Zoning Committee: June 25th @ 6:30 in the Parsons Building
505-09 Dickinson Street: Proposed relocation of lot lines to create two lots from three lots for proposed single-family dwellings with a variance for minimum lot size of 613 square feet, where a minimum of 1,440 square feet is required in the RSA-5 zone.
540 Watkins Street: Proposed rear second-story addition to an existing single-family dwelling with a variance to permit 22.6% open space, where a minimum of thirty (30%) is required in the RSA-5 zone.
ZBA Application #441524 (1107 S. 6th Street)
The ZBA application at 1107 S. 6th Street presented the ZBA application at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. At that time, the applicant presented plans to construct a four-story structure with ground-floor commercial and four dwelling units above in the RSA-5 zone that require a use variance and bulk variances for height and open space. Based on feedback and a Zoning Committee letter dated March 3, 2013, revised plans showing only three dwelling units and the first floor of only commercial or office space.
The DSWCA Zoning Committee feels the bulk variances for 10.9% open space and a height of 41’ are de minimus and appropriate for the property near a major intersection. Based on revised plans, the Zoning Committee also recommends approval of the use variance for three (3) dwelling units above a first floor use of commercial or office space (not a restaurant) for 1107 S. 6th Street.
The Zoning Committee further recommends and has strongly encouraged the applicant to integrate the following comments and site improvements into their development:
- The loose, uneven boards on the sidewalk in front of the lot are dangerous and a hazard, which should be removed immediately in conformance with the Property Maintenance Code Section 302.0.
- Any security grilles and/or roll-down metal grates utilized on the site shall be see-through for safety and appearance, as outlined in the Philadelphia Design Guidelines for Commercial Facade Improvements (PCPC, p. 13).
- All trash be maintained internally, which the applicant agreed to at the presentation.
- A restaurant was not proposed during the presentation and would require additional approval from the ZBA with an additional meeting before the Dickinson Square West Zoning Committee.
ZBA Application #449912 (1313 S. Fairhill Street)
The ZBA application at 1313 S. Fairhill Street was presented the ZBA application at a Dickinson Square West Civic Association (DSWCA) Zoning Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The Zoning Committee provided public notice to surrounding neighbors for that meeting (enclosed). At that time, the applicant presented plans to construct a rear second floor “bump out” addition to an existing single-family dwelling with bulk variances for the following:
- To permit 17% open space, where a minimum of thirty (30%) is required.
- To permit a rear yard variance for three (3’) feet, where a minimum of nine (9’) feet is required.
The DSWCA Zoning Committee feels the bulk variances are de minimus and similar to surrounding dwelling units; Therefore the Committee recommends the approval of the bulk variances for open space and rear yard setback at 1313 S. Fairhill Street.
February Zoning Committee
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Parsons Building (in Dickinson Square)
4th & Morris Streets
1107 S. 6th Street (SE corner of 6th & Washington)
On November 7, 2011, the ZBA granted a variance for the rear and 4th floor addition to an existing 3-story structure with a eat-in and take-out restaurant on the first floor with 4 apartments above (Application #348497, Cal #15672).
On June 21, 2012, the ZBA granted administrative review and amended the prior application for the rear and 4th floor addition for an eat-in and take out on the first floor and one family dwelling on the first floor and three family dwelling above (Application #408554, Cal. #15672).
The owner was in the process of obtaining use registration permits to perform the renovations to the building in connection with the previously granted variance when Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the existing walls of the property. Due to the damage from the hurricane, the existing walls have been deemed structurally unsound and the property requires total demolition.
A use variance is requested to permit a four-family dwelling, where a four-family dwelling is not permitted in the RSA-5 zone.
Bulk (c) variances are requested for the following:
-To permit 10.9% open space, where a minimum of thirty (30%) is required.
-To permit forty-one (41’) feet, where a maximum of thirty-eight (38’) feet is permitted.
Join us at one of our committee meetings this month! Come make a difference…
DNCA Zoning Committee
Wednesday, November 7th @ 6:30pm
Parsons Building (Dickinson Square Park)
4th & Morris
We’ll be hearing one case, 443 Cross Street, for a proposed construction of a two-story rear addition as part of a single family home requesting a 25% open space variance, where a minimum 30% is required for interior lots in a RSA-5 (formerly R10-A) zone. Questions? email email@example.com
Ever wonder what that vacant lot could be? Shake your head at the trash sometimes? Then we should talk!
DNCA Clean & Green Committee
Wednesday, November 7th @ 7:30pm
Parsons Building (Dickinson Square Park)
4th & Morris
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Got a knack for press releases? Ideas for social media campaigns? We could use your help! Help get the word out about DNCA events and initiatives! Current projects include putting together a welcome packet for new neighbors, designing a door hanger with DNCA info & more!
DNCA Outreach Committee
Thursday, October 8th @ 7pm
515 Reed Street
Questions? email email@example.com
Do you work in a finance-related field? Know something about non-profit administration? You’d make a great finance committee member!
DNCA Finance Committee
Monday, November 12th @ 7:30pm
Location TBD (email for details)
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join DNCA and your neighbors for a cleanup at the Moore Street Garden.
Date: Sunday, July 22
Address: 5th & Moore Sts.
Come learn about the community garden and help clean & green the neighborhood!
Our next meeting will be Wednesday July 11th at 6:00pm at the Parsons building on Dickinson Square park at 4th and Morris. Below are the two zoning variances we will consider:
- 532 Federal St
- 646 Pierce St
Join us for our last monthly general membership meeting of the season. All are welcome.
Mt. Moriah Church
410 Wharton Street
After tonight we will resume in September. Some committees will be meeting over the summer.
We will also be forming a by-laws committee over the summer to revise our by-laws and start preparing for the 2013 elections. Please let us know if you’d like to be involved.
The monthly meeting of the Green and Clean committee will happen Wednesday June 6th, at the Parson’s building on 4th and Morris.
We will be discussing ongoing green initiatives as well as our next projects and would love to hear fresh ideas.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday June 6th at 6:30pm at the Parsons building on Dickinson Square park at 4th and Morris. Below are the two zoning variances we will consider:
- 516 Federal St
- 646 Pierce St
Stop by to see the DNCA table!
- What: Health & Safety Fair
- Where: George Washington Elementary School
- Address: 5th & Federal
- Date: Thursday, May 31st
- Time: 9am – Noon
Show your support for GWE and your neighborhood. Please spread the word!