Board Meeting Minutes http://www.nlna.org Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – April 3, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-april-3-2017/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:04:11 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11112 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.  

ABSENT: Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Troy Crichton; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Chris Somers.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Barbara Saverino:“To approve the minutes of the March Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 9-0-0

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

The ½ day Board retreat will be on April 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Matt urged Board members to make as much effort as possible to attend. (There will be no posted May 2017 minutes)

The community center yard/pavilion project is about to begin. Surveying will begin this week. Building permits are still not back from the City but should be here soon: we are ready to go as soon as they are here and look forward to it being about 2 months to completion.

The next General Meeting will be, ideally, on April 26th or 27th: we are still waiting for the DWRC presentation on the waterfront project to finalize the date. We will use St. Michael’s church hall since we anticipate it being a very large meeting.

There was extensive discussion based upon land where the NLNA negotiated an agreement with a now-defunct project proposed back in 2006. At that time, the NLNA created an agreement with the developers for that project that involved compensation to the neighborhood for significant impact from the project; that agreement was recorded against the title and has clouded the deed. After that project fell through, the current owner is trying to sell it to another developer who would like to build a by-right project. The agreement on the deed is an asset to the NLNA, but there is a question of whether we should negotiate for a buyout of the asset or agree to remove ourselves from it for no cost because the project for which the agreement was made is no longer valid.

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To have a representative of the NLNA inform the property owner that we are willing to clear the title in exchange for a negotiated compensation.”  Passed 9-0-0

 

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

TREASURER’S REPORT – APRIL 2017   

2016-17 Budget: March Financials – tables attached

  • For the six months ended on March 31st, all funds income was $173,373; this was $22,100 more than projected. Expenses totaled $71,519, which was about $2,700 less than anticipated. Net income was $101,854 – $24,800 more than projected. These amounts include almost $80,000 in grant income and about $4,100 in grant expenses outside the General Fund and Liberty Lands.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF & LL Income (rounded):$93,300 — $21,700 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses (rounded): $67,500 — $3,300 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $25,800 — $25,000 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through March included:
    • Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $31,200. This was $2,600 higher than anticipated. Most significantly, the Annual Appeal has already surpassed its goal of $17,600 (by $400) and the Winterfest took in nearly $9,000, nearly $1,500 more than projected. In addition, income from the Fall Fest exceeded expectations by nearly $1,800.
    • Higher than anticipated general donations totaling $11,900. This was nearly $9,600 more than projected and accounts for nearly 40 percent of the current positive balance. A number of large matching donations constituted most of the amounts we received.
    • Rental income, which totaled $38,400, and exceeded expectations by nearly $4,800, although $1,000 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  • Grants totaling $8,670 received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits, the Fall Fest, Winterfest and Liberty Lands. An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.
  • Lower than anticipated spending for professional and program services and repair and maintenance (-$7,600). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  • Lower spending in these categories was partially offset by higher than anticipated spending in legal services (+$2,960) and equipment ($3,465). In legal services the additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision. In equipment, we spent $2,680 for the purchase of a street cleaning machine and $500 for a water fountain at Liberty Lands.

Other Items

  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – Following our successful appeal of the refusal we received for our zoning permit KT made minor changes to the architectural plans for the yard and we applied for our building permits. The changes to the plans affect only the landscaping and do not affect the design of the pavilion. In addition we executed an MOU with KT that will help guide the construction process. At the same time we have received proposals from contractors interested in working on the project and have begun to develop contracts to secure their services. Some services will be provided for no charge. These include surveying, excavation and foundation work. We anticipate work will begin this month.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To make the purchase of the Billy Goat street sweeper from our General Fund balance rather than transferring funds in from the reserve as was originally approved.”  Passed 9-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Don Phillips.“To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 9-0-0

 

Election Committee Report: Jeremy Lindemann

The committee plans a meeting on April 6 to begin planning for the upcoming elections. Matt offered some suggestions for creating an extended nominations period through this election.

 

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands Report – April 2017

  • The big news from Liberty Lands is that Jen Gold, after eight years doing the several thousand jobs under the umbrella of “Community Garden Coordinator,” is stepping down from a few of them (while keeping several others). It looks like gardener Laura Siminoff will be taking on most of the administrative tasks of community garden coordination and that gardener Brian Turcich will be taking some of the more physically demanding chores. Big thanks to Laura and Brian for stepping up for these roles! The Steering Committee is hoping to define a system where these jobs will be rotating positions among the gardeners, which will allow more people to share in the responsibilities (and work) of keeping our garden going.
  • And of course, huge thanks to Jen for taking that on for the past eight years! Fortunately, she will continue to run Liberty Lands’ City Harvest program, take care of several of the park gardens, coordinate trash removal for the park, and oversee Chico (our “honey-do” worker), in addition to implementing the pilot Gardenhub program this season, so she’s not exactly leaving the park.
  • In connection with the above, the Steering committee will be looking at the overall organization of park management at the next few meetings with a goal of figuring out how to divide ALL the work that’s currently being done by a very small group of people into a longer list of smaller roles so that more people can play a more active part. [Yes, we’re looking at you all reading this and hoping you’re interested in taking on a slightly larger but discrete role in managing the park!] Anyone who’d like to help out with that transition process would be very welcome. . . obviously, some different voices would be useful in crafting the change.
  • March 25 was the first workday of the season, focused on playground mulch. Getting it delivered went well: having the street closure permit made everything easier. Last time, Seth moved a lot of the piles on Friday when there weren’t any little kids at the park, and that was way easier than doing it on Saturday during the workday – but his bobcat is out of commission and we had to rent one, and they are twice as expensive on Fridays as Saturday. So, c’est la vie, running the machine on Saturday was somewhat stressful but no one was hurt, and Seth came back in the evening to do some runs with fewer people there. There’s still a small pile of mulch to move and a relatively random spreading around the whole area between the playgrounds, but it’s always nice to have volunteers help! The fact that we ended up paying some $500 for the bobcat rental was well offset by PTSSD sponsorship of the workday, which paid the nearly $3,000 for the playground mulch.
  • Also done on the workday: JD Albert worked on fixing the water fountain (which needs a new plate – he’s on it); two of the three City Harvest plots got turned for the spring; the compost pile was cleared of large branches (hoping we can have some of this taken away at the Spring Cleanup on the 8th); lots of tree pits were weeded; and we got a huge donation of edging rocks from Joan and Darryl Rothmund.
  • The second workday of the season is Saturday, the 8th. This is coordinated with the Philly Spring Clean up and also is sponsored by the Great Lakes Brewing Company, so it ends with a beer-and-pizza party that the whole neighborhood is invited to. We need to: coordinate the party with the GLBC organizers (Liz and Janet are on it), pick the locations for the grills and signs that we need to install, make a materials list and get those materials, and get ready to do this! I’ll send some job lists and requests for help around to the core committee this week.
  • The exciting grant for a new garden fence announced last month has fallen through – as happens sometimes with grants, it turned out to be far more competitive than we originally thought, and our application was late to begin with. However, the general idea of improving the fence is still valid and we’re still hoping to make it happen – and the larger idea of re-doing the Bodine Street side to create a real sidewalk and better parking situation is also still valid and something we’ll pursue. Because the April 4 meeting was to satisfy grant requirements, though, we have cancelled it and the organizers of the Orkney Park Project will use that date for a first information meeting!
  • No news on scheduling of the erosion project at the north end.
  • For various logistical reasons, we’re looking at doing Weeder’s Club from 10-12 on Saturdays for this season (an hour later than it was in the past). Nathalie Shapiro and Kerry Sloan will be the core volunteers for Weeder’s this year. Drop in help is always always welcome!

 

Quality Of Life Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

It was agreed that a sticker with the NLNA logo should be created to attach to the Billy Goat.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin: written report attached and reviewed.

 

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 124 Pollard St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We support the plans as presented including finish materials as called out. The board requests the precast decorative element from the East elevation be incorporated in some way into the West elevation as well.’”  Passed: 9-0-0

 

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 138 – 46 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade.’” Passed: 9-0-0

Matt reported that our appeal against the ZBA decision to put a garage at 1009 North Orianna St. is progressing. The owners of the property have moved ahead with putting in the curb cut there, although there is still no garage in the building: this is legal, although if the appeal goes our way they will need to restore the curb.

Old Business

Donald Phillips reported that we are still in need of a designer for new Northern Liberties t-shirts. Jeremy suggested that he knows someone who might be able to do a design.

Donald Phillips further reported that the June 3 Spring Music festival will include both a flea market and a partnership with the mothers against violence group who partnered with the festival last year.

Joe Mikuliak raised the issue of installing the Little Free Library at the community center on the Fairmount Avenue wall of the center. Donald Hoegg volunteered to help install it.

Matt Ruben reported that there has been little progress on the Doughboy statue renovation because of city red tape but that he and Barbara Saverino are working with negotiating it.

New Business

Donald Phillips reported that there will be a first general meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday April 4, 7 p.m.) to inform people about the Orkney Park project to preserve three green lots on the 800 block of Orkney and try to drum up support.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:32 p.m.

Addenda:

 

 

Quality of Life Committee Report

  • The Committee has had one working meeting since the “Trash” meeting in late February. Several people signed up for the Philadelphia Citywide Block Cleanup days and we’re hoping that the various cleanups will go well this week.
  • There is another meeting scheduled for Wednesday night at 7. Hoping that this meeting will focus on preparing for the block cleanups and looking forward to taking on one major project at a time. We expect that there will also be a certain amount of helping volunteers to understand the importance of them taking initiative and thinking of themselves as part of the NLNA as opposed to “helping” it.
  • The Billy Goat was delivered today (Monday): Joe Mikuliak, Don Phillips, Janet Finegar, Lara Kelly, and John from our street sweeping service met the delivery guy, who went over some basics for the machine. It is being stored in Oron’s building across from Liberty Lands (thanks, Oron!)

 

Zoning Committee Meeting – Monday 3/26/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Melissa Magness, Jonathen Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin, Chris Issacson, Charlie Abdo        

Members Absent: Michael Simon

124 Pollard St. – RSA5 – Francis Mastromarco/Dawn Tancredi: A return visit with a proposal for a 3 unit bldg.

Motion from 2.27.17: 7-0 Please return with a plan that incorporates 2 parking spaces off Pollard Street. They returned with a plan similar to the original approved plan, but with one official approved parking spot off Pollard and one unofficial spot off Hope. (The houses next to this project use Hope for parking, but the Streets dept. doesn’t officially recognize/claim the street)

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 7-0-1   Thank you for your presentation. We support the plans as presented including finish materials as called out. The board requests the precast decorative element from the East elevation be incorporated in some way into the West elevation as well.

 

138 – 46 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Dawn Tancredi: A proposal for 8 townhomes.

Motion from 2.27.17: 7-0 Reduce the building height to 38’ feet, increase the backyard space, eliminate the garages and/or consider a multi-family building with parking. No refusals have been issued as this project has applied but has not received refusals. Three houses will be on Allen Street and 5 houses on Wildey as before. The width and depths of each house varies. Height of the front and rear facades of houses was brought down to 38’, but there is an enlarged pilot house set back 10’ from the front that is technically a 4th floor. No parking is provided. Refusals are expected for 4th floors, rear yard depth, and lack of set back on upper floor on the properties with small lots. Discussion: One near neighbor present had not objection. Board felt yards should be bigger.

Motion Group: 8-0   Thank you for your presentation. Please return with refusals from the ZBA. Bring enlarged plans where all houses but 146 Wildey and 129 Allen have a minimum yard setback of 9’. Include contextual color drawings of neighboring houses in context with the presented homes on both streets. Include façade details for front and rear, as well as one exposed side façade.

 

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Congratulations to the NLNA’s newest and returning board members… http://www.nlna.org/congratulations-to-the-nlnas-newest-and-returning-board-members/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 15:05:39 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=11096 Congratulations to returning and new Board members!

Barbara Mulckhuyse — Vice President

Janet Finegar (aka: please don’t vote for me) — Secretary

At-Large Board Members — Donald Hoegg, Monika Kreidie, Benjamin Mann, Donald Phillips and Barbara Saverino.

Ten neighbors signed into the General Meeting for the first time, and a whopping 18 people voted in NLNA elections for the first time. We look forward to seeing you at future meetings and neighborhood events.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of March 6, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-march-6-2017/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:48:30 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10946 PRESENT:   Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Donald Hoegg; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers;

ABSENT:  Troy Crichton; Roneil Jackson; Ira Upin; Anne Waginger.  

ALSO PRESENT:      Lara Kelly

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:05 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg:“To approve the minutes of the February Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 8-0-1

President’s Report: Matt Ruben: written report attached and reviewed.

— Steve reported on the progress of the Community Center yard project. The project was delayed by some changes and typical planning issues and by the need to request a zoning variance. The hope is that the project will get into the ground on April 1. As a result, the plant sale will be occurring at the Rec Center for this year. The Operations Committee will need to make a number of adjustments and plans to deal with the construction period.

— Monika reported that George Milton has agreed to be a facilitator for our Board Retreat. We will need to choose a date as soon as possible.

President’s Report, March 2017

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Construction Impacts – Larry Freedman got quick action restoring pedestrian access on N 3rd St between Fairmount and Green. Nothing else out of the ordinary
  • Festival Pier Site (Delaware & Spring Garden) – I hope to have an update by our meeting Monday night on whether or not the developer has come out of due diligence. If so, I will press hard for a public presentation that can be the centerpiece of a late March or early April general membership meeting – at which we could kick off the 2017 board nomination period.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The first open BID meeting was followed by an equally well-attended first meeting of the expanded Steering Committee. At least 20 people attended, and progress was made on defining a study area and otherwise moving forward.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Board Retreat – Monika has found a facilitator. Details and next steps will be detailed at our board meeting.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • General Membership Meetings – The February 21 Quality of Life/Trash general membership meeting was quite well-attended and went well. As a follow-up, the first working meeting of the reinvigorated Quality of Life committee is the day after our board meeting: March 7, 7PM at the NLNA office. Board members are encouraged to attend if they can.
  • Town Watch – Just a reminder that we might want to have a small spring kick-off “party” for Town Watch patrols, to kick them off again and hopefully widen the pool of folks willing to do them.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Marketing/PR – A team of graduate students from Temple’s Fox School of Business is slated to help us with marketing and PR issues this summer – thanks to Don Phillips. Don also has met with neighbor Lori Schuster, who does similar marketing and is interested in helping out as well. Thanks to Don for these efforts, and for agreeing to help shepherd these collaborations moving forward.
  • The Facebook Group continues to grow quickly, with more than 3,300 members.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Monika Kreidie.“To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 10-0-0

TREASURER’S REPORT – MARCH 2017       

2016-17 Budget: February Financials – tables attached

  • For the five months ended on February 28th all funds income was $163,341; this was $18,200 more than projected.  Expenses totaled $60,730, which was about $3,300 less than anticipated.  Net income was $102,611– $21,475 more than projected. These amounts include $80,100 in grant income and about $3,900 in grant expenses outside the General Fund and Liberty Lands.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position.  Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    1. GF & LL Income (rounded):  $83,200 — $17,700 more than anticipated.
    2. GF & LL Expenses (rounded):  $56,800 — $4,200 less than anticipated.
    3. GF & LL Net Income:  $26,400 — $22,000 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through February included:
  1. Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $30,900. This was $2,650 higher than anticipated. Most significantly, the Annual Appeal has already surpassed its goal of $17,600 (by $400) and the Winterfest took in nearly $9,000, nearly $1,500 more than projected. In addition, income from the Fall Fest exceeded expectations by nearly $1,800. 
  2. Higher than anticipated general donations totaling $11,200. This was nearly $9,300 more than projected and accounts for more than half of the current positive balance.    A number of large matching donations constituted most of the amounts we received. 
  3. Rental income, which totaled $32,230 and exceeded expectations by nearly $4,000, although $800 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  4. Grants totaling $5,820 received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits, the Fall Fest and Winterfest. An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.
  5. Lower than anticipated spending for professional and program services and repair and maintenance (-$6,300). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  6. Lower spending in these categories was partially offset by higher than anticipated spending (+$1,900) in legal services. This additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision.
  7. Other Items
  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – We successfully appealed the refusal we received for our zoning permit and have been working with KT to make some changes to the architectural plans for the yard and formulate an MOU that will help guide the construction process. The changes to the plans affect only the landscaping and do not affect the design of the pavilion.  Final plans should be available the week of March 6th.  Once we have “stamped” plans we will apply for expedited approval of building permits.  At the same time we have received some proposals from contractors interested in working on the project and have begun to develop contracts to secure their services.
  • New Grants from PTSSD – Penn Treaty SSD has approved new grants for a mulching project at Liberty lands ($2,850) and for Winterfest ($1,500). Both grants will cover costs that otherwise would have been met by the NLNA.
  • Garden Hub – The NLNA co-sponsored a grant application by Garden Hub to Penn Treaty SSD. Penn Treaty approved the application and will award Garden Hub a $33,941 grant this month.   NLNA will act as a fiscal intermediary for Garden Hub.

 

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands – March 2017

  • Lots of good funding news! Councilman Mike O’Brien (really his chief of staff, Mary Isaacson) connected us to a grant from the state Department of Conservation and Economic Development. I have put in a request for about $50,000 to partner with the $31,000 PHS has already promised us in order to re-do the community garden fence. The project proposes taking out the current fence entirely and replacing it with a metal fence that includes 10 unique panels made by artists (and selected by the community from proposals). It ALSO proposes completely re-doing the Bodine Street side of the garden, eliminating the planters along that side and replacing them with a concrete sidewalk and curb (which would make the parking along that stretch “official” and also, ideally, encourage people to park well enough that they aren’t widening out into the street). The metal fence would go around that edge as well, and probably widen the garden by a few feet. That proposal is under review right now.
  • PTSSD agreed to sponsor our March 25 “mulch” workday, and we need to start advertising for that soon. PTSSD will cover the cost of the mulch ($2,800!), so it’s a big help to the budget.
  • And finally, Jen got funding from PTSSD for a pilot project that will happen at Liberty Lands and other gardens in the riverwards – Gardenhub. It’s an initiative to reduce food waste in community gardens, get that food to local food donation sites, and provide internship opportunities for workers in transition to learn new, marketable job skills. It also includes a includes a web app to enable e-communication among community gardeners and with the “harvest gardener” who will help improve the harvesting and donation process. This season’s pilot will happen at Seedy Acres, Orianna Hill, La Finquita, and Port Kensington Farm as well as Liberty Lands’ garden.
  • In other fundraising/benefit to the park news, Paul Hubert has been working like crazy on the Farmers’ Market and it looks like it will really take off this season. He has something like 15 vendors signed up to start on April 8 (our “cement” workday), including J&J Farms back, selling just greens in April but building through the season. Acme is going to “sponsor” it by allowing us to offer parking to the vendors, which makes the numbers possible! Because the market is going to be weekly, I’m suggesting that we don’t plan to do a flea market this spring (they feel like competition for each other). We might plan one for the fall, though?
  • Paul is also offering to watch over an information table for Liberty Lands/NLNA at the Markets – which means that the NLNA especially needs to get itself together to have good information there! Because it will take a little time for that to happen, but the Market starts on April 8, I knocked together an information sheet for Liberty Lands that is a placeholder until we have a better design. It’s attached: let me know if you have comments immediately.
  • PHS’ City Harvest program is revving up for the season. We’ll need to do 10 hours of CH volunteer work over the course of the summer (I’ve put in four already, she brags) – contact Jen if you can do a 2 hour stint some Saturday morning (or a weekday in this spring).
  • As a part of the garden-fence proposal requirements, we need to have a community-wide Liberty Lands meeting a.s.a.p. to review the idea with the community and take comments. There’s plenty of other stuff to discuss as well, of course. I’ve put that on the calendar for April 6 and hope that it will also be an NLNA general meeting, but that’s still up in the air. The rest of that grant schedule (as proposed): The meeting in April to present the project and discuss ideas for the artists RFP. Another big meeting in the fall – community design charette – to select panels from those proposed. Then installation in early spring 2018.
  • Given that it’s another crazy-busy spring and summer for the LL core volunteers, we’re again/still seeking volunteers to take on any one of several specific jobs now being done by the crew. In particular, if someone would take over managing our trash worker, it would be much appreciated!
  • Apparently the battery in the water meter doesn’t work. I have to contact the Water Department and make it happen that they come replace it. For those who didn’t hear, by the way, the stormwater charge exemption for community gardens came through, so now it’s just governmental process on forgiving our back charges. Yay.
  • UPCOMING:
  • MARCH 25 PLAYGROUND WORKDAY: The Streets Department has verbally approved letting me close 3rd on the morning of March 24 to get the mulch delivery. I’ll start a “heads up” blast of information about that and parking restrictions soon. The official paperwork is on the way. That workday will be mostly centered on the playground.
  • APRIL 4 – Liberty Lands Community Meeting: about the fence project and anything else people want to talk about (like new volunteers!)
  • APRIL 8 Cement workday/Philly Spring Cleanup/GLBC-sponsored workday/Farmers’ Market opening: We will install signs, two new grills, the Little Free Library, and maybe other things? We will plant four new sour cherry trees, and do a mass of cleanup jobs.
  • May 6: Plant Sale – taking place at the NLRec Center this year, so more difficult than usual. Tons of volunteer help will be needed!
  • May 13 – Love Your Park Workday: Who even knows? So far away. . . But the City would love it if we had an “event” as well as the workday this year, so ideas are welcome.

 

Operations Committee Report: Monika Kreidie: written report attached and reviewed.

NLNA Operations Committee Report – March 6, 2017

  • On-line rental form: check the NLNA website for the new on-line rental form and share it with potential renters.
  • ALARM COMPANY: still looking into alternatives to our existing alarm company.
  • Center Rentals: On-going weekly rentals provide $250 weekly. We had a total of $1,770 in rental fees for February and expect $1,600 for March.
  • Third Floor Apartment: The NLNA will renew lease with the current tenants at $1600/month from April 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018.
  • On-line marketing group: Monika met with NLNA resident Ryan Oliveira from Atmos FI, a start-up that provides free WiFi to local shops and collects email data to provide back to the merchant. (The customer requests to be added to merchant list). Ryan reached out to us to help market our events on his service. This would be free to the NLNA as a “community service”. See attached information.

 

Quality-of-life Committee Report: Lara Kelly: written report attached and reviewed.

Quality Of Life Committee – Notes from 2/21/2017 “Trash” meeting

Short form notes:

  • The meeting was well-attended (30 people?) We began by making a list of as many problems/sources of trash on the street as possible. [This list, with a lot of more details about all of the below, will be sent to everyone who attended the meeting or expressed an interest in getting information, and will also be posted on Facebook as a document sometime later today. If you’re interested in getting more information, send a message to Lara at trash@nlna.org]
  • The list of problems inevitably led to some suggestions of small-scale solutions. We quickly reviewed the various actions that the City of Philadelphia and the NLNA are already taking to combat trash on the street and discussed some of the difficulties, limitations, and roadblocks to those efforts.
  • There was a general agreement to the assertion that our community needs to take local action in addition to what’s already in place to make a real difference. A few ideas were floated as ways that community members can help with a variety of skills:
    • EVERYONE: use the City’s 311 reporting system for problems, and then tell Lara about the report and ticket number so she can track and follow up (trash@nlna.org). 311 can help with all kinds of issues – even things like repeat-offender neighbors putting out trash wrong.
    • ANYONE: join the Quality Of Life committee to keep helping with ongoing issues (especially with city-based issues like getting more/better street trash cans or to build resources/connections within the neighborhood). Let Lara know at trash@nlna.org that you want to be a part!
    • GRAPHICS SKILLS: help create fliers/brochures/signs/education for the community
    • ANYONE: Start hyper-local organizing on your own block – reach out to neighbors to solve problems right there, organize a block cleanup for the citywide clean up day (4/8) or any other day (NLNA has tools/resources), start a Facebook group/listserv for your block, and keep the NLNA in the loop about what you’re doing.
    • DATA SKILLS: Help create a database for Northern Liberties that could record all kinds of block-by-block information (street can locations, problem areas, vacant lots, street trees, parking issues. . . everything)
      • Once that database exists, many volunteers needed to do data input for their own block
      • Plus ongoing maintenance of the database once it exists
    • SOCIAL SKILLS: Help develop, plan, and implement a community-wide direct outreach program to reach every door in the community with Quality of Life information, NLNA information, and a small gift.
  • That’s the very broad outline. I’m about to work on the detailed description of all this, but the main point is that what we need most of all right now is community commitment to enforcing a set of standards that we all live by – effective complaining, if you will.
  • A lot of questions and a lot of thornier issues remain – many of them centered around what to do when these kinds of friendly outreach don’t work. Those are the conversations going forward and are things for us all to think about. Many many more ideas are welcome!

Long form notes:

  • The meeting began with a brainstorming session of “problems” – this generated a long list (which follows these notes). Janet and Lara presented a list of things that the city and NLNA already do to improve trash conditions (also attached). Finally, the group discussed some ideas for actions that we can take at the local level to make a difference.
  • A major theme that rose out of the list of problems was the idea that people doing the wrong thing are the real problem. There was a general sense that some people contribute to the trash out of ignorance (such as thinking that plastic bags are recyclable), some out of lack of awareness that their actions are a problem at all (such as using recycling containers without a lid), some out of a sense of entitlement (such as assuming that someone is paid to sweep the streets), with a few true scofflaws.
  • There was optimism at the meeting that many people fall into the first two groups and can be educated, and that an increased expression of a higher community standard would improve many people’s behavior. Still, concern remained about repeat offenders and scofflaws, and the question of how to enforce the standards remains open.
  • The list of problems included issues at a number of levels – some were hyper-local issues of a specific block (or neighbor) where conversation between neighbors could solve it. Some were completely within the city’s domain (such as the issue of a recycling truck with a hole in the bottom so that glass falls back out onto the street: the NLNA will advocate with the Councilmen’s offices to get this corrected). Most, however, were issues where one would hope that a conversation between neighbors would lead to people correcting their behavior, but where enforcement from the City might be needed.
  • There was general agreement that cleaning up by itself does not work. As a short term solution, obviously the answer is to dispose of the trash appropriately. However, unless we stop it at the source, this simply means that a few responsible people are endlessly cleaning up after the rest: a recipe for burnout and conflict.

IDEAS FOR ACTION

  • Neighborhood property database: This is something that would be really useful for the NLNA to have for a resource for tracking trash problems, seeing where we need or could place street cans, understanding the issues around hyper-local problems, and maybe foreseeing some issues and dealing with them ahead of time. It would also be useful for other issues: street trees, storm drains, bike racks, etc. WE NEED – someone to set up the database format, and then volunteers to fill it in block by block, using information from the city as a base but adding by block residents (updates, corrections, local knowledge, etc.)
  • Neighborhood block captains: Ideally a local program, since the city program we have found to be unsupported. Can be a variety of levels of involvement, from just a resource number to put people in contact with the NLNA, up to someone willing to go door-to-door contacting neighbors, organizing cleanups, etc. To have someone the NLNA can reach out to who knows each block would be great. WE NEED – volunteers from all around the neighborhood to represent their blocks.
  • Neighborhood-initiated Quality of Life brochure: This would be a basic set of information that could be given to any neighbor. Ideally both printed by NLNA and provided in a .pdf format so that volunteers can print out new ones when they need to. WE NEED the whole thing, from figuring out what the basic info is that people need (NLNA contact info; Streets Dept. website; recycling/trash basics?) to designing the brochure. Maybe it could be connected to a more detailed web page with all the information we’d want to make available but doesn’t all fit onto a brochure?
  • Block cleanups!: April 8th is the city-sponsored Clean Up day (with a party afterwards at Liberty Lands!), but any day that works for the block is fine. NLNA has tools and trash bags to loan/give. WE NEED: people to organize these block by block
  • Neighborhood Q of L handout/introductions: This is an idea from Janet/Lara: to have people who are willing actually go door to door (ideally on their own blocks), and give people the Quality of Life brochure plus a gift (like a plant or a discount coupon to a local business – NLNA would provide). This is an idea that needs lots of planning and volunteers, but would help us reach people not being contacted through Facebook/other means. (It also connects to the neighborhood database, since it’s a great way to collect information for that).
  • Business Advocacy: Especially businesses in some way connected to these issues – pet-centered businesses should advocate for picking up after dogs (Melanie volunteered to contact some to ask them to do this). Realtors are a resource for contacting new neighbors and spreading the word to neighbors.
  • Building Relationships: This was mentioned specifically about the sanitation workers – who have a difficult job, but who are occasionally sloppy and contribute to the trash on the street. City laws forbid them from taking tips, but we would like to think of other ways to show appreciation and request good habits. Also: schoolkids are a common source of litter on the streets – is there a way to work with the local schools to improve the kids’ habits?
  • Public Shaming (Creatively): It was suggested to create a stencil so that volunteers could spray-paint around poop on the sidewalk – the semi-permanent mark allowing people to see over the course of a year how much there really is. There was also a call for more signage – on public trash cans (no household trash), about littering, etc.
  • Public Education: Lara could post a weekly “trash tip” on Facebook – how to recycle and put out trash right, but also the many little-known facts about what NLNA/the city is doing about trash.
  • More public trash cans: This is a common desire but one that is more complex than it seems (it was discussed at some length at the meeting). The city prefers the Big Belly solar cans to the old wire cans and does not want to add wire cans to the street, but the Big Bellies are expensive and limited. For individuals to put out public trash cans, they have to get a license from the city and take responsibility for maintaining the cans. Public trash cans tend to gather household trash, which is a frustration for the person responsible for it. There was some agreement that we need to keep discussing this and that adding public cans was still a goal for the future.
  • A few specific issues:
    • NLNA will look into advocating for trash pickup on narrow streets so that neighbors on those streets don’t pile their trash on the nearest larger street.
    • The recycling truck with a hole in it despite 311 calls. NLNA will help appeal the City Council to fix this
    • Many people still use the old, small recycling bins. Is it possible to jerry-rig them to give them lids?
    • Is there a City Clean Block award? Could we create a local one? “BYOB” – Beautify Your Own Block or Business campaign to recognize those who improve their blocks?
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Joining Quality Of Life Committee; help with April 8 Cleanup/ organize cleanups for April 8; being a block captain; doing door-to-door flier distribution; create/improve fliers; work on advocacy to the city; work on getting some kind of a trash can system for the neighborhood; working on database; reaching out to property management companies to have them get our informational brochures to their tenants

Issues/Problems we thought of (in no particular order):

A: Curbside trash issues: windblown trash from curb receptacles people put out correctly, but something happens. Possible that it would be better to put out trash in a.m. rather than evening before? Windblown trash from people putting out curb trash “wrong” — wrong day, bags not sealed, inadequate bags, trash not in bags. Windblown recycling from curb receptacles that can’t handle it: no lid, too full/too small, or in paper bags/boxes/other wrong containers. Windblown trash/recycling from containers opened by trash pickers/animals. Windblown trash/recycling from sloppy sanitation workers (not including crap bags that break). Other mess from sanitation worker error (hole in truck bottom, cans all over street)

B: Permanent dumpster trash issues (such as dumpsters at apartments): windblown trash from inadequate dumpsters (not emptied often enough for the amount of use); windblown trash from poorly used dumpsters (stuff piled next to them, etc.); smell/vermin from the dumpsters themselves

C: Public receptacle issues:  businesses without one; inadequate emptying by businesses that do have one; household trash in public cans; overflow: simply not enough of them; blown over/bag blown out; “private” cans left out on street all week

D: Dog poop: not picked up at all; the abandoned bag; untied bags in public cans; bags in private cans on the sidewalk

E: Construction trash:  windblown trash from construction sites – both their own and trash that accumulates there; poorly maintained temporary dumpsters – overflow, leaking, stays too long and neighbors overflow it; construction debris in the street; the actual fences themselves (sand, stormwater blocks, etc.); materials on street (sand, dirt) from dumping and vehicle tires; Unsecured sites – not just safety but also a dumping issue

F: Moving trash: new neighbors unfamiliar with trash day or restrictions; neighbors leaving who abandon trash/furniture before trash day; lots of large boxes

E: Snow/Ice removal: not done at all; done badly (ice forming after snow removed); dog paws/other method arguments; snow thrown in road or clogging gutters/storm drains

F: Vacant properties/lots: abandoned/not developed; unsold houses/unrented apartments

G: Graffiti: tags; wheatpaste/artistic stuff; posters/fliers on poles (neighborhood specific different?); bandit signs; on street signs

H: Random litter: fliers/newspapers left on doorsteps; plastic bags in wind; litter dropped by pedestrians (schoolkids especially); trash dumped out of cars; cigarette butts; bottle caps, rubber bands, receipts (“little” trash); trash blown down from the highway; abandoned bike corpses on posts; schoolkids specifically a big source of this

I: Organic waste: leaves from street trees; weeds in sidewalk; abandoned tree pits

J: Intentionally using the storm drain as a trash can: litter/trash; liquids, especially car liquids and paint!

