CPN Board Election + Info Session on Taxpayer Assistance Programs

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Please join us for the executive and board member election at our annual meeting on Monday, April 16th at 6:30pm at the Calvary Community Center at 48th & Baltimore. Please enter on 48th Street for the chapel.

Vicki Riley from the Department of Revenue will speak about taxpayer assistance programs. 

SCHEDULE
6:30-7 Voting
7 - 8 Vicki Riley presentation + Q&A
8 - 9 Board Meeting

ELECTION INFORMATION:
You MUST be a CPN member to vote. You can join (or renew membership) CPN by going to http://www.cedarparkneighbors.org/join/

You can see the slate of candidates here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58976a82d1758e28994e3ac0/t/5acac016758d46742a6938c4/1523236887444/1804+spring+cpn+newsletter.pdf

Community Zoning Meeting (2nd Review)

 At a public community meeting on last month, plans (pictured) for the project were presented; concerns were expressed by community members about the density and the size/massing of the proposed building. The developer asked to return with revised plans (not pictured) in response to the discussion.

At a public community meeting on last month, plans (pictured) for the project were presented; concerns were expressed by community members about the density and the size/massing of the proposed building. The developer asked to return with revised plans (not pictured) in response to the discussion.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 - 7:30PM
Calvary Community Center - 48th and Baltimore

Entrance is on Baltimore Ave, small side door.

We will be holding a second review for a proposed project on Baltimore Avenue

4829 Baltimore Avenue
The owner is requesting a variance as follows:
FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE WITH TWO (2) ROOF ACCESS STRUCTRES FOR USE AS MULTI-FAMILY (FIVE(5) UNIT) HOUSEHOLD LIVING WITH ROOF TWO (2) ROOF DECKS ACCESSED BY PILOT HOUSES AND REAR DECK ACCESSED THROUGH SECOND FLOOR (SIZE AND LOCATIONS AS SHOWN ON THE PLAN, NO SIGN ON THIS PERMIT)

This site is currently zoned RSA-3, which would allow a single-family structure by rights. The application was refused for use, and for lot coverage. The original appeal to the ZBA was to request a use variance for a five-unitbuilding in a single-family zone, and to request that 22% of the lot be open area, as opposed to the 50% open area required by zoning.

At a public community meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018, plans (pictured) for the project as described above were presented; concerns were expressed by community members about the density and the size/massing of the proposed building. The developer asked to return with revised plans (not pictured) in response to the discussion.

Please come out to see the revised plans and elevations for the proposed building at 4829 Baltimore Avenue and to voice your opinions on this proposal. If you cannot make this meeting and wish to comment, please contact CPN.

Cedar Park Neighbors, 
Calvary Community Center,
4740 Baltimore Avenue, Phila., PA 19143
267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283) 

zoning@cedarparkneighbors.org
www.cedarparkneighbors.org

Green Stormwater Projects in the Neighborhood

We hosted Philadelphia Water Department at our March board meeting to discuss upcoming green stormwater infrastructure projects in the neighborhood.

These investments are a part of Philadelphia’s nationally renowned Green City, Clean Waters program, which uses landscaped green tools to protect local waterways from stormwater pollution.

Questions? Contact Dan at Daniel.Schupsky@phila.gov or 215.683.3405. 
Or visit Phillywatersheds.org/GreenCityCleanWaters

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Community Zoning Meeting

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Thursday March 29, 2018 - 7:30PM
Calvary Community Center - 48th and Baltimore

Entrance is on Baltimore Ave, small side door.

We will be reviewing 2 projects on Baltimore Avenue
At 7:30 PM – 5042 Baltimore Avenue
The event space Petite Fete is requesting a use certificate for the following:
PROPOSED BANQUET HALL FOR MAXIMUM FORTY NINE (49) PEOPLE (ASSEMBLY AND ENTERTAINMENT) (NO ACTIVITIES AS DEFINED IN 14-603 (13) OF PHILADELPHIA ZONING CODE) ON 1 ST FLOOR IN THE SAME BUILDING WITH EXISTING TWO (2) FAMILY DWELLING ABOVE IN AN EXISTING STRUCTURE.
This site is currently zoned CMX-2, Commercial use. The proposed use, Assembly and Entertainment, requires a special exception approval in this zoning district.

