Development plans questioned
Ridge Park Civic members raise concerns about proposed projects at 343 Fountain St., 6526 Ridge Ave.
ROXBOROUGH » The Ridge Park Civic Association met Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Fifth Police District Building to discuss community updates, upcoming events and zoning proposals and requests.
Among those properties discussed was 358-360 Cinnaminson St.
This property was initially presented at May’s meeting, after which the civic association asked the developer, PRDC Properties, to come up with a new proposal that addressed their concerns.
The developer has proposed a 18-unit townhome development. The project requires zoning a variance to allow multifamily residential construction at that property and a waiver for the required steep slope protection.
While the developer did not attend last weeks’ meeting, members of the civic association’s board updated the community, saying the developer’s request for approval of the stormwater management plan was denied.
At this time, no further updates were available.
While the property at Cinnaminson Street took center stage at May’s meeting, several other proposals were brought to the forefront during this month’s meeting. Specifically, developers for two different properties presented their proposals for developments at 343 Fountain St. and 6526 Ridge Ave.
The developers for each of these properties discussed their proposals, followed by in-depth question-and-answer sessions with community members.
While the specifics of each property vary, concerns were similar for each. Traffic congestion, limited parking and upholding the historic appearance of the Ridge Park area were at the forefront for the majority of community members at the meeting.
Ultimately, voting for each of these properties was postponed, pending updated proposals from each of the developers.
Beyond development proposals, the meeting also played host to Matt Wysong, the Northwest Philadelphia community planner at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
Wysong discussed the planning commission’s recent zoning re-mapping of Ridge Avenue, explaining, “We maintain a zoning map of this area that tells you what you can do with your property and how you can do that.”
Wising told members in attendance, “We’re look- ing to bring some sense and order to the development that is occurring in this area.”
The Ridge Park Civic Association will reconvene Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Fifth Police District Building.