  1. Not enough cans/in bad places: not enough street cans leads to littering; people without outside trash storage dropping poop bags; maybe also putting out trash early
  2. Trash collection points: fences; foliage (trees, especially); stormdrains/gutters
  3. Straight-up Short Dumping (vacant lots, highway, etc.)
  4. Curbside trash location issues: bad locations because of intersections; too much volume; relates to small street pickup
  5. Neighbors who don’t take care of all sides of their property (back yard street frontage, sides for corner houses)

Things ALREADY being done about trash:

The City of Philadelphia provides: curbside trash pickup; Big Bellies (installs and maintains); very occasional street sweeping (but traffic lanes only); graffiti removal; citywide cleanup days (organizes and provides tools); “no fliers” stickers and penalties; sanitation convenience centers for trash/recycling dropoff

The City has rules and laws about: Trash – bag law, hours, amount of trash, etc.; Recycling – what can be recycled and in what containers; Street or public trash cans (they must be licensed); Dumpsters (licensing, hours for pickup, maintenance); Snow/ice removal; Dog waste; Construction sites – cleanliness as well as safety

You can report infractions of any of the above through 311

In addition, the NLNA: Pays for sidewalk cleaning every week (they cover 6-10 blocks per week); Provides reminders about changes in trash pickup; Sends letters to residents/businesses about issues with their trash; Advocates for street cans/big bellies; Follows up on citizen 311 reports to city (when you tell us about them!); Tracks problems (particularly patterns with repeat offenders); Organizes block events for citywide cleanup days; Distributes cleanup materials throughout the year when asked

 

Zoning Committee Report: Joe Mikuliak; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 124 Pollard St., i.e.: ‘Please return with a plan that incorporates 2 parking spaces off Pollard Street.’”  Passed 10-0-0

 

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Michael Coyne. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1143 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘A letter of support will be issued after you go to the UDC with plans that show a trash/recycling area, size of the deck on the roof, a pedestrian door on Bodine Street, and a schedule of materials for the facade and detailing.’”  Passed 10-0-0

 

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 138 – 46 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘To reduce the building height to 38’ feet, increase the backyard space, eliminate the garages and/or consider a multi-family building with parking.’”  Passed 10-0-0 

 

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To renew the terms of the current Zoning Committee members for one year”  Passed 10-0-0

 

Old Business

 

Lara briefly reported that the holdup with the street sweeping machine at this point is that we do not have spots to dump the filled bags without exceedingly lengthy times driving back to Liberty Lands, where we’ve planned to dump the trash. There was a suggestion that we go ahead and buy the machine and begin by focusing on areas closest to Liberty Lands while looking for sites further away. It was suggested that Lara solicit volunteers at the meeting tomorrow night to help her with finding dumping locations.

 

New Business

 

There was a conversation about the question of enforcement of community standards. The possibilities of public shaming or a Community Court system were discussed and the problems with them were pointed out. Joe mentioned that the Friends of the Wissahickon offers training to its volunteers on dealing with issues by users. Matt suggested that we could create a boilerplate form letter scolding people that could go out with a cc to the volunteer and include a report of the misbehavior to the city. This was generally approved as a plan; someone (probably Janet) needs to draft the letter and collect Board signatures for it.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:37 p.m.

 

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting – Monday 2/27/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Melissa Magness, Sharon Richman, Jonathen Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin      

Members Absent: Charlie Abdo, Chris Issacson, Michael Simon

 

124 Pollard St. – RSA5 – Francis Mastromarco/Herc Grigos: A return visit with a proposal for a 3 unit bldg.

Motion from 3/28/2016: 9-0  We support this project as presented.  They returned with 3 units and NO parking because of issues with PECO.  Floors 1 and 2 had 1 bedroom flats. Floors 3-4 are now one bi-level unit with 2 bedrooms and a roof deck.  It was claimed that dwellers could park under I-95. Discussion:  lack of parking, outdoor metal stairs/landing could be dangerous in freezing weather.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Melissa): Vote 7-0-0: Please return with a plan that incorporates 2 parking spaces off Pollard Street.

 

1143 N. 3rd St. – IRMX – Herc Grigos : A return visit with a proposal for a mixed use building with 24 residential units, 2 live/work spaces and 8 parking spots. Motion from 1/31/2017: 3-0-1 We will support an apartment building on this mostly residential block if it has 25% open space and keeps a parking ratio of 3 spaces per 10 apartments. Neighbors and the committee preferred the plans shown to us by this developer that had natural light and air to all bedrooms. Two units were removed from the top floor and put on the 1st floor (light industrial use).  Building height dropped from 72’ to 60’.  The building was stepped back on the upper floors and some outdoor space was provided but it is still short by 10% of required open space. Discussion: There was no place for trash and recycling and materials were not detailed. 

Motion (Joe) – 2nd (Kenny): Vote 7-0-0: A letter of support will be issued after you go to the UDC with plans that show a trash/recycling area, size of the deck on the roof, a pedestrian door on Bodine Street, and a schedule of materials for the facade and detailing.

 

138 – 46 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Herc Grigos:  A proposal for 8 townhomes. This was an informational meeting.  Three houses will be on Allen Street and 5 houses on Wildey.  The width and depths of each house varies.  All are 4-stories (45’ high plus a pilot house) and have a garage in the front of the house.  There is a 29’ curb cut in front of two of the proposed houses for Allen Street.  They would likely get a refusal for insufficient open space for the 2nd -> 4th floors. Discussion: The front facing garages would eliminate all existing street parking.  The homes exceed the 38’ height limit for RSA5 and there is insufficient outdoor space

Motion Group: Reduce the building height to 38’ feet, increase the backyard space, eliminate the garages and/or consider a multi-family building with parking.

 

NOTE:  The Zoning Committee members will be up for a one-year renewal at the next NLNA Board Meeting.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of February 6, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-february-6-2017/ Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:40:22 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10826 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Ira Upin; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT:  Steve Richman, Treasurer

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded Monika Kreidie:“To approve the minutes of the January Board meeting as presented.” Passed 10-0-2

  • The Board discussed the possibility of starting the nominations period at the February 21 meeting and then continuing nominations on-line for almost two months. There was general approval of the idea, which is within the limits of our existing bylaws. A final decision will be made through board poll.
  • Donald Phillips presented to the Board the possibility that the Fox School of Business could send a team of students to do a pro-bono marketing plan for the NLNA, possibly this summer. Monika, Roneil, Matt, and probably Don Hoegg will work with him to get this going.

President’s Report, February 2017

PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY

  • Construction Impacts – The usual, nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Festival Pier Site (Delaware & Spring Garden) – DRWC granted the developer a limited extension on the due diligence process, until later this month. There are indications that, contrary to previous assurances, a third and final extension might be granted. For this reason, it is not practical to plan for a general meeting on this project at this time.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The first open BID meeting to inform area business and commercial property owners – and to soliticit additional Steering Committee members – is this Wednesday, at 7 p.m. at the CC, basement level. Board members are welcome to attend.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Board Retreat – My first choice for facilitator is not available. I am playing phone tag with another, and Monika also is working on finding one. We will try to resolve this ASAP and then schedule a date for the retreat.

EVENTS AND OUTREACH

  • General Membership Meetings – Janet, Lara, and I are working on a GM centered around trash and dog waste, with the focus on what neighbors can – and have to – do, since there are limits to what the city and NLNA can do or enforce when it comes to “micro”/behavior issues like this. It’s looking like February 21 or March 1.
  • Town Watch – Just a reminder that we might want to have a small spring kick-off “party” for Town Watch patrols, to kick them off again and hopefully widen the pool of folks willing to do them.

COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY

  • Marketing/PR – We have offers from a neighbor who’s a marketing professional, plus a team of students at the Fox School of Business (who Don mentors and works with), to help us with PR and marketing. We will be following up on this, and interested board members are strongly encouraged to connect with Don, me, and/or Janet about this.
  • The Facebook Group continues to grow quickly, with more than 3,200 members, 10% growth in just the last month.

OTHER ITEMS

  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting (DCED grant application).

Motion: By Roneil Jackson, Donald Hoegg: “To ratify any and all electronic polls taken since the past Board meeting.” Passed 13-0-0

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – FEBRUARY 2017

  1. 2016-17 Budget: January Financials – tables attached

For the four months ended on January 31 st all funds income was $134,412; this was $8,200 more than projected. Expenses totaled $46,811, which was about $3,600 less than anticipated. Net income was $87,600 – $11,860 more than projected. These amounts include $84,320 in grant income and $7,650 in grant expenses.

Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:

  1. LL Income (rounded): $56,000 — $7,800 more than anticipated.
  2. LL Expenses (rounded): $44,200 — $3,700 less than anticipated.
  3. LL Net Income: $11,800 — $11,500 more than anticipated.

Significant variations from budgeted projections through December included:

  1. Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $16,450. This was nearly $1,200 lower than anticipated. Most significantly, a shortfall in the Annual Appeal (which was $2,200 behind projections) was partially overcome by income from the Fall Fest, which surpassed expectations by nearly $1,800.
  2. Higher than anticipated general donations totaling nearly $5,700. This was $4,100 more than projected and fully offset the shortfall in fundraising. Four large donations constituted most of the amounts we received.
  3. Rental income surpassed expectations by nearly $3,900, although $1,900 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  4. Separately, grants totaling $4,320 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits and the Fall Fest. An additional $2,000 grant was received from the Frick Foundation for repairs at Liberty Lands.
  5. Spending was lower than anticipated for professional and program services (-$5,100). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  6. Lower spending in these categories was partially offset by higher than anticipated spending (+$2,300) in legal services. This additional spending was for the appeal of a recent ZBA decision.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 13-0-0

Elections Committee:

After brief conversation, Jeremy Lindemann and Anne Waginger volunteered to serve on the Committee.

Fundraising Committee: Michael Coyne:

Michael reported that there are postcards and posters for Board members to use to publicize the upcoming Winterfest.

Liberty Lands Report – February 2017

  • It’s winter, so very little is going on at the park. This is just a quick update on the stuff we talked about at the January Liberty Lands meeting:
  • Workdays we now KNOW about:
    • March 24 (probably early morning) – Playground mulch delivered. If at all possible, we’re going to close the street for ½ an hour and dump it right on the concrete pad on 3rd.
    • MARCH 25!! – playground workday. Spreading mulch, especially in the toddler area. Replacing one or two panels of the triangle playset with the ones in the shed. Offer training to parents who’d like to know how to fix playground equipment. (I’ve requested PTSSD sponsorship of the day.)
    • April 5 (Wednesday) – Janet will do cleanup work with 10-15 kid volunteers.
    • APRIL 8 – Cement and planting workday sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. (Liz is organizing). We need to try to turn 50 people out for this. GLBC will give us $2,500 (!!!) to use for materials and plants. Need to discuss what to spend it on: cement, grills, sign posts, but also new trees? Maybe sour cherries? Install signs around park, put in grills, put in Little Free Library.
    • May 6 – plant sale! (at the Community Center unless renovations make it necessary to change that)
    • MAY13 – Love Your Park Spring Cleanup. Whatever is left over to do!
    • JUNE 3 – Spring Music Festival.
    • No date yet: erosion control project – needs bobcat operator for a full day – Seth and George need to coordinate. On that same day, we hope, fix the mat at northwest end. Raise mat, dig out, and earth staple it back down – need to find out what works to fasten it down.
  • The Garden Hub grant proposal is in and Jen will present it on February 15.
  • Liz has agreed to sponsor the Jouska women’s cooperative music/craft fest in the summer – they are looking at late July/early August dates and being only during daylight hours.
  • Water fountain handle is broken AGAIN. I will order a push button kind this time to see if that holds up better.

 

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT – JANUARY 25, 2017

  • TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE – We are still trying to find a skilled technical person for help with a number of different applications.
  • PHOTOS OF RENTAL SPACES – Natasha’s husband took several pictures and they will soon be added to the Community Center portion of the web page.
  • ALARM COMPANY – Research continues on alternatives to our existing alarm company, which has proved unsatisfactory.
  • INCOME – We see a continually increasing interest in renting the Community Center for all kinds of events. Currently we have a total of $250 in ongoing rental income from three separate groups — $100/weekly for Monday & Thursday use; $100/weekly for all-day Tuesday use; and $50 for Sunday morning use. There were several paid uses in January and several more, particularly weekend, requests for February and even for months after that. So far there has been little interest in using the basement. In fact, one group (who uses the space gratis) has expressed their dislike of using the basement. In the future if their meeting conflicts with another, the paying group will still be given the main room and the non-paying group will be expected to use the basement (it is suspected they may cancel their meeting for that day in the hopes of getting the main room on another day).
  • A SCREEN BARRIER – Lara suggested getting a screen that can be used when there is use of the main room and the basement. She is looking into what is available.

Quality of Life Committee:

Janet noted that the upcoming February meeting will be all about QOL issues and asked that other Board members join the committee. Donald Hoegg volunteered (good man!)

Zoning Committee Report: Joe Mikuliak; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Donald Hoegg.“To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 719 N. 5th St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. While we can support an apartment building at this location, we cannot support the plan as presented. Please present a revised plan to our design committee before returning to the zoning committee in which: 1) The median height does not exceed 38 ft. 2) There are no more than 6 actual bedrooms 3) There is a trash plan 4) The roof deck has at least a 12’ setback from 5th St and a 5’ setback at the rear of the building 5) A façade and roofline that look more similar to nearby homes than the plan shown to the committee.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Don Phillips.“To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 980 North 5th St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support a variance for a multi-family home at this location. Several near neighbors attended the meeting and felt the block was best served by 980 N 5th remaining a single family home. The plans show a new 3 story structure in place of an existing 2 story structure to be demolished. This addition is shown built out to the party line on the 2nd and 3rd floors. This would negatively impact the light and air of the adjacent neighbors as well as the occupants of the proposed apartments. We do not support the reduction of open space below the required amount. The existing density of houses and apartments on the 900 block of North Fifth already exceeds the available parking. A single family home converted to apartments would further exacerbate this problem. The conversion of this single family dwelling into an apartment building will be opposed regardless of changes to the size or number of the apartments.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Ira Upin.“To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 946-48 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘To support with the following provisos: a) There will be no sound transmission from the operation of the business to the neighbors in the adjacent apartment. b) Hours of operation will be no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 11 p.m. c) Trash will be stored inside and never outside. Trash will be taken outside only to be picked up within the hour.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 952 N. Lawrence St., i.e.: ‘To support the variance for this project as presented.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 134 W. Laurel St., i.e.: ‘To support the variance for this project as presented.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1143 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘We will support an apartment building on this mostly residential block if it has 25% open space and keeps a parking ratio of 3 spaces per 10 apartments. Neighbors and the committee preferred the plans shown to us by this developer that had natural light and air to all bedrooms.’”  Passed: 13-0-0

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To accept the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 807-11 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘Neighbors and the committee will support a variance for an all residential apartment building if it is 5 stories high. The lobby, 7 parking spaces, and the open space should be retained in the configuration as shown in these plans.’”  Failed:4-5-2

Motion: By Ira Upin, seconded by Chris Somers. “In the matter of 807-811 N. 3rd Street, to accept the variance for this project as presented (changing the 3 second-floor units from commercial to residential).”  Passed: 8-1-

Joe reported that the NLNA’s variance for the Community Center yard was approved. He further reported that the NLNA’s appeal of the ZBA’s decision on the garage at 1009 North Orianna St. is moving forward.

 

Old Business

Matt updated the Board that the latest wrinkle with the street sweeping machine is logistical: we need find locations where the bags of trash can be dumped so that the trash doesn’t need to be hauled back to Liberty Lands.

 

New Business

Don informed the Board that a group of neighbors has joined together to try to preserve the open lots on the 800 block of Orkney Street as green space and that open meetings on the issue should be starting in March or so.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:26 p.m.

 

Addenda:

Zoning Committee minutes 1/30/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman. Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Chris Issacson, Melissa Magness, Jonathen Sher, Abbey Spector

  1. 719 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – Michael Phillips – A proposal for a 6 unit mutli-family building. The following information was provided: – The same developer (Atlantic Apartments), approved for 5 apartments in the former church next door at 721 N 5th, proposed a new building at 719 N 5th with (4) 1 Bdrm apartments (1 ADA) and (2) 2 Bdrm apartments. Expected refusals are for height and use. Proposed building is 48’ high, includes a deck with a 5’ front setback and a pilot house.

Discussion: Issues included height, parking, design, density and duration of construction. Hearing date has not been set.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd (Kenny): Vote 5-0 Thank you for your presentation. While we can support an apartment building at this location, we cannot support the plan as presented. Please present a revised plan to our design committee before returning to the zoning committee in which: 1) The median height does not exceed 38 ft. 2) There are no more than 6 actual bedrooms 3) There is a trash plan 4) A roof deck with a 12’ setback from 5th St and a 5’ setback at the rear of the building 5) A façade and roofline that look more similar to nearby homes than the plan shown to the committee. Passed 6-0-1

  1. 980 N. 5th St – RSA5 – Joe Beller – A proposal for a 3 unit multi-family building. The following information was provided: – The applicant purchased the home a couple months ago and presented a plan to convert the single family home at 980 N. 5th St to a multi-family home by demolishing the rear 2/3 of the structure (currently 2 stories) and building a new 3 story addition that abuts the party line on the 2nd and 3rd floors (the current rear part of the house is setback from the party line, mirroring the neighbor’s house. The new addition will also reduce the currently compliant open house to 14% – Refusals are for open space and use. Discussion: Issues mentioned were parking, blocking the next door neighbor’s light and air, lack of light and air for proposed apartments

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Joe): Vote 5-0-1 Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support a variance for a multi-family home at this location. Several near neighbors attended the meeting and felt the block was best served by 980 N 5th remaining a single family home. The plans show a new 3 story structure in place of an existing 2 story structure to be demolished. This addition is shown built out to the party line on the 2nd and 3rd floors. This would negatively impact the light and air of the adjacent neighbors as well as the occupants of the proposed apartments. We do not support the reduction of open space below the required amount. The existing density of houses and apartments on the 900 block of North Fifth already exceeds the available parking. A single family home converted to apartments would further exacerbate this problem. Passed 7-0

  1. 946-48 N. 2nd St. – CMX2.5 – Betty Mon – A proposal for a prepared food use – no commercial cooking – Special Exception. Owner is moving his restaurant “Just Cravings” to this location. He will offer coffee and other cravings, no cooking to be done on premises. No outdoor tables are part of this application. Trash pickup will be twice a week.

Neighbors were concerned about noise and equipment vibration going into their apartment next door. And trash.

Motion by Kenny Grono 2nd by Melissa Magness To support with the following provisos: 1. There will be no sound transmission from the operation of the business to the neighbors in the adjacent apartment. 2. Hour of operation will be no earlier than 7 AM and no later than 11 PM. 3. Trash will be stored inside and never outside. Trash will be taken outside only to be picked up within the hour. Passed 6-0

  1. 952 N. Lawrence St. – RSA5 – Janice Woodcock – A proposal for a rear addition & balcony (balcony not permitted) The balcony is on the back of this single-family dwelling and the addition above the 1st floor rear is only to enlarge the existing living space.

Motion by Jonathan Sher 2nd by Kenny Grono To support the variance for this project as presented. Passed 6-0

  1. 134 W. Laurel St. – CMX2 – Rita Morrow – A proposal to legalize a single-family dwelling.

Last use of this property as a commercial space was as sandwich shop and this was over 30 years ago. It has been a single-family dwelling since then.

Motion by Jonathan Sher 2nd by Kenny Grono To support the variance for this project as presented. Passed 6-0

I’ll ask the board to add, “The conversion of this single family dwelling into an apartment building will be opposed regardless of changes to the size or number of the apartments.”

Zoning Committee Minutes 1/31/17

Members Present: Larry Freedman. Joe Mikuliak, Chris Issacson, Abbey Spector, Charlie Abdo

  1. 1143 N. 3rd St. – IRMX – Herc Grigos – A proposal for new construction of a mixed use building with 26 residential units, and with ground floor and basement industrial use. 8 parking spots. Using part of the ground floor and basement as an artisanal space (approx., 2700 sq ft.) allows building to exceed maximum height by one story. Height proposed is now 72 feet instead of 60. There are 26 apartments. Largest unit is 826 Sq. ft. 16 of the units will have no natural light or air to the bedroom “sleeping areas.” The open transom for air to the bedrooms are located above each apartment’s cooking area.

Only variance required will be for open space. They are building on 100% of the lot but 12.5% of the parking area is open to the sky. There are 8 parking spaces (as required) This is the 2nd visit to the ZC. Committee members felt their response to our 1st motion (light and air to all apartments, more open space) was inadequate. Many neighbors were present who felt this project would negatively affect their block. Several said they will go to the ZBA to oppose it.

Motion by Joe Mikuliak 2nd by Charlie Abdo We will support an apartment building on this mostly residential block if it has 25% open space and keeps a parking ratio of 3 spaces per 10 apartments. Neighbors and the committee preferred the plans shown to us by this developer that had natural light and air to all bedrooms. Passed 3-0-1

  1. 848 N. Leithgow St – RSA5 – Shimi Zaken – A proposal for a single-family dwelling (open space, rear yard and parking) WAS CANCELLED.
  1. 807-11 N. 3rd St. – IRMX – Shimi Zaken – A proposal to change 3 offices to 3 residential units on the 2nd floor in an already permitted project approved for 6 stories, 11 res. units, 3 offices. 7 parking spots. The project with 3 offices.needed no variance. Shimi wants to build a “High-end” all- residential apartment building 6 stories high. Would have 14 units. Location is next door to the N. 3rd Restaurant. Apartments will have light and air to all bedrooms. The open space above the garage sets the building back from other neighboring properties, an advantage for neighbors who live behind it. Height of building on four sides is 60 feet and pilot house is 10 feet higher. 13 neighbors attended who agreed with this motion:

Motion by Joe Mikuliak 2nd by Abbey Spector Neighbors and the ZC committee will support a variance for an all residential apartment building if it is 5 stories high. The lobby, 7 parking spaces, and the open space should be retained in the configuration as shown in these plans. Passed 4-0

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of January 9, 2017 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-january-9-2017/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:10:20 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10749 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers.

ABSENT: Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Don Phillips; Anne Waginger.  

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:05 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Donald Hoegg:“To approve the minutes of the December Board meeting as presented.” Passed 9-0-0

President’s Report: Matt Ruben: written report attached and reviewed.

President’s Report, January 2017

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Construction Impacts – The usual, nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Zoning – Ira and Joe will have a board action item in the Zoning report, relating to an appeal of a ZBA case.
  • Spring Garden Connector – DRWC had the dedication ceremony for the lighting installation on December 20, with NLNA and city officials. The installation has gotten unanimous praise in the community and across the city.
  • Festival Pier Site (Delaware & Spring Garden) – DRWC granted the developer a limited extension on the due diligence process; the process and development proposal should become public on or before February 21. My goal is to have the first public presentation of the development concept at an NLNA meeting in late February.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The BID steering committee has retained Renee Gillinger as its consultant. Renee is the longtime director of the East Passyunk BID and has recently stepped away to start a BID consulting firm. Next month will be the first open/public meeting about the BID.
  • Madison Memorial Park – We have funds to repair and restore the statue and plaque, to repair the wood on the footbridge in the park, and to put away for some future regular maintenance. Work on the statue is on track to be performed when the weather clears in early spring, for a Memorial Day formal unveiling/rededication. Work on the footbridge still has to be bid out and scheduled.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Board Retreat – In December the board agreed that we need a retreat, and we settled on a half- day retreat on a Saturday in late January or February. I have identified and contacted a facilitator whom I’ve worked with in the past, and am awaiting an answer on her availability.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • General Membership Meetings – Although we had a highly successful board meet-n-greet, along with Town Watch meetings, in the fall, I dropped the ball on general membership meetings. This spring I hope to remedy that. We have meetings coming up in April and May for board nominations and elections. And in February, as noted above, I hope to organize a meeting centered around the Festival Pier site development proposal.
  • However, in regards to board elections, I am wondering if we might want to experiment with a nomination period that could include or be kicked off by a meeting in April, but could extend before and/or after that meeting. I would value the board’s thoughts and guidance on this.
  • Town Watch – Property crimes (bike thefts, trash can thefts, car break-ins) persist but have generally fallen off from the spike we experienced in the late summer and early fall, probably because of a combination of stepped-up police work and cooling weather (the fall-off began in the autumn, before temps got to their current frigid levels). Jeremy and neighbor Mark Maltby have done a great job leading this effort and doing patrols together. I think it might be a good idea to have a little “party” around late March to officially kick off spring patrols – invite neighbors for a patrol that begins with snacks and non-alcoholic beverages at the Community Center.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – At the suggestion of a member, we changed the Facebook Group from “public” to “closed” – meaning that non-members can find and see the group, but no longer can see member names or posts on the group wall. New member requests continue to come in a a brisk pace, and there have been no discernible ill effects, so it appears this strikes a nice balance between openness and privacy. The Group is at about 3,100 members now, surpassing the email list, which is at about 2,900.
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Donald Hoegg: “To approve the proposed agreement for the NLNA to act as a fiscal sponsor for the Garden Hub project.”  Passed 10-0-0

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

TREASURER’S REPORT – JANUARY 2017    

  1. 2016-17 Budget: December Financials – tables attached
  • For the three months ended on December 31st all funds income was $124,337; this was nearly $7,000 more than projected. Expenses totaled $35,739, which was about $3,900 less than anticipated. Net income was about $88,600 – $10,840 more than projected. These amounts include $82,320 in grant income and $7,150 in grant expenses.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF & LL Income (rounded): $45,900 — $6,500 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses (rounded): $33,200 — $4,300 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $12,700 — $10,800 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through December included:
  1. Income from fundraising activities – which totaled about $14,300. This was nearly $1,000 lower than anticipated. Most significantly, a shortfall in the Annual Appeal (which was $2,500 behind projections) was partially overcome by income from the Fall Fest, which surpassed expectations by nearly $1,800.
  2. Higher than anticipated general donations totaling nearly $5,700. This was $4,500 more than projected and fully offset the shortfall in fundraising. Four large donations constituted most of the amounts we received.
  3. Rental income surpassed expectations by more than $3,800, although $2,300 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  4. Separately, grants totaling $4,320 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Parade of Spirits and the Fall Fest.  
  5. Spending was lower than anticipated for professional and program services (-$3,800). This difference is almost entirely due to timing and seasonality.
  6. Other Items
  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – We received a check for $78,000 from PTSSD in December, the balance of the $178,000 grant awarded last February.
  • 2015-16 Compilation Report and Federal Tax Return – Our accountant has completed preparation of the annual compilation report and tax return for 2015-16.

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 11-0-0

Fundraising Committee Report: Monika Kreidie:

A committee has met and is working on organizing Winterfest, which will be February 12, 1-5 p.m. Tickets should be printed soon.

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands Board Report – January 2017

  • Winter is quiet time in Liberty Lands. Look, only six bullet points.
  • The regularly scheduled Liberty Lands meetings have been quite irregular for the past few months, but this should be the last change – the next meeting will be WEDNESDAY (day change!) January 11 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. All are welcome. Lots of scheduling for 2017 will occur at that meeting!
  • The Parade of Spirits on December 17th went beautifully despite rain earlier in the day. Around 150 people showed up, a great time was had by all, and the park looked lovely decorated for the winter. Sponsorship from the PTSSD covered the expenses and the grant report has already been submitted.
  • Neighbor Maggie Schuler has purchased a Little Free Library for the park and will maintain its book stock. We can’t install it until the spring (concrete doesn’t set in the winter), but we need to choose a location for it – maybe right at the Bodine/American Street entrance gate?
  • January 16 (Monday) will be this year’s professional pruning at Liberty Lands. We’ll also be chipping whatever Christmas trees are left between the 8th and 15th at Orianna Hill.
  • 2017 is a “playground mulching” year – every two years, we put down new woodchips in the playground areas. This is special mulch – better chipped and more fire-resistant than the plain chips we get for other paths – and costs about $2,000 for an 18-wheeler load full. We are considering asking PTSSD for sponsorship of this expense and of the community mulch-spreading day it will engender – ideally on March 18th, though that needs to be confirmed.
  • I am hoping that the mulch day can also be a “festival of concrete” day when we install the Little Free Library, two charcoal grills, and a variety of permanent signs at the park. Concrete-capable folks, please take note.

