimore Avenue.

The CPN Zoning Committee will be holding a PUBLIC MEETING for both applications at:

People’s Baptist Church, 5039 Baltimore

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm.

The applicants will be present to answer questions and hear community comment.


1. 5037 Baltimore Ave: Calendar # 20051

Applicant: Craig King, Ventures Abby Real Estate

ZBA hearing:  April 23rd at 9:30am at 1515 Arch Street



“Special Exception for a sit down restaurant with 75 seats to include music/entertainment (Night Club/Private Club) on the 1st Floor in the same building with existing four (4) family dwelling above in an existing structure.”

5037 Baltimore is currently zoned CMX - 2 Neighborhood Commercial Mixed Use 2.  The new leasee proposes to renovate the building, maintaining the current interior layout which has a commercial space on the first floor with four apartments on the two floors above. The building exterior will be painted and the commercial space completely renovated to accommodate a sit-down restaurant and jazz club. The applicant anticipates weekend live jazz entertainment. The applicant does not anticipate obtaining a liquor license.

2. 5039 Baltimore Ave. Calendar #20010

Applicant: People's Baptist Church

ZBA Hearing:  April 16th at 9:30 am at 1515 Arch Street

Sign Permit Application

“Permit for the legalization of two (2) existing signs and for the erection of one (1) Flatwall sign (total 3 signs on lot) (Stucco Sign (Cross sign) is above the second floor) accessory to an existing house of worship (church), size and location as shown in the application.”

This permit seeks legalization of the existing name and cross enclosed in the stucco facing and for the erection of a new sign measuring 24” by 80” with a light emitting diode (LED) display. The sign’s display will change and the message will move slowly across the screen on a continual basis.

We hope this information is helpful. The policy of the CPN Zoning Committee is to reflect the concerns or support of the community to the ZBA. If you would like to comment on this application or have questions, please contact the CPN Zoning Committee by Thursday April 11th at 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283); contact@cedarparkneighbors.org.



Stacey Main

CPN Zoning Committee

Help us with the future of Cedar Park survey

A lot of changes have been happening in our neighborhood. Cedar Park Neighbors is a community association representing all residents in our neighborhood. And the board of directors has asked for your help figuring out what role to play as the neighborhood undergoes change. It’s an exciting time

We’re attracting new residents. People are buying and fixing up blighted property. Some great new businesses have opened up.

But there is also anxiety about the rate of change, especially as rents have gone up, and some residents will face property tax bills that they can’t afford.

The kind of change Cedar Park is experiencing today generates issues about things like affordability, zoning, land use, parking, education, and quality of life. Cedar Park Neighbors is frequently asked by its members to respond to these kinds of concerns.

Additionally, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission has asked Cedar Park Neighbors and other community organizations to give input on its new plan for Southwest Philadelphia and University City. In order to best represent your interests, the board will also use survey responses to guide participation in a city-led planning process. Cedar Park Neighbors will not be writing or creating a plan of its own.

Help make the survey results as meaningful and representative and forward the survey to everyone you know in the neighborhood and reach out to neighbors who do not have internet access. In addition to this online survey, a print version will be distributed through a network of block captains.

We need your help figuring out how to best represent the interests of all neighbors. Please take this survey to share your thoughts:



Also a printable pdf version of the survey is available here: CPN_Survey