Community Zoning Meeting for 51st & Baltimore

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Cedar Park Neighbors invites you to a Community Zoning Meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Community Center at 48th and Baltimore. Please use the entrance on Baltimore, small side door to left of WPMF signage.

The proposed project is to create two lots from four (4) existing lots (5046, 5048, 5050 Baltimore, & 739 S. 51st) for the erection of an attached structure (maximum height not to exceed 38 feet):

  • For use as a daycare center in Space A on the first floor – this use is allowed by right

  • For use as a group practitioner on the first floor/basement – this use will require a special exception

  • For ten (10) residential units on the cellar through third floors on parcel E – allowed is 6 units by right

  • For an existing dwelling unit on parcel F

These lots are zoned CMX-2 requiring commercial on 1st  floor along Baltimore Ave and 51st St as well as within the 1st 30' of building depth. Open area required is 20% (proposed 4%) and rear yard required is 9' (proposed 3'8").

 Please come out to see the proposed plans for this project, and to voice your opinions on this proposal. If you cannot attend this meeting and wish to comment on any of these, please contact CPN at or 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283).

Please come out and be informed!

Property Tax Information Session + CPN Board Meeting

Please join Cedar Park Neighbors for a Property Tax information session and board meeting on Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Center at 48th & Baltimore. Please use the entrance on 48th Street.

  • Salima Cunningham, Communication and Community Outreach Coordinator at the City of Philadelphia, Office of Property Assessment
  • Representative from Councilwoman Blackwell's office
  • Rian Franks, HUD-certified housing counselor at Unemployment Information Center specializing in Foreclosures and Real Estate tax delinquencies

7 to 8 PM - Property Tax Information Session
8 to 9 PM - CPN Board Meeting

Free, and all are welcome to attend.

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Free Neighborhood Will & Estate Planning Workshop

  What will happen to your home when you die?

What will happen to your home when you die?

If you own your home, do you know what will happen to it after you die?  If you get sick and can't speak for yourself, do your doctors know what your wishes are?  Do you need a power of attorney to have someone pay your bills and make financial decisions for you?

Cedar Park Neighbors and the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law are teaming up to hold a neighborhood workshop at Calvary Center at 48th & Baltimore on Thursday, October 4th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.  The workshop is free, but everyone is encouraged to join Cedar Park Neighbors if you are not already a member.   (Membership starts at $7/year for seniors, and you can become a member at the workshop.)

At the workshop, neighbors will learn about simple wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. Everyone can then sign up for a free one-on-one follow-up meeting at Drexel University to write their actual documents.

Any questions?  Please call Cedar Park Neighbors at 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283) or email us at

Download a flyer to share with neighbors here!

September Community Zoning Meeting

 806 S. 47th Street

806 S. 47th Street

Cedar Park Neighbors invites you to a Community Zoning Meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Community Center at 48th and Baltimore (entrance is on Baltimore Avenue, small side door).
We will be reviewing three (3) separate projects:

  • 7:00 PM 5038 Cedar Avenue The application is for the erection of a semi-detached structure for use as a single family residence on a currently vacant lot in a block of primarily 3-story twins.  The owner is requesting a variance on the side yard dimension and on the parking requirement.  Required by code is an 8’-0” side yard; proposed is 3’-0”.  Required by code is one accessory parking space; proposed is none.  Existing zoning is RSA-3, Residential Single-family Attached.
  • 7:30 PM 806 South 47th Street The first floor tenant space requests approval for a special exception.   Proposed in this space (formerly used by a local plumber) is a self-service pet washing space.  The existing zoning is CMX-2, Neighborhood Commercial Mixed Use, which allows for commercial use on the first floor; however, this is considered “animal service” and so a special exception is required.  The residential use above will remain untouched.
  • 8:00 PM 919 South 51st Street The application is for the provision of two parking spaces at the rear of an existing two-family residence.  Accessory on-site parking is prohibited in this zone unless it can be accessed from a shared driveway, alley, or rear street. Existing zoning is RM-1 Residential Multi-Family. 

Please come out to see the proposed plans for all of these projects, and to voice your opinions on these proposals.  If you cannot attend this meeting and wish to comment on any of these, please contact CPN at or 267-BALT-AVE (267-225-8283).

The History Of Cedar Park Now On Display!

Earlier this year, we asked neighbors to weigh in on photos for a window display on neighborhood history. On the 107th anniversary of the naming of our neighborhood park, the display is now up at 4926 Baltimore Avenue. 

The space has graciously been provided by our friends at the RHD Cedar Park Women's Shelter, and the University City District generously provided design help and funding for the project. Beyond showcasing the neighborhood's history and diversity, the display also includes dynamic elements that will allow us to bring Cedar Park Neighbors' event and initiative information right to neighbors as they pass by. 


Community Zoning Meeting for 928 S. St. Bernard

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Please join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 7pm at Calvary Community Center. Calvary is located at the corner of 48th and Baltimore Avenue, use the small side entrance on Baltimore Avenue. The developer will present their plans for the lot and answer questions.

The proposed project is a new construction 2 family building with 0 parking spaces. The proposed 2 family building is prohibited in RSA-3 (which only allows single family) and the required number of parking spaces is 2.

Update: 2018 Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser!

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Thank you to the more than 60 neighbors who came out to Dock Street on a sunny beautiful afternoon for our 11th Annual Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser on April 22!

We are additionally grateful to Kayla Lewis, one of 2017’s NINE scholarship award recipients, who was able to join us and share the genuine impact these funds and community support have had on her and her studies.

These scholarship funds exemplify the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors! To date, this year’s median donation is $100, and over 75% percent of our donors live in Cedar Park with almost the entire remainder coming from other West Philadelphia neighborhoods. We have raised approximately 92% of the funds necessary to match last year’s award numbers and amounts, and keep scholars motivated with care packages and academic break get-togethers.

To help us reach our goal, donate online or write a check to “Cedar Park Neighbors” memo line “Scholarships Committee” and mail to 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143. Donations of any amount are appreciated! Sponsor level donations with opportunities for recognition remain available.

The 2018 Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship applications are now available here. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018 5:00 p.m. EST.

Special thanks to our in-kind contributors, West Philadelphia Foot Tappers for their live music, Dock Street Brewery for helping defray fundraiser food costs, and Aksum for covering the scholar’s Winter Social.

Finally, please mark your calendar for Friday, July 13th for the Gary Bronson Memorial Scholarship award ceremony in Cedar Park at 49th and Baltimore. The ceremony will take place during the 7:00 p.m. set break for the evening’s Cedar Park Jazz concert. In addition to presenting the scholarship awards to recipients, we will also be recognizing our sponsor level donors.

Sustaining Neighbor $1,000-$2,499

Fleming Family Fund

Jeanne Pinkham

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Benefactor Neighbor $500-$999


Fred Wolfe, Jr.

VIX Emporium

Patron Neighbor $250-$499

Alexander Gillett & Carol Stein

Amara Rockar & Mustapha Berkshan

Duwayne Terry & Julia Katz Terry

Lisa Mitchell

Mark McGuire & Jo-Ann M. Verrier

Melani Lamond, BHHS Fox & Roach, Realtor