Janet added to the report that the Christmas tree recycling program is going well despite a very snowy chipping day on January 7th. The sponsorship by PTSSD allowed us not to panic about the low turnout on the 7th because we did not need to earn enough donations to cover the cost of the chipper: the roughly $85 of donations taken in was used as tip money for the pruning crew. The neighborhood has been overwhelmingly positive about the extended collection period. She also noted the tremendous number of dogs at Liberty Lands during the period when the dog run at Orianna Hill was closed as a reminder of what a benefit the parks are to one another.

Operations Committee Report: Monika Kreidie:

Monika reported that the lease is up for the 3rd floor apartment, but the current tenants are extending for a year and are all right with a slight rent increase.

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 978-80 N. Lawrence St. (Pernitsky’s Bar), i.e.: ‘We support a variance that would legalize the two apartments upstairs and the one apartment on the 1st floor in the former Pernitsky’s Bar at 978-80 Lawrence Street. A letter of support will be issued if the refusal agrees with the presentation.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Janet Finegar. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 231 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘We support the variance for the existing properties at 1001 N. Bodine Street, 231 W. Wildey Street and 229 W. Wildey, the animal husbandry with a limit of 20 chickens at any time and no roosters.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 152 W. Laurel St., i.e.: ‘We approve the variance for the pilot house as presented with the proviso that the pilot house door will be locked at all times and residents cannot open the door for access to the roof. A letter of support will be issued when the Zoning Chair receives a description of the materials that will be used for the solar panel structure and supports.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Roneil Jackson, seconded by Janet Finegar. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1009 N. Orianna Street, i.e.: ‘We vote to appeal the ZBA decision to approve a curb cut and garage use long after the house was built without such a use and without a curb cut at 1009 N. Orianna Street based on the perceived hardship that there is no rear access to the house. This sets a very bad precedent because so many city homes do not have rear access.’”  Passed 11-0-0

It was noted that approval of the above motion constitutes a commitment by the Board to cover lawyer’s fees for the appeal.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Steve Richman.“To go into Executive Session.”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Ira Upin.“To go out of Executive Session.”  Passed 11-0-0

Zoning Committee – Monday 12/19/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Ira Upin        

Members absent: Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Abbey Spector

978-80 N. Lawrence St. (Pernitsky’s Bar) –RSA5 – Barb Mulckhuyse: To legalize 2 existing apartments and create a third apartment from the first floor bar area. The third apartment is 835 sq. feet. The 2 existing apartments are bi-level. The entrance to one is on George Street and the entrance to the other is on Lawrence Street. Unit #1 would be completely renovated. Unit #3 would also be renovated. No windows or doors would be changed, however, the corner entrance formerly used by the bar would be closed up and a planter placed there. Window shutters would be added to make the building look more residential. There is an alleyway that would be used to store trash. At this time, only Unit #1 would have access to the yard. Discussion: It is not clear if the refusal is for the units or the switch from commercial to residential on the first floor.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Micahel): Vote 7-0-0   We support a variance that would legalize the two apartments upstairs and the one apartment on the 1st floor in the former Pernitsky’s Bar at 978-80 Lawrence Street. A letter of support will be issued if the refusal agrees with the presentation.

231 W. Wildey St. – RSA5 – Brett Madsen Jordan Rushie:   Legalization of a 10’ fence and a requested use for chickens and a chicken coop. Only a 4’ fence is permitted on the front and side of a house. This fence has a mural on it. There are currently 13 female chickens on the property. They are kept for their eggs, not to eat. Discussion: Neighbors did not object to the chickens. They are quiet. They do not smell. The high fence protects the chickens and the mural is iconic in the neighborhood.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd ( Kenny): Vote 7-0-0   We support the variance for the existing properties at 1001 N. Bodine Street, 231 W. Wildey Street and 229 W. Wildey, the animal husbandry with a limit of 20 chickens at any time and no roosters.

152 W. Laurel St. – RM1 – Dan Addis Tim McDonald: A request for a pilot house within 10’ of the property line and a request to elevate the solar panel structure. This building is being constructed as a net zero energy building. To achieve this, flat solar panel canopy had to span over the entire “green” roof area, not angled as specified in the original plan. The solar panels are raised above the pilot house so the roof can be maintained and the panels can be serviced. Residents are not permitted on the roof. The door would always be locked.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Michael): Vote 6-1-0 We approve the variance for the pilot house as presented with the proviso that the pilot house door will be locked at all times and residents cannot open the door for access to the roof. A letter of support will be issued when the Zoning Chair receives a description of the materials that will be used for the solar panel structure and supports.

Tuesday 12/20/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Ira Upin   Members absent: Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Abbey Spector

1009 N. Orianna Street – appeal ZBA approved curb cut for previously built garage

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Jonathan) 7-0-0   We vote to appeal the ZBA decision to approve a curb cut long after the house was built with a garage and no curb cut at 1009 N. Orianna Street based on the perceived hardship that there is no rear access to the house.  This sets a very bad precedent because so many city homes do not have rear access.

Old Business

Monika asked that Matt include an official reminder to neighbors about shoveling their sidewalks. Janet added a request that people be reminded to talk to their neighbors about shoveling problems (and see if they have a problem preventing them from shoveling). Matt further asked that Board members on Facebook post messages themselves about such issues, since there is a large (and sometimes different) reach on that forum.

Joe noted that Matt had contacted the Streets Department about a new stop sign at 4th and Green and that it seems to be going to move forward!

Steve reported on the renovation of the Community Center yard: zoning variance will be heard by the ZBA on January 18. He asked the Board about the idea of selling engraved bricks in the yard as a fundraiser. There was some conversation about the experience of doing a similar fundraiser at Liberty Lands in the past and about the logistics of the project. Troy suggested that the proposal be floated on Facebook to gauge the level of interest and how much could be raised.

Janet reviewed a written report submitted for the 2016 Operation Santa program.

2016 Operation Santa Report

In brief:

  • We ended up serving 24 families with 97 kids and 2 senior citizens. We had excellent volunteer participation from the neighborhood. Toy donations from Waterfront Square were less than normal, but still generous; Solo Realty also made a significant contribution.
  • PTSSD gave us a sponsorship of $1,800, which we significantly overran (costs were $2,300 this year), but lower costs on the Parade of Spirits half of the sponsorship and some $210 in cash donations mean that the program did not end up costing NLNA general funds anything.

Recipients:

  • We added a few families recommended by existing participants. At this point our recipients are significantly from the neighborhood to our west, from Northern Liberties proper, and somewhat from the South Kensington/Fishtown area. Next year I would like to limit further expansion west but look for neglected families to our north by contacting the principals at Adaire and Ludlow elementaries for recommendations.
  • I’d like to see some expansion of senior citizen services, but don’t have ideas about how to locate need in that area (suggestions welcome!)

Donations:

  • Donations from the Waterfront Square community are good, but this year did not quite cover the need for our families. Donations of MONEY rather than toys is much better for us, but we don’t want to compete with the Annual Appeal. I’m proposing doing a larger sponsorship ask for Operation Santa from PTSSD in 2017 by making it a single sponsorship (not partnering the sponsorship with Parade of Spirits as I have been doing) so that the funds better cover the food expenses.
  • Cost overruns this year came mainly from under-budgeting the food expense and a communication SNAFU that meant buying an additional family’s gifts and food separately.
  • We always end up buying a certain amount of things in addition to food: wrapping supplies and batteries and gifts for teens are the main areas of expense. I buy as many wrapping supplies in bulk and clearance in January as possible; I use a Costco membership to get batteries at the lowest price available; and this year I’m looking into bulk-purchasing some basic “teen” gifts (wallets, watches, bracelets, gloves: generic items that work for most teens and can be gotten for around $5 apiece when bought wholesale) in advance.
  • We also started giving every recipient at least one book several years ago, using books obtained for about $.50 each from the First Book Foundation. Another SNAFU kept us from getting those books this year but we should be back on track in 2017.

Volunteering:

  • This remains a very popular and feel-good volunteer activity for neighbors, which is great. We may need to do more coordination of the wrapping event in order to deal with the onslaught of volunteers! I would also like to find a way to let families participate in the event meaningfully. A new coordinator in the program (in addition to me and Don) could help with those areas if anyone was interested.

Logistics:

  • The expanded community center space meant that we could use both upstairs and basement for the wrapping, which was overall a success (some new kinks in the system need to be worked out). We established that cleanup after the deliveries MUST include bundling cardboard boxes for recycling! A good turnout of volunteers on delivery day made delivery easier and we could add a run of the “extra” toys (we get a lot of gifts appropriate for kids in the 5-8 year old range: they don’t work for our older or younger kids but are still great toys) to the Drueding Center.

New Business

Jeremy reported that the Community Affairs Officer from the 6th District invited him to a departmental meeting discussing police-community relations, and particularly applauded Northern Liberties’ community action related to the apprehension of the package thief. The 6th District is interested in holding a meeting with neighbors to further improve relations between the community and the department.

Janet encouraged all Board members who run programs or events for the NLNA to write up a list of the various duties and elements of running the activity and make that list publicly available through Google drive.

Matt offered a general statement of congratulations for the variety of projects and activities that the NLNA has succeeded with in the past year or so, and thanked everyone for their work.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:32 p.m.

 

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Board of Directors Minutes – December 5, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-december-5-2016/ Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:27:47 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10592 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers.

ABSENT: Troy Crichton; Roneil Jackson; Anne Waginger.

ALSO PRESENT: Joe Brunner, accountant; Lara Kelly, Quality of Life manager

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:04 p.m.

Motion: By Donald Phillips, seconded by Barbara Saverino:“To approve the minutes of the November Board meeting as presented.” Passed 10-0-0

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

Joe Brunner, who has been the NLNA’s accountant for the past several years, presented and reviewed a compilation report of the Association’s finances. A few quick questions from the Board were addressed.

TREASURER’S REPORT – DECEMBER 2016

  1. 2016-17 Budget: November Financials – tables attached
  1. For the two months ended on November 30th all funds income was $25,500; this was nearly $5,500 more than projected. Expenses totaled $19,750, which was about $4,900 less than anticipated. Net income was $5,750 – $10,400 more than projected. These amounts include about $2,000 in grant expenses.
  2. Significant variations from budgeted projections through November include:
  1. Income from fundraising activities was about $400 lower than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was $500 behind projections. Corporate donations for Clean Streets were also short of expectations – by $500.
  2. Higher than anticipated general donations more than offset these shortfalls. We received nearly $5,400 in donations, surpassing budgeted levels by $4,600. Four large donations constituted most of the amounts we received. In addition, rental income surpassed expectations by $1,200. About $500 of this amount was pre-paid rent.
  3. Separately, grants totaling $4,320 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf and the Fall Fest.
  4. Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance and utilities (-$1,500), and for professional and program services (-$3,650). This difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality.
  5. Other Items
  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – We expect to receive $78,000 from PTSSD in December, the balance of the $178,000 grant awarded last February.
  • 2015-16 Compilation Report and Federal Tax Return – Our accountant has completed preparation of the annual compilation report and tax return for 2015-16. He will present his report at our December meeting.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Don Hoegg. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 11-0-0

 

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

  • The Spring Garden underpass lighting is finally finished. They turned it on as a test last week and have it off now until a formal unveiling with the Mayor, probably in late December.
  • The Business Improvement District is moving forward with organization and hiring a consultant.
  • A new set of speed cushions was installed on 5th Street and two appeared on 2nd Street also; this is still a “test” period for them, and we do not know when they will make them permanent.
  • Jefferson Hospital has opened an Urgent Care facility at 800 North Delaware Avenue across from where Yards was previously located. At their invitation, some Board members will take a brief tour of the facility sometime soon.
  • A neighbor offered to help with making informational videos for the Association; Don and Barbara will contact him to discuss possibilities.
  • Lara updated the Board on the street sweeper purchase: we can store the sweeper in Oron’s garage, but there are still some logistical details to resolve. For that reason, the purchase itself will be put off until March so that the sweeper doesn’t sit unused over the winter.

 

Ad Hoc Planning Committee: Monika Kreidie.

Monika reported that a strategic planning committee made up of several Board members met several times over the summer to discuss improvements to the structure of the Association as it matures and the neighborhood grows. Monika distributed a draft document outlining the committee’s proposals as a starting point for discussion. A few of the more significant proposals of the committee are to hire marketing/branding and grant writing assistance; to require specific commitments of volunteer hours and committee oversight from every Board member; and to work to increase the number of possible Board members.

Monika asked that Board members look at the draft, and bring their reactions and comments (and additional proposals) to the January meeting for discussion. Ira raised the question about what would be the best method for discussing and moving forward with the proposals. After quite a lot of discussion, it was agreed that the best method would be to hold a Board retreat (4-6 hours on a Saturday relatively soon), possibly with a professional facilitator, and that Matt will take charge of organizing this event. At the same time, it was further agreed that since it is unlikely that the retreat will take place before the January board meeting, Board member should still read through the draft and bring comments for brief discussion at that meeting.

 

Fundraising & Membership Committee(s) Report by Michael Coyne

  • The Annual Appeal letters were mailed on November 25th.
  • The 2017 Winterfest is going to be held on Sunday, February 12th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at North Bowl. Katrina did the poster/flier and the digital copy ready. The Fundraising Committee will be meeting in early January to get things together for the event. We’re going to have tickets printed so please feel free to solicit your friends and neighbors to attend the best event in Philadelphia on the 12th.

Liberty Lands report – December 2016 by Janet Finegar

  • On Friday December 1, Shechman Tree came and did a lengthy job pruning the pawlonia trees at the southeast corner, including taking out one dead trunk. We got a $1,000 contribution from Philly Apartment Company to cover about 1/3 of this very necessary job. They took out a lot of dead limbs and limbs growing into the houses on American Street (thus the PAC contribution to the job) and made that whole area significantly safer through the work. It also took a six-man crew a solid five hours to do, and watching even the small pieces come down in a controlled way would be enough to convince anyone who might ever question the expense of professional tree pruning. . .
  • Related to the question of why we have so many darn trees at the park, I spent the same five hours clearing the 3rd St. sidewalk of leaves. We should remember to make this a standard November workday task. . .
  • And while we’re remembering things, we need a “concrete” workday some day in the spring to install a Little Free Library, several signs, and a new charcoal grill.
  • But in good news, during the five hours I was there I saw only one off-leash dog (out of maybe fifty dogs that came through) and that one belonged to a known scofflaw (who did leash up when confronted). So things are looking better on that front!
  • I have been in touch with the nice donor of the giant concrete table and with Leo Rossi about moving it, and at this point they seem to be going to coordinate it between themselves. . . so either we’ll wake up one morning with a giant concrete table, or we won’t, and either way we’ll deal with it.
  • Jen and Paul have been working on a project for some time now, called “Garden Hub,” that will ideally have a pilot program at Liberty Lands and a few other Riverwards gardens in the spring of 2017. The project is designed to reduce garden food waste and provide a meaningful job for underemployed persons as well as improve the “community” aspect of community gardens. [In practical terms, it creates a position for someone who puts unharvested food in community gardens to work at food banks, farmers’ markets, etc.]
  • In other grant news, the PHS “Legacy Landscapes” program – a funding program established to honor Jane Pepper which has Liberty Lands as one of its core beneficiaries – has put replacing our community garden fence into its 17-18 fiscal year plans. A basic estimate for installing a new metal fence came in at around $30,000, which does not include the labor to move all the vegetation around the fence (we’d need to do that ourselves). This is, obviously, in the early planning stages and the park committee needs to discuss the design of the fence, the timing of the project, and other basic issues.
  • Orianna Hill Park was awarded the grant through Penn Treaty Special Services District to expand christmas tree chipping in Northern Liberties this year. That grant included $1,500 toward the January professional tree pruning at Liberty Lands (this is in addition to the pawlonia pruning we just had done: we have a lot of trees). The dates for chipping are:
    • January 1-15 – trees may be dropped off any time at OHP at the corner “picnic park”
    • Saturday, January 7 – pruning and chipping at Orianna Hill
    • Monday, January 16 – pruning and chipping at Liberty Lands
  • Liberty Lands’ last event for the season is the Parade of Spirits on Saturday, December 17th. We’ll gather at the park starting at about 3, start the parade at around 4 (over to 2nd, 2nd to Fairmount, back up 3rd), get back to the park by 4:45 and hang out there until I manage to get everyone to leave. I have a few volunteers for crossing guards, but could use a few more people willing to be un-masked and help make sure crossing goes safely at the various intersections. If you’re willing, please let me know!
  • Parade of Spirits also uses the Community Center as a warming station/valuables lockup on the 17th (and Operation Santa deliveries go out of there in the morning of the 17th, so I’ll be hogging the CC all day on the 17th)
  • Finally, despite certain lunatics’ insistence that we continue until it snows, Weeder’s Club is officially over for the year. We will recommence in March, much earlier than most of us want to. Look forward to a greatly shorter report in January and February.

 

Townwatch Committee Report: Jeremy Lindemann.

Jeremy reported that weekly patrols have been occurring and going well. Committee member Mark Maltby has taken on a lot of responsibility, including patrolling regularly and taking over handling the Townwatch internet page.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1009 N. Orianna, i.e.: ‘We oppose the variance to legalize a garage at 1009 N. Orianna Street. It would remove 2 parking spaces on a block with only 5 spaces for 13 homes.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 408-10 N. Front St., i.e.: ‘We support this project with the proposed parking and proposed open space, but with one story removed (4 stories, not 5 stories).’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Donald Phillips. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 500-08 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘We approve this as presented with accessory parking reserved only for union workers.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Michael Coyne. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 938 New Market St., i.e.: ‘We oppose any commercial space at 938-40 New Market Street. This block is 100% residential and any commercial use would increase the problems of parking, noise and night time activity.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Don Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 413 Poplar St., i.e.: ‘We will support the variance for a 4 foot rear yard depth at rear deck. We oppose the accessory parking space which will take away on-street parking.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 700 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘We support the variance as presented to the community with the following provisos: a) No night time use outside after 10:00 p.m.; b) Maximum capacity is 125 people; c) The decibel level will not exceed standards set by the air management department; d) All events will be directly managed by the NLNA.’”  Passed 11-0-0

 

Old Business

Ira reported that the yard renovation project is on track to begin in the spring. There was a delay from the hoped-for fall date because of needing a zoning variance.

 

Don reminded the Board about the Operation Santa wrapping and delivery dates (Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. for wrapping, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. for delivery) and asked for volunteer help.

 

New Business

There was some conversation about having Congressman Brady attend an upcoming NLNA meeting (or even ask if the meeting could be held at the offices on Spring Garden Street). Matt will approach the Congressman and look into getting a presentation from the DWRC about the waterfront project.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:49 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee – Monday 11/28/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin         Members absent: Melissa Magness, Michael Simons

  • 1009 N. Orianna–RSA5–Carl Primavera: Legalize a parking spot and construct a curb cut. Original owner built the house with a garage with a refusal for the curb cut. Installing this curb cut now will eliminate 2 parking spaces. Current owners were aware of the refusal at time of purchase. Discussion: Building something not permitted to get approval years later would set a bad precedent.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Jonathan): Vote 8-0-0 We oppose the variance to legalize a garage at 1009 N. Orianna Street. It would remove 2 parking spaces on a block with only 5 spaces for 13 homes.

  • 408-10 N. Front St. – RM1 – Michael Mattioni: A proposal for an 8-unit residential building (height and open space refusal). The building is 60’ high with 5 stories and 4 parking spaces (one of which is van accessible) on the ground floor of the building. There is an elevator and it goes to the deck as well as each floor. The pilot house is oversized and is therefore counted in the height. The plan only has 16% of open space, not the 30% required. Discussion: If they build by right they will only be 38’ high but have 9 units without parking. Nearby neighbors hoped for a structure only 38’ high but preferred that parking be made available for the units.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Charlie): Vote 6-2-0 We support this project with the proposed parking and proposed open space, but with one story removed (4 stories, not 5 stories).

  • 500-08 N. 2nd St. – CMX3 – James Pearl: A proposal for mechanical access parking – 45 spaces at Transit Workers Union. The stackers would turn 13 spaces into 39 spaces for cars that would only be used by Union staff and not the general public. The lot is surrounded by a black 10’ chain link fence. Code requires screening, but they will not add the screening because they just upgraded the surveillance cameras to improve security. Screening would obscure the effectiveness of the cameras.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Kenny): Vote 8-0-0 We approve this as presented with accessory parking reserved only for union workers.

Zoning Committee – Tuesday 11/29/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Ira Upin       Members absent: Charlie Abdo, Melissa Magness, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector,

  • 938 New Market St. – RM1 – Chadwick Smith: A proposal for a first floor retail use (juice bar) as part of a multi-residential building. Chad Smith, part owner and resident Max Morganstern presented as “information only”. They have no refusal yet. The idea is a “Smart Grocer” store that would sell food, juice, and coffee. There is about 1000 sq. ft. for an office, juice bar and market. The goal is to be open 24/7 but the initial hours would be 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. They are applying for a passenger loading zone in front of the building. Trash would be stored in building and picked up twice a week from Hancock Street. They will agree to no alcohol, no entertainment, and no hot cooking. Discussion: Neighbors did not want to lose parking to a loading zone and 11 nearby residents did not support this project.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd (Ira): Vote 4-0-0 We oppose any commercial space at 938-40 New Market Street. This block is 100% residential and any commercial use would increase the problems of parking, noise and night time activity.

  • 413 Poplar St. – RSA5 – Wayne Iverson: A proposal for a two story addition, deck and parking. The architect proposes adding 2 floors and the addition of balconies at the rear of the property. The gate to the yard would be replaced with 1 parking spot with a curb-cut on Poplar Street. This would remove approximately 16’ of on street parking. No fence was proposed between this parking spot and the neighbor’s alley. Discussion: Neighbors oppose the parking spot/curb cut because they do not want to increase an already serious parking shortage.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Kenny): Vote 4-0-0 We will support the variance for a 4 foot rear yard depth at rear deck. We oppose the accessory parking space which will take away on-street parking.

  • 700 N. 3rd St. (NLNA Community Center) – CMX1 – Ira Upin: A proposal to extend current uses to outside area. Plans for the new pavilion and landscaping were shown to the community. This application is not a consolidation of lot lines, but is a “unity of use”. No curb cuts are proposed. Trash will be kept on property. Neighbors brought up the issues of hours and music.

Motion (Group): Vote 4-0-0 We support the variance as presented to the community with the following provisos: a) No night time use outside after 10:00 p.m. b) Maximum capacity is 125 people c) The decibel level will not exceed standards set by the air management department d) All events will be directly managed by the NLNA.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of November 14, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-november-14-2016/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:21:36 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10436 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Ira Upin; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT: Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Chris Somers

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Joe Mikuliak:“To approve the minutes of the October Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 8-0-0

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

The Historical Commission voted to establish the row houses at 81-95 Fairmount Avenue as historic properties after strong lobbying from the neighborhood.

The Crosstown Coalition has asked NLNA to join opposition to billboards on city-owned buildings.
Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Joe Mikuliak: “To support the Crosstown Coalition’s position opposing non-accessory signage on Philadelphia municipal buildings.”  Passed 8-0-0

There was some discussion of the annual appeal letter, which will be going out soon. There was a quick discussion of the NLNA projects in the letter, a reminder to add the Doughboy campaign, and a suggestion to add information highlighting the possibility of monthly donations through Paypal.

There was a brief discussion of the ongoing tweaks to the Spring Garden underpass lighting project. Work to improve the installation is ongoing, with no timeline for completion. In relation to that, Matt reported that at some time in the next year the 95 improvements will move into the Northern Liberties area, and that the NLNA will have the opportunity to meet with PennDot to discuss our desires for lighting the underpasses, improvements around the construction, and (ideally) establishing some parking under the highway. Joe mentioned a design that was created (and agreed to) back in the late 90s that included fixing the crazy intersections near Schmidt’s Commons and establishing a bike lane near the highway: these items should also be raised again with PennDot.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – NOVEMBER 2016

  1. 2016-17 Budget
  • The 2016-17 budget was adopted by the Board at the October meeting. There were no changes made by the Board to the budget that was recommended by the Finance Committee.
  • The adopted budget projects approximately $140,000 in income and $140,000 in expenses in the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts combined. In addition, the budget anticipates the availability of about $26,000 in prior year funds and an equal amount of carryout into 2017-18.
  • In October, expenses were not unusual. On the income side we received two large donations totaling $3,000 and one renter pre-paid three month’s rent for use of the community center. Otherwise, income was as anticipated.
  1. Other Items
  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000 last February. Funding was made available to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – is expected to be made available in November. To date, we have spent approximately $52,300 for renovations and improvements to the basement and the first floor, and repairs to the exterior of the building. This spending has generally been in line with expectations. In October we submitted a required progress report to PTSSD.
  • Accountant’s 2015-16 Financial Report and Tax Preparation – Our accountant has begun preparation of our annual Compilation Report and Tax Return. He was in the office during the first week of November gathering data from our QuickBooks file. He found nothing out of the ordinary and will likely have a draft of the report for our review by the end of the month.
  • Report on Account Balances – This month’s Treasurer’s Report includes a three-year statement of bank balances. A table will be distributed at the board meeting.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 8-0-0

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands Report – November 2016

  • The Fall Family Festival was a huge success: a great turnout, beautiful weather, lots of happy people and a significant profit. Cash alone took in $1,300 and there should be another several hundred of sponsorship donations. Assuming that the Penn Treaty Special Services District will sponsor the carriage rides and moonbounce again (as they have done every year in the past: the Board did not consider the proposal at the October meeting but will consider it in November), we should have a net profit of some $1,500 or maybe even more. The organizers (Sara Hirschler, Priya DeSouza, and Ellyn Shatz) did a fantastic job!
  • The final workday of 2016 will be this Saturday, November 12. There’s a long list of clean-up chores for the winter, and we’ll also plant a new fringe tree to replace the one that was killed and as a memorial to Scout, Lara/Marion/Harper’s dog. Workday from 9-2 and all are encouraged to attend for however much time they can!
  • Because of the election, the November Liberty Lands meeting will be Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. at the community center. This will also be the yearly board meeting for the NLAC (the organization that officially owns the park land).
  • Lots of updates on infrastructure repairs and improvements: we’re still working on getting the northeast-side erosion control project planned. Looking like spring for that one. On the other hand, Ken Grono either already has or is about to get the cistern pump and controller replaced, so that’s good. A surprise grant solved our expense problem with fixing the kid-catcher gate, and Michelle has that underway. A neighbor has offered to give us a giant concrete table, which we’re looking to install at the southern side as both a picnic and ping-pong table.
  • The community gardens got a huge pile of compost through City Harvest, and we’re encouraging the gardeners to feed their plots before winter comes. In other City Harvest news, Jen and Paul have been working on developing a project to improve the “last mile” collection of vegetables and delivery to food pantries; they’ve spoken with several possible funding sources on the project and will keep working on it through the winter.
  • The Water Department has its process well underway for finally excusing/forgiving community gardens for stormwater fees. Jen, Janet, and Paul attended a hearing about it and testified in favor of the change. They anticipate that it will be enacted in January, which will mean that the stormwater bills we’ve been getting will cease and the built-up charges in dispute will be erased.
  • Jen and Liz met with a woman doing “wild edibles” tours, who showed them some of the many edible weeds/ornamentals growing at the park. We’ll use her information to supplement the donations through City Harvest and encourage some more of those plants in the Edible Forest patch at the north end.
  • The dance performances during October went very nicely and were well received. As cold weather settles in, events at the park are slowing down. We’ve shut down the Waste Management extra trash pickup for the season and Chico will only come once a week to do trash.
  • The farmer’s market is enthusiastic about continuing to come as long as the weather’s bearable. Food Trust only goes May-October, but we hope to work with our farmers to expand it to include April and November.
  • A grant from the PTSSD to Orianna Hill Park will cover expanding Christmas tree chipping this year AND cover about half the expenses of Liberty Lands’ yearly professional pruning. A special donation from the group that now owns the American Street houses that face onto the park (Philly Apartment Company – great new neighbors!) will cover about 1/3 of the cost to do a special pruning of the pawlonia trees at the southeast corner of the park, including removing the one dead tree.
  • The last event of 2016 will be the Parade of Spirits (the event formerly known as Krampuslauf) on December 17 around 4 p.m. That will also be when we turn off the water for the winter!
  • Additions to Liberty Lands report:

The park has been offered a MASSIVE concrete table – a good surface for all kinds of things, including ping-pong and parties (and yes, probably illicit sex, but honestly, there are plenty of surfaces for that in the park already). But we need to get it from roughly 2nd Street over to the park by this Saturday, and it’s bigger than the bobcat can handle – we need a piece of machinery bigger than that, and the person who can drive it – for about an hour on any day that can work. Does anyone have a thought? If that thought is Leo Razzi, is anyone close enough with him to ask?

  • With a tremendous amount of effort from Ken’s friends Nijual and Sarah, the new pump and controller on the rainwater cisterns are in and working!!!!! Massive thanks go out to all three of them, and now we can drain the cisterns of the water that’s been sitting there for way too long and start again.
  • The workday on the 12th, despite being under publicized and overshadowed by general political despair, got quite a lot accomplished. We planted a lot of new flower bulbs to create hope and joy in the spring, weeded and compost-dressed many tree pits, got several weed trees removed from around the park, pulled out two dead trees in preparation for planting one new one next weekend, cleaned out the shed for the winter, cleaned hand tools out of the community gardens, moved the pile of compost into the park itself so that it’s not on the sidewalk, cleaned down the compost pile so the large branches can be chipped on the 29th, cleaned out the trash corrals and picked up trash around the park, and removed the rusty metal pole that used to be the grill (we’ll put a new one in in the spring).
  • Liz and Janet visited 5 Acre Farm (our farmer’s market farmers) last weekend. Although the official market run by Food Trust is over for the winter, the 5 Acre guys are interested in continuing to come out with whatever they have on any day they can stand the weather. In particular, they will have hothouse greens through the winter.
  • There was a GOTV party at Liberty Lands on Tuesday that was, as far as we know, totally unauthorized. The people doing it claimed to have spoken to “someone on the board” and/or “someone in the office” and gotten permission. We assume this was just not true, but should emphasize that at this point Janet and ONLY Janet approves park uses. There’s a whole list of policies that the committee has agreed on, and a calendar so there aren’t conflicting uses, and Janet runs things by the core group in the case of judgment calls – but any event, no matter how much it’s “our friends” doing it, needs to be officially approved so that we know what’s going on and are consistent with our rules! [If someone would like to take over being the final authority on approving reservations, by the way, Janet would be delighted to discuss that!]
  • One tree planting, hanging of three gorgeous birdhouses donated by Pluma Avis Domis (thank you, Roberto!), moving a table, and cistern draining remain to do this coming Saturday, and then we are kind of done for the winter.