At 8:00 PM – 4829 Baltimore Avenue
The owner is requesting a variance as follows:
FOR THE ERECTION OF AN ATTACHED STRUCTURE WITH TWO (2) ROOF ACCESS STRUCTURES FOR USE AS MULTI-FAMILY (FIVE(5) UNIT) HOUSEHOLD LIVING WITH ROOF TWO (2) ROOF DECKS ACCESSED BY PILOT HOUSES AND REAR DECK ACCESSED THROUGH SECOND FLOOR (SIZE AND LOCATIONS AS SHOWN ON THE PLAN, NO SIGN ON THIS PERMIT)
This site is currently zoned RSA-3, which would allow a single-family structure by rights. The application was refused for use, and for lot coverage. This appeal to the ZBA is to request a use variance for a five-unit building in a single-family zone, and to request that 22% of the lot be open area, as opposed to the 50% open area required by zoning.

Please come out to see the proposed plans and elevations for the new building at 4829, to hear the discussion about the Petite Fete site, and to voice your opinions on these issues. If you cannot make this meeting and wish to comment, please contact CPN.
Please come out and be informed!

Cedar Park Neighbors, 
Calvary Community Center,
4740 Baltimore Avenue, Phila., PA 19143
267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283) 
www.cedarparkneighbors.org

Cedar Park Neighbors 2018 Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fundraiser

 Several current scholarship recipients and committee members during the award ceremony last July. 

Several current scholarship recipients and committee members during the award ceremony last July. 

Join us on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 4-6pm for Cedar Park Neighbors' annual Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship fundraiser to support local West Philadelphia young adults pursuing higher education and socialize with your community. We will have live music, food, and drink at the event at Dock Street Brewery.

Tickets: $50 per person aged 13 and up; $10 per person aged 6-12; littlest ones free! Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

Over the last 29 years, the scholarship program has awarded 169 scholarships to 81 of our young neighbors. CPN is very proud of this program, which is unique in that it is available for  multiple years and includes support, encouragement, and mentorship throughout the school year. The 2017 annual scholarship event raised more than $12,000 to provide scholarships for 9 neighborhood students who are now attending college.

The Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fund is named in honor of our visionary neighbor who founded the CPN Scholarship Committee in 1988. We named the fund after Gary to pay tribute to his vision, leadership and ongoing legacy. 

Kayla Lewis is one of our current scholars.  Kayla enrolled at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in the Fall. She has already taken remarkable strides and made it her new home. Last semester, she joined the Black Student Union and became an active member of the university’s PRIDE Mentoring program, which helps students forge social and cultural ties essential for academic success while strengthening identities. In January, Kayla was invited by Widener's Assistant Dean for Student Life to attend the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Conference at Temple University and she enjoyed it greatly. Kayla also applied to and was selected to become a Resident Hall Assistant for the coming Fall semester – she will be cultivating the minds of the incoming Class of 2022!

Kayla’s story is but one of the many stories that testify to the value of the CPN scholarship fund. Please consider supporting this important community effort!

Please contact scholarships@cedarparkneighbors.org with any questions.

 2017 Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fundraiser

2017 Gary Bronson Memorial College Scholarship Fundraiser

CPN seeks your help in designing new window display

 Proposed CPN Window Display at 4926 Baltimore Avenue

Proposed CPN Window Display at 4926 Baltimore Avenue

Cedar Park Neighbors is mounting a display in the window at 4926 Baltimore Avenue.  We are aiming to showcase the history of our neighborhood, with a special emphasis on the history of our beloved Cedar Park.  The space has graciously been provided by our friends at the RHD Cedar Park Women's Shelter, and the University City District is generously providing design help and funding for the project.

We have dozens of photographs, but due to space limits, cannot display them all. Could you help us select which photos to feature in the window display?  Please rank the following 18 photos from 1 to 10.  We'll then use these scores to determine the best photos to select to enlarge and showcase in the window.  Please note that we have not yet secured permission to use some of these photos in the window display.

 1910 Cedar Park Map

1910 Cedar Park Map

Do you have personal photos taken in or around Cedar Park that you would like to be featured in the window display?  If so, we would love to see them! Please email them to us at to submit them to us info@cedarparkneighbors.org or call us at 267-BALT-AVE for more information about how to share them.

Thanks,
Michael Froehlich, Amara Rockar, &
  David Hincher
Cedar Park Neighbors

PS. When you are finished ranking the photos, don't forget to click on SUBMIT at the bottom! Thanks.