Town Watch: Jeremy Lindemann.

Four people came to the first patrol, two to the second, but Jeremy feels that people are pleased to see the patrols out there. They will continue to do them and try to drum up some additional patrolers.

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Steve Richman. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 928-32 N. 4th St., i.e.: ‘We support this proposal as presented.’  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 316R & 318R W. George St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented with the proviso that the collapsing retaining wall is replaced with a sound structure.’”  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Steve Richman. “To affirm the Zoning Committee’s request to the owners of 1019 Germantown Ave. to return to the ZC with a plan, and further remind all presenters to come properly prepared with full materials.”  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Joe Mikuliak. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 805 N. Hancock Street, i.e.: ‘We support this proposal with the following provisos: a) Outdoor hours on Sunday – Thursday will end at 11:30 p.m.; b) Outdoor hours on Friday and Saturday will end at 1:30 a.m.; c) There will be no outdoor speakers, no live music and no liquor/food service outdoors; d) The front door and back door (to the outdoor space) will remain closed at all times except for passage in and out.’”  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Janet Finegar. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 221 Fairmount Ave., i.e.: ‘Please return to the Zoning Committee with the following: a) Drawings with railing wall of the deck (not the wall of the parking space) set back 3’ along the eastern property line; b) Elevations with dimensions from the neighbor’s perspective; c) Plan for water diversions from the deck and canopy; d) Copy of the refusal(s).’”  Passed: 7-0-1

Motion: By Joe Mikuliak, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1001-13 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘We support this project with the following provisos: a) There will be no outdoor speakers; b) All square footage above 4300’ can only be used for purposes of brewing beer, not for food/beverage service or tables.’”  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Janet Finegar. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 325 Spring Garden St., i.e.: ‘Please return to the Zoning Committee with the franchise operator and a written and signed agreement to the following provisos: a) The name and phone number of the franchise owner/operator will be provided to and kept on file at the NLNA office; b) A copy of the national policy of operational requirements and responsibilities will be provided to the Zoning Committee Chair; c) Trash/litter will be picked up 3 times each day from the entire perimeter of the establishment (parking lot and sidewalk in front on Spring Garden Street, sidewalks and street on Orianna Street, and sidewalk and curbs behind on Green Street); d) Trash/recycling will be stored inside the building for daily private pickup directly from the restaurant (and not in the dumpster behind the strip mall on Green Street). Pickup will occur no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and no later than 7:00 p.m.; e) Two trash receptacles will be provided outside in front of the restaurant, but these receptacles will be brought into the establishment at closing time; f) Hours of operation will be no earlier than 11:00 a.m. and no later than 10:00 p.m. seven days/week; g) Deliveries will only occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; h) The removal of used oil (by truck) from the premises will only occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; i) There will be no outdoor seating.’”  Passed: 8-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To approve the motion recommended by the Zoning Committee in the matter of 626 N. Delaware Ave., i.e.: ‘We do not support this request under any circumstances. We have previously rejected this proposed use on January 27, 2014. Additionally, this use does not adhere to what is specified in the Central Delaware Overlay.’”  Passed: 8-0-0

Old Business

Barbara reported that the City’s Legal Department is still reviewing materials for the Doughboy renovations, and the Art Commission will be considering the proposal in early December.

Don reported that he has met with Rich about t-shirts, and that he is hoping to have new Northern Liberties shirts for sale at the Winterfest.

New Business

Matt reported that a section of the waterfront trail along the Delaware River has been completed, and the connection to Penn Treaty Park should be finished soon.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:10 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Report

Monday 10/24/16   Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin     Members absent: Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Michael Simons,

928-32 N. 4th St. – RSA5 – Kay Myers: A return visit with a proposal to adjust lot lines and create two single family homes. Motion from September 2016: Please return with site plans and photographs that would be presented to the ZBA. The requested drawings and photos were presented.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd ( Melissa): Vote 7-0-0   We support this proposal as presented.

 

316R & 318R W. George St. – RSA5 – Roger Perry: A proposal to relocate lot lines and create two single family dwellings. Lot A (1700 sq. ft.) – Refusals for parking, lot width, minimum rear yard, height, use, deck set back. Lot B (697 sq. ft.) – Refusal for minimum lot width, minimum lot area, rear yard depth. Current structure is deteriorating. Lot A structure includes an elevator. Neighbors had no objection to construction.

Motion (Charlie) – 2nd ( Melissa): Vote 7-0-0 We support this project as presented with the proviso that the collapsing retaining wall is replaced with a sound structure.

 

928 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Ed Fink: A return visit with a proposal for a single family dwelling – refused for front side garage. Motion from May 2016: We reject the proposal as presented. A better house would be built on this small lot if it were built by right. The plans that were presented to the ZBA were not the same plans that were originally presented to the Zoning Committee. New plans were provided that are still short on open space and that still include a front garage.

The matter to re-hear the revised application is now in the Court of Common Pleas.

 

1019 Germantown Ave. (Monarch Swim Club) – CMX-2 – Jordan Rushie: Application for a Special Assembly License. The legal occupancy limit is 500 people in the pool area and 80 people in the restaurant area. Neighbors complained about the increase in noise and nuisance since the acquisition by the new owner. Because no “plan” was presented, this was considered as only an informational meeting. The applicants were advised to develop and return with a plan.

 

805 N. Hancock Street – CMX2 – Al Koda: Patio seating for existing restaurant (Druid’s Keep). Druid’s Keep address is 149 Brown Street. The backyard (patio) is 805 N. Hancock Street.   The backyard is open until at 1:30 a.m. 7 days/week. There is no music, DJ’s or dancing. There is no food/alcohol service in the backyard but drinks can be carried into the yard. Neighbors that appeared at the meeting liked the backyard because it would keep patrons from smoking on the street in the front of the bar. The yard backs up to I-95. Only one neighbor (that purchased a home long after the Druid’s Keep began operation) complained about the bar in an email to the ZC Chair.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd ( Jonathan): Vote 6-0-0 We support this proposal with the following provisos: a) Outdoor hours on Sunday – Thursday will end at 11:30 p.m.; b) Outdoor hours on Friday and Saturday will end at 1:30 a.m. c) There will be no outdoor speakers, no live music and no liquor/food service outdoors. d) The front door and back door (to the outdoor space) will remain closed at all times except for passage in and out.

 

Tuesday 10/25/16  

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Ira Upin   Members absent: Chris Isaacson, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector

221 Fairmount Ave. – RSA5 – Lavi Shenkman: A proposal for a deck at the rear of the house. The deck (16’ x 22’-24’) would be erected above the parking space and would include an angled retractable and permeable canopy/sun shade. The wall of the parking space would be wrapped in horizontal wood boards – 10’ high. The height of the canopy is 20’-24’ above the ground. Discussion: No elevations from the neighbor’s perspective were provided. A water collection/diversion system was not designed yet. Neighbor needs some relief from the 10’ wall of wood.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Ira): Vote 6-0-0 Please return to the Zoning Committee with the following: a) Drawings with railing wall of the deck (not the wall of the parking space) set back 3’ along the eastern property line; b) Elevations with dimensions from the neighbor’s perspective; c) Plan for water diversions from the deck and canopy; d) Copy of the refusal(s).

 

1001-13 N. 2nd St (formerly Kings Oak) – CMX-3 – Joe Beller: A proposal for a brew pub. It is refused because it is larger than the allowable 4000sq/ft space. The space exceeds the allowable footage by 1300 square feet (extra space acquired from the former pizza place and treadmill place).   Establishment would be open 7 days/week with hours until midnight from Sunday – Thursday and until 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There could be some live music. Beer making (with associated beer odors) would happen 3 x week. Venting would be towards the Piazza. Outside seating consists of 5 picnic tables (30-40 people) and 6 fire pits (36 people).

Motion (Ira) – 2nd ( Melissa): Vote 6-0-0 We support this project with the following provisos: a) There will be no outdoor speakers; b) All square footage above 4300’ can only be used for purposes of brewing beer, not for food/beverage service or tables.

 

325 Spring Garden St. – CMX-2 – Michael Mattioni: A proposal for a take-out restaurant – requires a special exception approval. This Popeye’s franchise will have 40 seats total. The exhaust to the roof will go through the center of the store. HVAC is supposedly sufficient for make up air. The signage uses 18’ letters that are within code. Hours of operations are 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., 7 days/week. Discussion: Trash problems already exist at this strip mall and the addition of Popeye’s will exacerbate the problem.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Melissa): Vote 6-0-0   Please return to the Zoning Committee with the franchise operator and a written and signed agreement to the following provisos: a) The name and phone number of the franchise owner/operator will be provided to and kept on file at the NLNA office; b) A copy of the national policy of operational requirements and responsibilities will be provided to the Zoning Committee Chair; c) Trash/litter will be picked up 3 times each day from the entire perimeter of the establishment (parking lot and sidewalk in front on Spring Garden Street, sidewalks and street on Orianna Street, and sidewalk and curbs behind on Green Street); d) Trash/recycling will be stored inside the building for daily private pickup directly from the restaurant (and not in the dumpster behind the strip mall on Green Street). Pickup will occur no earlier than 7:00 a.m. and no later than 7:00 p.m.; e) Two trash receptacles will be provided outside in front of the restaurant, but these receptacles will be brought into the establishment at closing time; f) Hours of operation will be no earlier than 11:00 a.m. and no later than 10:00 p.m. seven days/week; g) Deliveries will only occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; h) The removal of used oil (by truck) from the premises will only occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; i) There will be no outdoor seating.

 

626 N. Delaware Ave. – CMX-3 – Michael Mattioni: A proposal for the storage of operable vehicles with three curb cuts.

Motion from January 2014 Thank you for your presentation. We like the use of the property for a car showroom, a café and multi story apartment building in this area, but we are not prepared to fully support your project at this time. We need more information about: a) parking (1 guaranteed space for every 2 apartments); b) the number of stories and units as relates to parking availability; c) signage and lighting that does not disturb neighbors; d) the restaurant – number of indoor and outdoor seats, liquor license, hot cooking, etc.; e) car showroom – that it operates only as a showroom and not a full service dealership with repairs, test drives and outdoor lot. Please return with answers to our questions and further refine the drawings of the building that would be erected and a more defined parking plan for the restaurant and car showroom. Also, please explore reusing elements of the buildings, such as the façade, in the new building. The request is for a “temporary” use until the building is built (estimated at least for 2 years). The request is made after the fact as cars were already parked without approval, bollards with connecting chains were already installed and large advertising signs for the business were already displayed.

Motion (Group): Vote 6-0-0 We do not support this request under any circumstances. We have previously rejected this proposed use on January 27, 2014. Additionally, this use does not adhere to what is specified in the Central Delaware Overlay.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of September 12, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-september-12-2016/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:43 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=10058 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT: Roneil Jackson; Chris Somers

ALSO PRESENT:  Neighbors Shelley Marcus, Sharon Richman. Representatives of Kieran Timberlake design team

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:05 p.m.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Steve Richman:“To approve the minutes of the August Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 7-0-4

The designers from Kieran Timberlake reviewed the nearly-complete design for the community center yard as has been developed in their work with the committee. Several Board members had specific questions about materials and design. The designers announced that they expect to be able to finish costing out some materials and begin sending the project out for bid within the month.

President’s Report: Matt Ruben: written report attached and reviewed.

In addition to the items in the report, Matt noted that in response to neighbors’ requests, he reached out to the PPA to stop them from ticketing cars in front of the decommissioned fire hydrants and the Fire Department to confirm that it is acceptable for us to paint those hydrants. He will encourage the neighbors who raised this idea to organize a community contest for the painting.

Troy reported on the street-cleaning machine he and Lara chose, which is a self-propelled, sturdy, high-capacity model. There was some discussion about the noise level of the machine, which is apparently fairly noisy. A majority of the board felt that it was not necessary to listen to the volume of the machine before making a final decision.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Don Hoegg. “To ratify any and all Board polls taken electronically since the last Board meeting.”  Passed 12-0-0

President’s Report

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Schmidts Commons/Liberties Walk – Westminster continues to ramp up events in the plaza. Crowds have been modest but fairly consistent, and the buzz has been modest but positive. L&I has cited Tower Investments’ gravel lot on Germantown for not being legally permitted as a parking lot.
  • Construction Impacts – The usual, nothing out of the ordinary.
  • Spring Garden – DRWC has had to adjust some of the lighting in the underpass to increase its impact. There are no bureaucratic or regulatory barriers any longer, and they are now coordinating with the Mayor’s office to set a date for the official completion/lighting ceremony.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The BID steering committee has sent letters to a handful of area BID Planning consultants asking them to apply for the position. We hope to interview them and hire one within the next months or so.
  • Madison Memorial Park – I have reached out to try to get a meeting with Bob Brady.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group – The group continues to meet, with its 3rd meeting slated for this coming week.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • Community Center Yard Groundbreaking – We have settled on mid-October for this, and I am trying to get the Mayor’s office to commit him to a date.
  • General Membership Meeting – We need one in the fall, although the timing of the Jewish holidays, plus the CC Yard groundbreaking, might make it more feasible to combine a fall meeting with the groundbreaking. As always, I would love board members’ thoughts on this.
  • Town Watch Training – The uptick in property crimes (bike thefts, trash can thefts, car break-ins) has caused concern, and Jeremy and I are gauging neighborhood interest in a Town Watch training. It’s been a while since we did one.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – The Facebook Group continues to be lively, with membership growing rapidly. There are some rough edges – and more and more folks have taken to tagging me in posts, which is creating a problem that I hope our ad hoc strategic group will discuss. But otherwise, all is well.
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

The Finance Committee presented the draft budget for FY17. Steve Richman reviewed the draft in some detail and the Board was asked to respond to him with any questions or changes within the next two weeks. Details of the draft were handled in executive session.

Treasurer’s Report

Discussed in Executive session (draft budget proposal for NLNA FY17). Final budget for approval will be submitted for ratification in October.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Don Hoegg, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the motion of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 962 N. American St., i.e.: ‘We support this project with the following provisos: 1) The 1st floor can remain as presented; 2) The rear of the 2nd and 3rd floors should be set back 2’6”; 3) The A/C compressors should be placed on the roof; 4) The utility meter(s) should be placed under the front stairs; 5) Please go to the UDC to discuss façade and windows.’”  Passed 12-0-0

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Troy Crichton. “To ratify the motion of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 564 N. Lawrence Street, i.e.: ‘We support this proposal for a new wood deck over the single story portion of the home.’”  Passed 12-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To ratify the motion of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 5th Street – 6th Street/Spring Garden to Willow Streets (Yards Brewery and Tasting Room), with one significant alteration, i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented with all the provisions stated in the attached two-sided document handed out at the Zoning Committee meeting along with the following provisions: 1) Truck traffic (deliveries and pickups) will be limited to 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 2) The number of exclusive free parking spots will be increased from 55 to 70 after 7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends, and to 85 during any events; 3) All outside music will end by 10 p.m. 7 days/week; 4) Outdoor space(s) will close at midnight 7 days/week; 5) There will be no principal use as a nightclub or music venue; 6) A bike rack will be provided for customers.’”  Passed 12-0-0

 

New Business

It was noted that NLArts created a lovely sign/birthday card for the NLNA’s 40th anniversary.

The question of whether all donations to the Community Center since its inception would be honored at the groundbreaking for the yard improvements was raised: Matt acknowledged that the invitation and “thank you” list is underway and that all donors would be considered.

Steve brought up three new fundraising ideas, each of which need lead organizers:

  • a 2017 calendar (a revision of the “then and now” calendar). Maureen Wellner is willing to produce the images but needs a partner in organizing and getting it printed: it was suggested that volunteers from the Facebook group be solicited.
  • A new Northern Liberties t-shirt: possibly a new design chosen through a contest. Don (and the Fundraising committee) will look into this.
  • Selling engraved bricks in the new yard. The design committee for the yard will ask the Kieran Timberlake team to cost out the bricks for this project.

Old Business

Joe raised the issue of spaces around the neighborhood marked “no parking” which could possibly be opened up to legal parking. He agreed that he would do an inventory of such spots in the neighborhood and Matt agreed to advocate with the Streets Department for the changes.

Joe also brought up the question of signage on the community center building. It was reported that signage will be installed as part of the yard renovation project.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 9:01 p.m.

Addenda:

Liberty Lands Report – September 2016

  • It’s been very very hot and dry. Weeders’ Club has been focusing on watering during the last few weeks. Late summer is a difficult time for plants and those who love them.
  • Another young tree was broken off during August: we’ll replace it at the Fall Love Your Park workday.
  • The last City Harvest set of seedlings were, unfortunately, totally infested with harlequin beetles (which spread at an indecent rate and are incredibly destructive), so we did not plant them out. As a result, we will be a little low on harvest for fall crops for City Harvest: hoping that gardeners will make up for that with donations from their own plots.
  • There was a snatch-and-drive theft from the Farmer’s Market at the beginning of August – while very upsetting, it’s had a few good results. Matt authorized an NLNA gift to the farmers of $200 to repay their cash loss, for which they were deeply grateful (and very touched) – that has done a lot to cement the relationship with these farmers and our community. Paul Hubert, who has been tabling for greyhound adoption through the summer at the same time as the Market, is working on getting others to table as well for a weekly flea/craft/farmer market atmosphere – in addition to improving foot traffic and being a nice event, it’s a potential source of funds once it gets established. So far the heat has prevented vendors, but he says people are interested for the fall. Finally, a delivery driver for Liberty Pizza happened to be behind the thief’s car and returned later with video footage of the robbery, which was turned over to the police: we hope this may result in an arrest.
  • Linda Soffer reached out to Matt and some neighbors about improving security at Spooky Gardens: we’re hoping to have a meeting that will cover that issue and also security issues at Liberty Lands – after a meeting between Matt, Janet, and Linda and a few other people to solidify our issues and requests, we will schedule a meeting with the Community Relations Officers of the two neighborhood districts to work with them. At the least, we’re hoping to establish some regular patrols of Liberty Lands to “move along” any people using the park at night.
  • Michelle Lipson, who made the beautiful wooden gate for the American Street side, was able to repair it this summer. Unfortunately, some miscommunication at the park seems to have resulted in the remaining section of the fence being lost while the large part was out for repairs. We’re now figuring out with Michelle what to do (since the large section was built around the other section, it can’t be re-hung as is). Frustrating.
  • The water fountain at the park broke in mid-August: Mike Simons was able to replace it this week and it is now back in action. We will need to consider a different model of “bubbler,” though, since this one didn’t last even a full year.
  • Fall will be a big time for performances at the park: Ombelico Mask Theater, who has worked with us for many years, is doing free Fringe Festival performances on Thursday-Saturday this week and next week. Then in mid-October, a dance company will do two weekends of free performances (14-16 and 21-23). Both sets of performances are scheduled to end before 9 and should be minimally disturbing to the neighbors while bringing some nice use to the park.
  • Despite the heat, reservations for parties continue at a steady pace.
  • The Fall children’s festival has been taken over by a group of new organizers (Kate Hawk, the previous organizer, has moved away) who have plans underway! It will be Sunday, October 30.
  • The Love Your Park workday will be November 12.

 

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 8/29/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher

Members absent: Anthony Bottenfield, Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin

962 N. American St. – RSA5 – Gerry Gutierrez: A proposal for a single-family dwelling. [Return visit.] FROM MARCH 28, 2016 Discussion: No floor plans were provided. Plans were based on the property size in the deed. The survey shows the property as 1’ less than the deed. 960 N. American Street encroaches on this property. Motion: Please return next month with drawings that accurately reflect how the house will be built based on the resolution of the plot line dispute with dimension, floor plans and materials specified. New plans were presented with correct dimensions of the lot. There is a refusal for open space and rear yard. House is 14½ feet wide, 36 ft to roof line, 3-stories plus a basement. A/C compressors will be on the roof. There is a 2½ foot existing public alley behind this parcel extending to Wildey Street. The exterior of the building will be a combination of brick veneer and metal panels on projecting bay. Hearing date is September 20. Discussion: next door neighbor did not oppose the open space variance.

Motion (Charlie) – 2nd ( Joe): Vote 5-0 “We support this project with the following provisos: 1) The 1st floor can remain as presented. 2) The rear of the 2nd and 3rd floors should be set back 2’6”. 3) The A/C compressors should be placed on the roof. 4) The utility meter(s) should be placed under the front stairs. 5) Please go to the UDC to discuss façade and windows.”

 

116 W. Girard Avenue – Special Exception – Zhen Jin: A proposal for a takeout restaurant. Residential units on 2nd and 3rd floor will be renovated. Access to the residences are from Hope Street. This establishment will offer bubble tea and some food cooked on a flat griddle for lunch and dinner. Backyard will be used for trash. ZBA date is August 31.

Motion (Group): Vote 5-0 “We support this proposal with the following provisos: 1) Hours will be no earlier than 9 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m. 2) Trash pickup should be between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. 3) Dumpster trash cans should be plastic and not metal. 4) Makeup and exhaust should be vented up through the interior of the building to the roof and not on the side of the building. 5) Outside trash cans for customer use should be available only during business hours and brought inside the establishment at closing. 6) There should be no use of outdoor space for dining. 7) The owner is responsible for cleaning the sidewalks on Girard Avenue and Hope Street.”

 

564 N. Lawrence Street – RSA5 – Ed Fink (Karen Albert): A proposal for a roof deck.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd ( Jon): Vote 5-0 “We support this proposal for a new wood deck over the single story portion of the home.”

 

5th Street – 6th Street/Spring Garden to Willow Streets – CMX3 – Matt Handel: A return visit with a proposal for Yards Brewery including manufacturing, warehouse and distribution. In addition, there will be a brew pub/tasting room/outdoor care. Refusal for manufacturing, an industrial use – not allowed in CMX3. Discussion: Conceptually, we are supportive of the proposed project, however we were not given enough information about the overall design, the manufacturing volume of the business, the sound, emanating odors, waste storage and disposal, trucking traffic, as well as the other proposed uses for the building (brew pub, outdoor service and events). Group Motion: We would like them to return when their plans are further along in the process and they can describe how they will keep the sounds and smells contained within the building, waste storage and disposal, how the increased production volume will impact truck traffic (number and frequency of deliveries and pick-ups along 5th Street), discuss the specific details for the pub and event space, parking for all proposed uses, security, etc. The refusal is for proposed use and proposed configuration. ZBA date is September 14. People will be drinking and bringing food outside. There will be light music and occasional acoustic music. Caterers are permitted on the premises for events. Discussion: The number of available parking spots and outside sound/music were issues.

Motion (Group): Vote 5-0 “We support this project as presented with all the provisions stated in the attached two-sided document handed out at the Zoning Committee meeting along with the following provisions: 1) Truck traffic (deliveries and pickups) will be limited to 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2) The number of exclusive free parking spots will be increased from 55 to 75. 3) All outside music will end by 10 p.m. 7 days/week. 4) Outdoor space(s) will close at midnight 7 days/week. 5) There will be no principal use as a nightclub or music venue. 6) A bike rack will be provided for customers.”

(The document referred to is below:)

Yards Brewing Company   –   Tasting Room

  1. Sound – The Tasting room will have an outdoor component that will be adjacent to Spring Garden Street. It will be a casual atmosphere and a controlled environment, with light background music and occasional live acoustic style music. The event space will be indoor space and will not generate open-air noise.
  2. Aromas and Odors – The Tasting Room will be equipped with a kitchen with proper ventilation to diffuse all cooking aromas adjacent to the 5th street side of the building. The exterior of the building will be swept and maintained on a daily basis.
  3. Waste, storage and disposal – Recyclable and non-recyclable waste will be kept in two 6-yard dumpsters that will be shared with the brewery and stored out of doors adjacent to the loading docks. This area will be kept clean and in good repair.
  4. Truck traffic – The Tasting room kitchen will expect 10-15 deliveries each week. Most deliveries will be handled by the warehouse staff at the loading docks on 5th street.
  5. Details of pub and event space – We plan to have 3000 sqft of event space for corporate events, lectures, fund-raisers, weddings and other private affairs. The event space will be capable of hosting an event as large as 180 patrons. The Tasting room will be a larger version of what we are currently doing on N. Delaware, expanding from our current 2,500 sqft to 5,000 sqft. The tasting room will be capable of hosting as many as 300 patrons. The initial Tasting Room hours will be limited, from 11:00am to 12:00am, but we would like to reserve the option to expand open hours to the permitted hours of operation. We anticipate holding events on any given day of the week, with Friday and Saturday evenings being the most popular times for event bookings. During the week we anticipate Tasting Room occupancy to be greatest from 5pm to 9pm. On weekends Saturday tours from noon to 6pm are expected to be the busiest time.
  6. Parking – the parking lot to the south has 312 spots, and we have been granted exclusive access to 55 parking spots (with an additional 15 spaces that are available after 7 PM and on the weekend). There is also street parking with no restrictions surrounding the building. There are thirty five parking spaces on Spring Garden Street between 7th Street and 5th Street, seventy five parking spaces on 5th street between Callowhill and Spring Garden, and sixty five spaces on 6th street between Callowhill and Spring Garden. . Just like our current location, we are anticipating this will be a neighborhood/tourist/commuter destination with a majority of customers arriving by foot, taxi, uber/lyft, bike and public transportation.
  7. Security – we are a 24-hour facility for production, except on some weekends. We will have video cameras outside and inside the facility.   The building will be alarmed, and key cards will be required to enter all non-retail areas. We have door-men and greeters during busy times who will ensure vehicles disburse from the parking lot after hours.

 

Yards Brewing Company   –   Brewery

  1. Sound – Inside of the brewery, in the packaging hall that contains the bottling and canning lines, sounds are at level that requires ear protection during operation. The packaging lines are contained within the plant, and do not cause sound issues in adjacent areas, nor can they be heard outside of the premises.
  2. Aromas and Odors – Daily cleaning, sanitation and wash-down is very important for quality control and diligent operation of the brewery. This practice eliminates any potential product odors. During actual brewing there is some aroma of hops and malt during the boil for each brew. At Spring Garden we will be upgrading to a larger Brewhouse with enhanced technology that will emit less aromas from the stack because the boil is contained in a vapor condenser that locks the aromas/flavors in the beer.  We have never had an odor related complaint in 22 years of brewing, and we were adjacent to more residential housing in the past.
  3. Waste, storage and disposal – We recycle almost everything we can in the brewery from strapping to shrink-wrap and all cardboard and glass, and once we begin canning we will recycle aluminum as well. Non-recyclable waste and recyclables that cannot be bailed are expected to generate a volume of less than 3 yards a week for waste and 3 yards for recyclables. The storage of all waste will be near the loading docks. The bailed recyclables will be stored in a holding area inside the building near the loading docks. The bailed recyclables will be dropped off by us at area recycling facilities.   The non-recyclable waste and non-bailed recyclables will be stored in 6 yard dumpsters outdoors next to the loading docks that will be shared with the Tasting Room. These will be picked up twice a week at night by a commercial trash hauler, just as we do currently.
  4. Truck traffic – the loading docks and the building was designed to make truck traffic with access to the major highways easy and efficient. Initially we expect 15-20 trucks maximum in one week, including pickups and deliveries. The maximum at Yards’ full capacity deliveries and pickups would be 25-30 per week, with a maximum 7 per day. This is far less then what DM was doing when they operated the space.
  5. Parking – the parking lot to the south has 312 spots, and we have been granted exclusive access to 55 parking spots (with an additional 15 spaces that are available after 7 PM and on the weekend). There is also street parking with no restrictions surrounding the building. There are thirty five parking spaces on Spring Garden Street between 7th Street and 5th Street, seventy five parking spaces on 5th street between Callowhill and Spring Garden, and sixty five spaces on 6th street between Callowhill and Spring Garden. Just like our current location, we are anticipating a majority of our employees (we currently have 50 full time and 15 part time) will ride bikes or use public transportation. We were recently named the Clean Air Council Commuter of the Year for local businesses.
  6. Security – we are a 24 hour facility for production, except on some weekends. We will have video cameras outside and inside the facility.   The building will be alarmed, and key cards will be required to enter all non-retail areas.

 

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September 2016 – Zoning Agenda – Mon, Sept 26 http://www.nlna.org/september-2016-zoning-agenda-mon-sept-26/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:00:56 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9985 Zoning Motions are approved by the Board at the following month’s board meeting, which is held the first Monday of the month. To review past zoning meeting minutes and approved motions find the applicable NLNA Board Meeting Minutes by clicking here:  Board Meeting Minutes.

Location: Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street
(3rd & Fairmount)

As always, the meetings are public and all are welcome to attend and participate. Please note 6:30 start time.

Monday, September 26, 2016

(6:30) 928-32 N. 4th St. – RSA5 – Kay Myers – A proposal to legalize a duplex in a single family zone.

(7:00) 706 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – Oris Thomas – A proposal to change a 3 unit building into a 4 unit building.

(7:30) 215 W. Wildey St. – CMX2.5 – Kevin O’Neil – A return visit with a proposal for a single family dwelling.

(8:00) 1015-17 N. American St. – CMX2.5 – David Killian – A proposal to add a 4th floor and 2 units to an existing 5 unit building.

(8:30) 1143 N. 3rd St. – IRMX – Herc Grigos – A proposal for a mixed use building with 26 residential units and ground floor industrial use.

(9:15) 309 Callowhill (3rd- 4th) – CMX3 – Brett Feldman – A CDR (Civic Design Review) presentation (needs no zoning approvals). Multi-residential and commercial development.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of August 8, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-august-8-2016/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:00:14 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9929 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips;

ABSENT:  Janet Finegar, Secretary; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Joe Mikuliak; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:09 p.m.

Motion by Troy Chrichton, seconded by Donald Hoegg, “To approve the minutes of the July Board meeting as presented.”  Passed with a minor amendment proposed by Steve Richman.

We had a presentation by Lara Kelly regarding the acquisition of a “billy goat machine” used to vacuum trash from the sidewalk. It was proposed that the use of this machine would make litter clean up more thorough and efficient. It was agreed that any acquired machine would should have the capacity to handle the type of litter which the neighborhood is known to experience.

Motion by Donald Hoegg, seconded by Steve Richman. “To authorize an expenditure of up to $2,600.00 to acquire a street/sidewalk cleaning machine with the expectation that this will increase our cleaning capacity and such a machine should have a sufficient warranty. Funds for the acquisition will come from the reserve fund.”  Unanimously passed.

President’s Report: Matt Ruben

In addition to the items noted in the report, the idea was proposed to have a “pop-up” beer garden at the 2nd Street festival next year.

President’s Report

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Schmidts Commons/Liberties Walk – Tower Investments evicted Westminster and Schmidts Commons residents from its surface parking lots. The Piazza continues to ramp up events and screenings in a positive way.
  • Construction Impacts – Nothing out of the ordinary this month.
  • Spring Garden – The DRWC ceremony to formally turn on the lights on the completed underpass installation is slated for later this month. The Festival Pier site will have one more Live Nation concert season next summer; after that, the site will go offline as DRWC’s selected developer will begin a 4-year construction process on a major project on the site.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – We’ve created a steering committee for the BID and plan to interview planning consultants in the next 2-4 weeks. The BID planning process, funded by the 2nd St. Festival, should begin in the fall and likely will last 12-18 months.
  • Madison Memorial Park –Transport Workers Local 234 generously donated $2,500 to the effort. We also are pursuing potential funding from a veterans’ group early next month, and will be reaching out to Bob Brady now that the DNC is over.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group – Monika, Steve, Michael, Roneil, Don Hoegg, and Lara will have our second meeting this week or next. We will report out the full board whenever the group comes up with a proposal or policy recommendation.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • 2nd St. Fest – Appears to have been a huge success, perhaps the biggest ever, no major incidents that I am aware of. Steve will have a total on the NLNA’s revenue.
  • General Membership Meetings – Our next meeting will be in late September or early October.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – All seems to be well, and growing. Katrina has started putting the word out on Facebook that we intend to shut down the northernliberties.org web forums in the next couple of months. The plan is initially to make that domain into nothing but a redirect page that will automatically take people to our home page at nlna.org – and then at a later date to develop it into a revenue-generating neighborhood-gateway site (which would of course include prominent links to our site).
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman

 

Treasurer’s Report

2015-16 Budget: July Financials – tables attached

For the ten months ended on July 31st all funds income was $231,878; this was $115,570 more than projected, due mostly to the receipt of $100,000 from Penn Treaty SSD. Expenses totaled $159,026, which was $45,581 more than anticipated – again, largely due to grant-related expenses. Net income was $72,852 – $69,989 more than projected. These amounts include nearly $107,000 in income from grants and about $56,000 in grant expenses. Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first nine months of the fiscal year is as follows:

  • GF & LL Income: $126,103 — $14,800 more than anticipated.
  • GF & LL Expenses: $102,980 — $3,260 less than anticipated.
  • GF & LL Net Income: $23,123 — $18,050 more than anticipated.

Significant variations from budgeted projections through June include: Net income from fundraising activities was about even with budgeted levels. The Annual Appeal has brought in $3,800 more than projected, and the Winterfest netted $1,400 more. Separately, corporate donations have totaled $19,400, $8,900 from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf, the Fall Fest, Winterfest, the Spring Music Fest and the 2nd Street Festival, and $10,500 from developers for Operation Clean Streets. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $4,940. Any remaining unspent funds (about $865 thru June 30) will have to be returned to PTSSD. A shortfall totaling about $5,800 in individual donations, candy machine income, the Fall Fest and the Spring Music Fest partially offset the higher revenues reported above. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500. Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance (-$2,850.)   The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality.   Spending was also lower than anticipated for legal services ($1,940) and professional services ($1,900). These and other savings were partially offset by higher spending for equipment, fundraising and communications.

Other Items

  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD has awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000. Funding was approved to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – will be made available in November. To date, we have spent approximately $51,700 for renovations and improvements to the basement and the first floor, and repairs to the exterior of the building. This spending has generally been in line with expectations.
  • 2nd Street Festival Corporation – We entered into an MOU with the 2nd Street Festival Corporation to act as a fiscal conduit for them in their efforts to develop a BID in Northern Liberties. Towards this end, we accepted checks totaling $40,000, which we deposited into a restricted funds account.
  • 2016-17 Budget – Preparation of next year’s budget is underway. As in past years draft budget recommendations will be presented to the board at the September meeting. Adoption of the budget would occur at the October meeting.

Motion: By Troy Chrichton, seconded by Donald Hoegg,. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Unanimously Passed, 7-0-0

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar

  • No Janet in July! I understand from the committee that things were pretty quiet (and hot). There were parties and events, all of which went smoothly, and other than a tree that was broken, no new damage.
  • Saturday’s Farmer’s Market was the victim of a snatch-and-run robbery. The Liberty Pizza driver behind the thief’s car seems to have gotten video of the theft, though, and has turned that over to the police, so we hope that there might actually be an arrest. The farmer lost about $200 in cash, his keys, and his wallet with credit card and license. Matt generously and publicly offered that the NLNA would cover the cash loss (I’m hoping NLNA might have gotten a few donations from the community to help cover that), and Paul Hubert immediately began working on building a regular vendor event out of Saturdays to make it safer and higher foot-traffic for all. If successful, this could be a nice (and easy) new funding stream for the park. We’re doing $10 spaces for this year to build it quickly, but will go to $20 or even $40 in the future.
  • Steve and I met to do a first round of discussion for the coming year’s budget and have a good solid draft.
  • No other major news.

Zoning Committee Report: Ira Upin

Motion: By Donald Hoegg , seconded by Steve Richman. “To approve the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 941 N. 6th St., i.e.: ‘We are in non-opposition to this proposal based on the longevity of its existence and use as 6 units.’”  Passed unanimously

Motion: By Donald Hoegg , seconded by Steve Richman. “To approve the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 958 N. American St., i.e.: ‘We support this proposal with the following provisos: 1)move the carport to the south side of the property to minimize impact on neighbor; 2) keep the size of the carport footprint the same size as the parking pad; and 3) maintain the green roof on the carport.’”  Passed unanimously

Motion: By Donald Hoegg , seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To approve the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 301 Spring Garden St., i.e.: ‘We support this proposal with the following provisos: 1) A trash receptacle will be located outside the restaurant only during hours of operation. It will be brought inside when the establishment is closed. 2) Hours of operation will be no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 11 p.m., and 3) The lot housing the trash dumpster will be fenced, gated and locked at all times except for when the trash will be picked from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. A letter of support will be issued after the Zoning Committee receives a signed and dated site plan that clearly shows the location of the fence, gate and dumpster.’”  Passed unanimously

Motion: By Donald Hoegg , seconded by Michael Coyne. “To approve the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 215 W. Wildey St., i.e.: ‘We cannot support this project as proposed for the following reasons: street-side garage with a curb cut; no roof deck set back; and no open space.’”  Passed unanimously

Old Business

Steve Richman proposed that we should have an event to commemorate the ground-breaking of the outdoor renovation at the community center and suggested that a committee be set up to organize the event. Michael Coyne suggested that the Membership committee handle the task with some extra assistance.

New Business

There was a discussion regarding the status of the DeSimone car dealership lot located at 626 N. Delaware Ave. It was noted that it is presently operating as an illegal surface car lot.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:10 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 7/25/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin   Members absent: Charlie Abdo, Anthony Bottenfield, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons

981 N. 6th St. – RSA5 – Peter Kendzierski: A proposal to legalize a 4 unit building to a 6 unit building. February 2015 Motion: We are in non-opposition to this proposal based on the longevity of its existence and use as 6 units.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd ( Abbey): Vote – 6-0 We are in non-opposition to this proposal based on the longevity of its existence and use as 6 units.

958 N. American St. – RSA5 – Matt Monroe: A return visit with a proposal for a single family dwelling. Refusals for carport parking, open space, rear yard setback. “Change from last meeting” – The updated refusal now allows for a storage of imported spirits and wholesale sales (considered a home business). May 2016 Motion: We cannot support the request for a variance for the carport as presented. There were serious concerns that the wholesale liquor storage use at this residential property could become a problem for nearby neighbors and extremely difficult to control if expanded. Therefore, we oppose this use request. Owner and wife will be making high end sake in their home. There is supposed to be no commercial activity visible to neighbors. The curb cut is the entire frontage on Bodine Street (22’11”). The car port is proposed with a green roof. This design is short on open space by 6%, does not meet the minimum standards required for setbacks. Discussion: A neighbor (also representing two other neighbors) thought that the carport was too high (18” higher than adjacent neighbor’s fence) and too large.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Joe): Vote 7-0 We support this proposal with the following provisos: move the carport to the south side of the property to minimize impact on neighbor; keep the size of the carport footprint the same size as the parking pad; maintain the green roof on the carport.

301 Spring Garden St. – CMX2 – Galley Lee: A proposal for a restaurant “Kale Yeah” – salads, soups, shakes – take out. They propose a healthy food restaurant that will primarily be takeout. Only a few tables would be inside. Hours are 7-7, 7 days/week. Signage will be on the face of the building. Trash will be placed in the yard (now used as parking) next to the day care center. The restaurant owner plans to erect a fence with a locked gate that will be for the dumpster only – no more parking area.

Motion (Sharon) – 2nd ( Abbey): Vote 7-0 We support this proposal with the following provisos: A trash receptacle will be located outside the restaurant only during hours of operation. It will be brought inside when the establishment is closed. Hours of operation will be no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 11 p.m. The lot housing the trash dumpster will be fenced, gated and locked at all times except for when the trash will be picked from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. A letter of support will be issued after the Zoning Committee receives a signed and dated site plan that clearly shows the location of the fence, gate and dumpster.

215 W. Wildey St. – CMX2.5 – Kevin O’Neil: A proposal for a single family dwelling. There is a refusal for single family home (not commercial), parking garage, occupying 100% of the lot (not 75%) and open space. The 4-story building would be erected on a lot 21’11” x 20’. There is no setback on the roof deck. The current home is more than 100 years old. The garage requires a curb cut on a street with no other garages.

Motion (Group): Vote 5-0 We cannot support this project as proposed for the following reasons: street-side garage with a curb cut; no roof deck set back; and, no open space.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of July 11, 2016 (updated again) http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-july-11-2016/ Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:00:31 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9913 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Troy Crichton; Donald Hoegg; Ira Upin; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers;

ABSENT: Janet Finegar, Secretary; Joe Mikuliak

Minutes recorded by Jeremy Lindemann

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:11p.m.

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Chris Somers:“To approve the minutes of the June Board meeting as presented.”  11-0-0 Passed

We had a presentation by Kieran Timberlake employees regarding the development and construction of an improved outdoor area at the NLNA community center. Following the bidding process, construction is expected to begin in October and conclude by the end of the year. The guiding priorities are to be environmental friendliness (rainwater capture, use of sunlight, etc.) usability, and quality (durable materials). Issues raised and discussed included but were not limited to the sinkhole, storm water management, ingress/egress from the building and cross managing cement park.

President’s Report: Matt Ruben

Points emphasized:

  • The expected lighting of the Spring Garden underpass.
  • A business improvement district meeting (Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group) to take place on 07/13/2016 at Catina Dos Segundos.
  • NLNA message board forums to be shut down.

President’s Report, July 2016

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY

Schmidts Commons/Liberties Walk – The Piazza has been rebranded as The Schmidts Commons. The new, stepped-up schedule of events seems to be working well.

Construction Impacts – Nothing out of the ordinary this month.

Spring Garden – The DRWC ceremony to formally turn on the lights on the completed underpass installation is tentatively slated for the week of August 1.

Business Improvement District (BID) – The Commerce Dept was not successful in getting BID planning-grant money from the state. There’s a small meeting July 13 with a few local business people to start mapping out a self-funded planning process for a BID. I’ve also reached out to our friends in Fishtown about coordinating the beginning of our respective processes, in hopes of using a single consultant to make the processes more effective and economical.

Madison Memorial Park – Barbara and I visited Transport Workers Local 234 Friday to request funds to help with this effort. Update on that from Barbara. The GoFundMe page should be going live this week. We also will approach Bob Brady for support, although that might have to wait until August, when the DNC is finished.

  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Ad Hoc Strategic Planning Group – Monika, Steve, Michael, Roneil, Lara and I are going to be meeting once a month for the forseeable future to work up some recommendations for the board on making our communication, document storage/sharing, volunteer management and other operations more systematic and efficient. I’ll provide some details at our meeting, and more at subsequent meetings as things develop.

Lara on Board Email List – A reminder that Lara, as our Quality of Life Coordinator, has been added to our Google Groups board email list, as one of the initial administrative improvements alluded to above. She also will be attending some board meetings from time to time.

Added Trash Expense for Liberty Lands – Steve and I will brief everyone on this at some point (President’s report, Treasurer’s report, or Liberty Lands report) and ask for board support for an allocation.

  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH

Music Fest – Update from Don.

General Membership Meetings – Just a reminder that our next meeting will be in September (or perhaps early October).

  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY

Internet – All seems to be well, and growing. Katrina has started putting the word out on Facebook that we intend to shut down the northernliberties.org web forums in the next couple of months. The plan is initially to make that domain into nothing but a redirect page that will automatically take people to our home page at nlna.org – and then at a later date to develop it into a revenue-generating neighborhood-gateway site (which would of course include prominentlinks to our site).

  1. OTHER ITEMS

Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting (office computer purchase).

Motion: By Donald Hoegg, seconded by Michael Coyne:“To ratify the online poll approving the new computer purchase.”  Unanimously Passed

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman

Points emphasized:

  • Clean Streets is fully funded for this year and likely into next year thanks to Larry Freedman reaching out to developers for contributions. Chris Somers noted that realtors have expressed an interest in supporting clean streets.
  • Steve Richman noted that largely due to seasonality and slow billing, Liberty Lands spending is approximately $5,000.00 under budget.
  • Steve Richman noted that the Music Fest did not raise as much money as expected

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Barbara Saverino:“To authorize additional spending of up to $2,175 for additional trash service at Liberty Lands if needed.”  Unanimously Passed

TREASURER’S REPORT – JULY 2016

  1. 2015-16 Budget: June Financials – tables attached

For the nine months ended on June 30 th all funds income was $219,601; this was $110,573 more than projected, due mostly to the receipt of $100,000 from Penn Treaty SSD. Expenses totaled $141,976, which was $38,113 more than anticipated – again, largely due to grant-related expenses. Net income was $77,625 – $72,460 more than projected. These amounts include nearly $106,000 in income from grants and about $50,000 in grant expenses.

Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first nine months of the fiscal year is as follows:

Significant variations from budgeted projections through June include:

  1. GF & LL Income: $113,826 — $9,800 more than anticipated.
  2. GF &LL Expenses: $88,581 — $8,452 less than anticipated.
  3. GF LL Net Income: $25,245 — $18,252 more than anticipated.

Net income from fundraising activities was about $1,600 lower than anticipated, mostly due to the postponement of the Spring Music Fest. Otherwise, the Annual Appeal has brought in nearly $2,800 more than projected, and the Winterfest netted $1,400 more. Separately, corporate donations have totaled $19,400, $8,900 from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf, the Fall Fest, Winterfest, the Spring Music Fest and the 2 nd Street Festival, and $10,500 from developers for Operation Clean Streets. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $4,940. Any remaining unspent funds (about $865 thru June 30) will have to be returned to PTSSD.

A shortfall totaling about $5,100 in individual donations, candy machine income, the Fall Fest and community fundraising for Clean Streets partially offset the higher revenues reported above. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.

Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance (-$4,800.) The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality. Spending was also lower than anticipated for professional services and program services (-$2,200).

Other Items

Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD has awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000. Funding was approved to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – will be made available in November. To date, we have spent approximately $49,200 for renovations and improvements to the basement and the first floor, and repairs to the exterior of the building. This spending has generally been in line with expectations.

Board Polls – In June two board polls were conducted to request funding authorization for: (1) up to $2,350 for trash removal at Liberty Lands; and (2) up to $1,500 for the purchase of a new computer for the office. The Board approved the request for purchase of the computer and pended action on the Liberty Lands request until further analysis could be conducted.

2016-17 Budget – Preparation of next year’s budget will occur over the summer. As in past years draft budget recommendations will be presented to the board at the September meeting, and adoption of the budget would occur at the October meeting.

Banking – Most board members will recall that nearly two years ago the bank we use — 3 rd Federal – merged with National Penn. Now National Penn ismerging with BB&T and will operate under the BB&T name. Unlike the previous merger, this time our account numbers will change, requiring us to order new checks. Other changes in the structure of their accounts may lead to new fees or minimum balance requirements but we’re still sorting through that. While I don’t anticipate any changes that would lead us to switch banks, we should keep our options open as the transition occurs over the summer.

Motion: By Troy Crichton, seconded by Chris Somers: “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Unanimously Passed

Operations Committee Update:

The 2nd floor tenant will renew her lease.

Fundraising Committee Update:

Doughboy/ Madison Memorial Park Update

The “Doughboy” statue improvements will likely cost about $20,000 plus approximately $2,000 per year in maintenance costs. Options for funding include but are not limited to Fishtown’s AmVets Post 146, online funding and regular donations.

Project Overview:

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) is raising money to restore and renovate the Doughboy statue and maintain the park located at 2nd & Spring Garden Streets. We are working with Kreilick Conservation LLC and the City of Philadelphia on the restoration of the statue. The Doughboy statue is located at Second and Spring Garden streets and honors soldiers (known as doughboys) from the community who served from the River Wards.

  • Raising Funds to:
  • Reproduce and install a bronze plaque with 400 names that was stolen, restoring the complete listing of soldiers from our community ($17,134)
  • Replicate and attach missing bayonet to the soldier's left hand riffle ($1,000)
  • Clean and apply a protective covering on the complete statue ($2,400)
  • Support the ongoing maintenance of the statue and the park

Fund Raising

  • Send letter to Rep. Bob Brady and Councilman Squilla (drafted, needs to be sent)
  • Joint fundraising request for $22,000 to Penn Treaty Special Services District with Kensington Memorial AMvets Post 146 (Submitted – attending September 21 meeting)
  • Donations from neighbors (Dropping off at NLNA office, started)
  • Meeting with Transport Workers Union (Larry made connection, Matt and I attended July 9 Board meeting and discussed project and timeline. Waiting to hear back if they will support with donation)
  • GoFundMe page – https://www.gofundme.com/doughboy2016 (Created, ready to launch and push out via Facebook, website and our email list serve)

Timeline

  • Sign letter with City regarding final bid and project and discuss project invoicing schedule/payment etc.
  • Fundraising public launch
  • Begin work (Three months or so to complete, depending on weather etc.)
  • Event to celebrate park renovations – TBD

Liberty Lands Committee Report

There was a brief discussion of the illegal use of fireworks in the park during the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Liberty Lands Report

  • Increased trash expenses – should be handled in Treasurer’s report?
  • Third of July and other enforcement hassles: Lots of things – problems with rule enforcement at the park (who does it, when, how, what kind of support/backup we give, etc.); increased trash including household trash left at the park; the Third of July fireworks mess and public response to it – go together to present a situation that the Liberty Lands committee is working on dealing with. We need to figure out some ways to make rule enforcement work better for the park and for us who end up doing most of it. Right now this is still something we’re talking about among ourselves, but it may be an issue we need to discuss with the board and/or larger community in the fall, when we’re all present and have a better sense of what we need or want.
  • Report from Don about music festival?
  • The reconstruction of the path that runs east-west through the south end of the park will occur this week – starting Monday and finished by the end of Friday (we hope and pray). This is a project that Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is doing for us through their Legacy Landscapes program – our friend at PHS, Eileen Gallagher, is handling it with some help/consult with Liz. This will make the path wider and more flat: better for anyone with stability issues of any kind.

 

Zoning Committee Report: written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 804 N. Front Street: i.e., ‘We approve this project as presented.’”  Unanimously Passed

Motion: By Roneil Jackson, seconded by Donald Hoegg. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 601 North 5th Street, i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented with the following provisos: 1. All interior houses must have private trash and recycling pick-up. 2. If a dumpster is utilized, it cannot be visible from the street. 3. If meters cannot be located in the basement and are placed on the exterior of the houses, they must be obscured in some manner as specified in the 6/27/16 plan.’”  Unanimously Passed

Motion: By Steven Richman, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 100 North Front Street, i.e.:’We support this project with the following provisos: 1. Hours will be from 9 a.m.- midnight, 7 days/week 2. Exhaust ductwork will be contained inside the building and vented on the roof with no external fan for make up air. 3. Trash will be stored in the basement and picked up from the basement. No trash will be stored on the curbs or sidewalk. 4. A trash can for customer use will be provided on the sidewalk by the entrance/exit, but the can will be brought into the store at night. 5. Signage will comply with code requirements.’”  Unanimously Passed

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Troy Crichton. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee regarding the new Yards Brewery (5-6 Streets, Spring Garden-Willow Streets): i.e.: ‘We would like them to return when their plans are further along in the process and they can describe how they will keep the sounds and smells contained within the building, waste storage and disposal, how the increased production volume will impact truck traffic (number and frequency of deliveries and pick-ups along 5 th Street), discuss the specific details for the pub and event space, parking for all proposed uses, security, etc. Larry may organize a meeting with some Zoning Committee members and the applicant and the applicant’s attorney (with refusal in hand not present prior to the zoning meeting) to help move this project forward.’”  Unanimously Passed

Old Business

Steve Richman proposed the formation of a small committee to organize the groundbreaking ceremony for the new outdoor pavilion area.

New Business

  • Yards Brewery would like us to be a non-profit sponsor of their “Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em” event to take place on September 18, 2016. Troy Crichton and Chris Somers volunteered to attend and set up a display.
  • 2nd Street Fest: PBC will donate beer and set up taps. There will be an online signup to volunteer at the NLNA tent.   All board members should sign up for a 2 hour shift if possible.
  • There was a discussion of recent burglaries from cars and residences in the neighborhood. There was also a discussion of community police relations

Motion: By Troy Crichton, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To adjourn the meeting.”  Unanimously Passed

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 9:33p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 6/27/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin

Members absent: Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak, Michael Simons

804 N. Front St. – RM1 – Ron Patterson: A proposal to relocate lot lines – 105; 109 Brown remaining single-family dwellings – each home gets larger rear yards.

Motion (Jon) – 2 nd (Kenny): Vote 7-0 We approve this project as presented.

600 N. 5th St. – ICMX – Herc Grigos: A return visit with a proposal for 43 townhomes with 52 parking spaces.

April 2016 Motion Thank you for your presentation. Please return to the Zoning Committee with the following: 1) Sight lines into the neighboring community under construction; 2) A better representation of the north boundary; 3) Description of the property line fence material; 4) Details of the hardscape materials; 5) Landscape plans with dimensions and species detailed; 6) Drawings in context with homes being build on 5 th Street 7) Exterior lighting plan; and, 8) Location of meters if not located in basement. Discussion: We need to assure that the interior houses will not place their trash on 5 th and 6 th Streets.

Motion (Kenny) – 2 nd (Sharon): Vote 7-0-1 We support this project as presented with the following provisos: 1. All interior houses must have private trash and recycling pick-up. 2. If a dumpster is utilized, it cannot be visible from the street. 3. If meters cannot be located in the basement and are placed on the exterior of the houses, they must be obscured in some manner as specified in the 6/27/16 plan.

1100 N. Front St. – CMX3 – Steve Maffei: A proposal for a restaurant as part of a larger building (special exception). Entrance is on Wildey Street. There will be hot cooking requiring exterior venting to the roof through interior ductwork. Trash will be stored in the basement and removed by a private contractor through the opening on Wildey Street. About 85% of their business will be take-out and delivery service. They have not requested a “loading zone” for food pickup and food deliveries. A blade sign will hang from the corner of the building (Wildey and Front Streets). A light will shine on the sign.

Motion ( Group) : Vote 8-0 We support this project with the following provisos: 1. Hours will be from 9 a.m.- midnight, 7 days/week 2. Exhaust ductwork will be contained inside the building and vented on the roof with no external fan for make up air. 3. Trash will be stored in the basement and picked up from the basement. No trash will be stored on the curbs or sidewalk. 4. A trash can for customer use will be provided on the sidewalk by the entrance/exit, but the can will be brought into the store at night. 5. Signage will comply with code requirements.

5th St. – 6th St./Spring Garden to Willow Sts. – CMX3 – Matt Handel: A proposal for a brewery including manufacturing, warehouse and distribution. In addition, there will be a brew pub. Refusal for manufacturing, an industrial use – not allowed in CMX3. Only a portion (70,000 sq. ft. on the first floor) will be used for brewing, tasting room, offices, event space. (This represents a considerable expansion over their current operation/location.) Other vendors would be in unused space. They are not far along in the planning stage. Potential ideas of how the space might be configured were presented but there were no specific plans. No information was available about how they could assure that sounds, smells and waste would be contained within the building, how much truck traffic would be generated by the expansion and increase in production. The parking situation was also unclear. With 400 parking spaces available, some would be for employees, some for outdoor events, some for patrons. Discussion: Conceptually, we are supportive of the proposed project, however we were not given enough information about the overall design, the manufacturing volume of the business, the sound, emanating odors, waste storage and disposal, trucking traffic, as well as the other proposed uses for the building (brew pub, outdoor service and events).

Group Motion: We would like them to return when their plans are further along in the process and they can describe how they will keep the sounds and smells contained within the building, waste storage and disposal, how the increased production volume will impact truck traffic (number and frequency of deliveries and pick-ups along 5 th Street), discuss the specific details for the pub and event space, parking for all proposed uses, security, etc. Larry may organize a meeting with some Zoning Committee members and the applicant and the applicant’s attorney (with refusal in hand not present prior to the zoning meeting) to help move this project forward.

 

 

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of June 6, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-june-6-2016/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:00:56 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9906 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Ira Upin; Roneil Jackson; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Joe Mikuliak; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT: Steve Richman, Treasurer; Donald Hoegg.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:03 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Chris Somers:“To approve the minutes of the May Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 9-0-2

Don reported that the cancellation of the music festival was frustrating but based on the best information they had at the time: a rescheduled event will probably be on July 9, pending confirmation with another group that has a reservation at the park.

Don further reported on a Clean Streets fundraiser suggested by Val Wilson, a neighbor and longtime supporter of the NLNA. The original proposal for an event at a miniature golf course has not panned out, but the group who researched that option is working on planning a different event (a sponsored event for adults, which would be paid for by a coalition of local business people so that the tickets would be profit).

President’s Report June 2016: Matt Ruben

1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
Piazza/Liberties Walk – The Piazza has been rebranded as The Schmidts Commons. The central plaza itself still is called The Piazza (e.g. The Piazza at The Schmidts Commons). The rebranding coincides with the formal opening of national co-working company WeWork, and with the recent stepping up of programming in the piazza, including free weekly yoga, movie screenings, classical music, and salsa lessons/dancing. A brewpub also is slated to open in the former King’s Oak space; and Wahlburgers is about to open in the one building still owned by Tower Investments. The 300-car parking garage also has been completed.

Construction Impacts – The 800 block of N 3rd is closed this week 9:30AM-3:30PM.
Spring Garden – DRWC says they’ve been doing testing of the lighting, and the entire installation is expected to be done no later than. DRWC will have a ceremony when it’s time for the lights to be turned on.

Business Improvement District (BID) – The Commerce Dept was not successful in getting BID planning-grant money from the state. We are going to confer with the 2nd St Festival about using some of their funds to start the planning process ourselves – something our friends in Fishtown are discussing too. On a related note, the 2nd St Festival wants to deposit their accumulated revenue with the NLNA. Steve and I met with Owen Kamihira about it, and we are in the midst of revising a written agreement that would outline the terms.

DoughBoy/Madison Memorial Park Update – June 6, 2016 – Barbara Saverino

$22,000 fundraising campaign to restore the Doughboy statue and maintain it for the future The Doughboy statue is located at Second and Spring Garden Streets, and honors soldiers (known as doughboys) from the Northern Liberties who were killed during the First World War. The statue was paid for by the Northern Liberties community in 1981. NLNA is working with the City of Philadelphia and Kreilick Conservation, LLC on the restoration.

I have been working with Mary Dankanis (longtime neighbor and champion of the statue) and Katrina Mansfield on the communications and fundraising plans. Funds raised will: reproduce and install a bronze plaque of 400 names that was removed which will then restore the complete listing of soldiers from our community, replicate and attach missing bayonet to the solder’s left hand rifle, clean and apply a protective covering of the complete sculpture, and support the ongoing maintenance of the statue and park.

Since the May NLNA Board meeting:

  • Katrina posted a message on NLNA website (news section) with a call for funds
    I began work on GoFundMe page set-up
  • Starting receiving checks and requested that “Doughboy” be listed on check
    (Need NLNA Facebook admin information)
  • Once our fundraising campaign begins receiving online donations, we can request a withdrawal at any time. Withdrawing money does not affect the progress meter that is displayed on your GoFundMe campaign. We can withdraw our balance directly to your bank account. US users may also request a check. Most withdrawals take between 5 and 7 business days. We can choose between an electronic bank transfer or paper check delivery during the withdrawal process. While it’s free to create and share your online fundraising campaign, GoFundMe will deduct a 5% fee from each donation that we receive. The fee is deducted automatically. A small processing fee of about 3% will also be deducted from each donation. We will receive an email notification each time a donation is made to your GoFundMe campaign. We also can get the contact list/donors to thank and or engage in the future.
  • Steve recommended that since we already have a restricted funds account that we are using for Bamboo Wi-Fi and Kearney Friends, that we establish a new sub-account for the Doughboy.
  • Forwarded information on our campaign to Larry Freedman. He did outreach to Transport Workers.
  • Created a letter for Matt to send to select our elected officials (US Rep. Brady, PA Rep. O’Brien, Councilman Squilla)
  • Katrina connected with member of Amvets Post 146 in Fishtown. They are willing to co-sponsor a grant request with us to Penn Treaty SSD. That means that they will sponsor us as a non-profit so the $20k does not get taxed. The check (if approved)     would be made out to them. Then they would write checks to our vendors.We could get this request in as early as September if we act quickly. We’ll need to create a “Friends of the Doughboy”; group, and apply as such (with Amvets as our co sponsor).

2. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

May Board Elections – We are pleased to welcome new board members Roneil Jackson, Don Hoegg, Ira Upin, and Joe Mikuliak! As Ira is co-chair of the Zoning Committee, and Joe is a member as well, this puts us back in conformity with our Bylaws, which state that two members of the board must be on the Zoning Committee.

3. EVENTS AND OUTREACH

General Membership Meetings – In keeping with our new guideline of four meetings a year, no meetings are planned for the summer. Our next meeting will be in September (or perhaps early October). And a reminder that we are not limited to four meetings a year – we always can have more, and can have special meetings if and when warranted.

4. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY

Internet – All seems to be well, and growing. I will, however, update the board on the status of the northernliberties.org web domain, and conversations I’ve been having with Katrina Mansfield about its future direction.

In addition to the points in his written report, Matt informed the Board that Lara is researching a street cleaning machine – smaller than the ones used by Center City District but still large enough to improve the cleaning our team is currently doing. With further information, the Board will discuss the proposal next month. He also raised the possibility of reaching out to local realtors for specific donations to Clean Streets; Chris agreed to talk with Lara about the idea.

Treasurer’s Report
In his absence, Steve provided a brief written update: “Our finances are in good shape, bolstered this past month by the receipt of over $9,000 (courtesy of Larry Freedman) from developers for the Clean Streets program. I’ll have specific revenue and expense figures for our entire budget next month but my quick look this past week showed nothing negative for May.”
Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To table the Treasurer’s Report until next month.”  Passed 11-0-0

New Business
Ira reported that the painter working on the community center renovation project gave a reasonable estimate for professionally finishing the painting in the interior and exterior of the center. This expense was not covered in the grant proposal for the renovation but makes sense as part of the work being done.

Motion: By Joe Mikuliak, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To approve the expenditure of up to $2,100 additional funds for the painting of the exterior and rest of the interior of the community center as part of the ongoing renovation project.”  Passed 11-0-0

Joe raised the issue that the NLNA name is not clearly visible on the community center building. A few options for improving our branding on the building were suggested, and it was generally agreed that the issue should be tabled until later in the renovation project.

Liberty Lands Committee Report June 2016: Janet Finegar

A few questions were raised about the rain garden and cistern pump. Ira offered to fix the broken bench slat near the playground (thank you, Ira!)

The music fest/flea market was called on account of tricky weather. We’re discussing re-scheduling, but the fairly full summer calendar at the park makes it difficult. In related news, the summer calendar at the park is relatively full, with 2 benefit/festival-type events scheduled for July and 2 corporate parties also in July, a dance performance series two weekends of August, and probably at least one performance night for the Fringe Festival from our regular theater troupe. That’s on top of the various community parties that are on the calendar now or will pop up through the summer.

The Farmer’s Market did start up on Saturday, along with a rogue flea market of vendors who chanced the rain (they won), and apparently a good day was had by those who were there and not at home cursing the sunny skies.

A few recent incidents – related to the contentious park rules about no off-leash dogs and no amplified music – have the park committee talking again about rule enforcement and what our policies are. No particular results or changes yet, just the ongoing conversation.

A Facebook post about a “creepy guy” hanging around the playground was followed up by Seth actually talking to him: he seems okay, actually lives in the ‘hood, and seems to have responded well to a request to not just hang around the playground staring at the kids. Even better, the community on Facebook seems to have heard the message that talking to him directly and assessing him as a human being worked as a means of control.

Everyone knows by now that someone broke the beautiful and expensive wooden gate near the playground on a recent Friday night. None of the neighbors heard or saw anything, and while there have been some calls for cameras at the park, no one has solved how such cameras would be protected in an environment where wooden gates are broken or how they would be powered without a new, expensive electrical drop. The breakage clearly indicates how the damage was done (sitting/standing on the gate while swinging it), and that the breakers intended damage at least during the second half of snapping through the 1” boards. Michelle has taken it back to her shop to estimate the cost of trying to fix it or replace it, but it will certainly be in the thousands of dollars and not soon. So. There’s that.

Related to most of the above, any ideas that anyone has about how to convey rules/policies/pleas for volunteers to park users – short of plastering the park with signs and/or establishing a 24-hour patrol of the park – would be welcome. Speaking of which, many signs for the park already exist and are in the potty shed waiting for someone with time and minor tool skills to put them up.

In slightly better news, after a frustrating run of non-communication with one of our local daycares, we have been able to resolve the issue with them and things seem better. As a fortunate by-product, the “liability” letter to all the area schools/preschools that use the park actually went out this year.

Thanks to the combined efforts of Ken and Seth and some timely nudging by Jen, we have both a new controller and a new pump ordered for the cisterns and may someday have the pump running on them again just in time to water the gardens for the summer.

Thanks to Don, lawn mowing is in effect at the park, and it really does look better (at least right now). They did, however, mow the rain garden center section, leading Janet and Liz to brainstorm some about how to solve that garden area. . . our thinking at the moment is to put a raised bed in the center section (the part without shrubs) as a way to keep feet off the flowers without more paths. We have to check that such a plan won’t negatively affect the way the rain garden works. More on this later. The “edible forest” section back there is looking better than ever, I think.

Also related to the mower, a series of SNAFUs mean that the mower is still parked in the community garden. I’m working on figuring out how to make it gone forever.

One of the park’s founders, Santos Sostre (Nina’s husband) died a few weeks ago after a long illness. At the family’s request, I’d like to put a bench dedicated to him under the pawlonia trees (where his “pig pit” bbq area used to be).

In more good news, I met the man who bought the “American Street” houses that face onto the park, and he is not only an actual Northern Liberties resident but also a nice guy who is interested in really being involved and helping out with the park. Step one of involvement is that we are going to try to partner with him in getting Schectman Tree out to deal with pawlonia trimming – one large trunk is basically dead and needs removal and many branches are hitting the houses. A single trip by the company means half the cost for us each, so it’s a good thing.

City Harvest is going very well this year, with lots of support from new gardeners, especially in the Laurel Street annex garden. Yay.

Probably because of all the rain, it’s been a sinkhole-prone spring at the park. The one in the community garden right by the southwestern gate reopened – because we’ve dug that one out before and the gardener there, Jason, was part of that effort, he was confident that it could safely be stuffed with debris to re-fill. There is a new one in the park proper, just west of the council circle (near one of the smaller, newer crabapples) that Chico filled last weekend. We need to keep an eye on that one to see if it grows.

PHS is still working on scheduling for the renovation of the brick path that runs east-west through the southern section of the park. This is a funded project they’ll handle entirely – they hire the contractors, make arrangements, and get it done, through a granting program called “Legacy Landscapes. I met with the contractor and Eileen Gallagher from PHS a few weeks ago to discuss it. The renovation will keep the existing bricks as part of the path, but re-lay them so that the path is smooth and use pavers to expand the path to a width of 3-4 feet so that it can accommodate a double stroller or two people passing. The new path will curve north at the eastern edge to join up with the old gravel “road” so that it doesn’t just weirdly end in a mass of tree roots (and its path will cross the concrete from the old sign board, so that will go away as part of the project). At the western edge, it will curve through part of the existing garden in a way that will (fingers crossed) eliminate the puddle-at-the-foot-of-the-path issue that exists any time there’s water. This is a pretty major improvement in terms of increasing accessibility to the park for anyone with stability issues (the young, the old, the disabled, the drunk. . .), and other than the fact that it makes it easier for the drunk, and it will be much more attractive for kids on bikes to fly through the park, it’s going to be great.

Finally, the situation of early spring in which all the core members of the Liberty Lands committee are extra busy this year continues to be true – any additional help anyone would like to offer is dearly appreciated. If you can’t make it to meetings, some ones of us are generally at the park for Weeder’s Club on Saturday mornings from 9-11. Bring your ideas or your abilities – we can put them to work.

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 936,938, 940 N. Leithgow Street; i.e.: ‘We support the proposal as presented; please provide drawings with dimensions and materials and refusal that agrees with the presentation.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Chris Somers, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 912 N. American Street; i.e.: ‘Based on the presentation as explained, we support this change contingent upon review of final drawings provided to the Chair and Co-Chair.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Chris Somers, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 958 N. American Street; i.e.: ‘We cannot support the request for a variance for the carport as presented. There were serious concerns that the wholesale liquor storage use at this residential property could become a problem for nearby neighbors and extremely difficult to control if it expanded. Therefore, we oppose this use request.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 928 N. Leithgow St.; i.e.: ‘We reject the proposal as presented. A better house would be built on this small lot if it were built by right.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To ratify the recommendations of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 631 N. 2nd Street; i.e.: ‘We support the variance with the following provisos: 1) Open hours not to be earlier than 6 a.m. or later than 9 p.m.; 2) Trash receptacle to be maintained outside the entrance and stored in the building when the café is closed; 3) All café trash and recycling to be stored inside the building or in the rear yard, and picked up on Hancock after 7 a.m.; 4) Maximum seating 10 seats inside, two tables outside; 5) Signage to meet code requirements and not be internally illuminated; 6) Hood vent ductwork must not be on the front of the building.’”  Passed 11-0-0

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:12 p.m.

Addenda

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 5/24/16

Present: Larry Freedman (chair), Anthony Bottenfield, Melissa Magness, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Jonathan Sher, Ira Upin.

Absent: Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Sharon Richman, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector

936,938, 940 N. Leithgow Street – RSA5 – Nino Cutrufello – A return visit with a proposal for 3 single-family dwellings with no parking. Changes: removed parking spot on St. John Neumann Way which will now be a new yard for adjacent property; they will secure rear wall; 5 ft. yards in rear of all 3.  940 and 938 – unchanged from last presentation
Motion: (Joe) – 2 nd (Jonathan Sher) Vote: 5-0-1 (Melissa abstained because she missed part of the presentation: Support as presented; provide drawings with dimensions and materials and refusal that agrees with the presentation.

912 N. American Street – RSA5 – Steven Weisz – Proposal for a second floor addition with roof deck – refused for open space. – Refusal is for open space – only received refusal because they are applying for a change – requires 30%, proposal is 22%  – Not changing footprint; not changing backyard   Zoning Hearing scheduled for 6/22/2016.  Discussion: Concern that we don’t have stamped drawings; we need the drawings that will be presented at the ZBA before the hearing
Motion: (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa) Vote: 6-0:  Based on presentation as explained, we support change based upon review of final drawings provided to the Chair and Co-Chair.

958 N. American Street – RSA5 – Matt Monroe, Esquire; Jonathan Reed, Owner, Russell Mahoney, Design/Builder – Proposal for a single family dwelling. Refusals for carport parking, open space, rear yard setback, and use registration for storage or imported spirits and wholesale sales (updated refusal). Owner is requesting variances related to two issues: (1) Use – allowable use for storage of imported spirits and wholesale sales; needs an address in order to register with state and federal governments; and (2) Structure – owner wants to have an 8’ carport in the rear of the property.   Discussion: neighbors concern about Use Issue: how to limit deliveries; bringing down value of surrounding homes; limiting deliveries because of blocking streets; zoning variance staying with the property; whether the PLCB would require certain things like parking, signage, security, etc.; need to know what the code says specifically about use. Neighbors concern about Structure Issue: don’t want 8’ carport while all fences and walls on surrounding properties are 6’; afraid a garage will replace the carport; Owner: Owner willing to deed restriction; willing to provide us with a deed reflecting the restrictions
Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Jonathan) Vote: 6-0:  1) We cannot support the request for a variance for the carport as presented. 2) There were serious concerns regarding the liquor storage wholesale use at this residential property. We fear it could become a problem for nearby neighbors and difficult to enforce. Therefore, we oppose this use request.

928 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 Ed Fink, architect for the project – A proposal for a single-family dwelling. (Refusal for front street parking, open area, rear yard depth, and height). Ed Fink said that a five feet deep yard should not trigger a refusal because the lot is under 45 feet deep. Also, that the height is less than 9 inches above the 38 feet requirement. About six neighbors were present. The lot is 40 feet deep by 15 feet wide but this was disputed by neighbors who said it was even smaller. They also spoke against the garage front and height. Eyes on the street was mentioned and how the garage dominates the street level façade.
Motion by Anthony B. 2nd by Joe M.: To reject the proposal as presented. A better house would be built on this small lot if it was built by right.   Passed 5-0

631 N. 2nd Street CMX 2.5 Jordan Rushie, lawyer for the proprietors. A proposal for a take-out restaurant with seating on the first floor – special exception. The restaurant would be a coffee shop with a French Bakery, “The Kettle Black.” Jordan introduced the two proprietors, Claire Ogilvie and Marc Basilz. They said the hours would be 7 AM to 6 PM, 7 days a week, no alcohol would be served, trash (and recycling?) would be picked up daily from the rear of the building on Hancock. They also are planning to have two tables on the 2nd street sidewalk. Baking would be done on premises and vented to the rear.
Motion by Ira U. 2 nd by Joe M.: To support the variance with the following provisos: 1. Open hours not to be earlier than 6 AM or later than 9 PM.  2. Trash receptacle to be maintained outside the entrance and stored in the building when the café is closed. 3. All café trash and recycling to be stored inside the building and picked up on Hancock after 7 AM.  4. Maximum seating 10 seats inside, two tables outside. 5. Signage to meet code requirements and not be internally illuminated.  Passed 4-0

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of May 2, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-may-2-2016/ Tue, 10 May 2016 05:30:27 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9765 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Larry Freedman; Jesse Gardner; Sasi Judd; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:02 p.m.

Motion: By Sasi Judd, seconded by Chris Somers:“To approve the minutes of the April Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 12-0-0

President’s Report: by Matt Ruben

President’s Report, May 2016

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Piazza/Liberties Walk – Coworking company WeWork is slated to open June 1 in a previously unused portion of the Tendenza building (building with the jumbotron on it). Wahlburgers (former Darlings space in the oval building still owned by Tower Investments) has come in to zoning for their liquor license transfer. A new brewpub is slated to open in the old King’s Oak space. And Philly Tech Week is holding a major event in the plaza on May 5.
  • Construction Impacts – Lots of discussion about this at the April 27 general membership meeting. We can discuss this at our board meeting.
  • Spring Garden – DRWC says they’ve been doing testing of the lighting, and the entire installation is expected to be done no later than. DRWC will have a ceremony when it’s time for the lights to be turned on.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – We are waiting to hear from the Commerce Dept about the status of planning funds they’ve applied for. In the meantime, Fishtown is getting a steering committee together, and I intend for us to do the same by reconvening the business owners’ group that coalesced during our meetings a year or so ago. Any board member is welcome to be involved, and I know Chris Somers remains interested in being a key liaison on that regard.
  • Madison Memorial Park – Any update will come from Barbara.
  • Bamboo WiFi – Bamboo WiFi will formally kick off its “N3RD St.” public internet network for the neighborhood at a Philly Tech week open forum on May 7. Details at http://bamboowifi.com/press/bamboowifi-to-open-n3rd-street-network-at-open-forum-may-7-2016
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • PTSSD Grant – Update from Steve, including an important note about the need for us to volunteer at key points throughout the process.
  • May Board Elections – Update will come from the Election Committee.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • General Membership Meetings – The April 27 Quality of Life meeting was well-attended and featured a wide-ranging discussion. May 19 is the election meeting and currently we have one other item on the agenda. I am open to suggestions for additional agenda items – nothing that would be quite as big as the quality of life one, but something interesting that will add a draw for attendance.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – All seems to be well, and growing. The Facebook Group increasingly has become a focus for community complaints, which is understandable as the membership has passed 2,000 and in the next year or two may exceed that of the email list (currently at about 2,800).
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Don Phillips. “To ratify the board poll taken in April regarding repairs at the community center.”  Passed 13-0-0

 

Treasurer’s Report: by Steve Richman

TREASURER’S REPORT – MAY 2016

  1. 2015-16 Budget: April Financials – tables attached
  • For the seven months ended on March 31 st all funds income was $179,532; this was $105,429 more than projected, due mostly to the receipt of $100,000 from Penn Treaty SSD. Expenses totaled $108,950, which was $35,525 more than anticipated – again, largely due to grant-related expenses. Net income was $70,582 – $69,904 more than projected. These amounts include $100,750 in income from grants and about $41,500 in grant expenses.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first seven months of the fiscal year is as follows:
  1. GF & LL Income: $78,782 — $5,429 more than anticipated.
  2. GF & LL Expenses: $67,477 — $3,033 less than anticipated.
  3. GF & LL Net Income: $11,305 — $8,462 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through April include:
  1. Net income from fundraising activities was nearly $1,400 higher than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was $2,500 higher than projected, and the Winterfest, which was $1,400 higher. Separately, corporate donations totaling $5,805 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf, the Fall Fest and Winterfest. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $4,940. Any remaining unspent funds (about $865 thru April 30) will have to be returned to PTSSD.
  2. A shortfall in individual donations, candy machine income and donations for Clean Streets offset the higher revenues reported above. Thus far, no revenue for Clean Streets has been received. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.
  3. Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance (-$2,350). The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality. Spending was also lower than anticipated for professional services and program services (-$2,200).
  4. Other Items
  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD has awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000. Funding was approved to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – will be made available in November. To date, we have spent approximately $38,100 for renovations and improvements to the basement and the first floor, and repairs to the exterior of the building. This spending has generally been in line with expectations.
  • Board Poll – In April I initiated a board poll to request authorization to spend up to $1,600 from the Reserve Account for additional repair and restoration work on the exterior of the community center. The Board approved this request without objection.

Motion: By Larry Freedman, seconded by Jesse Gardner. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 13-0-0

 New Business:

Don reminded the Board that the Music Fest will be June 4 and that volunteer help is always needed.

Election Committee Report: by Troy Crichton.

Troy reported that the committee has been assembled and the nominations were taken for the upcoming board election. 15 people were nominated for the Board, at this point 8 people have accepted the nomination.

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed.

Liberty Lands is doing well. Don negotiated a contract with a professional mower, so the grass should be much better this year than last year. (Thank you, Don!). Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is figuring out how to re-do the brick path that runs east-west through the park to make it wider and smoother (better for people with any kind of walking uncertainty) and also solve the puddling at the west entrance and the weird running-to-nowhere east end. They will fund this. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, a magical donation and donation-promise showed up at the workday to fund fixing the erosion issues at the Wildey/Bodine Street path. The workday was decently attended considering it conflicted with city cleanup again (arrgh) and we got a lot done. The park looks great and people are happy.

Operations Committee: Anne Waginger and Monika Kriedie:

Work on the renovations at the community center are moving along. Monika raised the issue of the painting on the first floor: the office and several small areas of the first floor still need to be painted, and the committee is deciding whether they should continue to seek volunteer help for the painting or have the professional who will paint the office handle it. Matt reminded the group that the PTSSD grant for the renovations is predicated upon a good contribution of volunteer labor and that the Board should lead in that support.

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Jesse Freedman. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 600 N. 5th Street, i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. Please return to the Zoning Committee with the following: 1) sight lines into the neighboring community under construction; 2) a better representation of the north boundary; 3) description of the property line fence material; 4) details of the hardscape materials; 5) landscape plans with dimensions and species detailed; 6) drawings in context with homes being build on 5th Street; 7) exterior lighting plan; and 8) location of meters if not located in basement.’”  Passed: 14-0-0

 

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 608 N. Galloway Street, i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented. Please go to the UDC to present a materials list, meter location plan, trash plan and snow removal plan.’”  Passed: 14-0-0

 

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Sasi Judd. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 909 N. 2nd Street, i.e.: ‘We support this temporary extension of premises with the following provisos: 1) Develop and implement a sound deadening plan. 2) The use of the parking lot for food, beverage service and activities is limited to the continuing approval of the neighbors. If the neighbors complain about the noise with the sound deadening plan in effect, the outdoor arrangement must end, and 3) The hours of outdoor operation for food, beverage, music and activities is limited to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.’”  Passed: 14-0-0

 

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Steve Richman. “To approve the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1033 N. 2nd Street, i.e.: ‘We support this proposal as presented to transfer this LCB license.’”  Passed: 14-0-0

 

Matt reported to the Board regarding the old St. John’s Church property on the 1000 block of 3rd Street, the new owner of which has received a permit from the city to establish four parking places in the existing front courtyard of the building. The owner previously applied to the NLNA for zoning approval for the parking places and was refused, but was able to secure the permit “over the counter” by stating that the parking was for the first floor commercial planned for the building. Matt and Larry are investigating whether the permit was inappropriately issued.

Motion: By Jesse Gardner, seconded by Sasi Judd. “To authorize the NLNA to appeal the permit for auxiliary parking at 1028 North 3rd Street if the ongoing investigation into the permit suggests that this is appropriate.”  Passed 14-0-0

 

Old Business

Monika asked about the status of the new parking garage at the Piazza: it was confirmed that the garage is for residents and that there are currently not plans to open it to other users as well.

Jesse reported that he and Sasi are working on the display maps for the Community Center, and are considering a triptych of a very old ground map, a historical map, and a current neighborhood map.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:24 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 4/25/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin Members absent: Melissa Magness,

723 N. 6th St.– ICMX – Herc Grigos : A (quick) return visit with a proposal to show final plans (approved by NLNA Board) for a 5-story building with 26 residential units/14 parking spots/first floor commercial and 2 residential units starting on the ground floor.

March 2016 Motion:   We can only support this project as a 5-story building with 24 units and 17 parking spaces. Please return with: 1. comprehensive list of materials and colors; 2. show elevations in context with adjacent structures; and, 3. the street level residence should be ADA compliant. BOARD CHANGE: We support the revised proposal for 723 N. 6th Street for a 5-story building with 26 residential units and 14 parking spaces. The building will have a commercial first floor with 2 of the 26 residential units also on the first floor. The developers agree to meet with the Urban Design Committee. They presented finalized plans to the neighbors after including UDC recommendations. Windows were added to the stair tower. A lighter color brick was used. There is an open air interior courtyard for floors 2-5. The building is 55’ high and 5 stories.

 

600 N. 5th Street – ICMX – Herc Grigos: A proposal for 43 townhomes with 52 parking spaces. Architect: Shimi Zakin. Developer: Perelman.   Type A – 33 @ 4-story houses (4 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms/1 car garage)   Type B and C – 10 @ 4-story houses (4 bedrooms/4.5 bathrooms/2 car garages) All have roof decks accessed through a pilot house. Homes are entered through a pedestrian walkway, not a driveway. All homes are 43.7” high. They are building on 50% of the lot. There will be an HOA. The city will pick up trash for homes on 5th and 6th Streets. The HOA will arrange for private trash pick-up for the 25 interior homes. Materials are heat treated poplar, brick, Hardie panels near windows, painted metal balcony railings. Discussion: Some thought the buildings were too high but they are actually the same height as the adjacent development under construction. The provision of more parking than is required was a positive.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Anthony) Vote: 8-0   Thank you for your presentation. Please return to the Zoning Committee with the following: 1) Sight lines into the neighboring community under construction; 2) A better representation of the north boundary; 3) Description of the property line fence material; 4) Details of the hardscape materials; 5) Landscape plans with dimensions and species detailed; 6) Drawings in context with homes being build on 5th Street; 7) Exterior lighting plan; and, 8) Location of meters if not located in basement.

 

608 N. Galloway Street – RSA5 – Nino Cutrufello: A proposal for 7-single family dwellings. These houses are similar to the adjacent houses previously approved and are, in effect, Phase II, of that development. There are 6 side-by-side houses, with a 7th house built over the drive aisle. The materials are light corrugated metal at the top, weathered steel in the middle, and wood at the bottom with a metal garage door. The height is 39’6”. These houses would be part of an HOA (multi-family). They are expecting a refusal for the multi-family in an RSA5 zone. Discussion: Use same materials as previously approved houses.

Motion: (Kenny) – 2nd (Jon) Vote: 7-1 We support this project as presented. Please go to the UDC to present a materials list, meter location plan, trash plan and snow removal plan.

 

909 N. 2nd Street – CMX 2.5 – Oron Daskal: A proposal for outdoor service in the parking lot for temporary warm weather use. This proposal requires an “extension of premises”. Bar and food service in the parking lot would include the addition of 3-5 tables, 15 bar stools, shuffleboard, lights and music from May 1 – September 5, from noon to midnight, 7 days/week.   The area would be separated from the sidewalk with large planters and trees acting as a fence. Discussion: Neighbors were not happy with the anticipated noise and the late hours. The parking lot would act like an echo chamber. Sound deadening year-round is necessary.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Kenny) Vote: 7-0-1 We support this temporary extension of premises with the following provisos: 1) Develop and implement a sound deadening plan. 2) The use of the parking lot for food, beverage service and activities is limited to the continuing approval of the neighbors. If the neighbors complain about the noise with the sound deadening plan in effect, the outdoor arrangement must end. 3) The hours of outdoor operation for food, beverage, music and activities is limited to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

 

1033 N. 2nd Street – CMX3 – Joe Volpe: A proposal to transfer LCB license (was Darllings – will be Wahlburgers). Hours of operations: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. weeknights 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday Beer and alcohol will be served. The south side patio (facing the Piazza) will accommodate 40 people. There is no outdoor music. June 27 is the soft opening.

Motion: (Jon) – 2nd (abbey) Vote: 8-0   We support this proposal as presented to transfer this LCB license.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of April 4, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-april-4-2016/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:00:03 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9763 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Larry Freedman; Jesse Gardner; Sasi Judd; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT: Troy Crichton; Monika Kreidie.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:08 p.m.

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Anne Waginger:“To approve the minutes of the March Board meeting with a minor edit.”  Passed 9-0-1

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

Matt updated the committee on the new letter of agreement with Lara Kelly related to increasing her number of hours in the office to 30; we hope that this increase will be finalized soon. He also reported that many (8-9) blocks are arranging cleanups for the Citywide Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 9. Finally, he confirmed that there will be a quality-of-life oriented General Membership meeting on April 27 and a meeting on May 19th for which the theme is yet to be determined. Election business for the NLNA board will also be handled at these meetings.

Matt covered a few other smaller issues: work continues on the Spring Garden underpass renovations and we look forward to the lights being turned on soon. There is a movie showing happening at the Piazza this week, which is a positive move toward activities there. Finally, there was some discussion of the proposed renovation work at Madison Memorial Park and the (extremely high) estimated cost, with suggestions offered for raising the funds.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – APRIL 2016

2015-16 Budget: March Financials – tables attached. For the six months ended on February 29th all funds income was $169,811; this was $103,200 more than projected, due mostly to the receipt of $100,000 from Penn Treaty SSD. Expenses totaled $83,449, which was about $21,300 more than anticipated – again, largely due to grant-related expenses. Net income was $86,362 – $81,900 more than projected. These amounts include $100,750 in income from grants and about $24,900 in grant expenses.

  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first six months of the fiscal year is as follows:
  • GF & LL Income: $69,061 — $3,226 more than anticipated.
  • GF & LL Expenses: $58,573 — $929 less than anticipated.
  • GF & LL Net Income: $10,488 — $4,156 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through March include:
    • Net income from fundraising activities was nearly $440 higher than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was nearly $1,500 higher than projected, and the Winterfest, which was $1,400 higher. Separately, corporate donations totaling $5,805 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf, the Fall Fest and Winterfest. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $4,940. Any remaining unspent funds (about $865 thru March 31) will have to be returned to PTSSD.
    • A shortfall in fundraising revenue and corporate donations for Clean Streets offset the higher revenues reported above. Thus far, no revenue for Clean Streets has been received. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.
    • Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance ($-680). The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality. Spending was also lower than anticipated for professional services and communications (-$2,000).
    • Higher than anticipated spending for certain administrative expenses mitigated the savings realized in these other categories.

Other Items: Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD has awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000. Funding was approved to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – will be made available in November. To date, we have spent approximately $21,800 for renovations and improvements to the basement and the first floor. This spending has generally been in line with expectations. Repairs to the exterior of the community center are scheduled to begin in early April as anticipated.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Chris Somers. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 11-0-0

Operations Committee: Anne Waginger and Steve Richman.

Steve updated the group on the ongoing renovations at the Community Center, which are going very well and quickly. Anne let the group know that in the next week the doors will be re-keyed to make the office section of the community center more secure.

Elections Committee: Barbara Saverino

Barbara reported that plans for the upcoming election are going well, and that the committee will meet this Wednesday. She urged current Board members who are up for re-election to consider running again and submit their statements as soon as possible.

Liberty Lands Committee Report: by Janet Finegar

Liberty Lands Board Report – April 2016

  • The first workday of the season (known as the “hard-core workday”) on March 26 was well attended with a few groups of great volunteers (a group of guys who work at Air Wisconsin and work like machines, a group of kids from the Youth Volunteer Corp who are also wonderful, and a bunch of neighbors). Many thanks to all! The City Harvest gardens and the public Edible Forest garden at the north end of the park were both weeded and prepared for the season. The community gardens in the park and on Laurel Street both were cleaned out and made ready to go, including their public garden edges along the west side and Bodine Street. In addition, a lot of rubble and trash from all around the park was cleaned up (oh, and the potty shed got a reorganization). It’s great to have the park so prepped so early!
  • In other season-starting news: we didn’t get around to having trees professionally pruned this winter, but think it’s probably not a problem. Party reservations are starting to come in for the season, with 3 weddings scheduled already and early plans for a dance performance in late August and a theater performance by the group who’s performed at the park in the past for September. As a reminder, we aren’t doing a season of movies this year, but it looks like there will be at least one movie presented by a rock-climbing organization. Finally, Janet’s working on an Activities Fund grant proposal for the coming year.
  • In other volunteer news, Kenny is looking into replacing the pump for the cistern and Don is going to look into getting a mower hired for the summer. Thank you both!!!
  • Off-leash dogs have been a problem again in the recent months, especially the few intransigent neighbors who persist in letting dogs off-leash despite repeated requests not to do so. (The fact that these neighbors are generally friends of at least some of us complicates the matter, of course.) The core committee is taking a few steps to address this: one part of that is this paragraph begging every friend of Liberty Lands to follow the lead of the core committee members and have the difficult conversations with those whose dogs are off-leash no matter how much you like the person or dog. [And begging anyone reading this who’s ever been guilty of unclipping that leash to give your friends a break and NOT DO THAT at Liberty Lands.] There’s no question that the thousands of people in this neighborhood who aren’t park volunteers or friends notice when they see the community leaders who ARE park volunteers/friends doing something and assume that action is acceptable.
  • Liz and Jen and Linda and Chico (our stalwart trash and odd-jobs guy) worked out in the nasty cold rain on Saturday, which was really impressive. Weeder’s Club is every Saturday from 9-11 from now until sometime in late October – usually coffee, always nice people. Not usually cold rain. Come join us.

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Janet Finegar. “In the matter of 936-40 N. Leithgow St., we can support this project only if you can demonstrate that a car can fit into the parking space without going onto the sidewalk/stairs. Please meet with the neighbors to discuss other issues.”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Jesse Gardner. “We support the revised proposal for 723 N. 6th St. for a 5 story building with 26 residential units and 14 parking spaces. The building will have a commercial first floor with 2 of the 26 residential units also on the first floor. The developers agree to meet with the Urban Design Committee.’”  Passed 11-0-0

 Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Jesse Gardner. “To support the Zoning Committee’s recommendation in the matter of 721 N. 5th St. We can only support this project if: 1) there are no more than 4 apartments; 2) the roof deck is set back 6 feet from the adjacent neighbor’s property on the north side; and, 3) the cornices and brick façade are restored.  Passed 11-0-0

 Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Jesse Gardner. “To support the Zoning Committee’s recommendation in the matter of 962 N. American St., i.e.: ‘Please return with drawings that accurately reflect how the house will be built based on the resolution of the plot line dispute with dimension, floor plans and materials specified.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Jesse Gardner. “To support the Zoning Committee’s recommendation in the matter of 816 N. American St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as proposed with the proviso the deck (railing/wall) is moved 5’ back from the party line.’”  Passed 11-0-0

 Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by JesseGardner. “To support the Zoning Committee’s recommendation in the matter of 124 Pollard St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented.’”  Passed 11-0-0

Old Business

Steve informed the Board that Bamboo WiFi would be installing their equipment up and down 3rd Street in the coming week, and that the kickoff for the service would be during Philly Tech Week in late April.

Larry reminded the Board that, while there has been many confusing changes through the proposal to renovate the old Finnegan’s Wake site into offices, the proposal that is moving forward now is the one that was carefully considered and approved by the NLNA as part of our usual process.

New Business

Don reminded the committee that the Spring Music Festival will occur in two months, and urged Board members to volunteer and encourage attendance.

Jesse drew the Board’s attention to work being done at a building in the neighborhood which does not appear to have permits posted. He was encouraged to file a 311 complaint (as neighbors should for all such issues), with the usual caveat that it is essential to have a correct address when filing complaints.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:06 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 3/28/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon RichmanMichael Simons, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin,   Members absent: Anthony Bottenfield, Jonathan Sher,

936-40 N. Leithgow St.- RSA5 – Nino Cutrufello : A return visit with a proposal to consolidate lots and build three single-family dwellings. February 2016 Motion Please return with the following: 1. Facade drawings of all sides of all three homes, with dimensions and materials called out. Include accurate placement of all windows. 2. Present several design options for the corner building, consider a planter on the corner 3. Have garage on St. John Neumann approved by the city. Bring drawing with turning radius illustrated. Materials will be formed concrete, standing seam metal, charred wood, Hardi plank. Roof deck planters set 5 feet back from Leithgow and St. John Neumann. A meter cove will be built to hide the utilities. The Streets Department said that one off-street parking is allowed, but the turning radius was not illustrated and the Streets Department did not actually give approval for the turning radius. No other design options were presented for the corner building. Discussion: – Neighbors complained about the lack of space for turning. Stairs and sidewalk have already been damaged by turning vehicles.   – The existing structure would be taken down by hand and not heavy machinery.- Neighbors preferred a garage on Leithgow with the front entrance on St. John Neumann.

Motion: (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa) Vote: 8-0: We cannot support the project as presented. Please demonstrate that a car can fit into the parking space without going onto sidewalks/stairs . Please develop an alternate design with a garage on Leithgow and the front door on St. John Neumann. Please meet with neighbors to address their concerns.

 

723 N. 6th St. – ICMX – Herc Grigos: A return visit with a proposal for a multi-unit residential building with indoor parking spots. February 2016 Motion Before we will consider supporting any residential variance on this site, we need to review plans for a 5 story building with at least 14 parking spaces, and with a corner commercial space and 26 residential units (maximum) on floors 1 to 5. The original proposal specified 33 residential units with 14 parking spaces. We requested 26 units with 14 spaces. They returned with an increase of units (29) with 17 parking spaces and maintained the 6-story design. Floors 2-4 have 6 units each. Floors 5 and 6 have 5 units each. One commercial unit (780 sq. ft.) is on the first floor with ground floor entrance apartment.   Trash is enclosed on the ground floor with commercial pick-up. Discussion: Height and density remains an issue. Still would like to eliminate 1 floor.

Motion: (Ira) – 2nd (Melissa) Vote: 7-1-1 We can only support this project as a 5-story building with 24 units and 17 parking spaces. Please return with: 1. comprehensive list of materials and colors; 2. show elevations in context with adjacent structures; and, 3. the street level residence should be ADA compliant.

721 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – Herc Grigos: A proposal for a multi-family dwelling with 5 units. Refusal for a multi-family house in a single family zone. All units are one bedroom. Floor #1 – 732 sq. ft. Floor #2 – 864 sq. ft. Floor #3 – 539 sq. ft. Floor #4 – Bi-level 675 sq. ft. with roof deck Floor #5 – 596 sq. ft. Discussion: Density is an issue, as is the amount of the deck set back.

Motion: (Chris) – 2nd (Joe) Vote: 9-0 We can only support this project if: 1) there are no more than 4 apartments; 2) the roof deck is set back 6 feet from the adjacent neighbor’s property on the north side; and, 3) the cornices and brick façade are restored.

962 N. American St. – RSA5 – Gerry Gutierrez: A proposal for a single-family dwelling. Lot is 15’5” x 27’6” (424 sq. ft lot).   A Trinity is proposed. Refusal for open space and rear yard. An 18” bay projection on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Roof deck set back 5’ from front façade. A/C compressor on roof towards back of house. Rear yard 4’2 ”x 7’. ZBA hearing is April 19. Discussion: No floor plans were provided. Plans were based on the property size in the deed. The survey shows the property as 1’ less than the deed. 960 N. American Street encroaches on this property.

Motion: (Joe) – 2nd (Kenny) Vote: 9-0 Please return next month with drawings that accurately reflect how the house will be built based on the resolution of the plot line dispute with dimension, floor plans and materials specified.

816 N. American St. – IRMX/RSA5 – Shimi ZakenA proposal for the erection of a single-family dwelling with 2 decks and 2 parking spaces. 4300 sq. ft house. Charred wood façade. Anticipate 3 refusals: single family in lieu of IRMX, open space and rear yard. There is an atrium in the center of the house. The driveway to the 2-car parking uses an easement to the property behind the house. A bathroom on the 2nd floor and the deck above this bathroom on the 3rd floor extend over the easement. Discussion: Neighbors to the north were not happy with the deck extending over the easement so close to their decks.

Motion: (Ira) – 2nd (Kenny) Vote: 9-0 We support this project as proposed with the proviso the deck (railing/wall) is moved 5’ back from the party line.

124 Pollard St. – RSA5 – Francis Mastromarco – A proposal for a 3-unit bldg with 3 parking spots. This is a 4-story building with parking, building entrance and elevator on ground level. The cornice and pillars are made of precast concrete. Reclaimed brick will be used on the façade. The back wall will be masonry. The roof deck is set back 15’7” from the street. The remainder of the roof is grass.

Motion: (Kenny) – 2nd (Group) Vote: 9-0 We support this project as presented.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of March 7, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-march-7-2016/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:00:50 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9553 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Larry Freedman; Jesse Gardner; Monika Kreidie; Sasi Judd; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT:  Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:06 p.m.

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Don Phillips:“To approve the minutes of the February Board meeting as presented.” Passed 8-0-1

President’s Report, March 2016 (presented by Matt Ruben)

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Piazza/Liberties Walk – Tower Investments’ lease of parking facilities to Westminster ends this month. Westminster’s parking garage on Germantown Ave is nearly complete.
  • Construction Impacts – Isolated complaints, but still at the lower level I reported last month.
  • Spring Garden – The new metalwork is being installed as I write this. DRWC will have a ceremony when it’s time for the lights to be turned on.
  • 5th St – Wednesday March 9 is the meeting about 5th Street traffic. I encourage board members to attend; it’s our hope that this meeting will spur Council President Clarke’s office to help us get necessary improvements to traffic safety there, since the Streets Dept is not being terribly helpful.
  • Business Improvement District (BID) – The NLNA submitted a letter of interest as part of the Commerce Dept’s application to get the necessary annual funds to enable communities like ours to get planning grants, which are used to hire consultants and have a process assessing the viability of implementing a BID. Our friends in Fishtown are doing the same thing. Assuming the funds are made available, we and Fishtown will run separate, but parallel, planning processes. One of the issues will be determining if we ultimately should go ahead by proposing a single BID covering parts of both communities, or two adjacent BIDs, one for each.
  • Madison Memorial Park – We need to discuss a path forward on Refurbishing the “Doughboy” statue. Barbara Saverino and I will update the board on the situation.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Office Staffing – Details at our meeting.
  • PTSSD Grant Application for Building and Grounds – Details at our meeting.
  • May Board Elections – We need two board members to volunteer to serve on the Election Committee.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • Winterfest – A major success again, thanks to Michael and the Membership Committee; and thanks to North Bowl, PTSSD, and all the other local businesses that contributed.
  • General Membership Meetings – I have an invitation in to Mayor Kenney for a Q&A meeting. My current thinking is that early April would be ideal, because it avoids Easter, Passover, Orthodox Easter, and being too close to the March 9 5th-St-traffic meeting (which will in effect be a general membership meeting as well). Early April also allows for board nominations for May. We also want to have a quality of life meeting, and I think May would work for that.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – All seems to be well, and growing.
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

Barbara Saverino and Troy Crichton agreed to serve on the Election Committee for 2016.

New Business:   None.

TREASURER’S REPORT – MARCH 2016 (presented by Steve Richman)

2015-16 Budget: February Financials – tables attached

  • For the five months ended on February 29th all funds income was $161,866; this was $104,300 more than projected, due mostly to the receipt of $100,000 from Penn Treaty. Expenses totaled $68,416, which was about $16,700 more than anticipated – again, largely due to grant-related expenses. Net income was $93,450 – $87,635 more than projected. These amounts include $100,750 in income from grants and about $19,800 in grant expense
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first five months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF & LL Income: $61,116 — $4,336 more than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Expenses: $48,646 — $901 less than anticipated.
    • GF & LL Net Income: $12,470 — $5,237 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through February include:
  • Net income from fundraising activities was nearly $1,300 higher than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was nearly $1,500 higher than projected. Separately, corporate donations totaling $5,805 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf, the Fall Fest and Winterfest. The total received from corporate donations exceeded expectations by $4,300. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $5,000. Any remaining unspent funds (about $800 thru January 31) will have to be returned to PTSSD.
  • A shortfall in fundraising revenue and corporate donations for Clean Streets offset the higher revenues reported above. Thus far, no revenue for Clean Streets has been received. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.
  • Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance and utilities (-$1,000). The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality. Spending was also lower than anticipated for professional services and communications (-$2,000).

Higher than anticipated spending for certain administrative expenses mitigated the savings realized in these other categories.

Other Items

  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported previously, PTSSD has awarded us a capital improvement grant of $178,000. Funding was approved to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. In February we received $100,000. The balance – $78,000 – will be made available in November.
  • Sponsorship Award from PTSSD – Our VP, Michael Coyne, was successful in obtaining a $1,200 sponsorship award from PTSSD for Winterfest. This award fully covered our expenses for this fundraiser.

 Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 11-0-0

 

Liberty Lands Report – March 2016 (presented by: Janet Finegar)

  • Spring is coming! This spring is a busy one for all the Liberty Lands core volunteers, so we’d be extremely grateful for extra support from others with the management tasks we handle. The next Liberty Lands meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. at the NLNA office: we’ll be scheduling for the spring and talking about how to make sure the jobs are all covered. Anyone who can attend is very welcome.
  • Scheduled workdays for the spring:
    • March 26 – Spring Work Day (and beginning of Weeder’s Club)
    • April 16 – Spring Work Day
    • April 30 – Plant Sale (not at park, at community center)
    • May 7 – PHS Love Your Park Day (weeder’s club at Liberty Lands)
    • May 28 – Possible work day
  • With help from a PHS grant designated for a few “Legacy Landscape” parks in Philadelphia, we’ll be improving the brick path that runs across the southern edge of the park in the near future. (We submitted several proposals for improvements we’d like to do and that was the one they picked.) More news on this as it develops.
  • Nothing is moving forward yet on the American Street lot: I believe it is not yet in the city inventory. The Board should briefly discuss what we’d like to do to move forward with the lot, and I would be grateful for a volunteer to spearhead it.
  • I’ve heard a few things recently that suggest that we might need to deal with parking along the American/Bodine Street sides of the park in the near future: at least two people have been ticketed recently for parking in spots there that are used regularly. Until it becomes a regular problem we don’t need to do anything, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Don Phillips: “To support the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 936 N. Leithgow St., i.e.: ‘Please return with the following:
1. Facade drawings of all sides of all three homes, with dimensions and materials called out. Include accurate placement of all windows.
 2. Present several design options for the corner building, consider a planter on the corner.
 3. Have garage on St. John Neumann Way approved by the city. Bring drawing with turning radius illustrated.’” Passed: 11-0-0

Motion: By Jeremy Lindemann, seconded by Barbara Saverino: “To support the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 866 N. Leithgow St., i.e.: ‘The committee is considering requiring compliance to the code or adjustments to the existing building. Please return with legible floor plans, dimensions of the interior and exterior, and photos of the interior showing existing conditions.’” Passed: 11-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Troy Crichton: “To support the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 723 N. 6th St., i.e.: ‘Before we will consider supporting any residential variance on this site, we need to review plans for a 5 story building with least 14 parking spaces, and with a corner commercial space and 26 residential units (maximum) on floors 1 to 5.’”  Passed: 11-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann: “To support the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 464 Myrtle St., i.e.: ‘There was no support for a variance for the project with parking on Orkney. There was support for the garage on Myrtle Street. Please return with adjusted plans.’”  Passed: 11-0-0

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Monika Kreidie: “To support the recommendation of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 960 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘To support the subdivision as proposed.’”  Passed: 11-0-0

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Barbara Saverino: “To reappoint the following 12 people to the NLNA Zoning Committee for another year: Larry Freedman, Charlie Abdo, Joe Mikuliak, Ira Upin, Michael Simons, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Sharon Richman, Melissa Magness, Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, and Chris Isaacson.”  Passed: 11-0-0

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:13 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee minutes February 29, 2016 (presented by Larry Freedman)

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Joe Mikuliak (Rec Sec), Ira Upin, Michael Simons, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector     Members absent: Sharon Richman, Melissa Magness, Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Charlie Abdo

 

  1. 936 N. Leithgow St.– RSA5 – A proposal to consolidate four lots and build three single- family dwellings was presented by builder- developer, Nino Cutrufello and architect, Brian Phillips. The new home on the corner of S. John Neuman and Leithgow has been refused-for the garage and lot size. The other two homes do not have garages and are by-right. All homes have decks but access is not through a pilot house. Q&A: Nearby neighbors had questions regarding impact on their rear yards. Builder will do a Phase I inspection.
 Will the garage be useable due to tight turning radius? How much of the basement will be above grade? How will utility meters be hidden?

Group motion: Please return with the following:
 1. Facade drawings of all sides of all three homes, with dimensions and materials called out. Include accurate placement of all windows.
 2. Present several design options for the corner building, consider a planter on the corner
 3. Have garage on S. John approved by the city. Bring drawing with turning radius illustrated Passed 4-0

 

  1. 866 N. Leithgow St. – RSA5 – Leo Mulvihill, attorney, presented request for the NLNA to support the legalization of an existing single-family dwelling with deck. Both house and deck were built without proper setbacks. 2nd and 3rd floors should have been set back 9 feet from rear property line but are set back 5 feet. Deck should be set back 5 feet from property line but is built to the edge of building and the deck’s railing is an extension of the building’s solid wall. Q&A: Building with deck railing is too tall-towers over the street. Is interior unfinished?
 Why was the builder not following the plans? Steps remove too much area from the sidewalk

Group motion: The committee is considering requiring compliance to the code or adjustments to the existing building. Please return with legible floor plans, dimensions of the interior and exterior, and photos of the interior showing existing conditions.
 Passed 4-0

 

  1. 723 N. 6th St. – ICMX – Return Visit. Herc Grigos, attorney, presented a proposal for a multi-unit residential building with

indoor parking. Location is the SE corner of 6th and Brown Street. Plans previously shown to the community had 30 apartments, 19 parking spaces and 1 commercial space. Plans now show 33 apartments and 13 parking spaces and 1 commercial space. Q&A: Materials will be the same on all four sides of the building.
 No projections off building-i.e. no balconies
 Deck on roof is 750 square feet, accessed by the elevator Green roof or green plantings would be considered by developer.

Motion by Joe Mikuliak 2nd by Ira Upin   Before we will consider supporting any residential variance on this site, we need to review plans for a 5 story building with least 14 parking spaces, and with a corner commercial space and 26 residential units (maximum) on floors 1 to 5.
 Passed 5-0

 

  1. 464 Myrtle St. – RSA5 – Ed Fink, architect, presented a proposal for a single family dwelling with a garage. Variance is for the garage only despite the deck along Myrtle Street being built out to the edge of the roof. Q&A: Mean height is 38’. Peak of roof is 42’ Deck not set back 5’ from street. Facade on the south side of property is not shown, not known at this time. Cars cannot enter the garage without going onto the opposite sidewalk. How will utility meter be hidden? More cobblestones on Myrtle and Orkney will be damaged by cars.

Motion by Ira Upin 2nd by Michael Simons
 There was no support for a variance for the project with parking on Orkney. There was support for the garage on Myrtle Street. Please return with adjusted plans.
 Passed 5-0

 

  1. 960 N. 3rd St. (plus north to Wildey and west to Orianna)
 RSA5 – Frank Ermillio presented a proposal to create 11 lots from 1 lot. 8 single family dwellings and 3 duplexes currently exist on this property. No new construction is proposed.

Motion by Michael Simons, 2nd by Jonathan Sher To support the subdivision as proposed. Passes 5-0

 

  1. Reappointment of current Zoning Committee members by NLNA board. We recommend the reappointment of the following 12 people to the NLNA Zoning Committee for another year: Larry Freedman, Charlie Abdo, Joe Mikuliak, Ira Upin, Michael Simons, Jonathan Sher, Abbey Spector, Sharon Richman, Melissa Magness, Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, and Chris Isaacson.   After the above reappointments, there will be three openings on the Zoning Committee.

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES — Meeting of Feb 1, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-february-1-2016/ Sun, 08 Nov 2015 04:00:20 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9486 PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Larry Freedman; Sasi Judd; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Chris Somers; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT: Steve Richman, Treasurer; Troy Crichton; Jesse Gardner; Frank Maimone.

ALSO PRESENT: Joe Coccio, Transport Workers Local 234; Lara Kelly, NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:12 p.m.

Motion: By Sasi Judd, seconded by Don Phillips:“To approve the minutes of the January Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 6-0-1

Joe Coccio made a brief presentation to the Board about the digital billboard the Local would like to install facing 95/the El. After he left, there was conversation between the Board about the sign proposed, the precedent that a digital billboard would set, the concern about how a variance would remain with the property even if the Transit Workers’ Union left the building, and a variety of other issues related to the proposal.

Motion: By Don Phillips, seconded by Janet Finegar. “To ratify the suggestions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 500 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the roof top digital billboard at this location.’” Passed 9-1-0

Lara Kelly reported to the Board that neighbor Val Wilson, who lives in the Waterfront Square development and has been a supporter of the Clean Streets initiative for a while, is working to organize a fundraiser for Clean Streets. Don Phillips volunteered to be the Board lead for the event; Michael Coyne will also meet with them.

It was further discussed that April 9 will be Philly Clean Up Day and that the NLNA’s efforts will go toward supporting block cleanups at locations around the neighborhood. Chris Somers will begin a social media campaign encouraging blocks to organize themselves and Anne volunteered to be at the office on the 9th to distribute materials to volunteers.

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

Matt provided details to the Board about the substantial grant made to the NLNA for renovations to the Community Center, beginning by recognizing the immense efforts made by Steve and Sharon Richman and Ira Upin in securing that grant. The grant will cover improvements and repairs in the main meeting space of the community center (some of which have already begun) and it will allow for significant improvements to the basement to make it a viable rental resource. Finally, the most substantial part of the grant will be re-surfacing and landscaping the yard and installing a 3-season pavilion with electricity so that the yard can be usable and rentable much of the year. The grant fund payments will come in two stages, so a short-term float of funds from the NLNA’s reserve account will be necessary but will not be a problem given the current stability of our finances. If all goes as planned, these renovations should make it possible for the NLNA to greatly increase income and ideally be able to hire a full-time executive director.

Treasurer’s Report: written report distributed.

2015-16 Budget: January Financials – tables attached

  • For the four months ended on January 31st all funds income was $49,016; this was nearly $4,200 more than projected. Expenses totaled $42,443, which was about $1,000 more than anticipated. Net income was $3,147 – $3,100 more than projected. These amounts include $750 in income from grants and about $2,300 in grant expenses.
  • Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund, Capital Improvements and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF, CI & LL Income: $48,266 — $4,180 more than anticipated.
    • GF, CI & LL Expenses: $40,158 — $660 more than anticipated.
    • GF, CI & LL Net Income: $8,108 — $3,510 more than anticipated.
  • Significant variations from budgeted projections through December include:
    • Net income from fundraising activities was $450 higher than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was $2,600 higher than projected and $1,350 ahead of its goal of $15,000. Separately, corporate donations totaling $4,605 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf and the Fall Fest. The total received from corporate donations exceeded expectations by $3,100. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $4,200. Any remaining unspent funds (about $400 thru January 31) will have to be returned to PTSSD.
    • A shortfall in fundraising revenue and corporate donations for Clean Streets offset the higher revenues reported above. Thus far, no revenue for Clean Streets has been received. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.
    • Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance and utilities (-$1,700). The difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality. Spending was also lower than anticipated for professional services and communications (-$1,100).
    • Higher than anticipated spending for capital improvements mitigated the savings realized in other categories. This is entirely attributable to the cost of transporting and installing the new fence on 3rd Street. This cost, however, will be reimbursed in February from the funds to be received from PTSSD for the capital grant (see below).

Other Items

  • Capital Grant from PTSSD – As reported last month a grant application totaling $185,000 was submitted to PTSSD in December. The amount requested was subsequently modified to $178,000 based on additional in-kind and hard dollar contributions to be received from two developers. Funding was requested to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. Our request was well received, and it was approved at the January board meeting of PTSSD. Funding will be provided in two stages — $100,000 this month and $78,000 in February 2017.
  • Sponsorship Award from PTSSD – Our VP, Michael Coyne, was successful in obtaining a $1,200 sponsorship award from PTSSD for Winterfest. Based on past years’ experience, this award should fully cover our expenses for this major fundraiser.

Anne noted that the income from the Annual Appeal has increased slightly since the report was submitted.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Monika Kreidie.“To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.” Passed 10-0-0

Fundraising Committee Report: Michael Coyne

Michael reminded the Board that preparations for the Winterfest are going forward and noted again that a sponsorship from the PTSSD has ensured that the event will be a financial success.

Operations Committee Report: Monika Kreidie

Monika reported that we have new renters in both apartments and that all is going well with them.

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

Motion: By Barbara Saverino, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To ratify the suggestions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 905 N. 5th St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We support the relocation of the lot lines with the following change: The rear property line would be moved 3’ further east toward the intersection of St. John Neumann Way and St. John Neumann Place.’” Passed: 10-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kriedie, seconded by Sasi Judd. “To ratify the suggestions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 723 N. 6th St., i.e.: ‘Thank you for your presentation. We support the 2-3 parking ratio but the ground level plan as drawn does not create enough activity along Sixth St. Please return with a plan that does.’” Passed: 10-0-0

Old Business

Janet reported that the date for the Plant Sale will be Saturday, April 30 (which is one week earlier than usual). Janet will work with the Operations Committee to ensure that there is no conflict with the renovations at the Community Center.

Matt notified the Board that he had met with leaders from several other nearby civic associations to discuss plans to try to put together a business service district for the larger community.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:30 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 1/26/16

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Anthony Bottenfield, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin, Kenny Grono, Melissa Magness Members absent: Beth Emig, Kyle Koenig, Michael Simons, Charlie Abdo, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Jonathan Sher, Sharon Richman

905 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – David Orphanides – A proposal to reallocate lot lines – creates a shortage on open space and rear yard setback. The owners of 905 N 5th own 908 St. John Neumann Place as well. They have built stairs from the 2nd floor deck of 908 St. John Neumann Place to access the yard of 905. They plan to sell 905 and want to redo lot lines to enshrine this use. Discussion: The total open space between the two properties wouldn’t equal 30% each. Previously, 908 had approximately 15% open space and 905 was well over. Proposal allocated 22% open space to 905 and 29% to 908. The board discussed adding more yard to 905.

Motion (Kenny) 2nd: (Anthony): Vote 5-0   Thank you for your presentation. We support the relocation of the lot lines with the following change: The rear property line would be moved 3’ further east toward the intersection of St. John Neumann Way and St. John Neumann Place.

 

723 N. 6th St. – ICMX – Herc Grigos – A proposal for a 30 unit residential building with 22 parking spots. Larry and Ira previewed this project and suggested to the developers that a full first floor garage with no commercial should be changed to one that included some commercial. The total units in the original informal proposal were 24 and parking spots 24. The project as presented included an 850 sf commercial space and reduced parking to 20 spots. Units were increased to 30 and a story was added. The total height is 60’. Discussion: Neighbors agreed with the positioning of the 750 sf roof deck at the corner of 6th and Brown. They were concerned about parking. Board members were concerned about creating a “dead” corner with little activity. It was suggested that what was drawn as a blank wall of frosted glass be turned into a display space that could be used by Kearny.

Motion: Group: 5-0   Thank you for your presentation. We support the 2-3 parking ratio but the ground level plan as drawn does not create enough activity along Sixth St. Please return with a plan that does.

 

500 N. 2nd St. – I2 – James Pearl – – A proposal for a digital display roof sign (prohibited within 200’ of intersecting streets). 8’x17’ digital billboard would be placed on top of the Transit Worker’s Union to advertise union activities. Discussion: The board did not feel qualified to weigh in on this type of signage. Refusals were for rooftop sign and distance to the intersection of Noble and 2nd St. Board members questioned what the sign might be used for in the future.

Motion: group. 4-0 Thank you for your presentation. We cannot support the precedent setting roof top digital billboard at this location.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of January 7, 2016 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-january-7-2016/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:00:11 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9416 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Larry Freedman; Sasi Judd; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Chris Somers.

ABSENT: Jesse Gardner; Frank Maimone; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:05 p.m.

Motion: By Troy Crichton, seconded by Sasi Judd:“To approve the minutes of the November Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 10-0-0

President’s Report, January 2016

  1. PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY
  • Piazza/Liberties Walk – After Westminster General Manager Sean Gavin’s visit to the December NLNA General Membership Meeting, we’re working on moving forward in collaboration with him to try to keep lines of communication open and help nudge things in a positive direction. The 300-car parking garage on Germantown Ave continues to be under construction. NYC-based co-working company WeWork is still slated to move in to the Piazza in Q1 of this year; and indications are that some relatively high-profile restaurant tenant will soon be moving in to the old King’s Oak space on 2nd St across from Liberties Walk.
  • Construction Impacts – Complaints continue, but still at a notably lower rate than in the summer and early autumn of last year.
  • Spring Garden – The new metalwork and lighting will be installed by the spring. A series of small technical snags (relating to inter-agency cooperation) has delayed things, but the overall project is still on track, and sidewalk upgrades and other improvements already have been installed
  • 2nd St and 5th St – Neighbors have been complaining (in some cases for years) about speeding traffic and lack of sufficient controls on these streets (5th from Poplar to Girard, and 2nd from Germantown to Poplar). We are in various stages of working with the Streets Dept and the Councilmen’s offices on this. Updates at our meeting.
  1. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
  • Alarm System “Call List” – We need a list of people who get a call from our alarm company if the alarm goes off. Our current list is outdated. We need at least two people, preferably four. I will be asking for volunteers at our meeting.
  • PTSSD Grant Application for Building and Grounds – Details at our meeting.
  • Legal Update – Details at our meeting.
  1. EVENTS AND OUTREACH
  • TreeCycling – Our 2016 Treecycling event is this Saturday, January 9, 10AM-4PM at the 3rd St. side of Orianna Hill Park (right across the street from Liberty Lands).
  • General Membership Meetings – We need to have general membership meetings in April and May, in order to nominate (April) and elect (May) new board members. If anyone has an idea or proposal for modifying our election procedures, now is the time to make suggestions – otherwise we will have the two consecutive meetings.
  • In addition, I believe there might be some interest in getting our Council reps and Streets Dept. reps to a meeting on the 2nd and 5th St. traffic issues noted above. We could do that in April – or we could have a special meeting in February or March. As always, I am open to the board’s thoughts on this.
  • Mid-winter Party – I believe this is slated for February 14 (the Sunday before President’s Day), at North Bowl as usual. Michael Coyne is heading this up, and of course he needs all our help, and in particular the help of one or two board members willing to commit to being go-to folks with him.
  1. COMMUNICATION AND PUBLICITY
  • Internet – All seems to be well, and growing. The NLNA’s Facebook group is now up near 1,700 members and growing faster than the email list, which is at just under 2,800.
  1. OTHER ITEMS
  • Board Polls – Ratification of any online or online board polls since last month’s board meeting.

New Business:

Don and Monika reported to the Board that our neighboring community group, NLArts, has a new Director. NLArts and NLNA have a barter relationship for community center staffing and use: the two executive boards will meet soon to discuss how that relationship should continue through the possible additions at the community center, but Katrina Mansfield will continue to fill the office staffing hours that NLArts donates to the NLNA until that meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT – JANUARY 2016

2015-16 Budget: December Financials – tables attached

  1. For the three months ended on December 31st all funds income was $42,231; this was nearly $5,300 more than projected. Expenses totaled $32,443, which was about $1,800 less than anticipated. Net income was $9,788 – $7,100 more than projected. These amounts include $750 in income from grants and about $2,000 in grant expenses.
  2. Excluding grant fund activity yields a more accurate representation of our financial position. Thus, if we limit the calculation to income and expenses from the General Fund, Capital Improvements and Liberty Lands accounts, our financial position after the first three months of the fiscal year is as follows:
    • GF, CI & LL Income: $41,481 — $5,260 more than anticipated.
    • GF, CI & LL Expenses: $30,418 — $2,200 less than anticipated.
    • GF, CI & LL Net Income: $11,063 — $7,460 more than anticipated.
  3. Significant variations from budgeted projections through December include:
    • Net income from fundraising activities was $1,800 higher than anticipated. The most significant contributing factor was the Annual Appeal, which was $3,100 ahead of projections and only $440 short of its goal of $15,000. Separately, corporate [sic] donations totaling $4,605 were received from PTSSD for Operation Santa, Krampuslauf and the Fall Fest. The total received from corporate [sic] donations exceeded expectations by nearly $3,400. Thus far, expenses for the events funded by PTSSD have totaled approximately $2,600. Any remaining unspent funds (about $2,000 thru December 31) will have to be returned to PTSSD.
    • A shortfall in fundraising revenue and corporate donations for Clean Streets offset the higher revenues reported above. Thus far, no revenue for Clean Streets has been received. In addition, while a $1,000 Activities Grant for Liberty Lands was received from the City, the budget anticipated that the grant would total $1,500.
    • Spending was lower than anticipated for repair and maintenance and utilities (-$2,800), and for professional and program services (-$1,800). This difference is almost entirely due to slow billing and seasonality.
    • Higher than anticipated spending for capital improvements mitigated the lower level of overall This is entirely attributable to the cost of transporting and installing the new fence on 3rd Street. The board approved this expense in November. Should we be successful in obtaining a capital grant from PTSSD (see below), this expense may be reimbursed.

Other Items

  1. Capital Grant from PTSSD – A grant application totaling $185,000 was submitted to PTSSD in December. Funding was requested to repair the exterior of the community center, renovate the basement and portions of the first floor, make substantial improvements to the yard and purchase new furnishings for the office, the basement and the main room on the first floor. Our request appears to have been well received, although we have been asked to increase our contribution to the project and consider a funding schedule that would extend to next fall or winter. We have responded to this request and are awaiting a response.
  2. Fiscal Intermediary Agreements – In December we executed agreements with Kearny Friends and Bamboo WiFi. In both cases we will provide fiscal oversight and administration of funds. With regard to Bamboo WiFi, we are a co-sponsor of their grant from PTSSD and will receive a 5% administrative fee.

Motion: By Chris Somers, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”  Passed 10-0-0

Fundraising Committee: Michael Coyne:

Michael reported that the mid-winter party is scheduled for Valentine’s Day from 1-5 at North Bowl. He updated the Board on some logistical details.

Liberty Lands Report   January 2015

  • The Krampuslauf was, as usual, really great. We’ve changed the official name to Liberty Lands Parade of Spirits to reflect what it really is and will, again, spend the year thinking about traffic control as this strange parade continues to grow.
  • We asked to keep the piano a while longer, which was cool, but now we have to pay Seth to haul the damn thing to the dump for us. My mistake.
  • Seth’s working on a proposal to have a couple of different metal artists do 50′ each of the garden fence – more interesting, and also a more manageable endeavor for the local artists. We’ll submit that to PHS to see if we can get Legacy Landscapes funding for it.
  • It’s winter and it’s cold now, finally. We still have some bulbs in the shed donated by PHS. They may not get planted. Oh well.

Report on Operation Santa/Krampuslauf grant:

  • After quite some time organizing (there were more than 30 receipts attached to this years’ grant), I have the grant report for the Krampuslauf/Operation Santa nearly finished and ready to send in. We spent almost exactly $50 more than we received from the PTSSD for the two events combined (with a total budget of $3,805) so I feel rather proud of us for toeing the line so well. Naturally, I’d like to expand things next year.
  • I would like to discuss how we can expand Operation Santa to cover more of the need in our surrounding neighborhoods. A few people in Fishtown have said that they’d be interested in helping with this and with the board’s approval, I would reach out to the NKCDC to see if they are interested. The restricting element in expanding OpSanta has been deliveries, but I think if we can either organize several groups to do deliveries in “their” neighborhoods OR run it as a pick-up service, we can get around that problem.
  • This would be contingent upon being able to continue to get support from Waterfront Square and PTSSD so that NLNA would not be losing money on it. But I think Operation Santa is a feel-good program of the NLNA – the kind of thing that makes it easier for our community to like us as well as know that they need us – and I also think it’s important for us as an organization to be a leader to the surrounding community groups for these kind of programs.
  • I’m glad to say that the Parade of Spirits (Krampuslauf) doesn’t want or need to grow any faster than it’s doing naturally. However, 2016 may be the year that the NLNA needs to be the voice communicating to the neighborhood about it, because it’s now big enough to be a traffic issue.
  • And finally, for the 2016 request to PTSSD, I want to include the costs of the tree-chipping in the grant so that we can ask for donations and get them when we do, but can also focus more on getting as many trees recycled as possible. (Lara and I have been talking about ways to start collecting earlier in order to make the whole thing work.)

Operations Committee: Monika Kreidie:

Monika reported that the office staff is working on cleaning out the basement in preparation for anticipated repairs.

Steve reported that the alarm technician will be coming in to try to repair the increasingly faulty alarm system at the community center and that we will be looking into replacing the system.

 

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed.

(See December Zoning Minutes in full in Addenda below)

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To ratify the suggestions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 958 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘We support this project with the following provisos: all access to the restaurant is limited to the 2nd Street entrance; trash pickup cannot occur before 7 a.m.; trash cannot be placed on the sidewalk; a trash can should be placed inside the restaurant near the doorway; there is no outdoor seating in the backyard; the backyard cannot be used by employees; there will be no application for outdoor seating on 2nd Street without bringing a proposal back to the zoning committee for review; there is no hot cooking on the premises; there is no outdoor music; and the hours of operation will be Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.’”  Passed 10-0-0

 

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To ratify the suggestions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 807 N. 2nd St., i.e.: ‘We support this project with the following provisos: all access to the restaurant is limited to the 2nd Street entrance; trash pickup cannot occur before 7 a.m.; trash cannot be placed on the sidewalk; a trash can should be placed inside the restaurant near the doorway; there is no outdoor seating in the backyard; the backyard cannot be used by employees; there will be no application for outdoor seating on 2nd Street without bringing a proposal back to the zoning committee for review; there is no hot cooking on the premises; there is no outdoor music; and the hours of operation will be Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m-7 p.m.’”  Passed 10-0-0

 

Old Business

Sasi updated the Board about the ongoing process of City voting about bus shelters: the spots she proposed were turned down by the City because they need tangible evidence of future development that will increase ridership, and neither of the upcoming projects we anticipate (SoNo or development at the Finnegan’s Wake building) are far enough along in development to count. However, it is a 5-year plan, so Sasi will re-approach them when possible.

 

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:25 p.m.

 

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 12/21/15

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Anthony Bottenfield, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher. Members absent: Beth Emig, Kenny Grono, Melissa Magness, Kyle Koenig, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector, Ira Upin

 

958 N. 2nd St. – CMX2.5 – Mahmoud Chaabane:   A proposal for restaurant/fast food service. Poke Bowl will only use raw fish, vegetables and fruit. There will be no hot cooking and therefore, no ventilation required. Counter seating will accommodate 7-8 people. The basement will be used for storage only. There will be no deliveries. Owner will pick up produce and fish every morning and return to store around 7 a.m. Signage will be a 2 ft circle of their logo hanging perpendicular to the wall with a kind of light shining on it. Trash will be stored in back of store in yard. Trash will be brought through the store onto 2nd Street for weekly pickup by contractor. Discussion: Were advised of the potential for strong odors from the garbage in the backyard. Owner said he might consider using a garbage disposal. Strong concern of nearby neighbors regarding the potential expansion of seats in backyard.

Motion (Group): Vote 7-0   We support this project with the following provisos: 1) All access to the restaurant is limited to the 2nd Street entrance. 2) Trash pickup cannot occur before 7 a.m. 3) Trash cannot be placed on the sidewalk. 4) A trash can should be placed inside the restaurant near the doorway. 5) There is no outdoor seating in the backyard. 6) The backyard cannot be used by employees. 7) There is no outdoor seating on 2nd Street. 8) There is no hot cooking on the premises. 9) There is no outdoor music. 10) The hours of operation will be: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

 

807 N. 2nd St. – CMX2.5 – Gregory Schaub:   A proposal for a juice bar/café. Less than 20 seats. There will be no hot cooking on the premises. Compost will be stored in the basement and it will be removed twice a week through the Bilco doors on 2nd Street. There will be no outside seating in the front or rear of the store. There will be a sign inside on the front window. The backyard is only accessible by the 2nd floor apartment.

Motion (Group): Vote 7-0 We support this project with the following provisos: 1) All access to the restaurant is limited to the 2nd Street entrance. 2) Trash pickup cannot occur before 7 a.m. 3) Trash cannot be placed on the sidewalk. 4) A trash can should be placed inside the restaurant near the doorway. 5) There is no outdoor seating in the backyard. 6) The backyard cannot be used by employees. 7) There is no outdoor seating on 2nd Street. 8) There is no hot cooking on the premises. 9) There is no outdoor music. 10) The hours of operation will be: Monday-Saturday   7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

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JANUARY 2016 — Zoning Agenda — Mon, Jan 25 http://www.nlna.org/january-2016-zoning-agenda-mon-jan-25/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:00:31 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9368 Zoning Motions are approved by the Board at the following month’s board meeting, which is held the first Monday of the month. To review past zoning meeting minutes and approved motions find the applicable NLNA Board Meeting Minutes by clicking here:
Board Meeting Minutes.

JANUARY 2016 — Zoning Agenda

Location: Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street
(3rd & Fairmount)

As always, the meetings are public and all are welcome to attend and participate. Please note 6:30 pm start time.

Monday, January 25, 2016

(6:30) 905 N. 5th St. – RSA5 – David Orphanides – A proposal to
reallocate lot lines – creates a shortage on open space and rear
yard setback.

(7:05) 723 N. 6th St. – ICMX – Herc Grigos – A proposal for a 30
unit residential building with 22 parking spots.

(8:15) 500 N. 2nd St. – I2 – James Pearl – A proposal for a digital
display roof sign (prohibited within 200’ of intersecting streets)

 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of Nov 2, 2015 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-november-2-2015/ Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:00:46 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9362 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Larry Freedman; Sasi Judd; Monika Kreidie; Jeremy Lindemann; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger

ABSENT:       Jesse Gardner; Frank Maimone

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:05 p.m.

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Don Phillips:“To approve the minutes of the Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 10-0-1

President’s Report: Matt Ruben

Matt reported that he’d sounded out the PTSSD about applying for a small grant to renovate the Doughboy statue in Madison Memorial park and that they encouraged such a request. The Board was in favor of moving forward with such a request; Barbara Saverino volunteered to help Matt with writing the application.

Two entities, Bamboo Wifi and Kearny Friends, have recently approached the NLNA about acting as a non-profit fiscal conduit for them. Bamboo Wifi has applied to Penn Treaty Special Services District for a $15,000 grant to develop free wi-fi for areas of Northern Liberties and requires a non-profit fiscal sponsor to receive funding. Steve has discussed the proposed arrangement with the PTSSD and with the CEO of Bamboo Wifi and believes that a workable agreement can be reached. Steve and Matt have also met with representatives of Kearny Friends and have developed a draft agreement between the two groups for the balance of the school year.

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To authorize Steve Richman to move forward with agreements for the NLNA to serve as a fiscal conduit for Kearny Friends and for Bamboo Wifi’s PTSSD grant.”   Passed 10-0-2

Matt reported that plans for the development of the Festival Pier space at the end of Spring Garden Street was released and seems interesting.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed

Steve provided details to the Board of the elements of the grant proposal submitted to the PTSSD for making major renovations and improvements to the Community Center. A group will present the proposal at their December meeting.

  1. 2014-15 Budget Update. For the year ended September 30, General Fund and Liberty Lands income totaled nearly $155,000 and expenses totaled nearly $130,000. The positive balance of almost $25,000 was further bolstered with prior year funds of $19,600, bringing total year net income to nearly $44,500. This balance includes:
  • About $2,250 in the General Fund carried into 2015-16 to pay for obligations incurred in the prior year but not paid;
  • $14,200 carried over to 2015-16 for Project Clean Streets; and
  • $28,000 placed into the Reserve Account; of this amount about $14,500 was budgeted from rent for the mailbox store and the remainder was a positive year-end balance.
  1. Highlights of 2014-15 Budget
  • Revenue was about $21,600 above budgeted levels, largely due to higher than anticipated corporate contributions, rental income and proceeds from fundraising activities. Much of this revenue was one-time in nature and not assumed to continue in 2015-16.
  • Expenses were only $1,700 less than budgeted levels. Higher than anticipated expenses for program services were largely offset by lower than expected expenses for capital improvements, fundraising, legal services and repair and maintenance.
  • Improvements were made to the community center, including installation of a “mini kitchen” and repairs to the windows.
  • Receipt of more than $25,000 in corporate and other contributions enabled us to continue Clean Streets and Operation Santa, offer a summer movie series and support our spring music fest. Sufficient funds were carried over to continue Clean Streets for at least another year.
  • A large grant, totaling more than $41,000 received from PTSSD shortly before the start of the fiscal year, enabled us to make significant improvements to Liberty Lands and initiate community environmental programs.
  • We again made a large deposit to the reserve fund for the third consecutive year. Our reserve fund now totals more than $117,000, providing resources to strengthen our financial operations, invest in our future and meet unexpected expenses.
  1. October 2015 Results
  • It is far too early in the fiscal year to notice any trends. After the first month overall income is running at anticipated levels, while expenses are somewhat lower. However, the lower level of expenses seems to be due to delays in invoices being submitted so a catch-up is anticipated.
  1. Additional Developments in October – for discussion at meeting
  • New grant application submitted to PTSSD;
  • Fiscal Intermediary Agreements – Kearny Friends and Bamboo WIFI;
  • Litigation status update;
  • Donation of gate for community center yard.

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Monika Kreidie. “To authorize spending up to $2,500 to move, enhance, and install the yard gate offered in donation by Larry Freedman.”  Passed 11-0-0

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To accept the Treasurer’s report as presented.”   Passed 12-0-0

New Business

Janet reported that she is working with Mark Rounds to establish a non-profit for the Sabina Rose gardens in order to secure the land as a public green space and memorial.

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: written report attached and reviewed

  • I am thrilled to report that we have closed out last year’s PTSSD grant for Liberty Lands. So much great stuff got done: the stage repair, the new electrical box shed on Wildey Street, the water fountain, tons of playground improvements including the new play area by the mural, ten new benches, four new trash corrals, and safety additions like bollards and valve box covers which only impress the hardcore, but we’re thrilled for them. We also got hundreds of recycling bins for the community out of that grant AND will have a Little Free Library installed at the park and one at the community center quite soon! Overall, it was a tremendous benefit to the community, and we’re wildly grateful to the Penn Treaty Special Services District for the funding (and the many many volunteers whose work put all those improvements in).
  • The new play area and improvement to the mural wall area is amazingly successful: such a small thing making such a big difference. The drum panel is hung, and in the near future we will swap out the boring panel (the big gear that is hard to turn: I call it the “panel of frustration”) for a panel of bells.
  • On the general theme of noisy things at the park, the “lost piano” installation has been equally surprising in its popularity. The first half of its sojurn had a lot of beautiful music. Now that it’s all warping and sticky (and yesterday the keyboard cover came off) it is more of a fascinating sculpture. I propose that part of November 14 include smashing it just to enjoy the fullness of it.
  • Greg, our new-old trash guy, has been doing a fine job keeping the park cleaner.
  • The N3RD Street Birthday Party, rescheduled to Oct. 24, went nicely. As part of that event, we now have free wi-fi at the park (and at Orianna Hill) through Bamboo wi-fi.
  • The many-eth annual Fall Festival was great: special thanks to those of you who volunteered at the event! Sponsorship from PTSSD and many local businesses made it possible to provide all the activities (moonbounces, hayrides, cargo bike rides, music performances) for free and still have this be a major fundraiser for the NLNA. The bake/drink sale and face painting alone raised about $1,300, and when we add in sponsorship cash donations, the net should be over $2,000. Big thanks to Kate Hawk for putting it all together!
  • I’m looking for feedback on the idea of creating permanent metal signs to go along 3rd Street that say something about how park events regularly restrict weekend parking there, and that long-term parkers should be aware. For the last two years, we’ve had problems with cars that weren’t moved between when the parking signs went up and when the events happened. Other ideas for how to deal with this – other than just continuing to tow when necessary, which is harder than it seems – are welcome.
  • 14 will be the fall Love Your Park work/play day, with plenty of putting-the-park-to-bed activities, plus some bulb planting, a kids’ splatter-paint project, and the usual cleanup jobs. Orianna Hill Park is also doing a workday at the same time to allow cross-park pollination.
  • Upcoming at Liberty Lands:
  • Final Weeder’s club November 7
  • LOVE YOUR PARK November 14
  • Lux Arati craft bazaar/fire dancing fundraiser November 15
  • Krampuslauf December 12
  • winter peace and quiet starting December 13

Zoning Committee Report: Larry Freedman; written report attached and reviewed

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Monika Kriedie. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 826-30 N. 4th St., i.e.: ‘Please return to the Zoning Committee with architectural drawings and floor plans for your proposed project.’”  Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Janet Finegar, seconded by Monika Kriedie. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 722 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as proposed.’”   Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Troy Crichton, seconded by Monika Kriedie. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 1133 N. Galloway St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as proposed.’”   Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Michael Coyne, seconded by Jeremy Lindemann. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 312-30 Fairmount Ave./619-25 N. 4th St., i.e.: ‘We support this project as presented.’”   Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Steve Richman, seconded by Troy Crichton. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 853 N. Lawrence St., i.e.: ‘We would like you to go to the UDC to discuss the façade, including the materials that will be used on this project. A letter of support will be issued based on the recommendation of the Design Committee.’”  Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Anne Waginger, seconded by Steve Richman. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 711 N. 3rd St., i.e.: ‘We support the project as presented.’”   Passed: 12-0-0

Motion: By Chris Somers, seconded by Barbara Saverino. “To approve the actions of the Zoning Committee in the matter of 916-24 N. American St., i.e.: ‘If you require a variance, please return to the Zoning Committee with a copy of your refusal(s).’”   Passed: 12-0-0

Old Business

  • Sasi reported that the City is installing several hundred new bus shelters and that it’s possible to request for some of them to be installed in the neighborhood. She’s proposing requesting 4 shelters on Spring Garden Street. Matt added that perhaps we could request one each on 3rd Street and on 4th Street on the 400 blocks of those streets. It was also asked if it’s possible to put smaller ones on 3rd and 4th Streets above Spring Garden where the sidewalks are narrow.
  • Janet reported that there has been no movement from Councilman Clarke’s office in dealing with the 800 block of North 5th Street. A neighbor has contacted the Human Relations Commission about the situation and they are pursuing a meeting with neighbors on both sides of the street.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:33 p.m.

Addenda:

Zoning Committee Meeting Monday 10/26/15

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Anthony Bottenfield, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Joe Mikuliak, Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Ira Upin     Members absent: Charlie Abdo, Beth Emig, Melissa Magness, Kyle Koenig, Michael Simons, Abbey Spector

 

826-30 N. 4th St. – RSA5 – Kurt Bonk: A proposal for legalization of first floor use and residential above. Would like to turn the first floors into commercial use (light industrial artisan) with residential above. 826 runs from Leithgow to N. 4th. 828 and 830 are accessible from the back. An open courtyard (45’ x 26’) in back is shared. Discussion: Neighbors had no problem with his intentions.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Jon): Vote 7-0   Please return to the Zoning Committee with architectural drawings and floor plans for your proposed project.

 

722 N. 3rd St. – CMX2 – Mark Wallace: A proposal for single family dwelling with parking. There is currently a garage with a curb cut at this location. There will be tandem 2-car parking in the proposed garage. There are decks off the 2nd and 3rd floors in the front and back of the house. There is an inner courtyard (16’ x 8’) along the southern wall in the middle of the house and two decks on the roof accessible from either side of the pilot house. Façade materials are cast stone around the garage, metal siding, metal panel, stucco on the side and metal in back. There are refusals for use (single family, not commercial on first floor), back yard decks, rear yard, and 2-car parking requires a review. Discussion: Good plan – using existing curb cut for 2-car parking.

Motion Jon) – 2nd (Ira): Vote 7-0   We support this project as proposed.

 

1133 N. Galloway St. – RSA5 – David Orphanides: To consolidate with 1132 N. 3rd St., legalize two parking spaces and roll up gate. This roll up and parking is identical to neighbors’ rollups.

Motion (Kenny) – 2nd (Anthony): Vote 6-0   We support this project as proposed.

 

Zoning Committee Meeting Tuesday 10/27/15    

Members present: Larry Freedman (chair), Charlie Abdo, Kenny Grono, Chris Isaacson, Melissa Magness, Joe Mikuliak Sharon Richman, Jonathan Sher, Ira Upin     Members absent: Anthony Bottenfield, Beth Emig, Kyle Koenig, Abbey Spector Michael Simons

 

312-30 Fairmount Ave./619-25 N. 4th St. – ICMX – Herc Grigos: A return visit with a proposal for 27 single family dwellings with 1:1 parking. February 2014 Motion: ”Thank you for your presentation. Neighbors and committee members have serious concerns about the impact of this large apartment building on our community. Please return with plans that consider the following. Regarding materials and design 1. Most of the materials used are not sympathetic with any materials on nearby buildings. 2. Use more real brick. This would allow integration of the facade of the building at Fairmount and Galloway into the design. 3. All decks and porches that will be used by the tenants in any way must be set back at least 5 feet from the sidewalk. Regarding massing, scale, and density 4. The auto entrance and exit, and the loading dock, should be entered and exited from Fairmount Avenue opposite the recreation center. 5. Reduce the height of the building on 4th Street by setting back the 4th floor. 6. Reduce the height of the building on Galloway by setting back the 5th floor. At your next presentation to neighbors, please bring accurate drawings that include dimensions and renderings from ground level that include nearby buildings. We hope you will be able to leave us a copy of these drawings.”             March 2014 Motion: ”Thank you for your presentation. The addition of brick to the facade and the slight setbacks of the 4th St and Galloway St elevations still have not helped this massive apartment building fit into our community. The height and the number of units need to be reduced. We accept the garage entrance/exit on 4th St and Galloway St. We prefer the arrangement that has 67 parking spaces. We feel we can support the project with the following provisos: 1. Removal of one floor from the North building (Fairmount) 2. Removal of Apts 511,512,523,524 and 528 from the 4th St/ Potts St side. 3. Commitment to have commercial tenants used by the community, not just the tenants of the building. We will also need to see: a) The location of all porches and decks. b) Plans for the green roof c) Storm water plan. d) Traffic study. e) Facade materials. f) How you propose to incorporate materials salvaged from the site into the project. g) Please meet with neighbors whose properties back into Potts St to discuss their concerns. Please return to the Zoning Committee with plans that reflect the above.”         July 2015 Motion: “Thank you for your presentation. Please return with plans that comply with the height limits specified by the zoning classification and that add more variety to the design of the individual homes. They returned with houses no more than 38’ high and 4 different front elevations with differing bricks colors and materials. The backs of the houses are more uniform. The utility meters will be placed in recessed entries.”

Motion (Group): Vote 8-0   We support this project as presented.

 

853 N. Lawrence St. – RSA5 – Alex Duller: A proposal for a single family dwelling. There will be a refusal for open space (14.8% and not the required 30%) and for the rear yard decks. This is a narrow house – 12’4” wide. The plan is to remove the current 3rd floor and rebuild it in a manner similar to the next door neighbor’s mansard roof. The current façade will stay. This will be the first of these small houses to have a roof deck. The tree in front of the house will remain. Discussion: The neighbor behind this project had no objection to the plans and was happy that the building was going to be rehabbed.

Motion (Joe) – 2nd (Kenny): Vote 8-0   We would like you to go to the UDC to discuss the façade, including the materials that will be used on this project. A letter of support will be issued based on the recommendation of the Design Committee.

 

711 N. 3rd St. – RSA5 – Tom Citro: A proposal to legalize an existing duplex. They are appearing before the ZBA on November 4. There are 2 separate entrances, doorbells, utility meters, water heaters. They plan to re-stucco the exterior, remove satellite dish and replace doors and windows.

Motion (Group): Vote 7-1-0 We support the project as presented.

 

916-24 N. American St. (faces Liberty Lands) – RSA5 – George Matteo:   A proposal to subdivide the one lot that holds all 6 houses into individual lots – one for each house.

Currently these are rentals and they want to make some improvements and then sell them individually fee simple. This will require an easement along the front doors and along the back deeded parking areas. They haven’t applied for the subdivision yet.

Discussion: They need to find out if these plans require a variance.

Motion (Ira) – 2nd (Joe): Vote 8-0  If you require a variance, please return to the Zoning Committee with a copy of your refusal(s).

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of October 5, 2015 http://www.nlna.org/board-of-directors-minutes-meeting-of-october-5-2015/ Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:00:41 +0000 http://www.nlna.org/?p=9315 PRESENT:  Matt Ruben, President; Michael Coyne, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer;  Janet Finegar, Secretary; Troy Crichton; Larry Freedman; Jesse Gardner; Sasi Judd; Monika Kreidie; Frank Maimone; Don Phillips; Barbara Saverino; Anne Waginger.

ABSENT:   Jeremy Lindemann; Chris Somers.

The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:10 p.m.

Motion: By Monika Kreidie, seconded by Sasi Judd:“To approve the minutes of the September Board meeting as presented.”  Passed 8-0-2

President’s Report: Matt Ruben.

Matt reminded the Board of the fall meet-n-greet scheduled for October 22nd and reported that it has been publicized on Facebook and the NLNA listserv.

Matt reported that there is a Northern Liberties “slot” opening on the Board of the Penn Treaty Special Services District: any resident of Northern Liberties is eligible to apply for the position. He encouraged NLNA Board members to consider applying and will also publicize the opening to the neighborhood in general.

Finally, Matt reported that the city’s office responsible for taking care of and repairing statuary has said that the cost of replacing the bayonet and plaque on the Doughboy statue in Madison Memorial Park would be $2,500: this is money the city cannot put up but that we could pay and have the work done immediately. After some discussion, it was agreed that the NLNA should seek the funds to have the statue repaired from the local politicians, Penn Herb, and/or apply to the PTSSD for a small grant.

Treasurer’s Report: Steve Richman: written report distributed and reviewed.

Steve reviewed the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016, highlighting changes from the previous year’s budget and minor changes from the draft reviewed in September. On the whole, the fiscal health of the NLNA is excellent, with donations and revenues largely matching expenses. The proposed FY16 budget will allow the Association to continue its programs without reductions in services and to continue to maintain a responsible reserve fund.

There was some conversation about budgeting for the Fall Music Festival and a plan for expending the funds left over from the grant given by the PTSSD in honor of Amber Long. It was agreed that the budget should assume that only one Music Festival will take place in FY16, given that one festival is often postponed or canceled based on weather. A plan was crafted for moving forward with spending the leftover funds for public safety programs.

Motion: By Frank Maimone, seconded by Anne Waginger. “To accept the FY16 budget, with the amendment of eliminating the Fall Music Festival from the FY16 budget and projecting the $1,500 that was budgeted as income for the Fall Music Festival as income for the 2nd Street Festival.”  Passed 12-0-0

 New Business

Anne reported that she is going to begin the process of putting together the letter and electronic version of our Annual Appeal. She will reach out to Katrina to draft a version of the appeal letter for the current year.

Monika noted with appreciation how useful the www.nlna.org website is and also how much positive activity has been going on in the neighborhood recently.

Janet reported that there is a controversy going on regarding the small/service streets off the west side of the 800 block of 5th Street and the east side of the 800 block of 6th Street: the residents either believe that the small streets are private or would like them to be privatized and have been discussing the issue with Council President Clarke’s office. At the same time, there have been three incidents in the last week of slashed tires in the service street of 5th Street. Matt has reached out to Clarke’s office to urge them to help resolve the issues.

Frank reported that Rustica has been working with a program through the Merchant Fund which is designed to help small businesses on commercial corridors. He recommended that local businesses look into the resource. Matt noted that the NLNA has helped some local businesses with applications in the past and that as the deadline approaches we can make people aware through the listserv. As part of the discussion, it was agreed that Anne would give Frank copies of the Annual Appeal brochure to send out with local pizza deliveries.

Steve reported that we are in the preliminary stages of planning to apply to the PTSSD for a grant to do improvements at the Community Center – specifically, the back yard, the basement, and repointing of the building have all been raised as areas for improvement. He suggests putting together a committee to evaluate the various needs and put together a proposal. Monika, Jesse, Barbara, Steve, Sharon Richman and Sasi were all willing to be on such a committee.

 

Liberty Lands Committee Report: Janet Finegar: reviewed –

Liberty Lands Board Report – October 2015

  • As the final activities of the 2014 PTSSD grant, we’ll put in the new playground equipment on October 10. Seth’s crew will do all the hard work and prep on the 9th, and then we’ll do a community install on the 10th itself. There will also be a memorial tree planting on the 11th that we’ll prep for beforehand.
  • Probably because of the pope-weekend trash hiatus, there’s been a LOT of short dumping at the park. We have new signs to put on the trash corrals, etc., this weekend. I’m also proposing to ask Matt to put this message on the NLNA listserv to cover a bunch of issues: “Respect our parks! Northern Liberties is extremely lucky to have two parks owned and maintained by the neighborhood – but they need the community’s respect to function! Liberty Lands and Orianna Hill Park remind you that it is NEVER acceptable to use park cans for household trash or recycling. Dogs at Liberty Lands must ALWAYS be leashed (and the leash held onto at the other end!): no exceptions. Dogs at the dog run of Orianna Hill Park should be registered with the park (go to oriannahill.org) before they run. Finally, mark your calendars: both parks have work/play days scheduled for November 14, Philly’s Love Your Park Fall Cleanup date. Meet your neighbors and help your parks!”
  • After many hassles with Tim, the trash guy, we’ve gone back to Greg (who worked for us more than a year ago doing the trash hauling). We’re hoping THIS will go well. We all still miss Dennis.
  • On the other hand, we have a new “honey-do” guy (a person who does a bunch of trash pickup and other such chores around the park) named Chico, and he’s been very useful, especially with weedwhacking the various areas that don’t get mowed.
  • Kate Hawk has taken on organizing the Fall Festival, which will be November 1. Janet applied for a PTSSD sponsorship to pay for the hay ride and moon bounce.
  • Rotten weather cancelled the two events that should have been on Oct. 2/3: both have been rescheduled for late fall. The N3RD Street “Birthday Party” event will be on Saturday, Oct. 24 and the craft bazaar/fire dancing fundraiser for Lux Arati will be on November 15th.

The meeting was adjourned by acclaim at 8:45 p.m.

 

 

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